President Trump proposed designating all migrants entering the US without permission as “enemy combatants” and shipping them to Guantánamo Bay to be detained alongside hardened terrorism suspects, according to a new book written by an anonymous author, The Guardian reports.
“Jared Kushner and other senior Trump administration officials are planning to set up web cameras to live-stream construction of President Trump’s border wall, going against objections from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials,” the Washington Post reports.
Said one senior official: “There will be a wall cam, and it’ll launch early next year.”
“The Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared ready to side with the Trump administration in its efforts to shut down a program protecting about 700,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers,” the New York Times reports.
“The court’s liberal justices probed the administration’s justifications for ending the program, expressing skepticism about its rationales for doing so. But other justices indicated that they would not second-guess the administration’s reasoning and, in any event, considered its explanations sufficient.”
Politico: “Nearly three years into office, Trump’s attempts to match the lofty campaign promises he made on immigration are in disarray — the wall remains largely unbuilt, so-called sanctuary cities are still receiving federal money and birthright citizenship remains intact. And over at the sprawling Department of Homeland Security, a bitter dispute recently erupted over who should head the agency tasked with enacting Trump’s immigration policies, leading some frustrated aides to plot ways to circumvent federal law and push for the leader of their choice.”
“Senior State Department officials and career diplomats repeatedly warned the Trump administration that taking away legal protections for immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti would put national security, foreign relations, and the immigrants’ American-born children at risk,” Vox reports.
“But Trump did it anyway — and concerns about the 2020 election appear to have helped determine the timeline for requiring immigrants to leave.”
After years of touting the impenetrability of a border wall, President Trump said Saturday that “you can cut through any wall” as reports surfaced of smugglers sawing through newly erected barriers with readily available power tools, Politico reports.
Said Trump: “We have a very powerful wall. But no matter how powerful, you can cut through anything, in all fairness. But we have a lot of people watching. You know cutting, cutting is one thing, but it’s easily fixed. One of the reasons we did it the way we did it, it’s very easily fixed. You put the chunk back in.”
“President Trump said that Homeland Security official Chad Wolf is now acting DHS secretary — and an agency spokesperson promptly replied that he is not,” Politico reports.
“Trump told reporters before leaving for a campaign rally in Mississippi that Wolf had replaced acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, whose last day in the job was supposed to be Thursday. McAleenan had planned to extend his stay until Nov. 7, but Trump said Wolf was acting secretary already.”
“But DHS disputed that in a written statement several minutes later, saying that McAleenan is still in charge.”
“Smuggling gangs in Mexico have repeatedly sawed through new sections of President Trump’s border wall in recent months by using commercially available power tools, opening gaps large enough for people and drug loads to pass through, according to U.S. agents and officials with knowledge of the damage,” the Washington Post reports.
“The breaches have been made using a popular cordless household tool known as a reciprocating saw that retails at hardware stores for as little as $100. When fitted with specialized blades, the saws can slice through one of the barrier’s steel-and-concrete bollards in a matter of minutes,.”
“After cutting through the base of a single bollard, smugglers can push the steel out of the way, allowing an adult to fit through the gap. Because the bollards are so tall — and are attached only to a panel at the very top — their length makes them easier to push aside once they have been cut and are left dangling.”
“The White House is leaning toward appointing Chad Wolf as the next acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and shifting focus for its nominee for the permanent position to Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, rather than Ken Cuccinelli, acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Wall Street Journal: “The White House is weighing legal options that could allow President Trump to appoint Ken Cuccinelli as the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.”
“Now, the White House is considering a plan allowing the administration to change the line of succession at the department to bypass the vacancies statute and appoint Mr. Cuccinelli or another pick. White House officials have asked the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel if such a plan is legal, one of the people familiar with the plan said.”
Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says she resigned from her post earlier this year because “it became clear that saying no” to policies she disagreed with “was not going to be enough,” The Hill reports.
A day after a Texas sheriff caused an uproar by calling undocumented immigrants as “drunks,” his son was arrested on charges of public intoxication and indecent exposure, the Dallas Morning News reports.
“President Trump announced on Friday the departure of Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security who spent his six-month tenure trying to curb a surge of asylum seekers at the southwestern border while managing a turbulent relationship with a president intent on restricting immigration,” the New York Times reports.
“Mr. McAleenan’s exit from the White House came after he tried publicly to embrace the president’s increasingly aggressive assault on legal and illegal immigration even as he privately resisted some of Mr. Trump’s most extreme ideas.”
Washington Post: “McAleenan had been frustrated with a cadre of Trump’s appointments to senior immigration roles and recently told The Washington Post that he was struggling to control his department. More hard-line figures have attacked him as insufficiently committed to the president’s immigration agenda, while critics of those policies argue he has used conciliatory rhetoric to lend cover to harsh measures.”
A U.S. federal district court has ruled that President Trump violated the law by declaring a national emergency in order to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“In the first few months of his administration, President Trump asked then-acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke why he could not ban refugees from ‘fucking Somalia’ in a bout of rage at his Bedminster golf club,” CNN reports.
“The episode, detailed in the new book titled Border Wars, reveals the President’s belief that people from Somalia posed a danger to the US. Months earlier, Trump targeted foreign nationals coming to the US from eight countries, including Somalia, in his ‘travel ban’ executive order.”
The book states: “Both he and Stephen Miller seemed to have a particular dislike for Somalia, often citing it or its nationals when they spoke of the potential dangers of refugees and other immigrants.”
President Trump left many people — especially professional rock climbers — baffled when he claimed the White House had 20 “world class” climbers test his latest stretch of border wall to prove it couldn’t be scaled, Rock and Ice Magazine reports.
Rick Weber, a founder of one of the top rock climbing preserves in the U.S., has organized a climbing competition to take place this month where skilled climbers will be given a chance to scale an “exact replica” of Trump’s border wall.
“President Trump plans to sign a proclamation requiring immigrant-visa applicants to show they can afford health care,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The action, which is set to take effect in 30 days, would require applicants, including people with ties to family members in the U.S., to show they can get health insurance or prove their financial ability to pay for medical care, the people said. The action wouldn’t apply to refugees or immigrants who have won asylum.”
“President Trump told aides last year he wanted U.S. forces with bayonets to block people from crossing into the United States across the Mexico border, one of several proposals he floated at moments of peak frustration with his inability to contain a migration surge,” the Washington Post reports.