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Increase in migrant detentions at US border reveals Trump's policy failure

Increase in migrant detentions at US border reveals Trump's policy failureExperts say officials have failed to acknowledge violence and instability in Central America and say system of ‘metering’ is not working Central American migrants at the border. In smaller border towns, such as Laredo in west Texas, only up to two people are being let in each day. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images A staggering increase in the number of families apprehended at the US-Mexico border in February has highlighted the Trump administration’s failure to respond to the rise in Central Americans seeking protection in the US. In February, 66,450 people were apprehended at the US-Mexico border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency announced on Tuesday – 17,800 more than were apprehended in January and double the number who were apprehended in February last year. Despite well-documented problems with violence and political instability in the countries people are fleeing, the administration has instead blamed “activist courts, congressional inaction, and criminals”. As the homeland security, secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, testified publicly on Capitol Hill on Wednesday about the latest border developments, Michelle Brané, the director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told the Guardian it was unrealistic to only acknowledge the “pull factors” luring people to the US. “People know that it is harder than ever to get to the United States. They know that they face detention, and possible [family] separation. They know all of that and yet they are still coming,” Brané said. The majority of those apprehended in February were from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – the northern triangle countries beset by violence, systemic corruption and gang activity. These countries are also vulnerable to climate change, which has forced agricultural workers off their land and caused food insecurity. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not acknowledge the factors driving migrants to leave in its announcement about the new data. “The truth is that the politics and policies of open borders have failed the American people,” Nielsen said in a statement. Brané said that for decades the US has been seen as a place where migrants can seek asylum and receive protections, so the increase cannot simply be attributed to the potential to get immigration relief or jobs. “We need to look at what is driving people to come,” Brané said. About 90% of those apprehended in February were from Guatemala, where farmers are being driven off their land and violence is widespread. There was also a dramatic increase in the number of Hondurans apprehended – from 10,047 in January to 17,523 in February. Members of a caravan that left Honduras’s violent industrial hub, San Pedro Sula, in January complained of poverty, violence and political instability. There has been a marked increase in people fleeing Central America since October, and the Trump administration has changed the way people are processed for asylum at designated ports of entry and placed new restrictions on how many people can be seen at one time. These restrictions, known as metering, have left asylum seekers stranded in Mexican border towns, waiting weeks or months, to become one of the few people processed each day for asylum, according to a February report by the Robert Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative, UC San Diego’s Center for US-Mexican Studies and the Migration Policy Centre. In smaller border towns, such as Laredo in west Texas, only up to two people are being let in each day, according to the report. In Tijuana, 60 to 80 people are processed each day, out of about 2,300 waiting for an average of six weeks. In December, 5,000 people were waiting there, but thousands have since abandoned the line to attempt crossing outside the checkpoint, to stay in Mexico or to return home. “It would be much better, for the migrants and for the government and for our policies, to be able to process people in an orderly fashion through ports of entry,” Brané said. “The administration’s policies that are driving people away from that do nothing but create more chaos and danger.” The apprehension figures published Tuesday are still below the rates in the 1990s and 2000s, when those seeking entry to the US were mostly Mexican men traveling by themselves instead of the Central American families leading the increase today.



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Trump blames North Korea summit failure on Cohen testimony

Trump blames North Korea summit failure on Cohen testimonyDonald Trump has claimed his former lawyer Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony “may have contributed” to the collapse of last week’s US-North Korea talks. The president suggested the House of Representatives Oversight Committee’s decision to interview his longtime fixer on the same day he met Kim Jong-un in Hanoi had been a factor in the two leaders’ failure to strike a deal. The president abruptly ended Thursday’s talks with Mr Kim, telling the media the North Korean leader had demanded “sanctions lifted in their entirety” in exchange for denuclearisation.



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A Welcome Failure

A Welcome FailureDonald Trump walked away from talks with North Korea, the best possible outcome given that he never should have walked into the talks to begin with.In the unlikely event that North Korea wanted to give up its nuclear program, it could have demonstrated its commitment over time in low-level talks building toward an agreement. Instead, President Trump took the high-wire route of two direct meetings with Kim Jong-un, giving the North Korea dictator, if nothing else, an incalculable propaganda coup by enhancing his international standing.Worse, Trump couldn’t help but make boosterish comments about the Supreme Leader, who enslaves and immiserates his people. In Hanoi, he even professed to take seriously Kim Jong-un’s denial that he had anything to do with Otto Warmbier’s murder, as if rogue security services are kidnapping and torturing Americans on their own initiative in the most tightly controlled society on Earth.All signs were that the North Koreans were heading to a diplomatic win, getting sanctions relief — as well as a U.S. liaison office in Pyongyang and a formal end to the Korean War — in exchange for steps to dismantle its Yongbyon enrichment facility. This is a version of the sucker’s deal that the U.S. has fallen for time and again with the North. Pyongyang’s play is to pocket any economic relief and diplomatic recognition, and then cheat on its commitments. Indeed, President Trump revealed that we are aware of a second, heretofore unknown enrichment facility.For whatever reason, though, the North Koreans pushed Trump on sanctions relief further than he was willing to go, and the president left the table.This avoids, for the time being, making the mistake Trump’s personal diplomacy was headed toward. Now, the president should abandon hopes that Kim is going to be coaxed out of a nuclear program central to his regime’s existence, and instead return to the robust program of economic, military, and diplomatic pressure that his administration was pursuing prior to this detour.It is a temptation for all leaders, especially Trump, who makes everything personal, to overestimate how much a relationship and direct talks can overcome ineluctable strategic and ideological considerations. It’s time to realize that Kim Jong-un is not a promising young man. He’s not going to give up his nuclear program. And he’ll realistically sign on only to a deal that he believes extends the life of his dictatorship. We hope the failure in Hanoi is the beginning of wisdom.



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North Korea summit: Why Trump's failure to reach a deal is being lauded in Washington

North Korea summit: Why Trump's failure to reach a deal is being lauded in WashingtonLawmakers and national security experts were worried about Trump falling for half-measures or false promises from the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.



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South Korea says failure to reach nuclear deal 'unfortunate'

South Korea says failure to reach nuclear deal 'unfortunate'SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea described the breakdown of nuclear talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday as unfortunate, but expressed hope that the two countries can continue an active dialogue.



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Iran revolution brought repression, failure: Trump

Iran revolution brought repression, failure: TrumpIran’s Islamic revolution four decades ago has been a complete failure for the country, President Donald Trump said Monday. In a tweet written on the anniversary of the upheaval that was also sent out in Farsi, Trump said: “40 years of corruption. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure.



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May warns MPs against 'catastrophic' failure to deliver Brexit

May warns MPs against 'catastrophic' failure to deliver BrexitBritish Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday warned MPs preparing to vote down her EU divorce deal that failing to deliver Brexit would be a “catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy”. May, who is fighting to save her withdrawal agreement negotiated with the bloc over 18 months of talks, told lawmakers they must not let down Brexit-backers in a crunch parliamentary vote Tuesday. “Doing so would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy,” May wrote in the Sunday Express.



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Systematic failure in death of Guatemalan girl: US lawmaker

Systematic failure in death of Guatemalan girl: US lawmakerThe US lawmaker who led a delegation to New Mexico Tuesday to look into the death of a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl in US Border Patrol custody blamed the tragedy on glaring systematic failures. Jakelin Caal died last week in hospital in El Paso, Texas, after being arrested with her father and others crossing from Mexico December 6. “We learned today that (there was) some very disturbing systematic failure in how the young girl’s condition was handled,” Joaquin Castro, a Texas congressman and incoming chair of the Hispanic Caucus, told reporters on the border Tuesday in Lordsburg, New Mexico.



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Soyuz arrives at ISS on first manned mission since October failure

Soyuz arrives at ISS on first manned mission since October failureA Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Monday, following the first manned launch since a failed launch in October. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome earlier in the day.



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'We trust our rocket', crew says ahead of first space launch since failure

'We trust our rocket', crew says ahead of first space launch since failureA U.S. astronaut said on Thursday she had full confidence in the safety of the Russian-made Soyuz rocket that will blast a three-person crew into space next month in the first such launch since a rocket failure. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and U.S. and Canadian astronauts Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques are due to embark for the International Space Station on Dec. 3 after a similar launch on Oct. 11 ended in an emergency landing. Two minutes into that launch, a rocket failure forced Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague to abort their mission and hurtle back to Earth in a capsule that landed in the Kazakh steppe.



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