Senate passes new North American trade deal, sending it to Trump
The Senate rushed to pass the USMCA trade agreement before the expected start of Trump's impeachment trial next week. The House delivered articles of impeachment to the other side of the Capitol on Wednesday, and the Senate could take weeks to decide whether to convict Trump and remove him from office. USMCA will head to the president more than 14 months after the North American nations agreed to the deal.
Washington — House Democrats on Tuesday launched a probe into the Trump administration's controversial policy of requiring tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to wait in northern Mexico for their U.S. immigration court hearings.
The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee demanded troves of documents and data related to the implementation of the so-called , which U.S. officials have used to return more than 56,000 Latin American migrants to often dangerous Mexican border cities. Citing the squalid and precarious conditions faced by those in the program, as well as the difficulty of finding U.S.-based lawyers while in Mexico, the committee said a "comprehensive review" of the policy is warranted.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi during her floor speech accepted House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins's apology for his recent remark about Democrats."As I enter into the conversation, I want to thank the distinguished gentleman from Georgia for his apology for his ridiculous remarks about me and House Democrats," Pelosi said as she took to the floor to discuss impeachment. "Thank you, we accept your apology, Mr. Collins. Now I want to go to the purpose of why we are on the floor today.
"We strongly believe that MPP is a dangerously flawed policy that threatens the health and safety of legitimate asylum seekers — including women, children, and families — and should be abandoned," lawmakers wrote in theirto Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, referring to the policy by its official name, the Migrant Protection Protocols.
The lawmakers asked Wolf to respond to their request for information by the end of the month. The committee requested documents about enforcement and expansion of MPP since December 2018; demographic data about those in the program; statistics about "fear of persecution" interviews conducted by asylum officers; information about asylum-seekers who were returned to Mexico despite being given protections by an immigration judge; and an unredacted version of an internal probe of the policy.
Some asylum-seekers returned to Mexico get attorney access
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that some asylum-seekers who fear waiting in Mexico for U.S. immigration court hearings must have access to attorneys before and during a key interview to determine if they can stay in the U.S. until their claims are decided. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Tuesday, March 19, 2019, file photo, attorney Robyn Barnard, left, speaks to reporters in front of immigration court in San Diego. A federal judge ruled Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, that some asylum-seekers who fear waiting in Mexico for U.S.
CBS News series on "Remain in Mexico"
The administration has praised the MPP program as an "effective tool" to curb unauthorized migration, pointing to seven consecutive months of lower apprehensions along the southern border. But advocates and even some of theimplementing the program have been of Remain in Mexico, saying it violates international obligations against returning migrants seeking refuge to .
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Because of the program, tens of thousands of asylum-seekers from across Latin America who would previously have awaited hearings inside the U.S. are stranded in shelters and encampments in northern Mexico, including in crime-ridden cities like Ciudad Juárez and Matamoros, located in a region the U.S. government warns American travelersdue to rampant violence. The group Human Rights First has denounced of reported kidnappings and assaults against asylum-seekers returned to Mexico by the U.S.
The House Judiciary Committee's letter on Monday, signed by Representatives Jerry Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Pramila Jayapal, Sylvia Garcia, Joe Neguse, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Lou Correa, also underscored concerns about due process advocates have raised. Aover the summer detailed how the program makes it for migrants to secure U.S.-based lawyers generally needed for successful asylum claims. According to , only about 4% of migrants in the program have had lawyers represent them in proceedings in the U.S.
"The policy has nearly eliminated the already scarce due process protections available to asylum-seekers — such as access to counsel — further reducing the likelihood that legitimate asylum-seekers can obtain asylum," the lawmakers wrote.
The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday's announcement and the committee's letter.
Russian hackers reportedly attacked Ukrainian gas company .
The company is at the center of the Trump impeachment probe. Westend61/Getty Images The hacking attempts began in November, the newspaper reported, citing security experts, as impeachment talk was gearing up in the US. It wasn't immediately clear whether the hackers found anything, but experts told the newspaper that they may have been after the same kind of information Trump was after he sought the investigation into the Bidens.