Stories by Stef W. Kight

Furious Trump targets Democratic "sanctuary cities"

This image is a birds eye view of highways in Mexico.
Trucks line up at the port of entry from Mexicali, Mexico, to Calexico, Calif. (Mark Holtzman/West Coast Aerial Photography Inc. via AP)

President Trump is embracing increasingly extreme immigration ideas, in part because he is furious at his inability to get instant border results through executive fiat, top officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: Trump is drawn to maximalist, click-your-fingers ideas that can be legally dubious or outright illegal.

Trump administration denied almost a third of new H-1B visas last quarter

Almost a third of new applications for the high-skilled worker H-1B visa were denied in the first quarter of this fiscal year — a higher rate than any annual H-1B denial rate in at least a decade, according to a new analysis by the National Foundation for American Policy.

Data: National Foundation for American Policy; Chart: Axios Visuals

Border crossings in March reach highest level in a decade

A large group of migrants checking in with CBP officers.
U.S. Border Patrol agents provide food, water and medical screening to scores of migrants at a processing center. Photo: Mani Albrecht/U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Getty Images

Border patrol encountered 103,492 migrants attempting to cross the border illegally last month — the highest number for March in over a decade, according to newly released data from the Department of Homeland Security.

Why it matters: Border patrol and ICE have been releasing many migrant families almost immediately due to limited space in detention centers. The majority of these migrants are families and minors — a stark difference from years past when border crossings were this high, but mostly consisted of single, Mexican adults. In response to the recent surge, President Trump has directed top officials to execute the most aggressive changes in immigration policy since his inauguration.