On Monday, Judge Trevor McFadden of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the House of Representatives lacked standing to sue executive branch departments to prevent them from spending money to build a border wall. The full ruling is below.
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On May 7, the Ninth Circuit stayed an injunction against the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. That policy, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), requires the return of certain migrants to Mexico pending a full immigration court hearing.
Editor's note: This post is a translation of "How Many Central Americans Are Traveling North?," by Stephanie Leutert and Sarah Spalding. The original English version of the post is available here.
Editor's note: A version of this piece is now available in Spanish here. Nota editorial: Se puede leer este post en español aquí.
On Friday, the president issued the following proclamation establishing that a national emergency exists on the southern border pursuant to the National Emergencies Act.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
In recent weeks, the prospect that President Trump might declare a national emergency in order to fund the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has triggered new concerns regarding his administration’s commitment to the rule of law.
Over the next five months, travelers crossing external borders in Hungary, Latvia and Greece will have the opportunity to participate in the European Union’s latest effort to increase the security, efficiency and efficacy of its border checkpoints. The new system, “iBorderCtrl,” involves a voluntary two-step procedure. First, travelers register online, where an animated border agent asks a series of questions.
On Thursday, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security announced an amendment to the rules governing asylum requests rendering ineligible for asylum those who attempt to enter the United States in violation of an order issued under Section 212(f) or 215(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Those statutes give the president certain authorities to restrict the entry of aliens to the United States.
The sun was setting over the southern Mexican highway that hugs the Guatemala-Mexico border. Any tourists sitting along the road might have taken a photo or commented to one another on the picturesque rural backdrop. Yet it barely registered for the four Hondurans with whom I was traveling. “You pass through so many beautiful places as you move through Mexico,” José said to me as he waved toward the sunset, “but you are usually too tired or miserable to enjoy it.”
On June 20, President Trump signed the following order to end the administration’s policy of separating families who attempt to enter the country illegally. Under the new policy, the administration will detain parents and children together “where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.”