In an extraordinary claim of presidential power, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Friday that will restrict asylum for migrants for 90 days.
- 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.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions often found himself at odds with the president during his nearly two-year tenure.
- 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.
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.
The president told Axios on HBO that he hopes to change the law with an executive order.
- 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".
Officials with the departments of Homeland Security and Defense announced the deployments Monday at a press conference.
- 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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