Border Control

Trump wants to reprogram DHS money for ICE detention operations
This is the fourth consecutive fiscal year in which DHS has diverted money for immigrant enforcement

A United States Custom and Border Protection in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border. President Donald Trump wants to divert over $200 million from the Department of Homeland Security to pay for items that include more ICE detention beds and hearing locations for migrants told to remain in Mexico. (Jinitzail Hernández/CQ Roll Call)

Trump dings Biden during post-shootings trip, as lawmakers handle visits differently
‘Take these assault weapons off the streets,’ Sherrod Brown tells president in Dayton

Demonstrators line a street in Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday before a visit from President Donald Trump. From there, he visited El Paso, Texas. Both cities were scenes of mass shootings last weekend that collectively left 31 people dead and dozens wounded. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump met privately Wednesday in Ohio and Texas with survivors of two deadly mass shootings, but he found time to publicly ridicule 2020 Democratic front-runner Joe Biden as several local lawmakers took differing approaches to his visits.

The day’s traveling press pool was not allowed access to Trump and first lady Melania Trump as they met with shooting survivors and local officials at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told reporters aboard Air Force One as the president flew to El Paso, Texas, for a similar meeting that Trump was not there for a “photo op.” (The White House, however, released its own photos in a tweet.)

Democrats say support for new NAFTA depends on Trump
Trump administration will have to offer House Democrats some changes

Democratic working group on trade is led by House Ways and Means chairman Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressional action on the United States-Mexico-Canada trade pact to replace the NAFTA agreement will depend on whether the Trump administration offers House Democrats changes that will achieve “substantial and real” improvements to the agreement, a trade working group said in a report to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“It is time for the administration to present its proposals and to show its commitment to passing the new NAFTA and delivering on its own promises,” the group of Democrats wrote.

Divided House Democrats punt border bill until after recess
‘We want to make sure we do what we’re going to do right,’ Hoyer says

Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar represents El Paso, which has seen a huge influx of migrants. Some Democratic aides said her immigration bill “demonized” U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Disagreement in the House Democratic Caucus finally derailed a bill that would have provided more oversight over border agencies coping with an influx of asylum seekers from Central America.

“We want to make sure we do what we’re going to do right,” House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer told reporters Thursday afternoon. “There are a number of things that need to be dealt with on the policy. … I think we need to do that in a thoughtful way.”

Trump’s new asylum rule left dead in the water after court decisions
The Supreme Court may ultimately have to decide the issue

People gather for a protest on President Trump’s immigration policy outside of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington on July 12, 2019. Two contradictory federal court decisions have disrupted President Donald Trump’s latest attempt to tighten asylum laws. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Two contradictory federal court decisions, both on the same day, have disrupted President Donald Trump’s latest attempt to tighten asylum laws, and the Supreme Court may ultimately have to decide the issue.

A federal judge in California late Wednesday temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s new rule that requires asylum seekers transiting a third country to request protections there first before applying for asylum in the United States.

Road ahead: All eyes on the budget and debt limit deal, except when Mueller testifies
House to tackle border issues, while Senate will confirm Defense secretary, clear 9/11 compensation bill

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wants to clear the debt deal this week before the chamber departs for the August recess. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

All eyes this week will be on whether House lawmakers are able to pass a deal to raise the debt limit and set spending levels for the next two years before leaving for the August recess on Friday.

That is except, of course, when former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III seizes all the attention when he testifies before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

Senators roll out pilot program to speed asylum claims
Plan would streamline process for migrant families who have legitimate claims

Republican senators behind the asylum proposal include Ron Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A group of nine senators — six Republicans and three Democrats — is proposing a new pilot program to better manage the influx of families seeking asylum at the southwest border.

“Operation Safe Return,” as the group calls it, would be the first bipartisan step to address the situation at the border, the senators said in a letter Thursday to Trump administration officials. Their plan would streamline the process by which migrant families who have legitimate claims for asylum are processed at the border, and swiftly weed out those who do not.

Presidential hopeful Jay Inslee says Trump’s immigration policies will ‘end his presidency’
As he did in Democratic debate, Washington governor mocks presidential threat to send refugees to his state

Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a protest on President Trump’s immigration policy outside of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office on Friday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee replayed his greatest hit from last month’s Democratic debate, telling a rally against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies Friday that he sees refugees arriving at the border differently.

“He has tried to threaten me, saying, ‘Well we are going to send our refugees to Washington’ and my response was, ‘Send them,’” Inslee said outside the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s headquarters, echoing a similar comment he made in a televised debate. “We like refugees, we welcome immigrants in our state.”

Hirono gives emotional plea for migrant children and families

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, attends a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Democrats' year end priorities including "reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program, funding community health centers, and passing the Dream Act," on December 14, 2017. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Capitol Police arrest 18 protesting ICE, treatment of detained migrants
Demonstration organized by Never Again Action group

Eighteen people protesting the treatment of immigrants at detention facilities in the U.S. were arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police in the Cannon House Office Building on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (Chris Marquette/CQ Roll Call)

Eighteen people protesting the treatment of immigrants at U.S. detention facilities in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building were arrested Tuesday by the Capitol Police.

The protesters from the Never Again Action — an advocacy group comprised of Jewish organizers and affiliates — called for the closure of immigration detention camps and decried what they called human rights violations at the hands of U.S. officials. The group also urged members of Congress to cut funding for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.