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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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Poll: Bush loses ground in home state Florida

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(The Hill)…Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is losing ground in his home state’s 2016 Republican presidential primary, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Bush currently leads the pack with 24 percent of Republican voters, but that lead has slipped 8 percentage points since February. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finishes second with 15 percent, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio rounds out the top three with 12 percent. “Bush has a lead over the field in his home state of Florida, but it’s not anywhere near insurmountable,” Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll, said in a press release….

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US Senator Bob Menendez charged with corruption

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A top US senator, Bob Menendez, has been charged with corruption. The Democrat from New Jersey is accused of using his influence to illegally benefit a Florida eye doctor, who he admits is a long-time friend. He is charged with 14 counts including bribery and conspiracy, but insists he did nothing wrong. Mr Menendez is the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee and an outspoken critic of President Obama’s policies relating to Iran and Cuba. The 14 counts include conspiracy and making false statements, as well as eight counts of bribery. He is considered one of the most influential…

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Les forces irakiennes traquent les derniers djihadistes dans Tikrit

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W.G. DUNLOP, AMMAR KARIM Agence France-Presse Tikrit, Bagdad Les forces gouvernementales irakiennes traquaient mercredi les derniers irréductibles djihadistes dans la ville de Tikrit afin de finaliser sa «libération», considérée à Bagdad comme «une étape majeure» dans la lutte contre le groupe État islamique (EI). Les combattants avançaient avec prudence dans les rues jonchées de décombres, craignant la résistance désespérée des djihadistes du groupe extrémiste sunnite EI et les nombreux engins explosifs qu’ils ont laissés derrière. «Les forces de sécurité irakiennes contrôlent 95% de la cité» mais il y a encore «des affrontements sporadiques», a affirmé mercredi un colonel. «Il reste des…

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With Schumer likely next Senate Dem leader, a trend is broken

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Schumer grabs new power

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By Alexander Bolton (The Hill)…Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is all but certain to become the next leader of Senate Democrats after the 2016 election, completing a rise to power that began more than a decade ago. Schumer spent Friday calling fellow Democratic senators to win their support to succeed Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), who personally endorsed Schumer after announcing he would not run for reelection. He believes he has the votes to win an overwhelming majority of the caucus, a person close to Schumer said. If Democrats recapture Senate control next year, Schumer would become the first Jewish…

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