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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday challenged bans involving transgender people that target athletes in West Virginia and children in Arkansas, slamming them as violations of federal law. In West Virginia, a law prohibits transgender athletes from competing in female sports. It also said the West Virginia law violates Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity receiving federal funds. Rutledge's office rejected the Justice Department's argument, saying the state's prohibition “absolutely doesn't discriminate based on transgender status." Several Democrats said the West Virginia bill was discriminatory, but supporters have argued that transgender athletes would have physical advantages in female sports.
Persons: Asa Hutchinson, Hutchinson, Leslie Rutledge, Patrick Morrisey, , Biden, Stephanie Sharp, Rutledge, Arkansans ’, Kristi Noem, Jim Justice, Michael Critchfield, Lee Livengood, Critchfield, ” Critchfield, Livengood Organizations: U.S . Department of Justice, Arkansas, DOJ, American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal, Department, ACLU, GOP Gov, Republican, West Virginia Republican, South Dakota Gov, The West Virginia Secondary School, Commission, Republican Gov, NCAA, West, West Virginia Supreme, Liberty High School Locations: CHARLESTON, W.Va, West Virginia, Arkansas, , The Arkansas, pediatricians, Arkansas . Arkansas, Kansas, North Dakota, Connecticut, The, Harrison County
Chinese scientists ensnared in U.S. visa fraud legal battle
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Jane Lee | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
She also has been charged with lying to investigators and destroying evidence as part of an alleged effort to conceal ties to the Chinese military. Civil liberties groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Asian Law Caucus are increasingly concerned about the visa fraud cases, which they say reflect anti-China bias. When academics are charged with visa fraud, the DOJ isn't necessarily expecting to later find evidence of espionage or theft, the official said on condition of anonymity. China's foreign ministry told Reuters in a statement that the visa fraud cases amounted to "political persecution." Critics of the "China Initiative" say such measures would assure that better screening takes place during the visa process, rather than after the fact.
Persons: Song Chen, William Alsup, He'd, Wang Xin, Zhao Kaikai, Patrick Toomey, Donald Trump, Joe Biden's, Emily Weinstein, Guan Lei, Guan, Bin Li, Li, Tang Juan, Davis, Tang, Jane Lanhee Lee, Patricia Zengerle, Jonathan Weber, Paul Simao Organizations: FRANCISCO, Stanford University, U.S, Xi Diaoyutai Hospital, U.S . Department, China Initiative, University of California San, Indiana University Bloomington, American Civil Liberties Union, Asian Law Caucus, ACLU, DOJ, Reuters, Association of American Universities, Georgetown University, National Security, Artificial Intelligence, University of California, National University of Defense Technology, . Commerce Department, UCLA, FBI, Thomson Locations: San Francisco, Beijing, China, University of California San Francisco, U.S, Los Angeles, Changsha, Guan’s, Oakland, Calif, Washington
As More Migrants Are Allowed Into U.S., Aid Groups Decide Who Can Cross
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Alicia A. Caldwell | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
TIJUANA, MEXICO—The U.S. government is letting hundreds of people enter the country each day to request asylum under a new plan that relies on aid groups to choose who can cross the border. These growing numbers of migrants are being allowed in as part of a broader move by the Biden administration to relax the 15-month shutdown of the border with Mexico that is still officially in place. The nongovernmental organizations have been largely left to rely on their own judgment to decide who should get exceptions to enter the U.S. because they are among the most vulnerable. The American government has said priority should be given to families and those who are vulnerable for reasons such as medical needs, LGBTQ status or having been targeted by criminal groups. The exceptions are being made under agreements with the ACLU and numerous aid groups that have sued the government over its border policies.
Persons: Biden, , , Lee Gelernt Organizations: American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU Locations: TIJUANA, MEXICO, The U.S, Mexico
"Technically, with the advent of this facial recognition technology, that trope has become a truth." Ingram said he was "taken aback" and "shaken" to learn that facial recognition tools seemed to be involved in his investigation. A new Virginia law restricting facial recognition by local law enforcement will soon put an end to the facial recognition system, the Post later reported. Reining in facial recognition technologyMomentum for facial recognition laws has seemed to wax and wane over the past year and a half. California now has in place a three year moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology in police body cameras.
Persons: Carlo Allegri, George Floyd, That's, Albert Fox Cahn, Cahn, Matt Mahmoudi, Mahmoudi, Peter Arnold, Brown, Joy Buolamwini, Timnit Gebru, Bobby Rush, There's, Rush, Devin Hance, Nathan Freed Wessler, Gerry Chamberlain, Ring, It's, Derrick, Dwreck, Ingram, Jessica McRorie, Ingram's, Anna Eshoo, Eshoo, Floyd, haven't, I'm, Arisha Hatch, Satya Nadella, Jeff Bezos, Chip Somodevilla Organizations: Hall Autonomous, Reuters, Microsoft, IBM, Democrats, Amnesty International, Getty, MIT, American Civil Liberties Union, Amazon, ACLU, Student Nonviolent, Civil Rights Movement, Black Panther Party, CNBC, Tech, New York Police Department, NBC News, CNET, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Technology, Police, Los Angeles Police Department, EFF, LAPD, Task Force, Washington Post, New, Amnesty, NYPD, Post, D.C, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug, Administration, National Guard, Customs, Privacy, White House American Technology Council Locations: Hall, Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S, America, Illinois, New York City, Virginia, Maryland , Virginia, Washington, Sommerville, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif, California, Portland , Ore, Washington ,
Merida Capital raising $250 million
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( Jeremy Berke | Yeji Jesse Lee | ) www.businessinsider.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
Welcome to Insider Cannabis, our weekly newsletter where we're bringing you an inside look at the deals, trends, and personalities driving the multibillion-dollar global cannabis boom. Sen. Bernie Sanders asked Politico's cannabis policy reporter Natalie Fertig: "Are you stoned right now?" The company's CEO told Insider that intense interest from retail investors on Reddit's Wall Street Bets forum helped Sundial raise money and pay down debts. Cannabis private-equity firm Merida Capital is raising a $250 million fund. Earnings roundupJushi Holdings released its Q1 2021 results on Wednesday, reporting $41.7 million in net revenue and a $26.8 million loss.
Persons: Michael Gorenstein, Gingko, Jason Kelly, I'm, , Kelly, you've, Zachary George, Sen, Bernie Sanders, Natalie Fertig, Fertig, Andrew Ward, Let's, Jeremy Berke, who've, Terri Riedle, Mitch Baruchowitz, JR Rahn, Robert Barrow, Ned Lamont, Steve Sisolak, Taylor Tyson Organizations: Cannabis, Cannabis Capital Conference, New York Magazine, Marijuana, Growers, Reddit's, Merida Capital, IPOs, Bloomberg, International Association of Pain, Hartford Courant, Connecticut Gov, of Mental Health, Addiction Services, ., Drug Policy Alliance, ACLU, Jushi Holdings, Brightfield Locations: Merida, Connecticut, . Nevada, York, Washington State, Aurora, Comox
But when Sawyer tried to call her last month with the good news that she would be allowed into the United States, she couldn’t reach her – Jasibi had been kidnapped again. Biden has filled many key immigration advisory positions with high-profile migrant advocates, including some opponents of the Title 42 border restrictions. Since Biden took office, U.S. border authorities have recorded more than 300,000 expulsions under Title 42. U.S. officials have said the Title 42 border restrictions are partly needed to protect government workers. In recent weeks the United States began admitting asylum seekers whom migrant advocates had identified as being especially vulnerable in Mexico.
Persons: Jasibi, Callaghan O'Hare, Joe Biden, Ariana Sawyer, Sawyer, Biden, Andrea Flores, Flores, Donald Trump, ” Flores, , Joseph Amon, Del Organizations: WASHINGTON, REUTERS, Trump, Reuters, Human Rights Watch, Publicly, Biden, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, National Security Council, U.S, Department of Health, Human Services, Central Americans, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Drexel University, CDC, DHS, United, Human Rights Locations: Honduras, Texas, U.S, United States, Mexico, Jasibi, Honduran, Del Rio , Texas, Ciudad Acuna, Del Rio
A total of 3,913 migrant children were separated by the Trump administration, DHS said Tuesday. More than half of the nearly 4,000 children separated from their families by the Trump administration remain estranged from their parents, the Department of Homeland Security revealed in a new report on Tuesday. Still, as DHS's Inspector General said in a May report, some 348 parents and children were separated against their apparent wishes. The task force, created by an executive order from President Joe Biden, identified 3,913 children as having been separated from their parents during the last administration. Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim, a nonprofit representing the Maya community in Nebraska, said it has been consulting with the DHS task force.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, General, Lee Gelernt, Gelernt, Pixan Ixim Organizations: DHS, Department of Homeland Security, Central, DHS's Interagency, Force, White, CBS News, KQED, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, Comunidad, Twitter Locations: United States, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nebraska, Americas
More than 2,100 children separated at the border by Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” program “have not yet been reunified” with their parents, according to the task force working to reunite the families. In a 22-page progress report submitted to President Joe Biden last week, the task force indicated that 2,127 children are awaiting their reunions. Only seven children have rejoined their families since Biden took office earlier this year. "The Biden administration says 1,786 children have “already been reunified with their parent,” most as a result of a court order during the Trump administration, a number the ACLU says may already be higher. The report states that 3,913 children separated from their families between July 2017 and January 2021 have been identified.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, , Trump, Kamala Harris, Alejandro Mayorkas, , Lee Gelernt Organizations: Trump, DHS, Department of Homeland, ACLU, of Justice Locations: Guatemala, Mexico, United States
The political advocacy group backed by billionaire Charles Koch has been pressuring Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to oppose key parts of the Democratic agenda, including filibuster reform and voting rights legislation. President Joe Biden has called some of the voting restrictions proposed by Republican leaders in several states "sick" and "un-American." Americans for Prosperity launched a website titled West Virginia Values, which calls on people to email Manchin "to be The Voice West Virginia Needs In D.C. — Reject Washington’s Partisan Agenda." It then shows everything the group believes Manchin should oppose, including Biden's infrastructure plan and the union-friendly PRO Act. The Koch political network is just one of many groups that have orchestrated outside efforts to oppose the Democratic-backed election bill.
Persons: Sen, Joe Manchin, Charles Koch, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Manchin, Ted Ellis, Casey Mattox, Ellis, Lo Isidro, aren't, Koch Organizations: U.S, Capitol, Democratic, Republican, CNBC, Prosperity, Virginia Values, The, West, Act, American Civil Liberties Union, AFP, ACLU, Green, Yorker, Heritage Locations: Washington ,, West Virginia
Student loan forgiveness remains on the table, experts say
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( Annie Nova | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.94   time to read: +2 min
Student loan borrowers looking for promising signs that their debt will be forgiven have come up short of late. President Joe Biden didn't include any debt cancellation in his budget request to Congress. How some entrepreneurs found a nicheShoe company Birdies soared during pandemic and learned a hard lessonHere's how small businesses pivoted to survive during pandemicStill, experts say that student debt forgiveness remains on the table. Perry is referring to Warren's and Schumer's repeated calls on the president to cancel $50,000 in student debt for all borrowers, as well as the NAACP President Derrick Johnson's recent criticism of Biden for not prioritizing loan forgiveness. Public pressure is mounting, too: More than 1 million people have signed a Change.org petition calling on Biden to cancel student loans.
Persons: Joe Biden didn't, haven't, David Brooks, Biden, Andre M, Perry, Schumer, Warren, Chuck Schumer, Sen, Elizabeth Warren, Schumer's, Derrick Johnson's Organizations: The New York Times, Penn, CNN, Harvard, Yale, Brookings Metropolitan, NAACP, ACLU, American Federation of Teachers Locations: Invest, Brookings, New York
The letter, which was provided to NBC News, offers several recommendations for ending solitary confinement on the federal level. Reform advocates say the action has emphasized how issues such as solitary confinement remain troubling in federal facilities as well and must be addressed. Advocates say they're particularly invigorated by how Biden has vowed to end solitary confinement in most cases, which they say deserves urgent action during the Covid-19 pandemic. Biden's campaign said rare exceptions allowing solitary confinement might include protecting a life. Whether with 10 people, or a 1k people, the pandemic will not slow up our work to end solitary confinement in NY and beyond.
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What Jones didn’t realize at the time was that his son had been identified as a target by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office's “intelligence-led” policing program. Bob Croslin / for NBC NewsThe sheriff’s office disputed the idea that its intelligence-led policing was “predictive policing” in the sense characterized by the science fiction movie "Minority Report," where people are arrested by a police department’s "pre-crime" division before they have the chance to carry out illegal deeds. A spokesman said Bobby had interacted with the sheriff’s office three times before they showed up at the family home in September 2015. It called for the immediate termination of “the student data-sharing arrangement for any collaboration, involvement, or participation in school-based predictive policing” operated by the sheriff’s office. National problemSchool districts and law enforcement officials nationwide are struggling with similar problems.
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Native New Yorker and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the Democratic Party's leading progressive voices, on Saturday endorsed Maya Wiley's bid to become the next mayor of New York City. The New York Democrat's nod could give a boost to Wiley, a former lawyer for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has lagged behind Democratic frontrunners Eric Adams, Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia. "We have an option of a candidate who can center people, racial justice, economic justice and climate justice," Ocasio-Cortez said during her announcement in New York City. "[Wiley] didn't just come up to run for mayor but has experience and has a lifetime of dedication to this." "She will be a progressive in Gracie Mansion," Ocasio-Cortez said, referring to the mayor's official residence.
Persons: Alexandria Ocasio, Maya Wiley's, Bill de Blasio, Eric Adams, Andrew Yang, Kathryn Garcia, Cortez, Wiley, didn't, Adams, ” Maya Wiley, Mark Lennihan, Julián Castro, Barack Obama, She's, Castro, litigator, De Blasio Organizations: U.S . Rep, Democratic, The, Wiley, New York, Yorkers, New York City Democratic, MSNBC, Urban, NAACP, ACLU, New York Police Department Locations: Yorker, Alexandria, Cortez, New York City, New, Gracie
The Defense Department said 23 civilians were likely killed and 10 injured by the US military in 2020. The US military killed at least 23 civilians in 2020, according to a new report from the Department of Defense, a steep decline from previous years as offensive operations were significantly reduced during the pandemic. Another 10 civilians were likely injured, the department said. In Afghanistan, according to the report, the US military received 165 reports of civilian casualties related to operations in 2020. Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project, accused the Biden administration of obscuring the full toll of US military operations.
Persons: Chris Woods, Woods, Hina Shamsi, Biden, Shamsi Organizations: Defense Department, Department of Defense, Congress, US Central Command, ACLU's National Security, Civilian Locations: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, United States
An attorney for the Metropolitan Police Department defended the agency's use of tear gas last year, WUSA9 reported. The MPD has continued to deny its involvement in clearing protestors ahead of Trump's bible photo-op in Lafayette Square last June. An attorney for the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department said that MPD officers used tear gas on June 1 last year when protestors were cleared from Lafayette Square and the surrounding area ahead of then-President Donald Trump's photo-op at St. John's Episcopal Church. As WUSA9 reported, protestors present at the time also said they saw MPD police officers using tear gas as they fled tear gas that was used by federal police. The White House at the time disputed the characterization of the substances used on peaceful protestors as tear gas.
Persons: WUSA9, Donald Trump's, Richard Sobiecki, Sobiecki, George Floyd, Trump, Newsham, Peter Newsham, weren't Organizations: Metropolitan Police Department, MPD, ACLU, DC, Washington, John's Episcopal, American Civil Liberties Union, Minneapolis police, Washington Post, Trump, United States, Washington City Paper, Lafayette Locations: Lafayette Square, DC, Lafayette, John's, Minneapolis, St
"Our federal laws must keep up with this pace." The bill failed to advance last year in the Senate, where a companion bill also died. It also would create an Office of Cannabis Justice to oversee social equity components, prevent the federal government from penalizing cannabis users who depend on social services and open the door to more research opportunities. “This bill will give a lot of individuals a fresh start,” said Stuart Titus, CEO of cannabis company Medical Marijuana Inc. For nearly a decade, the federal government has relied on an uneasy truce with states that chose to carve their own cannabis laws.
Persons: Jerry Nadler, Nadler, Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker, Ron Wyden, , Maritza Perez, “ We’re, Stuart Titus, Titus, Maggie Shannon, ” Titus, , Narmin Jarrous Organizations: Opportunity Reinvestment, House, Senate, Revenue, Opportunity Trust Fund, Cannabis Justice, Business Administration, SBA, Drug Policy Alliance, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, Marijuana Inc, Five Republicans, NBC, D.C, Exclusive Brands Locations: New York, Sens, Washington, Michigan
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Arkansas officials over a recently passed measure that will bar health care professionals from providing transition-related care to transgender minors. Tuesday’s suit names Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and members of the Arkansas State Medical Board as defendants. Rutledge and the Arkansas State Medical Board have not yet returned requests for comment. One of the plaintiffs, 15-year-old Dylan Brandt, will lose access to transition care he’s receiving when the bill takes effect. Arkansas’ law would not only ban physicians from providing transition-related care, but it would also bar them from referring trans minors to other providers who provide transition care.
Persons: Asa Hutchinson, Holly Dickson, “ We’re, Leslie Rutledge, Cromwell, Gill Ragon Owen, Rutledge, Dylan Brandt, I've, ” Brandt, ” Amanda, Shayne Dennis, Brooke, , ” Amanda Dennis, Amanda Dennis, Brooke can’t, Chase Strangio, ” “, Organizations: American Civil Liberties Union, Arkansas, Republican, Eastern, of, . Constitution, ACLU, Medical Board, Sullivan, Walas, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Endocrine Society, American Psychological Association, HIV, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Arkansas, U.S, of Arkansas, ., ” Arkansas, Tennessee
The Biden administration has decided to close Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers in Georgia and Massachusetts amid allegations of abusive treatment of immigrants, officials said Thursday. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas directed ICE to terminate its contract with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office and transfer migrant detainees out of the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigrant Detention Center in North Dartmouth, Mass. Alejandro Mayorkas for putting his left-wing political agenda above public safety by ending the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement," Hodgson said. Naureen Shah, senior advocacy and policy counsel at the ACLU, said the Irwin County Detention Center is “notorious for its dehumanizing and nightmarish conditions.”“Today’s announcements show the Biden administration’s willingness to decisively break from the immigrants’ rights abuses of prior administrations,” Shah added. The Irwin County Detention Center, which houses ICE detainees as well as inmates for Irwin County and the U.S.
Persons: Biden, Alejandro Mayorkas, Carlos Carreiro, General, Mayorkas, Tae Johnson, Carol Rose, ” Rose, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, Hodgson, Naureen Shah, ” Shah, Irwin County Organizations: Homeland, Bristol, Sheriff’s, ICE, Detention, NBC News, ACLU, Bristol County Sheriff, of Homeland, Immigration, Customs Enforcement, Sec, U.S . Marshals Service, LaSalle Corrections Locations: Georgia, Massachusetts, North Dartmouth, Mass, Irwin, Ocilla, Bristol County, Bristol
Those considered particularly vulnerable include those who are ill, families with very young children or immigrants who have been threatened or attacked while they wait in Mexico. Eventually, the program for vulnerable migrants will allow 250 people who have tested negative for Covid-19 to enter each day, the ACLU said. Those will be in addition to all unaccompanied children and some families already allowed to enter the United States by the Biden administration. The admittance of vulnerable migrants is the result of negotiations in an ongoing lawsuit brought by the ACLU to challenge the use of Title 42. While they are now suspended, the ACLU said the government could restart lateral flights at any time.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Biden, , Lee Gelernt Organizations: Civil Liberties Union, Customs, Protection, ACLU, for Disease Control, Immigrants, Department of Homeland Security, CBP Locations: Mexico, United States, Covid, Rio Grande, Texas, El Paso , Texas, Ysidro , California
Bill Lee has signed legislation that puts public schools and their districts at risk of losing civil lawsuits if they let transgender students or employees use multi-person bathrooms or locker rooms that do not reflect their sex assigned at birth. It’s the first bill restricting bathroom use by transgender people signed in any state in about five years, according to Wyatt Ronan, a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign. The Republican governor signed the bill Friday, cementing another policy into law this year in Tennessee that targets the transgender community. “Transgender students should be treated with respect and dignity, just like everyone else,” ACLU of Tennessee Executive Director Hedy Weinberg said in a statement. Lee is still deciding whether to sign a different variety of “bathroom bill” that passed this year.
Persons: Bill Lee, Wyatt Ronan, , Lee, It’s, ” Lee, , Hedy Weinberg, Lee’s, Lindsay Kee, Kee, won’t, Asa Hutchinson Organizations: — Tennessee Gov, Human, Republican, GOP, American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, Civil, ACLU, Tennessee, NCAA, Republican Gov, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Tenn, Tennessee, Texas , Alabama, Arkansas, North, — Tennessee, Alabama
New York (CNN) The firearms industry and its GOP allies have taken a more inclusive approach to fighting Democrat-led efforts to pass stricter gun laws this year. The trade group's leaders have been meeting with the minority-led gun groups to identify issues on which they can collaborate. Solomon spoke out against increased gun control measures during a March 23 US Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on common sense solutions to reduce gun violence . It's unclear whether these minority groups can tip the scales against Democratic efforts to pass a pair of new gun laws. "The vast majority of Americans support background checks on gun sales, no matter their race, political affiliation, state, or gun ownership status," George said.
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The US Supreme Court on Monday said it would hear a case about a Mississippi abortion law. The ruling could have a "disturbing" impact on access to abortion, lawyer Rob McDuff told Insider. The US Supreme Court on Monday announced it would hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a case regarding a restrictive abortion law in Mississippi. The high court's ruling could have a "disturbing" impact on abortion access in the US and override decades of legal precedent, a lawyer on the case said. Barrett has previously said it was "unlikely" the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade, but suggested the rules around abortion could evolve.
Persons: Rob McDuff, McDuff, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Roe, Wade, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Donald Trump, Amy Coney Barrett, Ginsburg, Barrett, Trump, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Jennifer Dalven Organizations: US, Jackson, Health Organization, Mississippi Center for Justice, Service, Associated Press, The Mississippi Center for Justice, ACLU, Mississippi Center, Justice, Center for Reproductive Rights Locations: Mississippi, Dobbs v
Gonzáles Brebe, who is from Honduras, told MSNBC that when she was separated from her children in September 2017, she felt like authorities at the border saw her as a smuggler. The Trump-era policy was designed to dissuade migrants with children from coming to the United States from Mexico. Her family lived in hiding, she said, and her husband and eldest son, 18 at the time, successfully made it to the United States. "They told me it would only be five days, and then they would reunite us so we could be together," she told MSNBC. One thing she learned from the ordeal, Gonzáles Brebe told MSNBC, is "I don’t want to ever separate from them again."
Persons: Keldy Mabel Gonzáles Brebe, Zúniga, Donald Trump's, Gonzáles Brebe, Keldy Mabel Gonzales Brebe de Zuniga, MSNBC Gonzáles Brebe, Erik, Brebe, Joe Biden Organizations: MSNBC, New Yorker, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Trump, Border Patrol, U.S, ACLU, Philadelphia Locations: U.S, Mexico, Honduras, United States, New Mexico, Mino, San Pedro Sula, Philadelphia
The ACLU is urging that the Biden administration reunite families separated at the US-Mexico border. The American Civil Liberties Union took out a two-page ad in the Sunday New York Times that urges the Biden administration to reunite migrant families with their children. The ad, meant to illustrate wall markings that track a child's growth, is slated to run on Mother's Day, an ACLU spokesperson confirmed to Insider. Upon their separation, the Trump administration held children in cages, a controversial move that's widely regarded as one of the former president's biggest failures. The order also instilled a Family Reunification Task Force, charged with leading the effort to bring together separated families.
Persons: Biden, Axios, Trump, Joe Biden, Anthony D, Romero, Omar Jadwat, Jadwat Organizations: Trump, American Civil Liberties Union, Sunday New York Times, Service, ACLU, Task Force, United, ACLU Immigrants ' Rights Locations: Mexico, San Diego, United States
Politics and lawAndrew Wheeler, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Trump administration, is joining the conservative Heritage Foundation as a visiting fellow. Steven Engel, who led the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel under the Trump administration, has returned to the law firm Dechert LLP as a partner. O'Scannlain had been a partner at Kirkland & Ellis before working for the Trump administration as a top Labor Department lawyer. Rachel Smolkin has been promoted to vice president of news for CNN Digital and will oversee its politics, national and breaking news teams. Andrea Valdez is joining The Atlantic as senior vice president of audience strategy.
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