Trump Immigration Push Puts Miller, Kushner At Odds

Saul Bowman
April 12, 2019

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's not considering reimplementing his administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, dredging up his earlier claim that President Barack Obama's administration separated migrant families.

"This is a great ruling", said Judy Rabinovitz, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, which was one of the groups that brought the case.

"I think what the Democrats are doing with the Border is TREASONOUS. Will not let this happen!"

She said serving in the post has been the honor of a lifetime.

"They don't want to act", Trump said. The president has argued that their governments must do more to halt such caravans from heading toward the USA and recently announced the suspension of aid to the three countries. "Our president shouldn't be mocking them for it", Newsom wrote on Twitter. "That's punishable by death in this country", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News on March 25.

There have been thousands of American troops deployed to the southern border over the past year. He complained Tuesday about their refusal to tighten asylum laws, restrict legal immigration by relatives of migrants already here or ban the release of detained migrants until their court dates - a practice used by recent administrations, including his own.

Trump said, rather, he is publicizing the issue from a humanitarian standpoint.

Via his Twitter account, Ebrard said that new communication lines will be established with new officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to discuss the effects of a closure.

Last Friday, the White House withdrew the nomination of Ron Vitiello to lead the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Trump is reportedly also considering a range of other hardline measures to curb migrants entering the U.S. to seek asylum.


Representative Pramila Jayapal, speaking to reporters later, said the Trump administration had manufactured a crisis at the border in part by "stripping away" legal routes to immigration, such as by stopping asylum seekers at legal ports of entry.

The Trump administration said last week it planned to expand the programme of sending some migrants to wait out their United States court dates in Mexican border cities under a policy known as Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP.

Signers of the letter include former South Carolina Sen. But on Wednesday, the White House was eyeing a replacement for a senior DHS official whose job congressional Republicans are trying to save.

The same Democratic source said there were no signs Mulvaney met with House Democrats on Wednesday.

Trump has accused Democrats of "obstructing". But it immediately stalled in the then-GOP controlled House.

The "binary choice" measure was denounced by human rights groups when first proposed previous year, with the Trump administration accused by Human Rights First of seeking to "rain cruelty on fleeing families".

The two parties have been in a standoff ever since, both playing a role in a partial government shutdown that bridged 2018 and the start of this year.

Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit the US Border Patrol Station in Nogales, Arizona, on Thursday, where he will be briefed by Customs and Border Protection agents and tour the border wall, according to a White House official.

There has been no movement since.

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