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Judge: US must free migrant children from family detention

Judge orders migrant children to be reunited with parentsA federal judge on Friday ordered the release of children held with their parents in U.S. immigration jails and denounced the Trump administration’s prolonged detention of families during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s order applies to children held for more than 20 days at three family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some have been detained since last year.

Citing the recent spread of the virus in two of the three facilities, Gee set a deadline of July 17 for children to either be released with their parents or sent to family sponsors.

The family detention centers “are ‘on fire’ and there is no more time for half measures,” she wrote.


Supreme Court allows quick removal of asylum-seekers

SCOTUS upholds Trump asylum seekers removalThe Supreme Court handed a green light Thursday to the Trump administration in its effort to speed up the removal of those seeking asylum.

The court ruled that asylum-seekers claiming fear of persecution abroad do not have to be given a federal court hearing before quick removal from the United States if they initially fail to prove that claim.

The decision was written by Associate Justice Samuel Alito. Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented.

The case, one of many to come before the high court involving the Trump administration's crackdown on immigration, concerned Sri Lanka native Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam. He was arrested 25 yards north of the Mexican border and immediately placed in expedited removal proceedings.


U.N. chief calls on Israel to abandon West Bank annexation plan

Antonion Guterres, UN Sec. GeneralUnited Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Israel on Wednesday to abandon plans to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank, warning this threatened prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

“If implemented, annexation would constitute a most serious violation of international law, grievously harm the prospect of a two-state solution and undercut the possibilities of a renewal of negotiations,” Guterres told the U.N. Security Council.

“I call on the Israeli Government to abandon its annexation plans,” he said.



Juneteenth 2020: Everything You Need to Know About Juneteenth


For 155 years, the Black community has celebrated Juneteenth, a day that marks the end of slavery and the independence of countless enslaved people that actually came two-and-a-half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

The holiday, also known as Black Independence Day, isn't widely taught in schools. As a growing list of corporations announce that they will observe Juneteenth as a company holiday — and calls to make it a national holiday grow louder — here are some things that you should know.

What Is Juneteenth?


Trump signs police reform executive order that focuses on training, falls short of protesters’ demands

Trump signs meaningless police reform order

President Trump on Tuesday addressed the issue of police brutality by taking executive action that would provide incentives for police departments to increase training about the use of force and to strengthen a national database to track misconduct.

The president’s approach, which he announced at a Rose Garden event Tuesday afternoon, seeks to leverage federal grant money to encourage local departments to take action around a set of national “best practices.”


Thousands of protesters dress in white for ‘Black Trans Lives’ rally in Brooklyn

Protesters dressin white for tans rights

Thousands of protesters — all dressed in white — gathered in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon to rally in support of the black transgender population.

An enormous sea of people packed outside the Brooklyn Museum for the massive demonstration, according to footage posted to social media by @JibreelJalloh.

“Black trans power matters … And we’re taking that message to the streets today,” an organizer told the protesters over a loudspeaker, the footage shows.

The Brooklyn rally kicked off around the same time as a Black Lives Matter protest in Upper Manhattan — just one of dozens in New York and across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s police custody death.


Trump authorizes sanctions against the International Criminal Court

ICC at the Hague, Netherlands

President Donald Trump on Thursday moved to further punish officials of the International Criminal Court, authorizing economic sanctions against them as well as the expansion of visa restrictions on the officials and their families.

The president also declared a national emergency with respect to the “threat” he says the ICC poses, a move that lays legal groundwork to impose future sanctions.

The efforts come amid Trump administration anger over the ICC’s efforts to look into alleged war crimes by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The United States is not a party to the international court and does not recognize its authority, and the announcement Thursday is sure to make the court’s work harder. The Trump administration in particular has expressed skepticism of multilateral institutions and has limited its role or withdrawn from some such bodies, most recently the World Health Organization.


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