A federal judge in San Francisco blocked new rules put into place by President Donald Trump that limit the ability of immigrants to request asylum, a legal blow to the administration’s efforts to curb legal immigration that opens the door for more members of the immigrant caravan to request asylum in the USA. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled late Monday that the administration's new policy of cutting off asylum to immigrants who enter the country illegally appears to run afoul of U.S. law that specifically allows them to do so. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act states that any foreigner who arrives in the USA, "whether or not at a designated port of arrival," may apply for asylum. On Nov. 9, Trump tried to overrule that law, signing a presidential proclamation ending the ability of immigrants to request asylum if they enter the country illegally. “The rule barring asylum for immigrants who enter the country outside a port of … [Read more...] about Federal judge blocks Trump’s new asylum rules: ‘He may not rewrite the immigration laws’
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In 2018, the eyes of the nation were again fixed on President Donald Trump, whose second year in office was no less remarkable than his first. It was a year that saw the president open up trade wars, meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, spar with the press and defend hush money payments to women he allegedly had affairs with, all while new revelations and indictments poured out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling. Policies and politics divided us. We found ourselves embroiled in a fierce immigration debate. Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the high court despite sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford. Nature humbled us. California burned as the Camp Fire became the most destructive in state history. Hurricane winds and floods battered the Carolinas. But other stories made us proud. Team USA brought home 23 Olympic medals from Pyeongchang, South Korea. Teachers fought for … [Read more...] about 2018 year in review: 50 stories from 50 states that moved us
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Story highlights Officials blame drug trafficking for more than 70% of Puerto Rico's homicides The U.S. commonwealth's murder rate is five times the national average Puerto Rico's governor calls for more federal assistance Lawmaker: The increase in violence "is alarming and unacceptable" Swarms of agents closed in on Puerto Rico's main airport, arresting workers who allegedly crammed cocaine-filled luggage onto commercial planes as part of a far-reaching smuggling scheme. A special strike force intercepted an unmarked fiberglass boat near a beach town, confiscating bales of cocaine and heroin with a street value of $8 million. Both raids this week were significant blows in the battle against drug trafficking, authorities said. Drug raid targets baggage handlers, airline workers in Puerto Rico But they were also reminders that Puerto Rico faces a grisly reality. Inside the Caribbean island territory known by many Americans as a scenic tourist destination, U.S. citizens are gunned … [Read more...] about Puerto Rico: A forgotten front in America’s drug war?
Story highlights The $20 billion Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is the world's longest sea-crossing bridge. The bridge is a central plank in China's ambitious plans to develop the Greater Bay Area. Although the bridge is an engineering marvel, its construction has been dogged by controversy. (CNN)As we drive down the eerily deserted Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the murky waters of the Pearl River Delta stretch as far as the eye can see. There is no land in sight. Spanning 34 miles (55 kilometers), this is the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built. Gao Xinglin, assistant director and senior engineer at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Authority, meets us half way along. As we are buffeted by a strong wind, the tough conditions his construction crew experienced, as they perched on precarious platforms, working miles from land and high over the water, are evident. Gao is visibly proud of his country's monumental achievement. Due to open to the public this summer, this long … [Read more...] about The $20 billion ‘umbilical cord’: China unveils the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge