US Army Discharging Immigrant Recruits, Reservists

Posted: July 6, 2018, 2:28 am

US Army Discharging Immigrant Recruits, Reservists A Pakistani recruit, 22, who was recently discharged from the U.S. Army, holds an American flag as he poses for a picture, July 3, 2018. The man asked his name and location to be undisclosed for safety reasons. The AP interviewed three recruits from Brazil, Pakistan and Iran, all of whom said they were devastated by their unexpected discharges. SAN ANTONIO — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.
The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures.
“It was my dream to serve in the military,” said reservist Lucas Calixto, a Brazilian immigrant who filed a lawsuit aga..

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Condo to Chick-Fil-A, Some of the Allegations Against Pruitt

Posted: July 5, 2018, 10:39 pm

Condo to Chick-Fil-A, Some of the Allegations Against Pruitt FILE – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 16, 2018. WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was the target of numerous federal ethics investigations. Allegations included the eyebrow-raising — looking to obtain a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel — and graver ones, such as accounts that he used his office to try to drum up high-dollar business opportunities for his wife.
Some of the key allegations:
THE USED MATTRESS: Pruitt directed his then-aide, Millan Hupp, to call the Trump International Hotel in Washington about buying a used mattress, Hupp told staffers of a House oversight committee, which is investigating the EPA chief. Hupp also apartment-hunted for her then-boss. Staffers also reported being asked ..

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Trump to Announce Supreme Court Nominee Monday Night

Posted: July 5, 2018, 9:50 pm

Trump to Announce Supreme Court Nominee Monday Night FILE – The U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in Washington, D.C., Feb. 17, 2016. President Donald Trump will announce his nominee for the upcoming vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court at 9 p.m. (0100 UTC) Monday.
Aboard Air Force One on the way to a rally in Montana, Trump told reporters he will make up his mind by Sunday about whom he would like to see replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
“I think I have it down to four people. And I think of the four people, I have it down to three or two,'' Trump said.
The White House said Tuesday that Trump has already interviewed four potential picks, all of whom are federal appeals court judges.
They are Brett Kavanaugh, who worked in the White House under former Republican President George W. Bush; Amy Coney Barrett, a former Notre Dame Law School professor; Raymond Kethledge, a former clerk for Justice Kennedy, and Amul Thapar, an appeals court judge who has also taught at s..

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California Senators Reach Agreement on Net Neutrality Bill

Posted: July 5, 2018, 8:31 pm

California Senators Reach Agreement on Net Neutrality Bill Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-LA, second from right, speaks at a news conference at the state Capitol as Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, from left, Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-LA, and Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, listen in Sacramento, California, July 5, 2018. SACRAMENTO — Key California lawmakers said Thursday they've reached an agreement on legislation to enshrine net neutrality provisions in state law after the Federal Communications Commission dumped rules requiring an equal playing field on the internet.
California's bill is one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to continue net neutrality, and the deal comes after a bitter fight among Democrats over how far the state should go.
Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener, who repudiated his own legislation when major pieces were removed two weeks ago, said those provisions have been restored under his agreement with Democratic Assemblyman Miguel Santiago.
“We ..

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Life in Trump’s Cabinet: Perks, Pestering, Power, Putdowns

Posted: July 5, 2018, 4:38 pm

Life in Trump's Cabinet: Perks, Pestering, Power, Putdowns FILE – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, June 21, 2018. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross came in for an Oval Office tongue-lashing after he used a mundane soup can as a TV prop. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got overruled by President Donald Trump's announcement that a new “Space Force” is in the offing. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, who resigned Thursday, caught a sharp admonition from Trump to “knock it off” after his ethics problems dominated cable television.
Welcome to the Trump Cabinet, where broad opportunities to reshape the government and advance a conservative agenda come with everyday doses of presidential adulation, humiliation, perks and pestering. Sometimes all at roughly the same time.
Members of the president's Cabinet have a measure of prestige ..

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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns

Posted: July 5, 2018, 3:50 pm

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns FILE – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 16, 2018. Embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has resigned after fighting numerous scandals and alleged ethics violations.
“The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us,” Pruitt wrote in his resignation letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday.
He wrote that it is “extremely difficult” to step down, but did not directly mention or apologize for any of the scandals that have overshadowed the EPA.
Trump told reporters on Air Force One there was no “final straw” that led to Pruitt's resignation.
“Scott is a terrific guy. He came to me and said, 'I have such great confidence in the administration, I don't want to be a distraction.&#03..

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Call-to-Listen Radio, A Respite for African Immigrants

Posted: July 5, 2018, 7:42 am

For the millions of first-generation immigrants in the United States, whose native languages aren't common on the streets of New York or any other U.S. community, staying connected to local news and culture can be challenging. But across Diaspora communities, call-to-listen radio programming is designed to fill this need and offer a respite from day-to-day hardships as immigrants, including the undocumented. VOA's Ramon Taylor has this report from New York.

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Statue of Liberty Climber Pleads Not Guilty

Posted: July 5, 2018, 6:36 am

Statue of Liberty Climber Pleads Not Guilty A protester is seen on the Statue of Liberty in New York, July 4, 2018, in this picture obtained from social media. (Danny Owens/via Reuters) NEW YORK — A New York woman who scaled the stone pedestal of the Statue of Liberty to protest U.S. immigration policy pleaded not guilty to trespassing, disorderly
conduct and interfering with governmental administration in her first court appearance Thursday.
Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, was arrested Wednesday after she climbed the statue's pedestal and began a three-hour standoff with police that led to the evacuation of the landmark on the Fourth of July holiday, celebrating U.S. independence.
After her brief arraignment on the three misdemeanor charges, Magistrate Judge Ona Wang ordered Okoumou to be released from federal custody.
Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, called the hours-long protest a “dangerous stunt” that endangered lives.
“While we must and do respect the right..

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Trump: US ‘Will Not Be a Migrant Camp’

Posted: June 18, 2018, 1:03 pm

Trump: US 'Will Not Be a Migrant Camp' President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence looks on. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said the separation of children from their parents trying to enter the United States illegally is “so sad,” but showed no signs of changing the policy.
“A country without borders is not a country at all,” Trump said. “We want safety and security for our country … and it starts with the border.”
The American leader said the U.S. would not be a “migrant camp” or “refugee holding facility.”
“Not on my watch,” Trump declared.
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US Supreme Court Acts in Gerrymandering Cases

Posted: June 18, 2018, 1:00 pm

US Supreme Court Acts in Gerrymandering Cases FILE – Activists from the state of Virginia rally against gerrymandering, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, March 28, 2018. The U.S. Supreme Court Monday has ruled against state Democrats in a case concerning partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, sending it back to a lower court for a decision.
Gerrymandering is the process of redrawing lines of a state’s electoral districts in order to gain an electoral advantage. Gerrymandering on racial and ethnic grounds was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1993, in the case Shaw v. Reno.
The Wisconsin case, Gill v. Whitford, concerned the boundaries of the state’s legislative districts. The plaintiffs in the case argued the districts drawn by the state's Republican-controlled legislature following the 2010 midterm elections unfairly favored the party.
The court said that while its decision “expresses no view on the merits of the plaintiffs’ case,” they would send ..

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