A Senate committee delayed a confirmation vote on Ronald Vitiello’s nomination for director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to address objections raised by 14 locals of the ICE union. In 2016, Vitiello compared candidate Donald Trump to Dennis the Menace.
The number of people living in the U.S. illegally has reached its lowest level in more than a decade, says a Pew Research Center study. Fewer than 11 million unauthorized immigrants were estimated to live in the country in 2016. That number fell from a peak of 12.2 million in 2007 and is the lowest total for any year since 2004.
The city is challenging the Trump administration’s proposed change to longstanding federal immigration policy that would make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain green cards or admission to the U.S. if they use public assistance like Medicare, food stamps and housing subsidies.
The Trump administration has put the safety of thousands of teens at a migrant detention camp in rural Texas at risk by waiving FBI fingerprint checks for their caregivers and short-staffing mental health workers.
On the campaign trail in Mississippi, the president said three Border Patrol officers “were very badly hurt” near San Diego. The Customs and Border Protection Commissioner said there were no reported serious injuries.
The border patrol said it deployed the gas after agents were hit by projectiles. Anxiety is rising in Tijuana, where as many as 5,000 migrants who traveled with a caravan from Honduras have been camped in a sports complex for two weeks waiting to enter the U.S.
The announcement to remove Kirstjen Nielsen could come this week, short of her one-year anniversary heading the department. President Trump has complained about Nielsen’s performance heading immigration enforcement.