Day: February 11, 2017

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Immigration officers launched bust blitz across six states this week


Federal immigration officers launched a blitz of raids across six states on Thursday and Friday, seizing an unknown number of illegal aliens, according to multiple reports.

Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Gillian Christensen confirmed agents have raided homes and workplaces in and around Atlanta, Los Angeles and other cities, according to the Washington Post.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which oversaw the busts, legally refers to the activity as “routine” immigration enforcement actions, not raids.

Activist groups who work for those in the U.S. illegally said they have heard about activity in Vista, Pomona and Compton, Calif.; Austin, Dallas and Pflugerville, Texas; Alexandria and Annandale, Va.; Charlotte and Burlington, N.C.; Plant City, Fla.; the Hudson Valley region of New York; and Wichita, Kan.

ICE said the majority of those detained were adult men. It has not responded to a request for additional information.

The move comes two weeks after President Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 26 for federal agents to enforce the Immigration and Nationality Act and go after illegal aliens who had previously not been deemed the focus of the Obama administration’s Priority Enforcement Program.

Last January, Obama’s DHS launched a number of raids targeting hundreds of illegal immigrants who had entered the U.S. since 2014 and evaded deportation orders.

“As I have said repeatedly, our borders are not open to illegal migration; if you come here illegally, we will send you back consistent with our laws and values,” former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson had said at the time of the sting operations.

Trump has promised to deport all criminal aliens.

Report: White House interviewing for Sean Spicer's press secretary gig

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Spicer has been working double-time since Jan. 20, serving as both press secretary and communications director.

02/10/17 9:11 PM

The full 9th Circuit may review Trump immigration ban ruling

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Report: White House interviewing for Sean Spicer's press secretary gig


The White House conducted multiple interviews this week with one candidate it is considering to replace current press secretary Sean Spicer.

Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and one of the first supporters of President Trump during his campaign, on Friday said he has spoken with a few officials about the job and was interviewed for it.

“Well, I can say that I’ve offered my services,” Higbie told the Washingtonian. “I haven’t heard back from the administration yet. I’m honored to be even considered for this.”

Earlier this week, news broke that the White House was looking to give Spicer some extra help in the communications office. Spicer has been working double-time since Jan. 20, serving as both White House press secretary and communications director.

Spicer was expected to keep his job as the press liaison and give up his gig as communications director, making Higbie’s interview for press secretary even more surprising. Higbie previously worked as spokesman for the Great America PAC.

No one in the Trump administration has ever stated publicly that Spicer is underperforming in his job, but comments he has made from the podium have received more pushback from the media than other administrations’ press secretaries.

Spicer is a former colleague from the Republican National Committee to now-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Priebus “vouched for Spicer and against Trump’s instincts,” one source told CNN.

Accordint to that report, Trump “regrets it every day and blames Priebus” for the place Spicer has put the Trump administration in as a result of his briefings, so it may make sense that the White House is considering a replacement.

Haley: UN appointment of Palestinian leader 'unfairly biased'

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“Going forward the United States will act, not just talk, in support of our allies,” Nikki Haley said.

02/10/17 8:34 PM

The full 9th Circuit may review Trump immigration ban ruling

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Haley: UN appointment of Palestinian leader 'unfairly biased'


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley rebuked the international organization’s decision to put the former leader of the Palestinian Authority, Salam Fayyad, in charge of its U.N. Mission in Libya, during a statement made at the New York City headquarters on Friday.

“The United States was disappointed to see a letter indicating the intention to appoint the former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister to lead the U.N. Mission in Libya. For too long the U.N. has been unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel,” Haley said.

“The United States does not currently recognize a Palestinian state or support the signal this appointment would send within the United Nations, however, we encourage the two sides to come together directly on a solution. Going forward the United States will act, not just talk, in support of our allies,” Haley finished.

Haley’s challenge of U.N. Secretary General Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres was one of the harshest statements a U.S. official has made against Palestine in recent years.

Haley stepped into her post last month after serving as governor of South Carolina.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be visiting the U.S. next week.

The full 9th Circuit may review Trump immigration ban ruling

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Judge has asked for a vote on whether the entire federal appeals court should rule on the restraining order.

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Full 9th Circuit may review Trump immigration ban ruling


The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will vote next week on whether the full federal appeals court should vote on whether to lift a block on President Trump’s immigration ban.

A three-judge panel on Thursday unanimously ruled to keep the ban in place while the courts consider the merits of Washington state’s case against the ban.

“We hold that the government has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, nor has it shown that failure to enter a stay would cause irreparable injury, and we therefore deny its emergency motion for a stay,” the panel ruled.

However, an unnamed appeals court judge on Friday asked for a vote by the court on the ruling. Now, both sides must file briefs by Thursday at 2 p.m. EST on whether they think a full review, called “en banc,” is needed.

The larger size of the 9th Circuit, with 29 active judges, makes its en banc hearing and rehearing processes different from other circuit courts. In other federal appeals courts, en banc includes all active judges, but the 9th Circuit convenes a “limited en banc court” that features the chief judge and 10 other active judges chosen at random.

Trump immediately ripped the three-judge panel’s decision on Twitter Thursday night, saying, in part, ‘WE’LL SEE YOU IN COURT.”

On Friday, he said that he might sign a “brand new order” next week, while a senior White House official said that Trump did not plan to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.

Trump says he might sign 'brand new order' on immigration

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“We’ll be doing something very rapidly, having to do with additional security for our country,” Trump said.

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