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Trump May Issue His First Veto to the New Congress

Stephen Miller says Trump will stand by his national-emergency plan

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the US-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday. White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told Fox News Sunday that "the president... More »

DOJ Warns White House About Emergency Declaration

Courts expected to block border wall move

(Newser) - President Trump says he will sign an emergency declaration to secure funding for a border wall—but he has been warned that the move is likely to encounter a wall of lawsuits from Democrats, immigration advocates, and environmentalists, among others. Sources tell ABC News that the Justice Department has told... More »

Trump Confirms He Will Sign Border Deal, Declare Emergency

White House issues official statement soon after McConnell confirmed Trump would sign

(Newser) - President Trump will sign Congress' border security compromise. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed that Thursday, followed quickly by confirmation from the White House. The announcements removed the last ounce of suspense over the fate of a bill that would provide just a sliver of the money Trump wants to... More »

Trump Looking for 'Land Mines' in Border Deal

Most predict he will sign it

(Newser) - It's the billion-dollar-and-change question: Will President Trump sign a tentative bipartisan border deal that would allocate $1.38 billion for border fencing (he has maintained he needs $5.7 billion) and avoid a second government shutdown at midnight Friday? USA Today reports the House has scheduled a vote for... More »

Another State to Pull Its Troops From Border

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says 'crisis' is 'manufactured'

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops Monday from the state's southern border with Mexico in defiance of the Trump administration's request for support from border states. About 100 of the 360 troops will remain deployed under California's agreement with the federal... More »

More Wire Was Put on City's Border Wall. It Wants It Gone

Resolution out of Nogales, Ariz., calls razor wire 'not only irresponsible but inhuman'

(Newser) - A border wall stretching between downtown Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico, now has even more barbed wire—and the city council for the US side is demanding the government take the wire down within city limits, threatening legal action if it doesn't do so, per the AP . The concertina... More »

NM Governor Sees No Crisis, Makes Border Move

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham orders withdrawal of most National Guard troops

(Newser) - The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state's National Guard troops from the US border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges President Trump's description of a security crisis. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the partial withdrawal shortly before Trump'... More »

Pentagon Sends More Troops to the Border

Roughly 3,750 service members will be heading south

(Newser) - The Pentagon says it's sending about 3,750 more US troops to the southwest border to help out Customs and Border Protection, CNN reports. The mission is slated to last 90 days and will include mobile surveillance as well as the placement of 150 miles of wire between ports... More »

Trump Resurrects the Word 'Wall'

President also says Republicans 'wasting their time' in border security talks with Democrats

(Newser) - Forget "barrier," "steel slats," "bollard wall," or "fence." President Trump wants everyone to revert to a more basic term: "Lets just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games!" he tweeted on Thursday, reports USA Today . "... More »

Record Migrant Group Tunnels Under Border Wall

The asylum seekers mostly come with minors

(Newser) - A record-high group of migrants entered the US on Monday by tunneling under a border wall near San Luis, Arizona, ABC News reports. The 376 asylum seekers can be seen on US Border Patrol video walking along the border fence to be processed by agents in the Yuma area. "... More »

Trump Offers 'Compromise' Plan to Dems

The president would extend DACA protection for a border wall

(Newser) - In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the US illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange or his long-promised border wall, the AP reports. But while Trump cast the move as... More »

Dems Make an Offer on Border Security

And President Trump plans to speak Saturday afternoon

(Newser) - The first tangible signs of movement may be emerging in the impasse that has shut down the government for weeks: President Donald Trump is promising a "major announcement" about the closure and the US-Mexico border and Democrats are pledging more money for border security, the AP reports. It was... More »

US May Have Undercounted Children Separated at Border

Official figure of about 2.7K doesn't include kids separated before court-ordered accounting

(Newser) - Government investigators said Thursday that thousands more migrant children may have been separated from their families than the Trump administration has acknowledged. A report from the Health and Human Services inspector general's office found that family separations were occurring before the spring of last year, when the administration announced... More »

Border Wall GoFundMe Donors Getting Their Cash Back

Brian Kolfage's campaign falls short of the $1B mark, triggering refunds, but he's not done yet

(Newser) - The 340,000 people who sent their cash to one of GoFundMe's top fundraisers ever will be getting a refund. As Mashable reports, Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage's campaign to privately fund President Trump's border wall racked up $20 million—a giant sum by the site's... More »

Graham Urges Trump to Use Emergency Powers

Trump eyes Army Corps of Engineers funding

(Newser) - The government shutdown caused by the border wall standoff is now in its 21st day—tied for the longest ever—and both sides are braced for President Trump to use his emergency powers to break the impasse and pay for the wall. Many Republicans are uncomfortable with the idea, but... More »

Here's What Trump Had to Say During Border Visit

'A lot of the crime in our country is caused by what's coming through here'

(Newser) - President Trump spoke in front of a table full of guns, cash, and drugs—all items Border Patrol agents have seized—during his Thursday visit to the US-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas. "If we had a barrier of any kind, a powerful barrier, whether it’s steel or concrete... More »

Here's What Trump Will Do During His Border Visit

He still might declare national emergency

(Newser) - President Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the US-Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for the border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands. On Wednesday, Trump stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders —"I said bye-bye," he tweeted soon... More »

In Prime-Time Speech, Trump Pushes for a Wall

But president does not declare an emergency in order to build the wall

(Newser) - President Trump called the situation at the US-Mexico border a "humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul" in a national address Tuesday night—but he stopped short of declaring a formal emergency in order to get a border wall built. In his brief... More »

Trump Plans Prime-Time Speech, Trip to the Border

President adds two big items to this week's schedule

(Newser) - President Trump appears poised to ramp up his arguments for a border wall with a prime-time address to the nation and a visit to the US-Mexico border. Trump tweeted that he will speak at 9pm Tuesday "on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border." And... More »

Trump: I May Call a National Emergency

The president spoke in the White House Rose Garden

(Newser) - President Trump opened a meeting with Congressional leaders Friday by launching into a 15-minute profanity-laced tirade and saying the federal shutdown is really a "strike," sources tell CNN . Trump also turned to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and touched on the issue of impeachment, prompting her to remind him... More »

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