At the end of last week, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue held bilateral meetings with his Mexican counterparts, focusing on the benefits of the commercial relationship between both countries. As part of these talks, which took place in Mexico City, the subject of temporary foreign workers in the U.S. agricultural sector was addressed.
In imperial Rome, the peace was said to be maintained among an increasingly restive populace by ensuring ready availability of food in the form of cheap subsidized bread, along with entertaining distractions in the form of horse and chariot races and other free public diversions at the grounds of the racetrack (the "circus").
In a sweeping display of hypocrisy served with heaping helpings of hockey puck and chutzpah, a group of Democratic senators has sent a letter to President Trump urging him to take a legal stand in favor of the DACA program.
Many sanctuary jurisdictions are proud of the title and wear it as a badge of honor. In fact, the New York Times ran an article that stated that they were "Proud to be a Sanctuary City". Others shy away from the title, but still have sanctuary-like policies.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that sanctuary jurisdictions will lose access to certain federal law enforcement grants in 2017 if they prohibit officials from communicating with ICE, if they block ICE from interviewing jail inmates, or if they fail to notify ICE of the pending release of criminal aliens ICE is seeking to deport.
On Wednesday, June 26, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee passed an amendment in the nature of a substitute of H.R. 391, the "Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017", on a party-line vote after an often-spirited debate.
The media report that the Democrats are planning to introduce a bill to grant amnesty to so-called "Dreamers", nearly 800,000 of whom have been registered under the DACA program initiated via executive fiat under the prior administration.
With the tightening of border enforcement under the Trump administration, many Central Americans are choosing to stay in Mexico. Consequently, the Mexican city of Monterrey has become part of the new "American dream".