News fom the National Immigration Forum
– As the Trump administration continues to try to enforce its way out of this crisis, wait times at ports of entry across the southern border are threatening the “$1.7 billion-a-day in goods that crosses the border between the United States and Mexico,” reports. “The clogged checkpoints are frustrating bankers, business leaders, local residents and even Mexico’s foreign minister, who called the reassignment of hundreds of border officers to other parts of the nearly 2,000-mile boundary a ‘very bad idea.’” The longer goods idle on either side of the border, the more they cost.
– During a fundraising visit to San Antonio on Wednesday, President Trump said he was “going to have to call up more military” to the southern border, Jeff Mason reports for. As a reminder, under federal law, “troops will not be allowed to detain immigrants, seize drugs from smugglers or have any direct involvement in stopping a migrant caravan that is still about 1,000 miles from the nearest border crossing,” thereported in October.
– Republican Senators are pushing back against the administration’s purge of Department of Homeland Security leadership,’s Justin Sink reports. “Senator Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, said he was gathering signatures on a letter warning Trump not to remove the department’s general counsel, John Mitnick.” Meanwhile,reports that the president is “toggling between Kushner, who has spent months fashioning an immigration package that can attract bipartisan support and appease the business community, and Miller, who as a Senate aide was notorious for killing legislation like that.”
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