U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration unveiled a sweeping rule on Monday that some experts say could cut legal immigration in half. The long-anticipated rule, pushed by Trump’s leading aide on immigration, Stephen Miller, takes effect Oct. 15. It would reject applicants for temporary or permanent visas if they fail to meet high enough income standards or if they receive public assistance such as welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid.
The governments of Guatemala and Mexico said on Thursday that between them, almost 300 of their citizens had been detained in the southern U.S. state of Mississippi as part of sweeping U.S. immigration operations. U.S. immigration authorities arrested nearly 700 people at seven agricultural processing plants across the state on Wednesday in what federal officials said could be the largest worksite enforcement operation in a single state.
The US government is introducing a new fast-track deportation process that will bypass immigration courts. Under the new rules, migrants who cannot prove they have been in the US continuously for more than two years can be immediately deported. Until now, expedited deportations could only be applied to those detained near the border who had been in the US for less than two weeks.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the federal government can detain immigrants convicted of crimes without a bond hearing, even if they have been previously released and committed the crime years earlier. The ruling provides President Donald Trump more authority in his efforts to arrest, detain and deport immigrants convicted of crimes. Trump administration officials frequently lament the inability to remove immigrants due to court rulings around the country.
A major US-Mexico border crossing in San Diego was closed for hours on Sunday after a group of migrants on the Mexican side rushed the border area, leading US Border Patrol agents to fire tear gas at the group. US Customs and Border Protection said the migrants threw projectiles that struck several agents. “Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas to dispel the group because of the risk to agents’ safety,” the agency said on Twitter.
The United Nations’ top human rights official called for a halt to the Trump administration’s practice of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents at the border on Monday, calling it abuse. President Trump attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel over immigration, saying the German people are ‘turning against their leadership.’
A caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the Mexican border may be met by the US National Guard, as President Trump prepares legislature to block migrants and asylum seekers from entering the US. The annual symbolic caravan is meant to draw attention to the plight of migrants, not reach the US border.
Senators failed to advance a bipartisan proposal, Thursday, to resolve the future of millions of young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, in addition to supporting $25 billion in border security among other measures, with a final vote of 54-45. A competing proposal from the White House also failed with a final vote of 39-60.
Amid immigration disagreements and the threat of impending government shutdown at the end of this week, President Trump’s administration revealed plans, Wednesday, to prohibit Haitians from applying for visas for seasonal and farm workers, citing ‘high levels of fraud and abuse.’ This move will end an effort to employ Haitians started after the 2010 earthquake.
President Donald Trump said Thursday that U.S. troops he dispatched to the nation’s border will use lethal force to stop migrants attempting to enter the country “if they have to.” Earlier this week, Trump authorized the military to use its rules of engagement, rather than those of domestic law enforcement agencies, at the border. He added that he will “close entry” at the border if he deems it necessary to prevent immigration.