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Priscilla Alvarez

Priscilla Alvarez Priscilla Alvarez is a fellow for National Journal. Previously she was a correspondent for USA TODAY College, where she covered a variety of topics with a focus on college students. Her work has also appeared in the Washingtonian and Leesburg Today, a community newspaper in Northern Virginia.Priscilla studied at Virginia Tech, where she also served as editor-in-chief of the student-run, daily newspaper, Collegiate Times.
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People Are Calling In to a New 'Criminal Alien' Hotline With Reports of Extraterrestrials

April 27, 2017 The term “alien” is used in legal contexts to denote those present in the United States who aren’t citizens. But some callers are using a new hotline launched on Wednesday for victims of crimes committed by aliens to report that they’ve been victimized by extraterrestrials. On Wednesday, the Trump administration...

Trump's Border Barrier Hits a Wall

April 7, 2017 Pamela Taylor’s home in Brownsville, Texas, sits in between the Rio Grande and the current border fence. Taylor, 88, voted for Donald Trump. But now, she faces the possibility that the man she voted for could take her land through eminent domain. “As far as we’re concerned, the fence is...

Trump's Border Barrier Hits a Wall

April 6, 2017 Pamela Taylor’s home in Brownsville, Texas, sits in between the Rio Grande and the current border fence. Taylor, 88, voted for Donald Trump. But now, she faces the possibility that the man she voted for could take her land through eminent domain. “As far as we’re concerned, the fence is...

How Trump Is Changing Immigration Enforcement

February 3, 2017 In his first week in office, President Donald Trump acted on his core campaign issue: immigration. In a short span of time, the president signed executive orders calling for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and a crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities,” which limit collaboration between local...

Trump Cracks Down on Sanctuary Cities

January 25, 2017 On Wednesday, Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at cracking down on so-called “sanctuary cities,” which limit cooperation between state and local law enforcement and federal immigration agents. It follows through on his campaign-trail promise to withhold federal dollars from such cities, which might jeopardize support for services including...

Will Law Enforcement Support Trump's Immigration Plans?

December 30, 2016 In an interview with 60 Minutes last month, President-elect Donald Trump made yet another pledge to remove undocumented immigrants from the United States, saying he would deport up to 3 million of them who “have criminal records.” Similar promises—like building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and blocking federal funding...

Will Guantanamo Bay's Prison Ever Close?

December 21, 2016 In his final State of the Union address this year, President Obama repeated his call to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “I will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo. It is expensive, it is unnecessary, and it only serves as a recruitment brochure for...

Trump Announces Picks for Treasury and Commerce

December 1, 2016 Donald Trump has chosen Steven Mnuchin to serve as secretary of the treasury and Wilbur Ross to serve as secretary of commerce, according to a statement released Wednesday morning by the president-elect’s transition team. “Steve Mnuchin is a world-class financier, banker, and businessman, and has played a key role in...

Trump Says He's Removing Himself From 'Business Operations,' but Doesn't Provide Details

November 30, 2016 More than two weeks after being elected and facing a flurry of questions over potential conflicts of interest, Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would remove himself from “business operations.” Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far...

Trump Picks Tom Price for Health and Human Services Secretary

November 29, 2016 Donald Trump has selected Rep. Tom Price to serve as the secretary of Health and Human Services. “Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on health care policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity,”...