Immigration and Emigration

How the Trump Administration Eroded Its Own Legal Case on DACA

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — When Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before news cameras at the Justice Department in early September 2017 to announce that President Trump was ending deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, he knew the administration had left itself more legally vulnerable than it should have. At a contentious meeting […]

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How Voters Turned Virginia From Deep Red to Solid Blue

NYT > U.S. > Politics How Voters Turned Virginia From Deep Red to Solid Blue A new kind of suburbanization is sweeping through politics, from Richmond to Atlanta, Houston, Denver and elsewhere, and Democrats are starting to breach Republicans’ firewalls in elections. Where Democrats Took Control Democrats have gained about 20 seats in the Virginia […]

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Trump Again Vetoes Measure to End National Emergency

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday issued his second veto against legislation seeking to end his national emergency at the southwestern border, rejecting bipartisan objections to his efforts to obtain funds for a border wall. His move, announced late Tuesday night, was expected and will return the resolution to Congress. […]

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White House Fires Homeland Security Dept.’s General Counsel

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday fired John Mitnick, the general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, after months of shake-up at an agency responsible for carrying out President Trump’s immigration agenda. “We thank John for this service, and we wish him well,” a department spokeswoman said Tuesday […]

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Supreme Court Says Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers While Legal Fight Continues

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States, while the legal fight plays out in the courts. The Supreme Court, in a brief, unsigned order, said the administration may enforce new rules that generally […]

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What Is the Refugee Program and Why Does the Trump Administration Want to Make Cuts?

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is looking to cut the number of refugees who come to the United States to escape persecution and humanitarian crises, a program that formally dates back to 1980, though the United States had long been accepting refugees and had established its image as a haven […]

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Representative Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, Republican Mainstay, Is Set to Retire

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Representative Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, a Republican mainstay who found his way to the center of many of Washington’s most divisive political debates over the past four decades, said on Wednesday that he would not run for re-election next year. “When I began my public service in 1968, […]

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Trump Tells Aides ‘Take the Land’ as Impatience Grows on Border Wall

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — President Trump’s signature campaign promise to build a wall along the southwestern border is far behind schedule. So he has told his aides to get the job done by whatever means necessary, including by seizing land on the Mexican frontier. The president has repeatedly suggested during meetings on […]

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Federal Workers’ Children Born Abroad May Not Receive Automatic Citizenship

NYT > U.S. > Politics Children born abroad to certain United States service members and other federal employees will no longer be granted automatic citizenship under a Trump administration policy set to take effect in October. Parents of those children, including those born on military bases, will have to apply for citizenship on the children’s […]

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Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally, replacing a decades-old court agreement that imposed a limit on how long the government could hold migrant children in custody and specified the level of care […]

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