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November 27: Breitbart News:  Obama used tear gas on the border over eighty times
Under the Obama Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) law enforcement officials, including Border Patrol agents, utilized tear gas against migrants at or near the border approximately 90 times between FY2012 and early FY2017. CBP officials reported the use of tear gas and pepper spray to push back “assaultive” caravan migrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally on Sunday. The agency began using these particular sprays during the Obama administration in 2010. 

Fiscal Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 TOTAL
Incidents of Tear Gas Use 26 27 15 8 3 18 29 126

November 26: Breitbart News: Texas elementary school teacher killed by illegal in El Paso hit and run
A 28-year old Texas 6th grade elementary school teacher lost her life on Thanksgiving Day after being struck by a hit-and-run driver who, reportedly, was in the United States illegally and had a criminal record.  The victim was in the crosswalk of an El Paso intersection when a 1996 red Chevrolet Cavalier ran a traffic light and killed her.  The driver of the vehicle fled.  On Saturday, Sergeant Robert Gomez, El Paso Police Department spokesman, announced detectives arrested Joel Velazquez, 24, charging him with accident involving death. Bail has been set at $150,000.

November 26: Fox News: Trump threatens to close down the border if Mexico doesn’t send illegals home
President Trump offered Mexico some advice on deporting migrants massed in Tijuana and threatening to storm the U.S., telling the neighboring nation in a tweet to send them “back to their countries” by plane or by bus – or face a permanent closure of the border.

Trump’s tweet followed a vow from Mexico to deport migrants who tried to illegally enter the U.S. The Trump administration has said asylum claims from members of a series of caravans originating in Central America must be processed outside the U.S., and that all those entering illegally will be denied. A federal judge has at least temporarily ruled against the policy, but the administration has taken steps to harden the border.

November 24: The Chicago Tribune: Deal made to keep U.S. asylum seekers in Mexico
The Trump administration has won the support of Mexico's incoming government for a plan to remake U.S. border policy by requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims move through U.S. courts.  Trump briefly described the arrangement in a pair of tweets Saturday evening. "Migrants at the Southern Border will not be allowed into the United States until their claims are individually approved in court," Trump wrote. "No 'Releasing' into the U.S....All will stay in Mexico."  The president then issued a threat. "If for any reason it becomes necessary, we will CLOSE our Southern Border. There is no way that the United States will, after decades of abuse, put up with this costly and dangerous situation anymore!" Trump wrote.

November 22: The National Post: 
Trump’s plan would require asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while cases are processed
Central Americans who arrive at U.S. border crossings seeking asylum in the United States will have to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed under sweeping new measures the Trump administration is preparing to implement, according to internal planning documents and three Department of Homeland Security officials familiar with the initiative.

According to DHS memos obtained by The Washington Post on Wednesday, Central American asylum seekers who cannot establish a “reasonable fear” of persecution in Mexico will not be allowed to enter the United States and would be turned around at the border.  The plan, called “Remain in Mexico,” amounts to a major break with current screening procedures, which generally allow those who establish a fear of return to their home countries to avoid immediate deportation and remain in the United States until they can get a hearing with an immigration judge. Trump despises this system, which he calls “catch and release,” and has vowed to end it.

November 2, 2018: The EconomistBirthright Citizenship and Immigration
Phrases like chain migration, anchor baby and migrant caravan have entered popular parlance these days.  Add to this list “birthright citizenship.” President Trump said this week his is looking to end this by executive order.  Doing so would deny citizenship to the American-born children of illegal aliens and perhaps foreigners in the country on non-permanent visas. Meanwhile Senator. Lindsey Graham says that he will write legislation to “deal” with birthright citizenship, calling it a “magnet for illegal immigration”.

The concept of birthright citizenship is straightforward: those born in the U.S. are citizens, even if their parents are not. The principle, known as jus soli, or right of the soil, comes from English common law. It was established in England in the early 17th century and then later exported to the colonies. It no longer holds in the United Kingdom, where at least one parent must be a citizen for a child to enjoy the right.

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May 9, 2017: The Daily Caller: Honduran Official:  Exodus after Texas enacts anti-sanctuary city law
Honduras’ deputy foreign minister is preparing for an exodus of Hondurans from Texas after the state outlawed sanctuary cities.  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 into law on Sunday night, which calls for criminal penalties for sheriffs and police chiefs whose agencies refuse to comply with federal immigration detainers. Travis County, home to Austin, has refused to comply with dozens of immigration detainers including those for immigrants accused of sexual assault.

May 8: The Daily CallerJudge’s advice to all who don’t like the Texas law:
Judge Napolitano gave some simple advice to people who are angry with Texas Governor Abbott’s crackdown on sanctuary cities: move.  Kennedy of Fox News asked Judge Napolitano if federalism could be a potential solution to the sanctuary city debate, by “allowing different states to have a different [immigration] threshold.”  “Well that’s the beauty of Reagan’s statement when he said that you ought to be able to vote with your feet,” Judge Napolitano responded. “So if you don’t like the law in Texas, move to Oklahoma.”

May 5: Fox News: Extreme vetting process unveiled
Following through on President Trump’s campaign promise to put immigrants to the U.S. through “extreme vetting," the State Department announced new proposals Thursday to increase the screening of certain applicants, including requesting social media handles.

In response to Trump’s March 6 memorandum which demanded more screening for visa applicants, the State Department published a notice in the Federal Register seeking feedback on proposals that would demand more information of flagged applicants when a consular official believes it warranted.  Under the proposals, such applicants would have to provide information including social media handles, phone numbers and emails for the last five years, prior passport numbers and additional information about their family, past travel and employment.

April 26: Fox News:  Judge who blocked Trump sanctuary city order is a Democratic activist
The judge who struck down a Trump administration crackdown on sanctuary cities is a hard-core Democrat activist whose life has been steeped in liberal politics since childhood.  Judge William Orrick III, 63, who on Tuesday blocked the administration from withholding federal funds from cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration officials, attended the landmark 1968 Democratic National Convention as a teen and more recently raised money for 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry. 

April 18: Fox News: Trump:  Illegal Immigrate Criminals are getting out of the country
President Trump said criminal illegal immigrants are “getting the hell out” of the U.S. or being thrown behind bars, as he also took to Twitter to rail against gangs like MS-13 and the Obama administration policies he claims allowed them to flourish in American cities. Trump spoke highly of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who is responsible for enforcing Trump’s border policy. Reprising remarks he made at the very start of his presidential bid, he emphasized the importance of removing criminal aliens.

“We’ve gotten tremendous criminals out of this country,” Trump said. “I’m talking about illegal immigrants that were here that caused tremendous crime. That have murdered people, raped people – horrible things have happened. They’re getting the hell out or they’re going to prison.” 

April 3: Associated Press:  California State Senate okays state sanctuary cities legislation
California lawmakers gave initial approval Monday to a measure that prevents law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials, a measure that proponents said rebukes President Donald Trump for his immigration crackdown.  It makes California a statewide sanctuary for many people who are in the country illegally.  The state Senate passed the measure on a 27-12 vote, sending it to the state Assembly over the objection of opponents who said it endangers the public by shielding felons from being deported.

March 6: Fox News: GOP supports Trump new immigration order
Republican lawmakers largely endorsed President Trump’s revised immigration executive order on Monday and suggested it addressed concerns they had about the original measure, even as a coalition of Democratic attorneys general and civil rights groups prepared for a new round of legal action.  House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had voiced reservations about the original travel ban rollout, said the new version advances “our shared goal” of protecting the United States.  Another Republican critical of the original version, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, said he believes the revised order will “pass legal muster.”

February 21: Lifezette: Supremes to consider whether foreigners
have protections afforded US citizens when they are foreign soil

The Supreme Court on Tuesday is taking up a case that presents a critical question of law: Can a U.S. law enforcement officer be sued in American courts for the death of a foreigner outside the United States?  For most of American history, the answer to that question has been a clear and emphatic “no.” Courts for two centuries have held that constitutional rights do not apply to foreigners with no voluntary connection to the United States.

February 21: The Hill: 80% of Americans oppose sanctuary cities
An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities.  The poll shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities.  A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with.  As it stands, hundreds of cities across the nation — many with Democratic mayors or city councils — are refusing to do so.

Trump has signed an executive order directing Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to find ways to starve these sanctuary cities of federal funding. A Reuters analysis found the top ten sanctuary cities in the US receive $2.27 billion in federal funding for programs ranging from public health services to childhood education.

February 18: Reuters: Eight people flee U.S. for Canada, seeking asylum
As a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer seized their passports and questioned a man in the front passenger seat of a taxi that had pulled up to the border in Champlain, New York, four adults and four young children fled the cab and ran to Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the other side.   One by one they scrambled across the snowy gully separating the two countries. RCMP officers watching from the other side helped them up, lifting the younger children and asking a woman, who leaned on her fellow passenger as she walked, if she needed medical care.  The children looked back from where they had come as the U.S. officer held the first man, saying his papers needed to be verified.

February 15: Houston Chronicle:
Galveston Negotiate Cooperation Agreement with ICE
Commissioners on Tuesday voted 4-1, Commissioner Stephen Holmes opposed, to enter negotiations to eventually allow ICE to install a computer system at the Galveston County Jail that would allow deputies to more quickly identify inmates who are in the U.S. illegally.  Sheriff Henry Trochesset told commissioners that ICE would pay for the computer system and the training of deputies who will work with the agency.

Holmes raised concerns about unanticipated expenses and civil rights lawsuits.  Trochesset said that ICE was approaching nearly every county in Texas in an attempt to enlist their cooperation in the program.  The program would only apply to the inmates after their arrest, Trochesset said.  "Only once they are arrested and in custody does this program move forward," he said.

February 14: The Washington Times: Immigration Groups Demand
the Release of a
Dreamer-Gang Member Arrested
Immigration officials said Tuesday they are detaining an illegal immigrant Dreamer because of his gang ties, sparking a new round of protests from immigrant-rights groups who said President Trump is breaking his own promises by trying to deport the young man.  Daniel Ramirez, who was picked up by ICE agents late last week, was granted a temporary deportation amnesty by President Obama under his 2012 policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.  But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said he’s a “self-admitted gang member.” That puts him in violation of the DACA policy and would have made him a priority for deportation even under President Obama, much less Mr. Trump.

February 3: The Gateway Pundit: White House to file emergency stay request against Judge’s ruling on  refugees
On Friday a federal judge who has been a supporter of the radical and violent Black Lives Matters group halted President Trump’s temporary suspension of  immigration  from seven countries that have a history of terrorism.  In a matter of minutes the White House and Department of Justice responded to this latest development by saying that an emergency request is being filed to stop the judge’s nationwide halt of President Trump’s immigration order according to CNN.

January 31: The Houston Chronicle: Governor Abbott calls for an
emergency session to address sanctuary cities:
Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday declared a ban on so-called sanctuary cities and sweeping reforms in the state's troubled child-protection system as top priorities for emergency action this legislative session.  "Elected officials do not to pick and chose which laws to enforce," Abbott said in his State of the State speech, insisting that state and local officials "must protect Texas" from deadly criminals.

To cheers and a standing ovation as he addressed a joint session of the Legislature, Abbott said elected officials should not have the option of whether to enforce state and federal laws on immigration -- an obvious reference to his ongoing fight with Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez. 

January 31: Fox News: Acting Attorney General fired for refusing to do her duty
“Sally Yates deserved to get canned. Now, the bar association should consider yanking her license to practice law,” says one critic.  In defying President Trump’s executive order on immigration, the Acting Attorney General flouted the law and violated ethics that govern lawyers.  
It is not the prerogative of the Attorney General to decide what laws are constitutional. That is the job of the courts. As the chief law enforcement officer, she  does not get to pick and choose which laws to enforce and which ones to ignore. She is duty-bound to defend and enforce all laws, including presidential executive orders.   

January 30: CBS News Los Angeles: California to Consider Enactment of Statewide Sanctuary
California may prohibit local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, creating a border-to-border sanctuary in one of the nation’s largest states as the Democrat-controlled California ramps up efforts to battle President Trump’s immigration policies.  By taking this step California is risking the denial of all Federal funding for the state.  It was San Francisco, remember, that had an illegal alien who had  been deported five times shoot an unsuspecting visitor on a local wharf.

January 28: The New York Times: Federal Judge Blocks part of Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration
A federal judge blocked part of President Trump’s executive order on immigration on Saturday evening, ordering that refugees and others trapped at airports across the United States should not be sent back to their home countries. But the judge stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions.

Lawyers who sued the government to block the White House order said the decision, which came after an emergency hearing in a New York City courtroom, could affect an estimated 100 to 200 people who were detained upon arrival at American airports in the wake of the order that Mr. Trump signed on Friday afternoon, a week into his presidency.

January 27: The White House:  Trump places temporary hold on immigration from
possible terrorist connected nations:
Today the President issued an Executive Order placing a temporary hold on immigration from nations believed to a threat to the United States.  The hold will last for ninety days while a review of appropriate procedures is being conducted within the administration.

January 25: The White House: Trump Issues an Executive Order on Sanctuary
Jurisdictions Don’t Receive Federal Funding:

A Executive Order issued today says it is the policy of the U.S. government to deny – except as mandated by law – federal funding for jurisdictions that fail to comply with applicable federal immigration laws.  It also calls for the prompt removal of those order to be deported and sets a policy of supporting victims and families of victims of crimes committed by removable illegal aliens.

January 25: The White House:  President Issues an Executive Order on Immigration:
The President’s Executive Order directs that:
(1) a border wall will be constructed along the southern border of the U.S., monitored and supported by adequate personnel to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism; 
(2) individuals apprehended on suspicion of violating Federal or State law will be held pending proceedings regarding those alleged violations;  
(3) determination of individuals’ claims of eligibility to remain in country will be expedited;
(4) individuals whose claims have been rejected will be promptly removed after civil or criminal sanctions have been imposed; and
(5) the Federal government will cooperate with state and local law enforcement to enforce Federal immigration priorities.

January 13: CBS News: Paul Ryan: Trump mass deportations "not happening"
Congressional Republicans are working with the Trump transition team on a solution for immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday.  Hundreds of thousands of these immigrants gained temporary protections and work permits from President Obama. While campaigning for president, Donald Trump promised to undo those protections, putting the immigrants at risk of deportation, although he said last month he hoped to “work something out” to help them.

Ryan didn’t detail what Congress and Mr. Trump would do about the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. But when questioned on a CNN town hall by a woman who identified herself as a DACA recipient with a young daughter, Ryan told her he did not want to see her deported.  “I can see you love your daughter, you are a nice person who has a great future ahead of you, and I hope your future is here,” Ryan said.

January 6: The Washington Post: Hill Republicans willing to fund a southern border  wall,  despite the cost:  
Republicans on Capitol Hill say they don’t need to wait for Mexico to make good on President-elect Donald Trump’s central campaign promise: building a southern border wall.  In fact, they are happy to underwrite the wall themselves, at a potential cost of many billions of dollars.  The GOP’s willingness to fund Trump’s border wall with taxpayer money could put the party’s deeply held desire to rein in government spending in conflict with its long-standing goal of cracking down on illegal immigration and toughening border security. Nonetheless, many Republicans do not see an inherent conflict.

“It would be a proposal that would cost billions of dollars to get done, but if it’s an appropriate priority for our country, it’s worth spending that kind of money,” said Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee.

January 3: Reuters News Service: Trump team seeks agency records on border barriers, surveillance
In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.  The team also asked about the department's capacity for expanding immigrant detention and about an aerial surveillance program that was scaled back by the Obama administration but remains popular with immigration hardliners. And it asked whether federal workers have altered biographic information kept by the department about immigrants out of concern for their civil liberties.

The requests were made in a Dec. 5 meeting between Trump's transition team and Department of Homeland Security officials, according to an internal agency memo reviewed by Reuters. The document offers a glimpse into the president-elect's strategy for securing the U.S. borders and reversing polices put in place by the Obama administration. 

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