Dec 30, 2017

Fewer immigrants crossed the southwest border when Trump became president

When Donald Trump became President in January, there was a dramatic drop in the number of immigrants who illegally crossed the U.S. southwest border.

Reproduced from U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Chart: Axios Visuals

Why it matters: The uncertainty of what would happen to DACA and other Obama-era immigration policies may have caused fewer people to try to cross the border illegally. And Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Axios in October that he credited the decline in border crossings to Trump's tough-on-immigration stance.

Go deeper: Trump's first year in office saw 177,000 fewer deportations than Obama's first year.

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Court rules Trump can use military funds for border wall

President Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego in 2018. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

A Louisiana federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled in favor of President Trump's plan to divert $3.6 billion from military projects to build the border wall.

Why it matters: The New Orleans U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' overturning of a Texas judge's order last month that blocked the plan is a victory for Trump, who's faced legal challenges from several groups and states.

Go deeperArrowJan 9, 2020

Inslee calls reports of U.S.-Iranian citizens being held at border alarming

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Monday called reports that dozens of Canadian and American citizens faced hours of questioning at the U.S.-Canada border because of their Iranian heritage over the weekend "deeply alarming." Customs and Border Protection denies the allegations.

Driving the news: Civil rights group the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it's been "assisting more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans of all ages who were detained at length and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Wash."

Go deeperArrowJan 7, 2020

Trump admin says it completed 100th mile of southern border wall

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The Trump administration announced on Friday it completed the first 100 miles of barrier wall along the southwest border.

What he's saying: From Yuma, Arizona, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf touted the new 30-foot wall and responded to critics who claim it only replaces previously existing fencing. "We have replaced 1970s-era landing mat fence that was easy to compromise, or vehicle barriers that were easy to defeat, with state-of-the-art infrastructure and detection capabilities," Wolf said.

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