New York Times: “More than 2,000 migrants who were in the United States illegally were targeted in widely publicized raids that unfolded across the country last week. But figures the government provided to The New York Times on Monday show that just 35 people were detained in the operation.”
“The Trump administration on Tuesday will significantly expand its power to quickly deport undocumented immigrants who have illegally entered the United States within the past two years, using a fast-track deportation process that bypasses immigration judges,” the Washington Post reports.
“Officials are calling the new strategy, which will take effect immediately, a ‘necessary response’ to the influx of Central Americans and others at the southern border. It will allow immigration authorities to quickly remove immigrants from anywhere they encounter them across the United States, and they expect the approach will help alleviate the nation’s immigration-court backlog and free up space in Immigration and Customs Enforcement jails.”
Wall Street Journal: “Advocates for immigrants have vowed to challenge the Trump initiatives in the courts.”
“President Trump said late Sunday night that he wants to set up a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer about conditions at the U.S.-Mexico border following the New York Democrat’s tour of migrant detention centers that he called ‘inhumane,'” the Washington Post reports.
“Trump called for a meeting ‘ASAP’ in tweets that came two days after Schumer and a group of U.S. senators toured several detention facilities.”
“The Trump administration is considering a virtual shutdown of refugee admissions next year — cutting the number to nearly zero,” Politico reports.
Politico: “The outspoken immigration hard-liner enjoys a direct pipeline to Trump, according to four people briefed on the arrangement, and has met multiple times with the president and with White House senior adviser Stephen Miller to discuss the administration’s plans to stem the tide of migrants across the U.S. border.”
“Ken Cuccinelli, who has also spoken with Trump by phone, has been told he’ll be involved with top immigration decisions, even those that are outside the scope of his agency.”
“The newly formed relationship is so tight that Cuccinelli’s boss, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, was not even aware of the meetings with Trump, one of the people said. It’s an extraordinary position of power for an official with little relevant policy experience and whose job is to run an agency responsible for processing immigration paperwork and vetting asylum applicants, not border enforcement.”
A new Washington Post/Reforma poll finds Mexicans are deeply frustrated with immigrants after a year of heightened migration from Central America through the country.
More than 6 in 10 Mexicans say migrants are a burden on their country because they take jobs and benefits that should belong to Mexicans. A 55% majority supports deporting migrants who travel through Mexico to reach the United States.
NPR: “At a Border Patrol holding facility in El Paso, Texas, an agent told a Honduran family that one parent would be sent to Mexico while the other parent and their three children could stay in the United States… The agent turned to the couple’s youngest daughter — 3-year-old Sofia, whom they call Sofi — and asked her to make a choice.”
A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds a slim majority of voters supports the mass deportation raids previewed by President Trump last week, 51% to 35%.
Washington Post: “As the uproar over President Trump’s racist remarks demanding four minority Democratic lawmakers ‘go back [to countries] from which they came’ continued to flare Tuesday, the White House prepared to roll out a plan that would detail the type of immigrants the administration wants to admit to the United States.”
“Senior Republicans in the Senate on Tuesday immediately began downplaying the prospects of the White House’s proposal — an effort led primarily by senior adviser Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law — even before they had been briefed on its details.”
Said Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD): “To get it to the floor, you have to have some bipartisan buy-in. There would have to be a lot of work that would get done, and I don’t sense that they’re anywhere close to having done that work with Republicans, let alone with Democrats.”
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission notes that immigrants are protected by laws from employment discrimination, including harassment based on national origin:
Examples of potentially unlawful conduct include insults, taunting, or ethnic epithets, such as making fun of a person’s foreign accent or comments like, “Go back to where you came from,” whether made by supervisors or by co-workers.
Harry Enten: “We can peg Republican silence (for the most part) on the fact that many Republicans who might be willing to go after Trump on issues related to immigration are no longer in Congress. They either retired, died or were beaten in the 2018 midterm elections.”
“Last year, I looked at a group of 23 of the most pro-immigration House Republicans. These were lawmakers ‘who signed onto a discharge position to force a vote on a bill that would have created a DACA fix,’ after Trump terminated DACA through an executive order and asked Congress to act.”
“Of this group of 23, 14 (61%) are no longer in the House… Of those nine remaining, a number have come out against the President.”
Ron Brownstein: “President Trump’s openly racist and xenophobic attacks on four Democratic House women of color, like his threatened immigration enforcement raids in major cities and the sweeping proposed new restrictions on asylum seekers that he announced Monday, underscores his transformation of the Republican Party into a coalition centered on the voters and places in America most hostile to immigration in particular and demographic change in general.”
“This latest flurry of activity continues the drive by Trump and other Republicans elected mostly from the parts of America least touched by immigration to impose a restrictionist agenda on migration over the nearly undivided opposition of Democrats elected by the areas where most immigrants, both undocumented and legal, actually live. Though greeted without complaint by Republicans in Congress, Trump’s promised raids provoked astoundingly open resistance from the mayors of virtually every large American city, from New York and Los Angeles to Chicago and Houston.”
“The Trump administration is preparing a new rule for foreign nationals seeking asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico, in which immigrants seeking refugee status would have to do so in the first country they enter rather than at the U.S. border,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The announcement comes as President Trump seeks to stem the flow of Central Americans arriving at the U.S. border. It would upend immigration law and likely be immediately challenged in court.”
Washington Post: “The nationwide immigration raids that President Trump said would begin Sunday failed to materialize on the streets of major U.S. cities, even as his statement cast a cloud of fear that kept many families indoors.”
“Immigration enforcement authorities said their plans to track down migrants with deportation orders would continue, but their operations over the weekend appeared more akin to routine actions rather than the mass roundups the president promised.”
Quartz notes there’s a framed photo of conservative commentator Tomi Lahren hanging in the U.S. Border Patrol headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Lahren has called immigrants “shifty and adaptable,” and has claimed they are bringing disease to the U.S. She regularly pushes alt-right conspiracy theories and believes an “invasion by foreigners” is “overwhelming” the country.
“When Vice President Pence visited a migrant detention center here Friday, he saw nearly 400 men crammed behind caged fences with not enough room for them all to lie down on the concrete ground. There were no mats or pillows for those who found the space to rest. A stench from body odor hung stale in the air,” the Washington Post reports.
“When reporters toured the facility before Pence, the men screamed that they’d been held there 40 days, some longer. They said they were hungry and wanted to brush their teeth. It was sweltering hot, but the only water was outside the fences and they needed to ask permission from the Border Patrol agents to drink.”
The Intercept: “When news broke that thousands of current and former Border Patrol agents were members of a secret Facebook group filled with racist, vulgar, and sexist content, Carla Provost, chief of the agency, was quick to respond.”
Said Provost: “These posts are completely inappropriate and contrary to the honor and integrity I see — and expect — from our agents day in and day out. Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable.”
“For Provost, a veteran of the Border Patrol who was named head of the agency in August 2018, the group’s existence and content should have come as no surprise. Three months after her appointment to chief, Provost herself had posted in the group… Provost’s comment was innocuous — a friendly clapback against a group member who questioned her rise to the top of the Border Patrol — but her participation in the group, which she has since left, raises serious questions.”