Trump ends ‘Dreamer’ immigration program, places onus on Congress

admin   •   September 6, 2017   •   2607

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program supportes at City Hall in Los angeles, California, September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot

 

President Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped an Obama-era program that protects from deportation immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children, delaying implementation until March and giving a gridlocked Congress six months to decide the fate of almost 800,000 young people.

The action was announced not by Trump but by Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, who called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program an unconstitutional overreach by Obama.

“To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot have—, admit everyone who would like to come here. It’s just that simple. Therefore, the nation must set and enforce a limit on how many immigrants we admit each year —  and that means all cannot be accepted,” said Atty. General Sessions.

The so-called dreamers who have benefited from the five-year-old program were plunged into uncertainty.

“Deportation is a possibility but if immediate, we never know. It will depend on the protest actions of various sectors,” said Fellowship for Filipino Migrants program and project coordinator Nerissa Allegretti.

“I’m pretty upset. It was something that we weren’t sort of expecting all my dreams were shattered. We’re not giving up. We’ll gonna keep on going and hopefully, something happens after six months,” said Karina Fraga, a DACA recipient.

“It was hard for my community and many others who are in my situation,” said DACA recipient Isabel Diaz.

Obama issued his own statement calling Trump’s action a political decision, defending DACA’s legality and urging Congress to protect dreamers.

The Trump administration said nobody covered by the program, which provided work permits in addition to deportation protection to DACA recipients, would be affected before March 5. Most people covered by DACA are in their 20s. —(REUTERS)

 

Status still unclear as Trump announces ease of trade ban vs Huawei

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 5, 2019

Courtesy : Reuters

The status of Huawei in the United States market remains unclear after President Donald Trump announced plans to ease the trade ban against the Chinese company.

President Trump made the statement last week during the G20 Summit in Japan.

“We mentioned Huawei, I said we have to save that till the very end, we’ll have to see….One of the things I will allow however is, a lot of people are surprised, we send and we sell to Huawei a tremendous amount of product that go into the various things that they make, and I said that, that’s okay that we will keep selling those products,” he said.

However, despite the announcement, White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said Huawei will remain blacklisted.

“Remember, Huawei remains on the enemy list, which is fundamentally a national security issue,” he said.

Meanwhile, trade talks between the US and China will continue next week to resolve a year-long trade war.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

U.S. says it will separate families crossing border illegally

admin   •   May 8, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A four-year-old boy weeps in the arms of a family member as he and others were apprehended by the border partrol agents after illegally crossing into the U.S. border from Mexico near McAllen, Texas, U.S., May 2, 2018. REUTERS/ Adrees Latif

SAN DIEGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration will increase criminal prosecutions of parents entering the United States illegally and place their children in protective custody, stepping up efforts to tighten immigration enforcement, U.S. officials said on Monday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the policy was not new and that the government was expanding procedures already in place. They were speaking at Friendship Park, San Diego, at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We have always separated families under two situations, one when we can’t establish them as a parent and that child is being trafficked,” Homan said, adding that migrant smugglers sometimes pose as parents to children that are not theirs. “The second situation when we separate is when we prosecute.”

“People are dying trying to enter this country. There is a right way to do and a wrong way to do it,” Homan said, who has announced that he would retire this year.

In April, Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” policy in which illegal entrants to the United States would be prosecuted in federal court.

Previously, people apprehended crossing the border illegally were often deported without being criminally charged.

A person stopped by the border patrol and referred to a federal court to face charges is taken to jail by the U.S. Marshals Service and any of their children traveling with them are placed in government custody, with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Sessions said.

“If we do our duty to prosecute most cases, then children inevitably for a period of time might be held,” Sessions said, speaking over shouts from a protestor with a bull-horn and mariachi music played by a band on the Mexico side.

Reuters first reported the government’s idea to separate parents and children apprehended at the border in March 2017.

In April, the administration said it was no longer considering such action because of a decline in apprehensions of families at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Apprehensions have now risen to levels seen during the administration of former President Barack Obama, frustrating President Donald Trump, who has made illegal immigration a focal point of his administration.

“Illegal immigration must end!” Trump tweeted on Friday.

Immigration advocates have said that separations of children from parents have been happening for months. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in February to challenge the practice.

An official with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Monday that the agency had signed onto the policy on Friday.

Families seeking asylum should turn themselves into authorities so their petitions can be processed instead of attempting to cross illegally, the official said.

The DHS said on Monday that there had been about 30,000 prosecution referrals since the start of the 2018 fiscal year in October, up from 18,642 prosecutions for the entire 2017 fiscal year.

Sessions was scheduled to speak earlier on Monday in Arizona. In prepared remarks, he said the United States would also prosecute immigrants who pay smugglers to bring children across the border.

Reporting by Jennifer McEntee in San Diego and Mica Rosenberg in New York; additional reporting David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by Sue Horton and Rosalba O’Brien

Trump plan to offer citizenship to 1.8M undocumented immigrants

admin   •   January 26, 2018

The other 1.1 million would be immigrants who did not apply for DACA but are eligible for the scheme.

The White House has outlined an immigration plan that would allow 1.8 million people to become US citizens in exchange for funding of a border wall.

The framework was described by a senior Trump aide in a conference call to Republicans ahead of legislative negotiations with Democrats.

The proposed bill, to be unveiled on Monday, requests $25 billion dollars in funds for a wall on the Mexican border.

The blueprint sets out a 10-12-year path to citizenship for 1.8 million people.

This includes some 700,000 so-called Dreamers, immigrants who illegally entered the US as children and were protected from deportation under an Obama-era program, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA).

The other 1.1 million would be immigrants who did not apply for DACA but are eligible for the scheme.

The White House framework also seeks to end two other initiatives often criticized by President Donald Trump.

It proposes to curtail so-called chain migration, permitting US residents only to get visas for their spouse and children, not for extended family members.

The White House also wants to scrap the diversity visa lottery, under which 50,000 people from around the world every year win green cards at random. — Reuters

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