Tag: Miller, Stephen (1985- )

Anti-Immigration Groups See Trump’s Calls for More Legal Immigrants as a Betrayal

WASHINGTON — For months, President Trump has been railing about the urgent need for a wall to protect against what he calls “an invasion” of illegal immigrants flooding across the southwestern border. But he has also been delivering another message: “We need workers,” he told a group of activists recently. […]

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For Trump, the State of the Union Is a Spectacle, and He Is Ready for It

WASHINGTON — He likes the instant gratification of Twitter tirades to prefab statements from his press office. He prefers improvising at a political rally to earnest policy addresses. But on Monday, President Trump was doing a fairly unusual thing, for him: working on a draft of a speech and then […]

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News Analysis: In Trump’s Immigration Announcement, a Compromise Snubbed All Around

WASHINGTON — Immigrant advocates denounced it as cruel. The conservative right howled that it was amnesty. What President Trump billed on Saturday as a compromise to end the country’s longest government shutdown pleased neither the Democratic congressional leaders whose buy-in he needs to strike a deal nor the core supporters […]

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A Wall and Two Prayers, but Little Progress at Weekend Meetings on Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence insisted on beginning the first meeting with a prayer, so the chief of staff to the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, asked God to “to bring us together” when negotiators met Saturday in Mr. Pence’s ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The […]

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News Analysis: After Mattis’s Resignation, a President Unbound

WASHINGTON — For most of his tumultuous 23 months in office, President Trump has tried to shake off anyone who would restrain his insurgent style of leadership. With the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Mr. Trump is at last a president unbound. Even for some Republicans, this was a […]

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Trump Kicks Away Obama Traditions Even at the Dinner Table

WASHINGTON — President Trump was in a Washington food fracas before he was even elected. He landed in the middle of two lawsuits in the summer of 2016 with restaurateurs who had backed out of opening establishments in the Trump International Hotel near the White House, and by 2017 was […]

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Maybe They’re Just Bad People

Seven years ago, a former aide to Ralph Reed — who also worked, briefly, for Paul Manafort — published a tawdry, shallow memoir that is also one of the more revealing political books I’ve ever read. Lisa Baron was a pro-choice, pro-gay rights, hard-partying Jew who nonetheless made a career […]

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Trump Bars Immigrants Who Cross Border Illegally From Seeking Asylum

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced new immigration rules on Thursday that give President Trump vast new authority to deny asylum to virtually any migrant who crosses the border illegally, invoking national security powers meant to protect the United States against threats from abroad. Officials declined to say who will […]

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White House Weighs Another Reduction in Refugees Admitted to U.S.

But throughout its history, the refugee program has been seen instead as a component of American foreign policy. It has allowed the military to protect translators in Iraq who have risked their lives to work for American forces, for instance, as well as others who have aided United States missions around the world. Resettlement of […]

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Activist Confrontations With Trump Officials Divide Democrats

WASHINGTON — For more than two years, Democrats have struggled with how aggressively to confront Donald J. Trump, a political opponent unlike any other: Should they attack him over his hard-line policies; his inflammatory, norm-breaking conduct; or some combination of both? In recent days, as institutional Democrats wring their hands, those deliberations have started to […]

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How Did We Get to the Savagery of ‘Tender Age’ Shelters?

But the D.H.S.’s own numbers suggest otherwise. The rate of adults apprehended with kids fraudulently posing as family rose from just 0.1 to 0.6 percent of all cases of accompanied minors snagged at the border between 2017 and the first five months of this year. All but a minuscule fraction of kids crossing with adults […]

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Two Immigration Hard-Liners Who Went From the Fringe to the Center

WASHINGTON — Jeff Sessions and Stephen Miller spent years on the political fringe in the nation’s capital as high-decibel immigration hard-liners, always warning about the dangers of open borders but rarely in a position to affect law or policy. Now, Mr. Sessions, the attorney general and former senator from Alabama, and Mr. Miller, the president’s […]

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How Trump Diverged From Other Presidents and Embraced a Policy of Separating Migrant Families

“I was pissed, and still am,” said Ben Johnson, the executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “I thought that he had a shocking disregard for due process.” Before long, the Obama administration would face legal challenges, and be forced to stop detaining families indefinitely. A federal judge in Washington ordered the administration in […]

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