PPPS (Tegucigalpa)—Through unnamed sources at the U.S. Embassy in Honduras, chief Latin American correspondent Pedro Pete has just learned that President Obama today signed a new Executive Order which clarifies U.S. immigration policy involving refugees from Central America and other regions. The President briefly diverted Secretary Kerry from his successful peace mission in the Middle East to solicit input on the new policy from several Latin American leaders.
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Although a formal copy of the executive order will not be made available until sometime after the November elections, some of the new policies are already being implemented.
Included in the order are provisions to streamline processing of refugees and to make the border crossing a less intimidating experience for undocumented immigrants, many of whom carry the stigma of their entry status long after they have taken up permanent residence in the U.S.
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Words like illegal, alien, non-citizen and unlawful are being removed from the border enforcement lexicon, and replaced with more welcoming terms.
Perhaps the most visible change will be evident almost immediately, as the traditional U.S. Department of Homeland logo, which appears on caps and uniforms of several enforcement agencies, is replaced with this new, more modern design.
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Related Update: Following criticism from both Democrats and Republicans in Texas concerning the border crisis, and after learning about Ascarate Golf Course in El Paso, President Obama has agreed to alter his upcoming Texas fundraising trip to include a visit to the border.
|Beautiful Ascarate Golf Course on the U.S./Mexico border.|