Foreign Policy and National Security

DHS Waives More Enviro Laws To Speed Border Wall Buildup

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday waived a slew of environmental protection and conservation laws that it said could hinder the construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, repeating a move that previously landed the agency in federal court…

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Trump Clamps Down On Business, Tourism Visa Overstays

President Donald Trump on Monday ordered federal agencies to crack down on individuals who overstay business and tourism visas, the latest move to address what the White House describes as a crisis along the border with Mexico…

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Manufacturers Sue Gov’t Over Rule Trimming Duty Refunds

The National Association of Manufacturers lodged a suit Wednesday against U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Treasury Department, asking the Court of International Trade to nix a regulation limiting when U.S. companies can get a refund on duties or taxes collected on imports after exporting similar products…

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9th Circ. Vacates $1M Atty Fees Award In Asylum Bribery Suit

A Ninth Circuit appeals panel on Wednesday sent a lawsuit over an asylum officer’s alleged bribery and sexual misconduct back to trial court and ordered a California federal judge to reconsider her previous award of nearly $1 million in attorney fees in light of a 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling…

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DHS Alone Decides Which Asylum-Seekers Go Free, Barr Says

Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that asylum-seekers in expedited immigration removal proceedings who pass “credible fear” interviews and are then given a full deportation hearing cannot be released on bond, overturning a long-standing decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals…

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9th Circ. Lifts Block On ‘Remain In Mexico’ Migrant Policy

The Ninth Circuit on Friday temporarily lifted a California federal court’s order that earlier in the week halted the Trump administration’s policy of pushing asylum-seekers crossing the southwestern border back into Mexico while they await decisions on their immigration cases…

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