Donald Trump immigration policy

Trump wants increased protections for Venezuelans fleeing to U.S.

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President Trump said he's looking to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to the thousands of Venezuelans who have fled to the U.S. as a result of the violent unrest in their home country, reports AP.

The big picture: A core component of Trump's presidency has been his tough stance on immigration from Latin American countries. However, he is taking a different approach to Venezuelans seeking to migrate to the U.S. — likely because his administration opposes Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

Federal government opens new holding facility for migrant children

Migrants being processed by Border Patrol
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The federal government has plans to open up a new detention facility in Texas that will house migrant children, and is also considering housing minors at military bases, reports AP.

Why it matters: Border Patrol facilities are overwhelmed, and this new Carrizo Springs, Tex., facility will house 1,600 minors while 3 military bases in Georgia, Montana and Oklahoma could support another 1,400 kids, per AP. The new facility will be considered "temporary housing," so the federal government won't be required to meet child welfare licensing requirements.

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