President Trump had threatened to veto the bill — which shielded the young immigrants in exchange for $25 billion in border security — because it did not include the curbs on legal immigration he sought.
The order directs the government to begin the process of reviewing asylum claims for about 60 detained parents and children, even if their claims had previously been denied.
As the large caravan of migrants entered Guatemala on its way toward the United States, more people had joined the march, which has fractured into smaller units. By Wednesday night, some had stopped to rest and sleep in Guatemala City. There were many families and pregnant women among the ranks.
The first thing you need to know is that when her first child was born, five years ago, Maria had trouble breastfeeding.
These immigrants are caught in a limbo where they live and work as Americans with no way to acquire legal status. Those who oppose them believe they make a mockery of our laws, living with impunity in a society that never agreed to let them in, using false documents and identities to hide from law enforcement.
The president’s mounting frustration was evident in a series of tweets in which he threatened to summon the military to guard the southern border, cut off aid to Central American nations and upend a recent trade deal with Mexico if those governments fail to stop a large caravan of migrants from Honduras making its way toward the United States.
In nine months here, Resham Bajgain, 40, had taken on a first and then a second job to improve his family’s lot.
“I don’t like answering calls from people who aren’t listed in my phone,” he told me. “I always have in my head that this isn’t my country.” This time, however, he decided to answer. On the other end of the line, the speaker identified himself, in Spanish, as a U.S. government official. “Are you bringing or receiving anyone coming to the United States?” the official asked. Jorge said no, but then a thought occurred to him: earlier in the summer, his sister in Guatemala had mentioned that her seventeen-year-old son, Pedro, might travel north to live with his grandparents in the United States. “Could it be Pedro?” Jorge asked the official. “That’s him,” the official replied.
Armando Rojas crossed the border illegally 30 years ago when he was 18. A father of two sons who are U.S. citizens, Rojas has been working for Bet Torah, a conservative synagogue in Mount Kisco, New York, for 20 years.
In September, Border Patrol agents apprehended 16,658 family members, up from about 9,200 in July and 4,200 last September. The previous record of 16,357 was set in June 2014.
Samuel arrived in Michigan wearing black sweatpants and a black hoodie with the drawstring pulled so tightly his new foster parents could hardly see his face. The 10-year-old gave off an overpowering stench—he was so afraid of the iceagents who had separated him from his dad that he refused to use the bathroom during the trip from the Southwest border, and instead defecated in his government-issued clothes.