Thursday's News: A whistleblower complaint emerges about a call President Trump made to a foreign leader, Saudi Arabia says it has evidence Iran was responsible for airstrikes on two of its oil facilities and President Trump stops by a newly built section of border wall during his California visit.
President Trump on Wednesday toured a border barrier here along the U.S.-Mexico divide while his top aides conducted a Coast Guard flyover of the double-layered, steel fencing — part of a show of force ahead of the 2020 election aimed reducing a massive spike in unauthorized immigration.
The White House is considering a plan that would keep most refugees who are fleeing war, persecution and famine out of the United States, significantly cutting back a decades-old program, according to current and former administration officials.
Medical professionals and children’s welfare advocates have warned of health risks from detaining migrant children and separating them from family members. Now, a government agency has delivered a comprehensive report on the issue.
President Trump is so eager to complete hundreds of miles of border fence ahead of the 2020 presidential election that he has directed aides to fast-track billions of dollars’ worth of construction contracts, aggressively seize private land and disregard environmental rules, according to current and former officials involved with the project.
The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally, replacing a decades-old court agreement that imposed a limit on how long the government could hold migrant children in custody and specified the level of care they must receive.
At President Trump’s speeches and rallies, Stephen Miller often can be found backstage, watching the teleprompter operator. As other White House staffers chat or look at their phones, Miller’s attention remains glued to the controls.
A federal appeals court said Friday that President Trump can begin blocking some Central American migrants from applying for asylum in the United States, but only along parts of the border with Mexico.