Migrant dies while in custody of Border Patrol in Texas, reports say

A Mexican national who was detained by Border Patrol for illegal re-entry died Monday at a hospital in Texas, becoming the third detainee since December to die while in custody.

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Trump’s emergency declaration is legal and needed to protect America – Here’s why | Fox News

President Trump took bold and decisive action in the best interests of the American people when he declared a national emergency Friday to enable construction of a badly needed barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border to stymie human trafficking, drug trafficking and criminal crossings.

The president’s move is a dramatic contrast to the radical position of Democrats supporting open borders and the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, a vital law enforcement organization that protects our national security.

President Trump’s national emergency declaration is well within his executive authority. Along with other executive action and a new spending bill passed by Congress, it will permit him to reallocate and aggregate $8.1 billion in funding for a barrier along our southern border

TRUMP DECLARES EMERGENCY ON BORDER, EYES $8B FOR WALL AS HE SIGNS SPENDING PACKAGE

“We fight wars that are 6,000 miles away – wars that we should have never been in in many cases, but don’t control our own border,” the president said in announcing his action.

Source: Trump’s emergency declaration is legal and needed to protect America – Here’s why | Fox News

Could California produce soon cost you more?

Farmers are grappling with continuing labor shortages that politicians promise to ease but so far to no avail

“There’s nothing better than a hand-picked crop,” says Jeff Percy, vice president of southern production for Castroville-based Ocean Mist, the country’s largest grower of fresh artichokes.

“But there’s the minimum wage, the cost,” he says. “The bottom line is, we have to compete.”

California farmers, anchors of a $50 billion industry that represents 13 percent of the nation’s agricultural value and a critical source of its produce and milk, are facing an unprecedented squeeze on their livelihoods that could have repercussions in households from coast to coast.

Beyond a decade-in-the-making labor shortage, spurred in part by a lack of replacements for an aging work force, California’s newly enacted overtime pay law and the Trump administration’s tense rhetoric over immigration have ratcheted up concern among both farmers and those they rely on to work the land.

Farm workers who once crossed the Mexican border routinely for seasonal work in el norte now express deep fears about making the trip, effectively cutting off the supply of labor south of the border.

Source: Could California produce soon cost you more?

Nearly 60,000 noncitizens may have illegally voted in Texas, officials say

About 95,000 people who are not U.S. citizens could be improperly registered to vote in Texas, and about 58,000 of those cast a ballot “in one or more Texas elections,” according to state officials.

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley said Friday his office and the Department of Public Safety conducted a yearlong investigation into Texas voter rolls to identify registered voters who may not have U.S. citizenship, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Those names were passed on to the Texas attorney general, who vowed to investigate possible illegal activity and prosecute those who have broken the law. Voting in a U.S. election when not eligible is a felony with a prison term of two to 20 years.

 

‘About 170 migrants dead’ in Mediterranean shipwrecks – BBC News

About 170 people are feared to have died in two separate Mediterranean shipwrecks, the UNHCR says.

The Italian navy reports a ship sank off the coast of Libya with 117 people on board, while Moroccan and Spanish authorities have tried to find a lost boat in the western Mediterranean.

The UN’s refugee agency could not independently verify the death tolls.

More than 2,200 people lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean in 2018.

“We cannot turn a blind eye to the high numbers of people dying on Europe’s doorstep,” UN refugee high commissioner Filippo Grandi said in a press release.

Source: ‘About 170 migrants dead’ in Mediterranean shipwrecks – BBC News

30 unaccompanied children were among 376 migrants who tunneled under border wall into Arizona | Fox News

The largest single group of asylum seekers ever to cross into the US tunneled beneath the border wall near San Luis, Arizona, earlier this week before turning themselves in to the feds, a new report said Friday.

Source: 30 unaccompanied children were among 376 migrants who tunneled under border wall into Arizona | Fox News

Migrant caravan freely crosses Mexican border after gates were left open, authorities avoided ‘confrontation’ | Fox News

Around 1,000 Central American migrants marched freely through the Guatemala-Mexico border on Friday after the gates were left wide open, with Mexican authorities standing down from confronting the caravan.

Source: Migrant caravan freely crosses Mexican border after gates were left open, authorities avoided ‘confrontation’ | Fox News

New migrant caravan leaves Honduras for journey to US border | Fox News

A new caravan of at least 500 migrants late Monday began its perilous journey from a rain-soaked bus station in Honduras to the United States border, members of the group told Fox News.

The scene was a familiar one: The group had a mix of people that included some mothers carrying their young children on their shoulders. It’s unclear where the group will rest, but past migrants have used the Honduran city of Quimistan, which is 35 miles from the bus stop, as an early checkpoint.

As they walked, some migrants pleaded with local store owners to give them food or water for their journey, according to the Associated Press.

Source: New migrant caravan leaves Honduras for journey to US border | Fox News

US fires tear gas at migrants at Mexico border crossing – BBC News

US border guards fire tear gas into Mexico as migrants try to cross the border near Tijuana.

US agents have fired tear gas over the border into Mexico at migrants trying to enter the country illegally.

Around 150 Central Americans tried to make the crossing near the town of Tijuana to the south of California on New Year’s Day.

One US official described the migrants as a “violent mob”.

It comes as the US federal government remains shut down as President Donald Trump and Congress argue over funding for his proposed border wall.

Source: US fires tear gas at migrants at Mexico border crossing – BBC News

1,700 US troops at Mexico border sent home because much of their mission ‘complete,’ officials say | Fox News

The U.S. Northern Command announced Thursday that some of the troops stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border would be sent home due to “the completion of border hardening missions.”

Source: 1,700 US troops at Mexico border sent home because much of their mission ‘complete,’ officials say | Fox News

Migrant group demands Trump either let them in or pay them each $50G to turn around: report | Fox News

Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands, with one delivering an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either let them in the United States pay them $50,000 each to go home.

Source: Migrant group demands Trump either let them in or pay them each $50G to turn around: report | Fox News

Trump threatens to have military build border wall if Pelosi, Schumer won’t budge

President Trump threatened Tuesday to have the military “build the remaining sections” of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, appearing to revive a call to use Pentagon money to finish the project as he braces for a tense meeting with congressional Democratic leaders opposed to the president’s funding request.

Source: Trump threatens to have military build border wall if Pelosi, Schumer won’t budge