Tag: Customs and Border Protection (US)

After a Lull, the Number of Migrants Trying to Enter the U.S. Has Soared

NOGALES, Mexico — Illegal migration along the southwest border of the United States has surged after a period of stagnation, as economic hardship, made worse by the pandemic, has driven thousands northward seeking work. After plunging in the spring, when nations went into lockdown and shut down borders in an effort to curb the spread […]

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American Catastrophe Through German Eyes

PARIS — No people has found the American lurch toward authoritarianism under President Trump more alarming than the Germans. For postwar Germany, the United States was savior, protector and liberal democratic model. Now, Germans, in shock, speak of the “American catastrophe.” A recent cover of the weekly magazine Der Spiegel portrays Trump in the Oval […]

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Feds Sending Tactical Team to Seattle, Expanding Presence Beyond Portland

The Trump administration, which has pledged to use the full force of the government to protect federal property, expanded that effort on Thursday by sending a team of tactical border officers to stand by for duty in Seattle. The Special Response Team being deployed is similar to the tactical teams currently operating in Portland, Ore., […]

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Cities Say They Want Federal Agents Fighting Crime, Not Protesters

In recent years, cities like Chicago, Baltimore and New York have turned to Washington for help in combating gun violence and other crimes, arguing that only the federal government has the resources to tackle problems like guns being traded illegally across state borders. Now as President Trump has threatened to send federal agents to clean […]

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The Border War in Portland

Something dangerous is taking shape within the Department of Homeland Security. We got our first glimpse of it last week in Oregon, when unidentified federal agents clad in camouflage and tactical gear descended on Portland, beat and tear-gassed protesters and pulled others into unmarked vehicles for arrest and questioning. Apparently cobbled together using personnel from […]

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Trump’s Occupation of American Cities Has Begun

The month after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Yale historian Timothy Snyder published the best-selling book “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century.” It was part of a small flood of titles meant to help Americans find their bearings as the new president laid siege to liberal democracy. One of Snyder’s lessons was, “Be wary […]

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50 Nights of Unrest in Portland

Thursday night marked the 50th consecutive night of demonstrations in Portland, Ore. The protests began after the killing of George Floyd — tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest police violence and racial injustice. Since then, the protests have grown smaller, but clashes between law enforcement officers and protesters have escalated […]

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