( Fox News ) The White House is considering executive action to allow children to stay with parents caught crossing the border illegally, Fox News has learned — a step that could avoid the family separations that have triggered a national outcry and political crisis for Republicans.
The action under consideration would allow children to stay in detention with parents for an extended period of time. This comes as congressional Republicans scramble to draft legislation to address the same issue, but face challenges mustering the votes.
The separations stem from the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which aims to prosecute all illegal border crossers. But because of a 1997 order and related decisions, children cannot be detained for longer than 20 days with the adults.
Sources told Fox News that such an executive action by Trump could be seen to run afoul of the 1997 order and would likely draw a lawsuit. But the White House wants to try to take steps to uphold the enforcement of the law, while at the same time lessening the trauma of children being separated from their parents.
In another possible approach, Fox News is told Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will recommend to Trump that he throw his support behind a standalone bill to close the “loopholes” regarding family detention. Nielsen will recommend that other immigration issues be handled in separate legislation.
CONFIRMED! South Korea to seek end to 68-year-war with the North at a rare summit NEXT WEEK, Seoul confirms
South Korea will attempt to open discussions about formally ending the 68-year-old war with its northern neighbour at a rare summit next week.
‘We are looking at the possibility of replacing the armistice regime on the Korean peninsula with a peace regime,’ a senior official at the presidential Blue House told reporters.
‘But this is not something we can do by ourselves. It needs close discussions with relevant parties including North Korea.’
The comments came after US President Donald Trump said the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in could, with his blessing, discuss a peace treaty to formally close the conflict.
Zero Emails Exchanged Between Trump and His Lawyer – President Barely Mentioned in DOJ’s Court Filing on Cohen FBI Raid
President Trump is barely mentioned
The first thing that jumps out after reading the court filing is how little President Donald Trump is mentioned in it. While Cohen is best known as Trump’s attorney, the government notes that based on its findings thus far, it doesn’t look like Cohen and Trump have communicated much via email, and much of the investigation doesn’t even have to do with Cohen’s legal practice.
The government says it’s unlikely that the latest raids will involve as much privileged material as Cohen claims, because they’ve already used search warrants to go through emails of his and reviewed them for potential privilege issues.
As a result of looking at those emails, they determined that “Cohen is in fact performing little to no legal work, and that zero emails were exchanged with President Trump.” [emphasis in original]
At another point in the court filing, the government uses language that is redacted, but follows it by saying that the redacted information “[belies] the notion that Cohen is currently engaged in any significant practice of law.”
An unidentified U.S. military veteran committed suicide Monday in the waiting room of a Veterans Affairs hospital in St. Louis.
Michelle Woodling, a city police officer, said the 62-year-old killed himself inside the John Cochran VA Medical Center about 4:19 a.m., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spokeswoman told the paper that the agency was “grieved’ to confirm that the veteran was found deceased.
The agency did not immediately respond to an email and phone call from Fox News. The circumstances leading up to the death were unclear.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the Veteran’s family and loved ones, our medical center staff and the members of the community affected by this tragic incident,” the spokeswoman told the paper.
Meanwhile, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin continues to hold the post. On Monday, a White House spokesman said President Donald Trump had confidence in Shulkin’s leadership “at this point in time.”
The Navy is seriously considering the approval of “militant atheist” Dr. Jason Heap
for a spot in its Chaplain Corps. Heap is the executive director of the United Coalition of Reason who had sued the Navy in 2014 when it rejected his earlier application to become a Navy chaplain.
In February, Heap retweeted a post by radical Secular Coalition for America trashing Rev. Billy Graham after his death.
Liberty Headlines reported:
Within a week of re-assigning (and possibly firing) one chaplain for expressing traditionalist Christian beliefs, the Navy is seriously considering the approval of an avowed “non-theistic humanist” for a spot in its Chaplain Corps.
Conservative U.S. House and Senate members are formally urging the Navy not to approve the atheist for the post, noting the Navy can provide all sorts of other programs for non-believers without altering the mission of the long-established Chaplain Corps.
The secular-humanist applicant is Dr. Jason Heap – described by ConservativeHQ.com as a “militant atheist” – the executive director of the United Coalition of Reason who had sued the Navy in 2014 when it rejected his earlier application to become a Navy chaplain.
That suit ended with a non-public settlement, but Heap is back at it again.
He and his supporters, including prominent atheist groups, say that non-theistic service members may need the confidentiality in seeking counseling that only a chaplaincy can provide.
And this time, the Navy Chaplain Appointment and Retention Eligibility Advisory group actually has recommended that Heap be approved.
Now the decision goes to the Navy Chief of Chaplains, Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, who is retiring soon.
If she agrees, then the final decision rests with Chief of Naval Personnel – Vice Admiral Robert P. Burke
Reluctant CNN’s Erin Burnett: Trump Would Go Down As ‘A Great President’ If North Korea Deal Successful
( Daily Caller ) CNN host Erin Burnett admitted Thursday that if President Trump could solve tensions with North Korea, he would go down as a great president.
“There is no way around that.”
“Just an extraordinarily evening and of course opening the door to the big question–if President Trump can truly solve this problem. That would be going down as a great president, and there is no way around that. That is the reality here. Thank you all.”
Burnett said this after it was announced President Trump is willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Thursday. (RELATED: Trump Agrees To Meet North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un Before May)
CHINA’S ‘SOCIAL CREDIT’ BLACKLIST ‘LAZY’ CITIZENS BASED ON THEIR INTERNET SPENDING, PLAYING VIDEO GAMES, NOT VISITING ELDERLY PARENTS, ETC
- Chinese with a low-rating social credit are “blacklisted” based on users’ social media habits and online shopping purchases
- Meaning they are unable to book a plane flight, prevented from renting or buying property and are unable to secure a loan or stay in a luxury hotel
- Blacklisted if you play videogames, are caught jaywalking, traffic violations and skipping train fares , do not visit their elderly parents or do not sort out their garbage into the appropriate recycling bins
( The Sun ) CHINA’S ‘social credit’ system blacklists “lazy” citizens who get into debt or spend their time playing video games in a creepy initiative that could have come straight out of Black Mirror.
Analysing users’ social media habits and online shopping purchases, the nightmarish system also grants real financial credit to citizens whose lifestyles are deemed to be more wholesome
While the social credit scheme will become mandatory in China in 2020, it is currently being tested in pilot schemes which have been rolled out through private financial companies.
Likened to an episode of dystopian horror series Black Mirror, Sesame Credit rates people on factors including “interpersonal relationships” and consumer habits including buying video games.
It appears the authoritarian one-party state believes that someone who plays a PlayStation or an Xbox is an “idle person”, reports the BBC.
Those with a low-rating are “blacklisted” meaning they are unable to book a plane flight, prevented from renting or buying property and are unable to secure a loan or stay in a luxury hotel, reports MarketPlace.org.
One of the largest schemes currently operating is in Shanghai where jaywalking, traffic violations and skipping train fares can get you blacklisted.
But that’s not all. Citizens who do not visit their elderly parents or do not sort out their garbage into the appropriate recycling bins can also be penalised and effectively frozen out by the state.
The same report published in February this year says that since October 2013 nearly 10 million people have been added to the same list.
As the mandatory 2020 date looms, President Xi Jingping has cemented his grip on power by scrapping the country’s two term presidential limit making him the most dominant Chinese leader since the murderous Chairman Mao Zedong.