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US extends troop deployment at Mexico border Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The Pentagon said Monday it would extend until September 30 the deployment of active-duty soldiers and Coast Guard members at the US-Mexico border, while expanding the mission to include surveillance and detection. Lengthening the troops' mission past a January 31 deadline, the..

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What Did Donald Trump’s Tweet About H-1B Visas Mean? Monday, January 14th, 2019

On January 11, 2019, Donald Trump surprised the business and policy community by announcing via Twitter that positive “changes are coming soon” for H-1B visa holders. What does this announcement mean for H-1B professionals and their employers? “H-1B holders in the United States can rest..

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Calls for Huawei boycott get mixed response in Europe

PARIS, (AFP) - Europe is giving US-led calls for a boycott of Huawei 5G telecoms equipment a mixed reception, with some governments untroubled by spy suspicions against the Chinese giant, but others backing a ban. In the latest setback for the company, Huawei said Saturday it had fired an employee..

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Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse expected in Canada Sunday, January 13th, 2019

TORONTO, (AP) An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who said she was abused and feared death if deported back home was expected to arrive Saturday in Canada, which has granted her asylum. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would accept Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun as a refugee, capping a dramatic..

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Trump threatens emergency declaration ahead of border visit Thursday, January 10th, 2019

By CATHERINE LUCEY, LISA MASCARO and LAURIE KELLMAN, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress if he can’t reach a deal with Democrats to fund his promised border wall. He headed to the U.S.-Mexico border to draw..

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Trump insists on steel wall with Mexico in prime-time speech Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - President Donald Trump used a prime-time address to the nation Tuesday to insist on $5.7 billion for a steel wall along the Mexican border that he said would stop the shedding of "American blood" by illegal immigrants. The nine-minute speech from the storied Oval Office in the..

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The reality on the border: How much will a wall really help? Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

By COLLEEN LONG, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says there is a security crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border that can be addressed only by spending $5.7 billion on a wall. Democrats have flatly refused to agree to the funding. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the wall an..

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Thai police say they won’t deport Saudi woman seeking asylum Monday, January 7th, 2019

By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA and AYA BATRAWY, BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand’s immigration police said Monday that an 18-year-old Saudi woman who was stopped in Bangkok as she was trying to travel to Australia for asylum to escape alleged abuse by her family will not be sent anywhere against her..

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Italy says not aware of asylum request by N.Korean diplomat Friday, January 4th, 2019

ROME, (AFP) - Italy is not aware of any asylum request from North Korea's top diplomat in Rome who has reportedly gone into hiding in the country, a source close to the foreign ministry said Thursday. "We have no knowledge" of such a request, the source told AFP, adding that the ministry had..

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Tear gas fired as dozens of migrants try illegal crossing to US Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

TIJUANA, Mexico, (AFP) - US Border Patrol agents used tear gas and pepper spray to counter rock-throwing migrants when a group of about 150 tried to illegally cross the border from Mexico, leading to 25 arrests, the agency said on Tuesday. It is the second time since November that border officers..

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House Democrats have plan to fund government, but not a wall Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO, WASHINGTON, (AP) - A week and a half into a partial government shutdown, House Democrats released their plan to re-open the government without approving money for President Donald Trump's border wall. At the same time, the president struggled to find leverage to break..

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Immigration Officials Say They Had No Contact With Suspect Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities say they had no contact with a Mexican national suspected of killing a California police officer until the man was arrested last week. The killing rekindled a national debate over sanctuary policies and prompted President Trump to call for..

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FACT CHECK: Trump twists facts of child migrant deaths Monday, December 31st, 2018

By CALVIN WOODWARD, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, in his first public words about two migrant children who died in Border Patrol custody, misrepresented the circumstances of their deaths as he sought to deflect any responsibility from U.S. authorities. All the facts are not..

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Police killing suspect was fleeing to Mexico, sheriff says Sunday, December 30th, 2018

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and JOCELYN GECKER, SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down a California policeman was in the U.S. illegally and was captured while planning to flee to his native Mexico, a sheriff announced as he all but blamed the state’s sanctuary law for the officer’s..

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No-Confidence Survivor: Theresa May and Brexit Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Theresa May’s prime ministership remains one of torment, drawn out, and weakened daily. But does it really matter? If it is true to claim that people deserve the..