Oct 26, 2018

Report: Trump to close border, deny asylum to members of migrant caravan

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President Trump is planning on closing off the southern border to any Central Americans traveling toward the U.S. in the migrant caravan and denying any requests for asylum, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: He wants to invoke the same powers as he did during the 2017 travel ban, which says he can reject certain migrants from receiving asylum because it would be "detrimental to the interests of the United States," per the Post. Doing this could bring legal action from U.S. courts. He also plans to send around 1,000 additional troops for added security at the border.

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Podcast: Social media maelstrom

Hundreds of Facebook employees yesterday walked off the job, to protest the big blue app's refusal to pull certain posts from President Trump, days after Trump threatened to change the laws around social media in response to a Twitter fact-check. Dan digs into what comes next with attorney Stewart Baker, former Department of Homeland Security assistant secretary for policy.

ICE and border agents deployed to help with protest enforcement

Police near the White House during George Floyd protests. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Immigration agents have been deployed to assist federal, state and local law enforcement amid intensifying protests over the police killing of George Floyd, immigration agency officials confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: Local protests in cities across the U.S., a number of which have turned violent, have incited a strong federal response from agencies including the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — and President Trump himself.

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Biden: George Floyd's last words are "a wake-up call for our nation"

Former Vice President Joe Biden meets with clergy members and community activists during a visit to Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del. on June 1, 2020. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

Vice President Joe Biden is calling George Floyd’s dying words “a wake-up call for our nation,” and criticized President Trump’s decision to unleash tear gas on peaceful protesters outside the White House, in a civil rights speech from Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Biden in the address drew a sharp contrast between himself and Trump, whose first remarks addressing nationwide unrest Monday highlighted law and order, extreme demonstrations of militarized “strength” and other blustery threats.