New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions
NEW YORK TIMES: President Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more aggressively, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport those in the country illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes. Documents released on Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security revealed the broad scope of the president’s ambitions: to publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants; strip such immigrants of privacy protections; enlist local police officers as enforcers; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations.
Paul Ryan will tour the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time as immigration debate heats up
WASHINGTON POST: House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is leading a delegation of lawmakers to the U.S.-Mexico border this week as Congress debates how to pay for President Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall to keep out undocumented immigrants. It will be the first trip to the U.S-Mexico line for the Wisconsin Republican, who arrived in Texas on Monday to attend a fundraiser with members of the state’s GOP delegation. On Wednesday, Ryan is scheduled to visit the U.S. Border Patrol station in McAllen for a day-long tour of the Rio Grande Valley.
Ryan’s border visit launches push for Trump’s wall
POLITICO: Paul Ryan will take his first tour of the U.S. southern border Wednesday, kicking off in earnest House Republicans’ bid to fund Donald Trump’s wall with Mexico and potentially even change laws governing the arrival of undocumented immigrants. The trip to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, where more than half of all undocumented immigrants are apprehended on the southern border, is a direct nod to the president’s campaign pledge.
Avni: Why Team Trump needs to fix US-Mexico relations — fast
NEW YORK POST: Send in the clean-up crews.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly will land in Mexico City Wednesday. Like “the Wolf,” Harvey Keitel’s character in “Pulp Fiction,” their task is to mop up the mess. It’s a recurring theme for the Trump administration. Vice President Mike Pence was sent last week to massage wounded European Union egos hurt during the election campaign. Defense Secretary James Mattis was dispatched to reassure NATO leaders they’re not “obsolete,” promise Iraqis we won’t “take their oil” and calm South Korean and Japanese nerves.
As Mexico awaits U.S. visit, many question the point of talking to a government seen as hostile
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Mexican officials are hoping for a bit more calm, less vitriol and more constructive talk with the U.S. this week when the secretaries of state and homeland security arrive after months in which U.S. President Donald Trump has hammered Mexico. Rex Tillerson and John Kelly are widely seen as less combative than their boss. But many Mexicans are starting to question the point of even talking to a U.S. government that has promised repeatedly to hit Mexico with tariffs, border walls and deportations.
Two members of Trump’s Cabinet are heading to Mexico. Here are five things to watch
LOS ANGELES TIMES: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly are heading to Mexico this week for high-stakes talks with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other top officials. The visit, during which the diplomats are expected to discuss trade, security and other issues, comes at a frosty moment in U.S.-Mexico relations. Last month, Peña Nieto canceled a scheduled visit to Washington after Trump vowed on Twitter to make Mexico pay for construction of a massive border wall between the two nations.
Supreme Court divided over U.S.-Mexico border shooting
USA TODAY: A closely divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with what one justice called the “very sympathetic case” of a Mexican teenager shot and killed from across the border by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Denied any legal recourse by lower courts that said Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca lacked constitutional protection inside Mexico, the 15-year-old’s parents received encouraging support from the high court’s liberal justices during an hourlong oral argument that could prove pivotal.
Under Stress, US-Mexico Intelligence Ties Could Fray
ARIZONA PUBLIC MEDIA: The U.S. Congressional Research Service says intelligence cooperation between Mexico and the United States has become closer in the last decade on issues important to both countries, such as illegal immigration, border security, drugs and human trafficking. But that critical intelligence relationship may be under examination in Mexico. The country is trying to fashion a response to a suite of economic threats issued by the new U.S. administration. And security is one serious chip to play.
Trump’s envoys head to Mexico as cracks emerge in border wall plan
THE GUARDIAN: Mexico will host its first high-profile Donald Trump envoys this week with at least one consolation: the proposed border wall is itself walled in, for now, by Washington bureaucracy. Federal agencies are reportedly resisting the idea and Congress is hesitant to fund it, leaving the president fighting a lonely battle to keep his campaign promise. Instead of a 2,000-mile “big, beautiful wall”, Trump may emerge from Washington’s policy labyrinth with a fence covering a few hundred miles.
Immigration agents can ramp up deportations
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: Immigration agents can ramp up deportations from the interior of the country while discouraging asylum seekers at U.S. borders under policies laid out Tuesday by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Experts said the policies — which implement President Donald Trump’s executive orders last month on immigration and border security — give officials broad authority to deport people who normally would have to go before an immigration judge before being removed from the country.