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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.” -

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The world ‘largely likes’ the US, says global survey

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A global survey of 40 countries by the Pew Research Center finds that large numbers of people have a favourable opinion of the United States, its economy and the US-led fight against the Islamic State.

Overall, the US is largely seen in a positive light, with a global median of 69% of people saying they viewed the US favourably. That’s up from 65% in 2013 and 2014, says Pew.

But when it comes to the issue of post-9/11 interrogation techniques – which many consider to be torture – the US has received a worldwide rebuke.

 

US v China

 

Chinese and US officials, at the helm of the world’s biggest economies, are meeting in Washington for annual talks.

While the recent global downturn stoked fears that the US was losing ground to China economically, there has actually been a rise in the number of people who think the US is still on top.

Of the 40 countries polled, a majority in 30 of them view the US as the world’s biggest economic power. India has seen the biggest jump in the number of people who think the US is on top.

However, it’s important to note that majorities in 27 countries believe that China will eventually replace the US as the world’s top superpower.

The European Union is the most convinced of China’s inevitable supremacy.

 

Islamic State conflict 

 

When it comes to the US-led fight against Islamic State, the US enjoys broad support.

A median of 62% of people around the world say that they support US military actions against the Islamic State group. That figure is compared to the 24% of people who oppose US-led efforts against the group in Iraq and Syria.

While the Iraq war that raged a decade ago was largely unpopular, majorities in America’s key European allies are supportive of the campaign.

A near-majority of people in important Middle Eastern allies are supportive as well.

Back home, 80% of Americans – including 88% of Republicans and 80% of Democrats – view the campaign favourably. Across the northern border, the fight enjoys the support of about two-thirds of the Canadian public.

 

‘Torture’ after September 11 attacks 

 

What’s not popular? The interrogation techniques employed by the US following the 9/11 attacks.

A median of 50% of people disapproved of the US government’s interrogation techniques that it used on suspected terrorists – techniques that many described as torture.

Only 35% said the techniques were justified.

Majorities in the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and France said the so-called torture was not justified.

Interestingly, there were some outliers. Italians were largely split on the issue, and people in Poland tended to believe that interrogation techniques were justified.

In the Middle East and Asia, the techniques were largely seen in a negative light – except in Israel, India and the Philippines.

Most Americans, though, see the techniques as justified – but sharply divided along political lines, with Republicans largely supportive and Democrats largely not.

 

 

President Barack Obama

 

The US president, however, enjoys widespread support that, in many places, has been growing – except for in one country.

Mr Obama’s popularity in Israel has taken a nosedive in Israel over the past 12 months. Last year, he had the backing of 71% of Israelis. But this year, only 49% gave him the thumbs-up.

However in India the opposite is true. Over the past year, his popularity in that country jumped from 48% to 71%. He’s seen his popularity grow in 14 of the surveyed countries.

Considering people in all 40 countries around the world, Mr Obama has the backing of a median of 69% of people (much higher than his approval rating in the US).

In all the countries surveyed in the EU and sub-Saharan Africa, half or more support the American president. In 29 countries, majorities said they were confident that Mr Obama would do the right thing when it came to world affairs.

The Pew survey was conducted between March and May of this year, and included responses from over 45,000 respondents.

Source:BBC

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