Immigration lawyers and rights advocates say migrants are opting to cross illegally because word has spread that people now have to wait months in dangerous Mexican border cities before asking for asylum at a legal port of entry.
Two DHS officials told NBC News that there are no plans to send asylum-seekers back across the border if they are caught crossing illegally, primarily because the Mexican government lacks the infrastructure to shelter them at what are often remote points.
But when he officially launches his 2020 campaign this weekend it won't be in Iowa or New Hampshire, or his home state of Vermont — but in Brooklyn and Chicago, two important locations tied to a personal history that he rarely shares.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's line of questioning during the Cohen hearing should serve as a reminder to Trump that special counsel Robert Mueller isn't the only investigator he needs to worry about, writes Kurt Bardella, a former spokesman and senior adviser for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
"It is inconceivable that such a high-profile American prisoner like Otto Warmbier, that Kim Jong Un would not know."
— Former Gov. Bill Richardson, who served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Clinton administration, on Trump's claim that the North Korean dictator had no knowledge of the horrific treatment the American student Warmbier suffered in his country.