Trump orders limits on asylum for migrants at U.S.-Mexico border

In an extraordinary claim of presidential power, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Friday that will restrict asylum for migrants for 90 days.

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  • The proclamation will bar migrants who cross the border illegally from making asylum claims.
  • In the past, anyone who crossed the border—legally or illegally—was able to apply for asylum in the U.S.
  • The new measures will almost surely be challenged in court.
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Jeff Sessions resigns at Trump's request

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions often found himself at odds with the president during his nearly two-year tenure.

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  • Matthew G. Whitaker, the former chief of staff to Sessions, will take over as acting attorney general.
  • President Donald Trump requested Sessions to resign one day after the midterm elections.
  • Sessions was often brutally criticized by Trump, primarily for recusing himself from the Russia probe.
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Fox News to stop airing Trump's controversial immigration ad

Fox News, NBC, Facebook and CNN have all stopped airing the commercial, which some critics have labelled as inflammatory and racist.

  • The 30-second ad shows Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant who killed two policemen, and footage of the migrant caravan.
  • Critics say the ad is racially charged and is meant to conjure fear before the midterm elections.
  • Fox News, typically the most pro-Trump news channel, took some by surprise when it announced it would no longer air the commercial.
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Trump wants to end birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants

The president told Axios on HBO that he hopes to change the law with an executive order.

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  • The 14th Amendment currently guarantees citizenship to any child born on U.S. soil.
  • President Donald Trump hopes to modify the law to prevent children born to illegal immigrants from receiving citizenship, which would theoretically combat the so-called immigration practice of non-residents having "anchor babies."
  • The bold (and likely unrealistic) move comes just before the midterms, and a day after the president sent 5,200 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to prepare for the arrival of groups of South American migrants, known as "the caravan".
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White House sends 5,200 more troops to U.S.-Mexico border as 'caravan' heads north

Officials with the departments of Homeland Security and Defense announced the deployments Monday at a press conference.

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  • Two large groups of migrants are currently traveling north through Mexico toward the U.S.
  • About 5,200 U.S. troops will be sent to supplement 2,100 National Guardsmen already assisting officials at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Officials said migrants will be treated humanely, but won't be allowed to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
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