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
“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.
“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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A seven-year-old girl who crossed the US-Mexico border with her father last week died hours after being taken into the custody of the US Border Patrol, federal immigration authorities confirmed on Thursday.
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.