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White House Tries to Protect Business from Border Shutdowns

White House officials are scrambling to protect businesses from cross-border trade disruptions as President Donald Trump pressures Mexico and Congress to shut down Central America’s migration into the United States. 

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Key Republicans Join Democrats in Opposing Trump’s Central American Funding Freeze

Several key Republicans have declared their opposition to President Donald Trump’s order to freeze direct aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, including the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Relations Committee, Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX). These GOP critics offered the same argument as the Democrats, namely that cutting off funds to anti-poverty and law enforcement programs in the “Northern Triangle” countries will make the migrant crisis even worse.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, right, joined by Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, about the arrest of two Iraqi-born men who came to the U.S. as refugees and have been indicted on terrorism-related charges by …

Gavin Newsom to Scale Down National Guard Presence at Border

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he is looking to scale down the state’s National Guard presence at the U.S.-Mexico border, pulling nearly 400 troops from the border assisting President Donald Trump’s border enforcement efforts and assigning them to other duties.

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Caravan Organizers Promised Easy U.S. Asylum, Say Departing Migrants

Hundreds of migrants from Central America gathered near the U.S. border in Tijuana are planning to return home. They blame one of the caravan organizers, Pueblos Sin Fronteras, for allegedly misleading them into joining the trek with false promises of easy asylum in the United States. The group denies the accusations.

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