Shutdown ends without border wall funding – for now
On January 25, portions of the federal government that had been without funding for 35 days reopened under a continuing resolution through February 15. The deal came one day after a proposal to pair border wall funding with protections for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and TPS (Temporary Protected Status) recipients failed in the Senate. The bill would have spent more than $5 billion on border fences and walls, increased immigrant detention and deportations, removed protections for asylum seekers and gutted the DACA and TPS programs while providing only a temporary and limited extension to both.
House Democrats are reportedly working on a compromise border security proposal that would include funding for improvements to ports of entry (where 85 percent of illicit drugs come through), additional customs agents, more immigration judges and technology such as sensors at the border – but not funding for walls or fences. All nine House members whose districts include the border oppose wall construction.
In February, construction is scheduled to begin on several miles of border walls and fences in Texas (with Fiscal Year 2018 funds) that will cut through a butterfly center, state parks, a wildlife refuge and the grounds of a historic chapel. Private landowners will lose access to their land and the river.
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House Natural Resources Committee: Grijalva, Democrats highlight destructive border wall impacts on Indian Country, southwestern communities at committee forum
“Would you please explain to President Trump just how much Arizona makes from trade with Mexico? This government shutdown over a border wall is ridiculous, and the constant attacks on Mexico aren’t doing our state any favors.”
Resources for further study:
National Geographic: 6 ways the border wall could disrupt the environment
Scientific American: How Trump's wall would alter our biological identity forever
ASYLUM (including family separation, unaccompanied minors)
“She died of cardiac arrest, but the real killer was decades of U.S. policy in support of Guatemalan regimes that have displaced and slaughtered the Maya population.”
“The two facilities can operate unlicensed and without required checks because they are located on federal property and thus don't have to comply with state child welfare laws.”
Marshall Project: We are witnesses: Becoming an American (short film series)
“As many as 100,000 individuals awaiting their day in court may be impacted if the shutdown continues through the end of January… Individuals impacted by these cancellations may have already being waiting two, three, or even four years for their day in court.”
Human Rights First report: Prisons and punishment: Immigration detention in California
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS
Root causes: Guatemala expels U.N.-backed anti-corruption panel, claiming overreach (NY Times)
Refugees: Welcome, new Congress! Here’s 5 things you need to know about refugees (The Hill)
Enforcement: How a crackdown on MS-13 caught up innocent high school students (NY Times)
Update created January 30, 2018, by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs.
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