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Migrants Amassing on Border, Many More on the Way

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During a Monday phone call for reporters, Homeland Security officials said about 6,000 Central American migrants have already reached the border at Tijuana, and between 8,500 and 10,500 are still trekking north in at least three separate caravans. San Diego’s San Ysidro Port of Entry can process only about 100 asylum seekers per day, so the thousands waiting and still traveling will have to be handled over a period of many months.

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Judge Allows Migrants to Request Asylum After Illegal Entry

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San Francisco District Judge Jon Tigar temporarily blocked President Trump’s new rule which prevents illegal border crossers from requesting asylum. The judge ruled that federal law allows any foreign national who reaches U.S. soil to request asylum. The ruling is a setback for the Administration’s attempt to cope with the Central American caravan now arriving at the southwest border.

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Interior Dept. Caught 4,000 Illegal Aliens Over Last 6 Months

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recently announced the results from a six-month pilot program designed to increase law enforcement presence on certain Interior lands along the US-Mexico border. During the last six months Interior officers apprehended 4,010 illegal aliens -- a 4,000 percent increase over a comparable period in 2016 -- and induced 224 foreign nationals to not enter the U.S., i.e., turn back.

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Surge Continues in Arizona as Caravan Arrives at California Border

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Border patrol agents in Arizona apprehended 654 illegal aliens in just two days this week in Arizona’s Yuma Sector. The migrants, mostly family units or unaccompanied alien children from Guatemala, are not believed to be associated with the Central American caravan. Apprehensions in the Yuma Sector in October (3,600) are up over 150% compared to last year.

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Optional Training Program for Foreign Students Hits All-Time High

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The number of foreign students and graduates participating in the Optional Training Program (OPT) hit an all-time high during the 2017-18 school year with more than 200,000 foreign students and graduates working in the U.S. OPT allows foreign students and graduates to work in the United States for 12 months (up to 36 months for students in STEM fields) to gain on-the-job experience.

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President Trump Continues to Call for an Increase in Foreign Workers

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  by  Eric Ruark

President Trump last week reiterated his call for more foreign workers to fill jobs apparently Americans won't do. This was lost in the blow-up between the President and CNN correspondent Jim Acosta. However, it isn't the first time the President has said this, and it isn't true.

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First of Caravan Migrants Reach SW Border

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Reports indicate splinter groups from Central American caravan reached Tijuana over the weekend. Yesterday some identified as caravan members by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) climbed the fence and sat on top of it. Others jumped to the ground or crawled through fence openings but returned to Mexican soil when Agents approached.

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Profile of DEM Freshmen Class Falls Short of Former Blue Dogs

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  by  Chris Chmielenski

When Democrats lost control of the House in 2010, a number of 'Blue Dog' Democrats who had earned B-grades or better through our immigration-reduction grade cards lost their seats. Since then, the Party has moved more and more towards supporting an expansion of legal immigration and less enforcement. Many of the newly elected Democrats will fill seats previously held by those 'Blue Dogs', but the lion's share of the incoming freshmen appear to be more in line with the national Party.

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President Limits Asylum Protections for Illegal Border Crossers

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President Trump today issued a presidential proclamation that requires migrants over the next 90 days to "lawfully present themselves" at a port of entry in order to apply for asylum. During that period, those crossing the border illegally will not be allowed to apply for asylum. He said he is taking immediate action “to protect the national interest, and to maintain the effectiveness of the asylum system.”

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9th Circuit Rules Administration Must Continue DACA Program

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled today the Trump Administration must continue accepting applications to renew Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, which provides work permits and a temporary stay of deportation to certain minors who came to the U.S. illegally. The ruling keeps in place for now a nationwide injunction blocking the Administration from ending the 2012 Obama program.

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