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Friday, July 20, 2018

A government lawyer acknowledged Monday that the Trump administration will miss its first court-imposed deadline to reunite about 100 immigrant children under age 5 with their parents. Department of Justice attorney Sarah Fabian said during a court hearing that federal authorities reunited two families and expect to reunite an additional 59 by Tuesday’s deadline. She said the other cases are more complicated, including parents who have been deported or are in prison facing criminal charges, and would require more time to complete reunions. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, who ordered the administration to reunite families separated as part of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, said he will hold another hearing Tuesday morning to get an update on the remaining cases. He said he was encouraged to see “real progress” in the complicated reunification process after a busy weekend when officials from multiple federal agencies tried to sync up parents and children who are spread across the country. STORY FROM LENDINGTREE Crush your mortgage interest with a 15 yr fixed “Tomorrow is the deadline. I do recognize that there are some groups of parents who are going to fall into a category where it’s impossible to reunite by tomorrow,” he said. “I am very encouraged by the progress. I’m optimistic.” Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who leads a lawsuit against the federal government, sounded more skeptical. When asked by the judge if he believed the government was in full compliance of the court order, Gelernt said there was much more work to be done. “Let me put it this way: I think the government in the last 48 hours has taken significant steps,” he said. “We just don’t know how much effort the government has made to find released parents. I don’t think there’s been full compliance.” U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, based in San Diego. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, based in San Diego. (Photo: U.S. District Court) The difficulty in reuniting the first 100 children shows the challenge that lies ahead as the Trump administration braces for another deadline in two weeks to reunite nearly 3,000 older children – up to age 17 – with their parents. The process is complicated because of all the different situations that emerged over the weekend. The government initially identified 102 children under age 5 who needed to be reunited but removed three children from that list because investigations into their cases revealed that those children came with adults who were not their parents, Fabian said. Twelve parents were found to be in federal and state custody on criminal charges, making a reunification impossible since the government can’t transfer minors to state and local prisons to protect the well-being of the child. Nine parents were deported, and the government established contact with only four of them, Fabian said. Four children had been scheduled to be released from government custody to relatives who weren’t their parents, leading the government to question whether to allow that process to be completed or to redirect the child back to a parent. Gelernt said he understood many of the hurdles but urged the judge to force the government to scrap its time-consuming investigation into every single case and start a 48-hour clock to reunify families that remain separated by Tuesday. Sabraw said he would decide that during Tuesday’s hearing. Fabian said one of the silver linings of the busy weekend is that her office worked closely with its challengers at the ACLU to share information on each child’s case, to ensure that representatives from immigration advocacy groups and volunteer organizations could be present during each reunification. Gelernt said they’re doing that to help the parents, who are often released from custody with no money and nowhere to go. Fabian said that coordination has led to a more formalized process between government agencies and with the immigrants’ lawyers that should make reunifications go more smoothly in the coming weeks. “I think this process over the weekend helped us see what information, and in what form, is the most useful to share,” she said. “I’d like to make that as efficient a process as possible.” -

Monday, July 9, 2018

Trump denies US opposition to WHO breastfeeding resolution -

Monday, July 9, 2018

Havana plane crash leaves more than 100 dead -

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr bloc wins Iraq elections -

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: ‘We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families’ -

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Donald Trump says he will meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore -

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Trump tells FBI: ‘I have your back 100%’ -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Mueller requests emails from Trump campaign data firm: report -

Friday, December 15, 2017

GOP changes child tax credit in bid to win Rubio’s vote -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Trump Jr. is berated for tweet about ‘Obama’s FCC’ chair, net ‘neutality’ -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry on 19 May 2018 -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Roy Moore says Alabama election ‘tainted’ by outside groups -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Eric Holder warns GOP: ‘Any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated’ -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Former British prime minister: Trump attacks on press are ‘dangerous’ -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Megyn Kelly left Fox News in part due to O’Reilly: report -

Saturday, April 15, 2017

North Korea warns against U.S. ‘hysteria’ as it marks founder’s birth -

Friday, April 14, 2017

British spies were first to spot Trump team’s links with Russia -

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Antilles: 17 migrants meurent dans un naufrage

Immigration

Les îles Turks et Caïcos se trouvent sur la trajectoire des nombreux candidats haïtiens à l’immigration illégale qui tentent de rallier les côtes américaines sur des embarcations de fortune. PHOTO ISSUE DE GOOGLE MAPS Agence France-Presse Miami Dix-sept personnes soupçonnées d’être des migrants clandestins haïtiens, sont mortes mercredi au large des îles Turks et Caïcos, lorsque leur bateau a chaviré, ont indiqué les autorités de ce territoire d’outre-mer du Royaume-Uni. Trente-trois autres personnes, 20 hommes, un enfant de sexe masculin, et 12 femmes, ont pu être secourues et conduite dans un centre de détention pour migrants, a indiqué un commissaire…

Centrafrique : à Bangui, les soldats français entre deux feux

Credits photo, Xavier Bourgois, AFP

REPORTAGE – De violents affrontements ont eu lieu mercredi aux abords de l’aéroport, forçant l’armée française à intervenir. Envoyé spécial à Bangui Les rues sont désertes et les maisons ­vides. Sur la terre rougeâtre, une poule esseulée passe, puis un jeune homme pressé. À Cattin, un quartier du nord de Bangui, les habitants ont préféré partir pour s’empiler dans les camps de réfugiés. Les impacts de balles sur les murs, les traces d’incendies, çà et là, sont les signes des violences qui reviennent hanter Cattin. Au bout de la route, le petit pont en traverses de chemin de fer, qui…

18 Haitians die after boat capsizes off Turks and Caicos

(Reuters) – Eighteen Haitians died on Wednesday morning off the Turks and Caicos islands after a sailboat carrying more than 50 suspected immigrants capsized while being towed into port, officials said. Thirty-two Haitians were pulled from the waters about 100 meters off Providenciales, an island in the Turks and Caicos islands north of Haiti in the Caribbean, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The survivors are being held in a Turks and Caicos immigration detention and removal center. Turks and Caicos police intercepted the boat around 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT) on Christmas day, according to a statement on the…

Japan PM Shinzo Abe visits Yasukuni WW2 shrine

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting a controversial shrine to World War Two dead, exactly one year after he took office. Mr Abe said his visit to Yasukuni was “to pledge and determine that never again will people suffer in war”. He said it was “not intended to hurt the Chinese or South Koreans”. But a Chinese foreign ministry official was quick to denounce the visit as “absolutely unacceptable to the Chinese people”. Yasukuni honours several convicted Japanese war criminals. Beijing and Seoul see it as a symbol of Tokyo’s war-time aggression. This is the first visit to Yasukuni…

Turkey ministers Caglayan, Guler and Bayraktar resign amid scandal

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The three ministers to resign – Zafer Caglayan (R), Erdogan Bayraktar (C) and Muammer Guler (2L) – were at Ankara airport to meet the PM on Tuesday One of three Turkish cabinet ministers who have resigned over a corruption scandal, Environment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar, has urged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to step down. Mr Bayraktar, Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Interior Minister Muammer Guler quit after their sons were taken into custody. All three deny any wrongdoing. Police are investigating allegations of illicit money transfers to Iran and bribery for construction projects. All three ministers had appeared with Mr…

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood declared ‘terrorist group’

AP

The military-backed interim Egyptian government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group after blaming it for a deadly attack on a police HQ earlier this week. The group, whose candidate Mohammed Morsi won the presidential poll last year before being deposed by the military, had already been outlawed. Thousands of its supporters have been arrested in a crackdown. A Muslim Brotherhood leader in exile vowed that protests would continue. ‘Horrified’ Deputy Prime Minister Hossam Eissa announced the move, which will give the authorities more power to crack down on the Brotherhood. He said that those who belonged to the…

Surge of holiday packages delays UPS shipments

(Reuters) – A high volume of holiday packages overwhelmed shipping and logistics company UPS, the company said on Wednesday, delaying the arrival of Christmas presents around the globe and sending angry consumers to social media to vent. A collision of factors, including a higher volume than expected and recent patches of bad weather, caused the delays, UPS spokeswoman Natalie Black said. The company projected 132 million deliveries last week “and obviously we exceeded that,” Black said, without disclosing how many packages had been sent. “For now, UPS is really focused on delivering the remaining packages,” Black said. “You might not…

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