Republicans should use 'nuclear option' on border law

Marcus Newton
April 4, 2018

"These people should be stopped at the border and vetted out, just the normal process, and we should have plenty of agents down there to do that", Rooney told CNN.

President Donald Trump says the USA has "horrible" and "very unsafe" immigration laws, and he is calling on Congress to "get their act together" to change them.

Trump said other countries are laughing at the US immigration laws, which he said "are so weak and so pathetic" that the migrants would be allowed to enter.

President Donald Trump has said he would use U.S. military forces to protect the border with Mexico until a long-promised wall is completed and "proper security" is in place.

Trump also spoke of a known caravan of migrants headed through Mexico toward the border at this moment, and demanded the caravan stop moving through a series of heated tweets.

U.S. Army General Joseph Votel, who oversees U.S. forces in the Middle East as the head of Central Command, said allied troops have made inroads in taking back Islamic State held territories, but said the group's presence "is not gone".

Under president George W Bush, National Guard forces from all 54 USA states and territories were used between 2006 and 2008 for things like border-related intelligence analysis, but did not have a direct law enforcement role, according to the Pentagon.

Trump begrudgingly signed a spending bill last month that provided far less money for the wall than he wanted. "It's like we have no border".

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An analysis by KXAN local news in 2016 found that most border arrests by state troopers were for drunk-driving and minor drug violations, not the smuggling of people or drugs.

Trump administration officials say they're crafting a new legislative package aimed at closing immigration "loopholes" following the president's calls for Republican lawmakers to immediately pass a border bill.

Trump has proposed using military funding to build the border wall but it's likely to face both political and legal challenges before the idea can be put into action.

Constructing a "big, attractive wall" along the Mexican border was a signature campaign promise for Mr Trump, but so far the plan to erect a new physical barrier has been thwarted by lawmakers and appears to have stalled.

How the fund is used, and who gains access, could become important as various targets of the Russian Federation investigations decide whether or not to avail themselves of the money, legal experts told ABC News. They flow right through Mexico, they send them into the United States. Under current law, unaccompanied children from countries that don't border the US are turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services and undergo often lengthy deportation proceedings before an immigration judge instead of being immediately deported.

The administration is also pushing Congress to terminate a 1997 court settlement that requires the government to release children from custody to parents, adult relatives or other caretakers as their court cases proceed. Officials complain that many children never show up at their hearings.

Trump has previously called for the "nuclear option" - changing Senate rules to end the filibuster.

The proposals appear the same as those included on an immigration wish list the White House released in October but failed to gain traction during negotiations over the border wall. Trump ended the programme previous year, but gave Congress six months to pass legislation enshrining it. The current split is 51-49 favoring Republicans. "They must stop them at their Northern Border, which they can do because their border laws work, not allow them to pass through into our country, which has no effective border laws...." he tweeted.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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