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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

India seeks possible U.S. tax violations as stand hardens in diplomat row

India's Deputy Consul General in New York, Devyani Khobragade, attends a Rutgers University event at India's Consulate General in New York

India’s Deputy Consul General in New York, Devyani Khobragade, attends a Rutgers University event at India’s Consulate General in New York, June 19, 2013. BY SANJEEV MIGLANI NEW DELHI Fri Dec 27, 2013 CREDIT: REUTERS/MOHAMMED JAFFER/SNAPSINDIA (Reuters) – India has sought details about staff in American schools in the country for possible tax violations and revoked ID cards of U.S. consular officials and their families, retaliatory steps for the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York. The measures suggest that the two countries are no closer to a resolution of a diplomatic dispute over the treatment of Deputy Consul General…

U.S. judge upholds NSA phone surveillance program

Man wears a mask of U.S. President Obama during a protest in support of former U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden in Berlin

A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake City, Utah, December 17, 2013. CREDIT: REUTERS/JIM URQUHART (Reuters) – A federal judge ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects records of millions of Americans’ phone calls is lawful, calling it a “counter-punch” to terrorism that does not violate Americans’ privacy rights. Friday’s decision by U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan dismissed a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the program, whose existence was first disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. It also…

S Sudan government ‘agrees to truce’

S Sudan

The government of South Sudan has agreed to an immediate end to fighting with rebels, East African leaders meeting in Nairobi say. The leaders said they “welcomed the commitment by the government of the Republic of South Sudan to an immediate cessation of hostilities”. They called on rebel leader Riek Machar to “make similar commitments”. More than 1,000 people are said to have died in recent fighting in the world’s newest state. At least 100,000 people have fled their homes, with about 60,000 seeking refuge at UN compounds across the country, according to the UN, which is sending extra peacekeepers….

GM recalls 1.5 million cars in China over fuel pump bracket

Lines of cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam in central Shanghai

Lines of cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam in central Shanghai July 11, 2013. CREDIT: REUTERS/ALY SONG – General Motors Co’s (GM.N) China joint venture will recall close to 1.5 million vehicles due to potential safety issues in one of the biggest recalls in the world’s biggest autosmarket. Shanghai General Motors Co Ltd, GM’s venture with SAIC Motor Corp (600104.SS), will recall about 1.46 million Buick and Chevrolet models produced locally due to issues with a bracket that secures the fuel pump, the country’s quality watchdog said on Friday. Some of the recalled vehicles include the Chevy Sail which is…

Turkish court delivers rebuff to embattled Erdogan

Supporters of the ruling AK Party hold posters of Turkey's PM Erdogan during a demonstration in support him in Istanbul

– A Turkish court blocked a government attempt to force police to disclose investigations to their superiors, officials said on Friday, setting back Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s effort to manage fallout from a high-level corruption scandal. Police on December 17 detained dozens of people, among them the sons of the interior minister and two other cabinet members, after months of graft probes that were kept secret from commanders who might have informed the government in advance. The ensuing crisis is unprecedented in Erdogan’s three terms, triggering the ministers’ resignations and a reshuffle, and spreading speculation he may call snap elections…

Les Pussy Riot veulent toujours«chasser» Poutine du pouvoir

Les Pussy Riot

Maria Alekhina et Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (à droite), en conférence de presse à Moscou, vendredi. IVAN SEKRETAREV Agence France-Presse MOSCOU Les deux jeunes femmes du groupe contestataire russe Pussy Riot, libérées cette semaine après avoir été amnistiées, ont montré vendredi leur détermination à «chasser» Vladimir Poutine du pouvoir. Arrivées à Moscou dans la matinée, Nadejda Tolokonnikova et Maria Alekhina ont présenté leur projet de défense des droits des prisonniers lors de leur première conférence de presse depuis leur libération, dans les locaux de la chaîne câblée proche de l’opposition Dojd. Répondant pendant deux heures aux questions des journalistes russes et étrangers, elles…

Japan Okinawa leader approves US airbase relocation


Futenma airbase has long been a source of tension between the US and Japan Japan has approved the relocation of a US military airbase on its southern island of Okinawa, officials said. The governor, Hirokazu Nakaima, agreed to landfill work to develop a new base in a less densely populated part of the island, officials said. The agreement is a breakthrough following years of deadlock over where a new US base should be placed. The US has around 26,000 troops on Okinawa under a long-standing security alliance with Japan. However, the bases are unpopular locally and there is growing pressure…

Attentat à Beyrouth : un conseiller de Saad Hariri tué

Un attentat dans le centre de Beyrouth a tué, vendredi 27 décembre, Mohammad Chatah, un proche conseiller de l’ex-premier ministre Saad Hariri, le chef de la coalition hostile au régime syrien, ont rapporté des membres de cette coalition et l’Agence nationale d’information (ANI). Le chauffeur de Mohammad Chatah, dont le convoi était visé, est également mort. Trois autres personnes ont été tuées, et 50 ont été blessées, rapporte l’ANI. M. Chatah, ex-ministre des finances et ancien ambassadeur du Liban à Washington, se dirigeait vers la maison de Saad Hariri, absent du pays depuis 2011, où devait se tenir dans la matinée une réunion de la coalition dite du « 14 mars », hostile au régime Assad et appuyant…

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