Stories by Stef W. Kight

ACLU sues Trump administration over Central America asylum agreements

Donald Trump in front of a section of the border wall.
Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Image

The ACLU and other advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Trump administration's asylum agreements that allow Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to be sent to Guatemala.

Why it matters: The "safe third country" agreements with Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador would keep more asylum seekers out of the U.S., but critics say the program doesn't inform migrants of their other options and sends them to countries that can't offer security. Only the Guatemala agreement is in effect so far.

Federal judge temporarily stops states from denying refugees

Donald Trump looking upset in the oval office.
President Trump. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday, temporarily blocking President Trump’s executive order which allowed state and local governments to refuse accepting refugee resettlements.

Why it matters: A week earlier, Texas became the first state to say it would not accept refugees. More refugees resettled in the state last year than any other.

Go deeper: Republican governors reject Trump’s offer to ban refugees

Trump’s big border wall win

Donald Trump's head in the bottom left corner with the border wall — with metal slats — in the background.
Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump has successfully built an immigration wall that has proven impenetrable for tens of thousands of migrants — it's just not the physical one he and others obsess about.

What's happening: The number of attempted border crossings is falling, and denial rates are climbing. The very nations most migrants flee from are now the nations where asylum seekers are being sent.