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The Trump Administration Announced A New Policy To Separate Children From Parents Who Cross The US-Mexico Border

The Trump Administration said this week that the administration is rolling out a policy to separate families who illegally enter the country in an attempt to curb illegal entry into the United States. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered the announcement at a law enforcement event in Scottsdale, Arizona on the same day First Lady Melania Trump delivered a speech calling for more kindness to children. The decision will take all children from people crossing the border and putting them in foster care.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said families caught entering the U.S. illegally will not remain together in detention centers.

“We are dealing with a massive influx of illegal aliens across our Southwest border,” Sessions said in a press conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to NBC News. “But we’re not going to stand for this.”

He also added that people attempting to bring in an undocumented child will also be prosecuted.

“If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law,” Sessions said. “If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.”

The Department of Homeland Security said agents have been separating families already. Since last October, 700 children have been separated from their parents.

“I want to be clear. DHS does not have a blanket policy on separating families as a deterrent,” Thomas Homan, deputy director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said according to NBC News. “There is no new policy. This has always been the policy. But you will see more prosecutions because of the commitment to zero tolerance” of illegal border entries.”

The aim of the Trump Administration is to prosecute every single person that enters illegally.

“If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple,” said Sessions, who has sent more prosecutors and immigration attorneys to the Southwest in preparation.

While the Trump Administration says there’s an increase in incoming undocumented immigrants, studies say otherwise.

“Yes, we have this spike in Central Americans. But the overall undocumented flow is at historic lows,” Seth Stodder, a former assistant secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama administration, said to the New York Times. “We are not facing a ‘massive influx’ of undocumented migrants coming across the US-Mexico border. In fact, the opposite is true — undocumented migrant crossings are at historic lows, with border apprehensions around 20 percent of what they were around the time of the 9/11 attacks.”

However, separating families seems to be backfiring on the Trump Administration.

There are currently an estimated 1,500 undocumented children that are uncounted for in the U.S. refugee system.

The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement is the program that was created to take in the incoming undocumented children that are separated from their families. They’re in charge of providing foster care for the children. However, out of the 7,635 children that have been placed in foster care, only 6,075 of them are still with their foster parents. That means almost 1,500 have either “run away, been deported, or been placed with a different family,” the Associated Press reports.


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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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