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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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Russian Foreign Ministry: Donald Trump has very hard time

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the US cruise missile strike on the Syrian airbase in Homs. According to her, these actions have an absolutely obvious political background. “We have repeatedly stated and emphasised at all levels that, unfortunately, the US domestic political situation and internal political layouts in Washington show increasing influence on the state of affairs in the world,” Zakharova said. Donald Trump is having hard times indeed during his first months as president, because “various political institutions in the US show as much opposition as possible to the work of the new US administration,” Zakharova…

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Boris Johnson calls off Moscow visit over Syria

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The UK foreign secretary has called off a visit to Moscow in the wake of the Syrian chemical weapons attack. Boris Johnson, who was set to travel on Monday, said the situation had changed “fundamentally” and his priority was to continue contact with the US to provide international support for a ceasefire. He said the UK called on Russia to do everything possible to bring about a “political settlement in Syria”. “We deplore Russia’s continued defence of the Assad regime,” he added. Syria attack: What we know Syria attack: What now? Why is there a war in Syria? US ‘disappointed’…

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Trump national security aide Flynn resigns over Russian contacts

National security adviser General Michael Flynn delivers a statement daily briefing at the White House in Washington U.S., February 1, 2017.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

By Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson | WASHINGTON President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late on Monday under scrutiny over whether he discussed the possibility of lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia before Trump took office. Flynn submitted his resignation hours after Trump said through a spokesman that he was reviewing the situation and talking to Vice President Mike Pence. Flynn had promised Pence he had not discussed sanctions with the Russians but it was later discovered that the subject had come up. “Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and…

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Israel bars Peru’s fugitive ex-leader Alejandro Toledo

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Israel says Peru’s fugitive former President Alejandro Toledo, wanted on corruption charges, will not be allowed to enter the country. His arrest was requested in Peru last week over allegations he took $20m (£16m) in bribes. He denies wrongdoing. The ex-leader was believed to be in San Francisco and could try to fly to Israel. He is a visiting professor at Stanford University and his wife, Eliane Karp, has Israeli citizenship. Mr Toledo, who governed from 2001 to 2006, is accused of receiving money from Brazilian building firm Odebrecht in return for a contract to build stretches of a highway…

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Trump’s army secretary nominee Vincent Viola withdraws as candidate

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Vincent Viola, an infantry veteran and founder of a high-speed trading firm nominated by Donald Trump to be secretary of the army, has withdrawn his name from consideration. China accuses US of putting stability of Asia Pacific at risk Read more A Trump administration official confirmed that Viola had withdrawn. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. A Pentagon statement on Friday night said defence secretary James Mattis was “disappointed but understands and respects” Viola’s decision, adding that it would make another recommendation soon. The Military Times, which first reported the news,…

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State Dept reverses revocation of 60K visas

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The State Department Saturday morning reversed the revocation of up to 60,000 visas from foreigners from seven Muslim-majority countries following a federal judge’s ruling that immediately halted President Trump’s immigration order, according to reports. The department says that for now, people covered by the order and holding a valid visa may now travel to the United States. On Friday, the State Department announced that the 60,000 visas had been provisionally revoked to comply with President Trump’s temporary ban on travel. Federal judge James Robart, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2003, ruled Friday that the executive order…

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DHS suspends ‘any and all actions’ on Trump travel ban

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The Department of Homeland Security says it has suspended “any and all actions” regarding President Trump’s ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the United States, though it plans to file an emergency stay on the ruling halting it. “At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the President’s Executive Order, which is lawful and appropriate,” spokesperson Gillian Christensen said in a statement, as first reported by BuzzFeed News. Homeland Security said in its statement that it was suspending “any and all actions implementing the affected sections”…

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Trump immigration curbs cause worldwide chaos, panic, anger

People shout during anti-Donald Trump immigration ban protests outside Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S. January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

By Yeganeh Torbati and Doina Chiacu | WASHINGTON President Donald Trump’s most far reaching action since taking office plunged America’s immigration system into chaos on Saturday, not only for refugees but for legal U.S. residents who were turned away at airports and feared being stranded outside the country. Immigration lawyers and advocates worked through the night trying to help stranded travelers find a way back home. Lawyers in New York sued to block the order, saying many people have already been unlawfully detained, including an Iraqi who worked for the U.S. Army in Iraq. Confusion abounded at airports as immigration…

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Woman kept alive for six days with no lungs

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Threat of investigations hangs over Clinton and Trump

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No matter who wins the White House on Tuesday, the next president is likely to enter office under the threat of investigation by the rival party. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both deeply polarizing figures unlikely to enjoy a period of goodwill from the other side of the aisle. Multiple Republicans this week have predicted impeachment could be on the table if Clinton wins, a possibility Trump has mentioned in a late effort to boost his bid for the White House. And while Republicans are likely to control at least one chamber of Congress next year, Democrats would almost certainly…

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