State of the USG shutdown: negotiations are stalemated, federal workers are missing their paychecks, and Trump seems to be getting ready to declare a national emergency and use disaster funding designated for the Army Corps of Engineers to pay for his wall.
Trump’s bogus wall: why it won’t stop drug smuggling, cut down on the number of asylum seekers, or reduce crime. What it will do: reduce U.S. economic growth, threaten Social Security, and damage the environment.
A recent opinion survey finds that 56 percent of Americans oppose substantially expanding the wall at the Mexican border while 40 percent favor such a move. Other survey findings: only 16 percent of Americans believe Mexico will pay for the wall, and 73 percent favor granting legal status to the DACA dreamers – immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children.
This week Trump claimed Mexico has paid for his wall at the border through a renegotiated NAFTA agreement. This is not true. Here’s why and here’s a brief summary of Trump’s public statements on how Mexico would be certain to pay for the wall.
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the massive tent city in Tornillo, Texas, where the USG has been holding migrant children, will be closed this weekend. However, it’s not clear how many of the children have been placed with sponsors and how many have been sent to another HHS shelter.
This is an excellent, three-minute video that delineates the racist roots of U.S. immigration laws.