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.
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.
The Trump administration proposed new rules on Thursday which sharply limit migrant asylum claims. Individuals who cross the US southern border illegally will no longer be able to apply for asylum. The statement announcing the rule claimed presidents have the power to ‘suspend the entry of all aliens.’ Rights groups call the move ‘illegal.’
In an interview with Axiom released on Tuesday, President Trump claimed he has the power to end birthright citizenship in the US. Trump promised to end birthright citizenship of children born to non-citizens, highlighting his stance on immigration. House Speaker Paul Ryan responded to Trump’s vow, saying ‘you obviously cannot do that.’
President Trump will send more than 5,000 active duty soldiers to help “harden” the U.S.-Mexico border in the coming days, the Pentagon announced on Monday. The massive deployment is the latest action taken by the Trump administration to the caravan of several thousand Central American asylum seekers currently traveling through Mexico toward the United States.
A migrant caravan continued its journey North on Sunday after being halted in a confrontation with Mexican police. The caravan carrying Honduran migrants aims to reach the United States. The migrant caravan includes nearly 5,000 people. Mexican authorities began allowing a small number of migrants to proceed to refugee camps on Friday.
President Trump warned on Thursday he will shut down the southwest US border if Mexico does not stop the migrant caravan. Trump also said he will discontinue foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Mexico will request help from the UN refugee office to handle the influx of Honduran migrants arriving with the caravan.
A migrant caravan organizer was detained in Guatemala on Tuesday as US officials threatened to withdraw aid from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador if migrant flow to the US was not stopped. The Honduras government urged citizens not to join the US caravan. Estimates claim up to 2,000 migrants are part of the caravan.
It was announced on Monday that the Trump administration will cap the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the US at 30,000 for fiscal-year 2019, the lowest ceiling placed on the program since its creation in 1980. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the record low number reflected the ‘daunting operational reality’ of the refugee crisis. The new cap comes amid efforts by President Trump to control immigration.