Mexican President: Coercive Measures from US Won’t Fix Migration Problems

Posted: May 31, 2019, 2:06 pm

Mexican President: Coercive Measures from US Won't Fix Migration Problems FILE – A Central American migrant is detained by Mexican immigration agents on the highway to Pijijiapan, Mexico, April 22, 2019. Mexico's president responded to U.S. tariff threats with caution again Friday, urging “dialogue” over “coercive measures” in the latest conflict over the two countries' migration policies.
“I want to reiterate that we are not going to fall into any provocation; but we are going to be prudent, and we are going to respect the authorities of the United States and President Donald Trump,” said Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
“We think that any conflict and bilateral relations should be solved with dialogue, with communication. The use of coercive measures does not lead to anything good,” he added.
FILE – Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, May 31, 2019. His statement F..

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Court OKs Expedited Appeal in NY Trump Bank Records Case

Posted: May 31, 2019, 12:08 pm

Court OKs Expedited Appeal in NY Trump Bank Records Case FILE – The headquarters of Deutsche Bank is seen through green leaves in Frankfurt, Germany, April 30, 2019. NEW YORK — An appeals court says it will speedily consider President Donald Trump's challenge to congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks he did business with.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a brief order Friday setting a schedule for written arguments to be submitted by July 18, with oral arguments to soon follow.
Lawyers on both sides in the dispute had recommended the expedited schedule after U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos (RAY-mohs) ruled nine days ago that Trump, his family and his companies were unlikely to succeed in their lawsuit.
Trump sued to stop the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees from getting documents from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. The Lawsuit said the requests were unlawful and unconstitutional.

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Farmers Stuck Between ‘Perfect Storm’ of Trade, Weather Issues

Posted: May 31, 2019, 7:08 am

Continued rainfall across the Midwest this spring extended a trend resulting in the wettest year on record in the United States. Prime farmland across the country continues to struggle with flooding and poor conditions for planting, among other issues. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, farmers are running out of time, and options.

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Lawyers: Strategist’s Files Show Census Altered to Give GOP Edge

Posted: May 30, 2019, 10:05 pm

Lawyers: Strategist's Files Show Census Altered to Give GOP Edge FILE – Immigration activists rally outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, in Washington, April 23, 2019. NEW YORK — A Republican redistricting expert advocated for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census to give an electoral edge to white people and Republicans, opponents of the move alleged in a court filing Thursday.
The filing in Manhattan federal court said a trove of newly discovered documents revealed that Thomas Hofeller, a longtime Republican gerrymandering guru, played a key role in pushing the Trump administration to include a citizenship question on the census for the first time since 1950.
FILE – Balloons decorate an event for community activists and local government leaders to mark the one-year-out launch of the 2020 Census efforts in Boston, April 1, 2019. GOP strategist
Lawyers for oppon..

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More Asylum-Seekers Sue Trump Administration

Posted: May 30, 2019, 8:42 pm

More Asylum-Seekers Sue Trump Administration FILE – In this April 29, 2019, photo, Cuban migrants are escorted by Mexican immigration officials in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, as they cross the Paso del Norte International bridge to be processed as asylum seekers on the U.S. side of the border. A group of detained asylum-seekers sued the U.S. government Thursday claiming immigration officials in five Southern states are systematically denying them parole.
In the second lawsuit of its kind filed against the Trump administration, legal advocacy groups representing 12 plaintiffs are seeking class action status on behalf of hundreds of asylum seekers being held in detention centers in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. In addition to Central American migrants, the plaintiffs include a member of a Cameroonian opposition party and Cuban and Venezuelan political dissidents.
Migrants who arrive at U.S. ports of entry and ask for refuge in the United States are not eligible fo..

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Energy Secretary: US Aims to Make Fossil Fuels Cleaner 

Posted: May 30, 2019, 7:55 pm

Energy Secretary: US Aims to Make Fossil Fuels Cleaner U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, center, speaks as Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, left, and and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon look on at an energy summit, May 30, 2019, in Salt Lake City. SALT LAKE CITY — The Trump administration is committed to making fossil fuels cleaner rather than imposing “draconian'' regulations on coal and oil, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday at an energy conference in Salt Lake City.
Perry previously said the administration wants to spend $500 million next year on fossil fuel research and development as demand plummets for coal and surges for natural gas.
“Instead of punishing fuels that produce emissions through regulation, we're seeking to reduce those emissions by innovation,'' Perry said at the conference.
Fossil fuel emissions have been cited by scientists as a major source of global warming.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently said the world must change ho..

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Trump to Hit Mexico with Tariffs over ‘Illegal Migrants’

Posted: May 30, 2019, 7:55 pm

Trump: US to Hit Goods from Mexico with Tariffs over 'Illegal Migrants' FILE – A woman and children are ushered into cars by U.S. Border Patrol agents after crossing illegally over the border wall into San Diego, Calif., as seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Dec. 9, 2018. Washington will impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods from Mexico starting June 10, a measure that will last until “illegal migrants” stop coming through the country into the U.S., President Donald Trump said Thursday.
“On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP,” Trump tweeted.
“The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied, at which time the Tariffs will be removed,” he wrote.

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Trump Would Be ‘In Handcuffs’ If Not President, Says Democrat Warren

Posted: May 30, 2019, 3:06 pm

Trump Would Be 'In Handcuffs' If Not President, Says Democrat Warren Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to local residents during a meet and greet, May 26, 2019, in Ottumwa, Iowa. WASHINGTON — Democratic White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren said Thursday that if Donald Trump were not protected by his presidential status, he would be “in handcuffs and indicted” for obstructing the investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference.
The progressive U.S. senator from Massachusetts, one of the leading Democrats for the party's 2020 nomination, was the first presidential candidate to speak out in favor of launching impeachment proceedings against Trump.
“If he were anyone other than president of the United States, he would be in handcuffs and indicted,” Warren said on ABC talk show “The View.”
Warren had called for an impeachment inquiry the day after the April 18 publication of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report on M..

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Former Trump Adviser Stone Faces Uphill Fight to Dismiss Indictment

Posted: May 30, 2019, 2:48 pm

Former Trump Adviser Stone Faces Uphill Fight to Dismiss Indictment Roger Stone, longtime political ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves a hearing to convince a judge to dismiss charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, at U.S. District Court in Washington, May 30, 2019. President Donald Trump's longtime political adviser Roger Stone faced an uphill battle in court on Thursday, as a federal judge poked holes in nearly every argument his lawyers made for why she should dismiss an indictment stemming from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson repeatedly expressed skepticism about everything from claims the case violates the U.S. constitution to allegations the indictment is defective because Congress never formally asked the Justice Department to investigate Stone for perjury or obstruction.
In one striking exchan..

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Trump Unleashes Again on Special Counsel Who Didn’t Charge Him

Posted: May 30, 2019, 12:15 pm

Trump Unleashes Again on Special Counsel Who Didn't Charge Him President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing on Marine One for an Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, May 30, 2019, in Washington. WASHINGTON — While reiterating his claim that the special counsel's report fully exonerates him, U.S. President Donald Trump is attacking the head of that investigation, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Robert Mueller, as a conflicted prosecutor.
Mueller “should have never been chosen” to head the special investigation because he “is a true never-Trumper,” the president told reporters Thursday morning on the White House South Lawn, a day after Mueller made his first public remarks on his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“He's somebody who didn't like Trump,” the president added, claiming he spurned Mueller's desire to again run the FBI.
There is no indication Mueller expressed wanting to return to his old j..

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