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A day with the men about to make it across the US border – at any cost

Central American migrants escaping poverty and violence in their hometowns find crossing legally is a slow and difficult processAt the age of 14, Jonathan Levit was given an order by the infamously brutal Mara Salvatrucha gang in the northern Honduran city of Tela: to kill a friend he had known throughout childhood – “like a brother, all my life”.Jonathan had, like almost every child in Tela’s terrifying barrio of Colonia 15 de Septiembre, grown up in the gang’s shadow; there was no avoiding it,...
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A day with the men about to make it across the US border - at any cost

South American migrants escaping poverty and violence in their hometowns find crossing legally is a slow and difficult processAt the age of 14, Jonathan Levit was given an order by the infamously brutal Mara Salvatrucha gang in his native Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras: to kill a friend he had known throughout childhood – “like a brother, all my life”.Jonathan had, like almost every child in the city of Tela’s terrifying barrio of Colonia 15 de Septiembre, grown up in the gang’s shadow; there ...
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Shutdown: Trump 'amnesty' hint angers right and fails to draw Democrats

President defends offer rejected by Pelosi before speechOutside the Washington circus, shutdown havoc spreadsDonald Trump raised the possibility of one day granting amnesty to migrants living in the US illegally, after Democrats rejected his latest plan to fund a wall along the southern border and reopen the US government. Related: Trump whisperers: are Stephen Miller and Fox keeping the shutdown alive? Continue reading...
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Immigration and gay rights: Gillibrand and Gabbard questioned on past views

Democrats face tricky questions about former positionsOpinion: Gillibrand is a feminist. No wonder she’s attackedKirsten Gillibrand and Tulsi Gabbard, declared candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, faced tricky questions on Sunday about former political positions. Related: Kirsten Gillibrand urges Iowans to 'take back this democracy' in 2020 Continue reading...
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Gillibrand and Gabbard face first test as 2020 candidates on past views

Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Tulsi Gabbard faced tricky questions about former political positions SundayOpinion: Gillibrand is a feminist. No wonder she’s attackedKirsten Gillibrand and Tulsi Gabbard, declared candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, faced tricky questions on Sunday about former political positions. Related: Kirsten Gillibrand urges Iowans to 'take back this democracy' in 2020 Continue reading...
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Shutdown: Trump risks rightwing ire with tweet on 'amnesty' for migrants

President defends offer rejected by Democrats before speechSupport for hardline immigration policies has driven shutdownDonald Trump risked angering Republicans on Sunday, by raising the possibility of granting amnesty to migrants living in the US illegally.Trump made the remark in a tweet that stressed his new proposal to fund a border wall included as a concession an extension of legal protections only for refugees and people who were brought to the US illegally as children. Continue reading.....
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Forget the 'border crisis' – it is Trump's shutdown that's made us less safe

With thousands of FBI and TSA staff furloughed and critical functions hit, the shutdown is a disaster for national securityPresident Trump closed the US government over a fabricated border crisis, and in doing so has sparked a real national security emergency. By shutting down the government, Trump has disabled America’s defenses against threats to national security.Trump decided to shut down the government over the claim that America needs a wall to deal with a crisis at the border with Mexico....
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Arizona: Four women convicted after leaving food and water in desert for migrants

Federal judge finds activists guilty of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit to give aid to migrantsA federal judge has found four women guilty of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit as they sought to place food and water in the Arizona desert for migrants. US magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco’s ruling on Friday marked the first conviction against humanitarian aid volunteers in a decade. Continue reading...
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Syrian girl disfigured by bomb attack refused US visa under Trump travel ban

Exclusive: Marwa al-Shekh Ameen, 16, was denied a visa in December after doctors in Germany encouraged her to get treatment in the USA 16-year-old Syrian refugee who was disfigured in a bomb attack on her home has been refused a visa to get medical treatment in the US because of Donald Trump’s travel ban, the Guardian can reveal. Related: Thousands more migrant children separated under Trump than previously known Continue reading...
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Thousands more migrant children separated under Trump than previously known

Damning government report says ‘thousands of separated children’ put in care up to a year before policy became publicGovernment shutdown enters 27th day – live updatesThe Trump administration may have separated thousands of migrant children from their parents at the border for up to a year before family separation was a publicly known practice, according to a stunning government review of the health department’s role in family separation. Related: The US detention center where sick children re...
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The detention center where sick children receive ‘the bare minimum'

Advocates and former detainees say it’s normal for children held at the Berks Family Residential Center in Pennsylvania to have health problemsAt the Berks Family Residential Center, an immigrant detention facility in Leesport, Pennsylvania, advocates and former detainees say it’s normal for children held there to have health problems.One mother, who asked to use her middle name Arely, told the Guardian that children often had fevers or vomited when she was detained at Berks. She said she watche...
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Latest migrant caravan marches on as Trump again demands border wall

The latest group set off from the notoriously violent Honduran city of San Pedro Sula at the start of this weekHundreds of Central American migrants have continued their march towards the United States, crossing from Honduras into Guatemala, as Donald Trump again demanded the construction of a border wall he claims would keep such groups out. Related: ‘No way to live here’: new Honduran caravan sets off north as Trump blasts warnings Continue reading...
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Another migrant caravan marches on as Trump demands border wall

The latest group set off from the notoriously violent Honduran city of San Pedro Sula at the start of this weekHundreds of Central American migrants have continued their march towards the United States, crossing from Honduras into Guatemala, as Donald Trump again demanded the construction of a border wall he claims would keep such groups out. Related: ‘No way to live here’: new Honduran caravan sets off north as Trump blasts warnings Continue reading...
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How Trump's border wall impasse is costing the US economy | Mona Chalabi

Research suggests the shutdown has cost the US economy more than $4.3bn – and it’s creeping towards the $5.7bn Trump wantsThe US government shutdown has continued into its 26th day, leaving 800,000 federal employees forced to take a leave of absence or working without pay. And the costs are piling up. Related: Trump signs bill to ensure federal employees hit by shutdown get back pay – live Continue reading...
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‘No way to live here’: new Honduran caravan sets off north as Trump blasts warnings

As hundreds of migrants embark on a march towards ‘El Norte’, Trump launched a Twitter war against the caravan Rosa López was six months pregnant with her seventh child when the killers came for her husband – unnamed assassins acting on orders she cannot, or dares not explain.Ten months later the 30-year-old Honduran sits on a muddy embankment outside the San Pedro Sula bus station with her eldest son, Sergio, 12, getting ready to flee their homeland on the latest migrant caravan north. Continue...
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What exactly is Trump's border wall and why does he want $5.7bn for it?

The president backed away from his threat to declare a national emergency over the wall, but his preoccupation with it persistsDonald Trump may have backed away froma threat to declare a national emergency in order to bypass Congress and build a wall on the southern border, but his preoccupation with his 2016 campaign promise persists.But what exactly is “the wall” and why is the president so intent on getting $5.7bn to fund it? Here are some answers to key questions: Continue reading...
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What is life really like in border country, where Trump wants his wall?

The Guardian travelled to five border locations to discover how Trump’s rhetoric jars with the reality on the ground Donald Trump’s “big, beautiful wall” has become the trademark of his presidency. It is the promise that more than any other has energized his base, and riled his opponents, and his dogged attachment to it has now brought a large part of the US government to a historic 25 days of partial shutdown. Continue reading...
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How Trump's 'invisible wall’ policies have already curbed immigration

As Trump demands a border wall, his administration has successfully made it more difficult for immigrants to enter the country to work, visit family and flee violence and poverty Donald Trump’s frenzied preoccupation with expanding the wall on the US-Mexico border that, two years into his presidency has yet to materialize, often eclipses the very real ‘invisible wall’ he has constructed to exclude immigrants. Trump has taken the extreme step of threatening to declare a national emergency if Demo...
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Trump's right about a crisis at the border – but migrants are the victims | Amanda Chuzi

Volunteering on behalf of asylum seekers in Tijuana offered me a first-hand view of the devastation US policies have causedPresident Donald Trump opened his Oval Office address on 8 January with these words: “There is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.” In one respect, he’s right. There is a growing humanitarian crisis at the border, but not for lack of a border wall – the crisis is growing because of the Trump administration’s illegal and inhumane policies toward...
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Trump losing battle to avoid blame for shutdown as day 23 rolls on

Poll shows 53% of Americans blame Trump and RepublicansWas Comey FDR Trump tweet linked to ‘insider threat’ memo?Donald Trump is losing the battle to avoid blame for the government shutdown, according to a new poll. The president has reportedly told advisers he thinks the 23-day partial closure of the US government, the longest ever, is a win for him. Related: 'It's ruining people's lives': federal workers count cost of shutdown Continue reading...
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Trump losing battle to avoid blame for shutdown as it enters day 23

Poll shows 53% of Americans blame Trump and RepublicansTrump, however, reportedly believes shutdown is a win for himDonald Trump is losing the battle to avoid blame for the government shutdown, according to a new poll. The president has reportedly told advisers he thinks the 23-day partial closure of the federal government, the longest ever, is a win for him. Related: 'It's ruining people's lives': federal workers count cost of shutdown Continue reading...
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'A death sentence': migrant caravan member killed in Honduras after US sent him back

Fleeing threats, Nelson Espinal traveled to the US. One week after he was deported, he was shot dead Several days after Nelson Espinal slipped across the US southern border, he called his family back in Honduras from inside a US detention center.“Tell Mom not to worry – I’m applying for asylum,” Espinal, 28, told his sister Patricia, who recounted the December phone call with tears streaming down her sun-scarred cheeks. “We must pray to God that they give it to me. I told them I can’t go back to...
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Border wall GoFundMe organizers plan private build as donors offered refunds

A campaign to raise $1bn hit just 2% of its target, prompting organizers to scrap plans to give it to the Trump administrationThe organizers of a GoFundMe campaign to fund the construction of a wall along the southern US border have scrapped plans to hand $20m over to the federal government and plan to build the wall privately instead. Related: Trump claims plan to end longest government shutdown in history Continue reading...
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Trump claims plan to end longest government shutdown in history

President backs away from national emergency threatHow the federal government closure is impacting millionsThe US government shutdown is now the longest such closure in history. On Saturday, day 22, members of Congress were out of Washington, Donald Trump was unmoved in the White House, his border wall unbuilt, and around 800,000 federal workers were still without pay and facing mounting hardship. Related: 'Barely above water': US shutdown hits black federal workers hardest Continue reading.....
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US government shutdown becomes longest in history

Trump backs away from national emergency threatHow the federal government closure is impacting millionsThe US government shutdown is now the longest such closure in history. On Saturday, day 22, members of Congress were out of Washington, Donald Trump was unmoved in the White House, his border wall unbuilt, and around 800,000 federal workers were still without pay and facing mounting hardship. Related: 'Barely above water': US shutdown hits black federal workers hardest Continue reading...
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Tornillo: detention site for migrant children to close amid safety fears

Officials issued warning over health concerns and lack of staffer background checks at Texas facility that housed thousandsThe controversial Tornillo temporary detention facility in west Texas that has housed thousands of migrant children is shutting down, two months after a report warned of “serious safety and health vulnerabilities” at the camp.The Republican congressman Will Hurd, who from early on voiced his opposition to having the facility within his district, was the first to announce the...
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Trump backs away from declaring national emergency to fund border wall

‘What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency’White House attorneys and allies had prepared groundworkFollow the latest US politics newsDonald Trump has backed away from his threat to declare a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find a solution to the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.“We want Congress to do its job,” the president said Friday during a round...
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Trump edges closer to declaring national emergency to fund border wall

White House attorneys and allies prepare groundworkTrump says declaration would ‘100%’ withstand scrutinyDonald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find a solution to the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.Trump was consulting White House attorneys and allies about declaring a national emergency, and using presidential emergency powers to...
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'He needs an out': Trump's demand for a wall has left him backed into a corner

The president’s position is a nonstarter with Democrats, making an end to the shutdown far from imminentWednesday’s dramatic showdown between Donald Trump and Democratic leaders and the president’s defiant PR trip to the border the following day seemed to confirm observers’ fears: a breakthrough in negotiations to end one of the longest shutdowns in US history is far from imminent.As key government operations remained shuttered for a 21st day and roughly 800,000 federal workers remained without ...
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'Barely above water': US shutdown hits black federal workers hardest

As shutdown barrels into its third week over Trump’s border wall the weight of that uncertainty is being disproportionately shouldered by black Americans As a 26-year-veteran of the National Parks Service, this isn’t the first time Lora Williams has been furloughed during a government shutdown and had to make ends meet without a paycheck.But this one, she said, is the worst ever. “I don’t have cash reserves and I’m barely staying above water,” said Williams. “The uncertainty is driving me crazy....
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