When it comes to policy issues at the center of the U.S.-Mexico relationship, drug trafficking and migrant smuggling are near the top of the list. Yet while President Trump is happy to make off-the-cuff comments about criminal aliens or dangerous drug traffickers, it’s much rarer to hear from people who have viewed these issues from the field.
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On January 25th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements," marking the first step in building a full-length border wall along the United States’ southern border. The order spurred the U.S. government into action, but the wall’s speedy and complete construction is by no means a done deal.
The Department of Homeland Security released two implementation memos today providing guidance to DHS personnel regarding President Trump’s Executive Orders restricting immigration and refugee policies. The memos are substantively the same as the copies released over the weekend and dated February 17th, 2017.
Below is an overview of both memoranda.
The DHS Border Memo: Ramping Up Expedited Removal and Raising Tensions with Mexico and with Due Process
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has just sent two memos to the White House for review that could fundamentally reshape U.S. immigration enforcement and exacerbate tensions with Mexico. The memos lay the groundwork for reducing procedural safeguards on removal of noncitizens through expanded use of “expedited removal” procedures.
Yesterday, President Donald Trump took the first step toward constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The executive order that he signed (one of two from yesterday), ordered the federal government to begin planning, designing, and constructing the much-promised wall, shift federal funds toward its construction, and provide a report on the security of the southern border within 180 days.
Two executive orders released today dealt with the new administration’s immigration policy. One, summarized here, focuses on immigration enforcement in the context of border security.
This afternoon, the Trump administration released the text of a new executive order concerning “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.” The stated purpose of the order is to improve national security policy and public safety measures by “direct[ing] executive departments and agencies  to deploy all lawful means to secure the Nation’s southern border, to prevent further illegal immigration into the United States and to repatriate i
According to the BBC, the US Customs and Border Patrol has published a Federal Register notice that would change the terms of entry for visitors to the United States arriving under the Visa Waiver Program or using the tradtional I-94 visa program.
Passenger Name Records (or PNR) are the data collected by an airline at the time of a passenger's reservation. The data in a PNR is often very detailed and robust. It may, for example, include a cell phone number for text updates or an email address. It will typically also include an address, a credit card number, the name of the traveler, seat selection and flight data, and a link to other travelers who are in the same group or made reservations at the same time. Beyond these basics the PNR can also include a host of other miscellaneous data, like frequent flyer numbers and such.
Under the shadow of Mexico’s twin volcanoes in the tiny mountainous village of San Mateo Ozolco, Erasmo Aparicio stands outside his house, arms crossed, black hood pulled down over his hair.