The Other Freshman Democrat Making Things Happen On The Border

House Democrats are often stymied when it comes to White House oversight these days by an administration that refuses to participate with subpoenas, make aides available for hearings, etc. etc.

But when it comes to border politics, Democrats may have cracked the Trump code. Vocal protests of administration policies, combined with showy Congressional hearings, seem to connect. Democrats complain, and policies change to some extent.

Rep. Veronica Escobar of El Paso is one of the Democrats leading that effort. VICE News talked to her about her efforts.

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Mass. Gov. Not Sending National Guard to Border

Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker reversed a decision to send a state National Guard helicopter to the U.S.-Mexico border, citing what he called the administration’s “cruel and inhumane” policy of separating children and parents. (June 19)

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Dems: Separating Families at Border is Inhumane

Democrats say the Trump administration’s accelerating policy of separating children from their parents after they cross the U.S. border with Mexico is inhumane and must stop. (June 6)

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Sessions to Send Prosecutors, Judges to Border

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday the Department of Justice will send more prosecutors to the southern border, days after a caravan of Central Americans traveled through Mexico to the US border to seek asylum. (May 2)

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Arizona Governor Sends Guard Troops to Border

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday that 225 members of the state’s National Guard were heading to the U.S.-Mexico border to support President Donald Trump’s call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration. (April 9)

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National Guard Coordinates Deployment to Border

The Arizona National guard says a team of planners has been activated to coordinate deployment of 150 Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. (April 6)

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Raids and Arrests at Morocco’s Migrant Camps: VICE News Capsule, February 19

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Moroccan security forces are destroying the makeshift camps of migrants trying to cross into Europe, the UN reports a 25% surge in Afghan civilian deaths, Italy deploys thousands of troops to stop potential terror attacks, and HIV researchers create new protein that could prevent infection.

MOROCCO
Authorities Destroy Several Makeshift Migrant Camps at Border
Rights groups accuse security forces of violently clearing the camps and arresting hundreds of people.

AFGHANISTAN
UN Reports Highest Civilian Death Toll in 2014
The 25% increase is attributed to ground fighting between the government and insurgents, namely the Taliban.

ITALY
Thousands of Soldiers Deployed to Thwart Terror Attacks
On the heels of the shootings in Paris and Copenhagen, Italy’s government has decided to put 4,800 troops on streets across the country to boost security.

HEALTH
New Molecule Could Block HIV Infection
​The approach resembles gene therapy and involves the production of a new molecule that prevents the virus from binding to cellular receptors. ​

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