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Mexico border wall: US states sue over emergency declaration

A coalition of 16 US states led by California is suing President Donald Trump’s administration over his decision to declare an emergency to raise funds for a Mexican border wall. The lawsuit was filed in the court for the Northern District of California. It comes days after Mr Trump invoked emergency powers to bypass Congress and secure funding for the project – a key campaign pledge. Democrats have vowed to contest it “using every remedy available”. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said they were taking President Trump to court “to…

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National emergency: Is there a crisis on the US-Mexico border?

Image copyright Getty Images President Donald Trump says he will declare a national emergency to fund a planned border wall with Mexico. Announcing his plans at the White House, the president repeatedly used the term “invasion” to describe the situation on the US southern border. His plan will bypass Congress and re-direct military funds to fund his long-promised barrier. Critics say his government has created a “manufactured crisis”. They argue his assertions about the situation are untrue, and say there are far fewer people crossing the border than in previous…

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Trump ‘to sign border security bill and declare emergency’ over wall

President Donald Trump will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown as well as declare a national emergency to fund his wall. The White House said Mr Trump would sign the bill as promised, but also take action to use military funds for his US-Mexico border wall. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announced the plan just before the chamber voted on the compromise bill. Congress must first pass the bill before it is signed by the president. “The President is once again delivering on his promise to…

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US border security deal reached to avert new US shutdown

Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle over border security to fund the US government and avert another partial shutdown. Lawmakers said the deal had been struck in a closed-door meeting in Washington. No details have released, and it is unclear whether President Donald Trump will back the agreement. He is due to address a political rally in Texas. Talks had previously stalled on the detention of undocumented immigrants and funding for Mr Trump’s border wall. A deal must be reached by Friday when funding will run out…

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Donald Trump’s wall: How tech guards the US-Mexico border

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Nick Kwek toured the border dividing the US state of Arizona and Mexico’s Sonora “We gotta get outta here!” cries Agent Daniel Hernandez of US Border Patrol. Moments earlier a hurled rock from over the fence whacked the tin roof next to us with an almighty thud. Its target: Agent Hernandez, my camerawoman and yours truly. “You gotta limit your exposure when you’re there by the International Fence, you know,” says Agent Hernandez, once we’re safely back in his truck. I…

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US-Mexico border: Pentagon to deploy an extra 2,000 troops

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Soldiers are helping to lay miles of razor wire along the border The US is to send an additional 2,000 troops to its border with Mexico, the Pentagon has announced. It will bring the total number of troops stationed on the southern border to about 4,300. The Pentagon said the soldiers would help border-patrol agents, carry out surveillance work and install miles of razor wire. It comes as President Donald Trump battles Congress for funds to build a wall along the border. He says…

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Brexit: Does the Irish peace accord rule out a hard border?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, has told the Irish Parliament that the UK and Ireland must honour the Good Friday Agreement and honour their commitment not to have a hard border. After Brexit, the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic would become the only land border between the UK and the European Union. If there wasn’t a deep enough trade deal between the UK and the EU, it would likely mean checks on goods which cross it. That’s where the backstop comes in – an insurance…

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Trump sceptical a deal on border wall can be reached

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFive questions about Trump’s border wall US President Donald Trump says he is sceptical a deal can be reached on border security before government funding expires again next month. He spoke to the Wall Street Journal as 800,000 federal employees returned to work after the longest ever closure of federal agencies, lasting 35 days. The Republican president said he doubts he would lower the sum he is prepared to accept for a US-Mexico border wall. Congress must agree a new bill by…

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Brexit: Government supports Brady amendment on Ireland border

Image copyright AFP The government will support a backbench amendment to the Brexit deal that calls for the planned Irish backstop to be replaced by “alternative arrangements”. Tory MPs will be told to vote for Sir Graham Brady’s proposal when the Commons votes on a series of amendments to Theresa May’s plan on Tuesday. The government will also order its MPs to vote against a move which could delay Brexit by up to nine months. But Commons Speaker John Bercow will decide which amendments get voted on. Senior EU representatives…

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No-deal Brexit ‘means hard border’ – European Commission

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Both the UK and the EU have said they do not want to see a hard Irish border It is “obvious” there will be a hard border in Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the European Commission’s chief spokesman has said. Margaritis Schinas made the comments at the commission’s daily media briefing. If he was pushed to speculate what might happen in a no-deal scenario, he said it was “pretty obvious you will have a hard border”. However, the Irish government has…

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