Trump Signs Executive Order to End Family Separations; Canada Passes Bill to Legalize Marijuana; Police Officer Shoots and Kills 17-Year Old Teen; U.S. Pulls Out of UN Human Rights Council; Women in Saudi Arabia Can Start Driving on Sunday; Paul Manafort Jailed in Virginia
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Trump Signs Executive Order to End Family Separations
President Trump signed an executive order to stop family separations at the border, to keep families together if the adults are detained for illegally crossing the border.
Trump said we are going to keep families together, that he didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated, and that this order would solve the problem.
Homeland Security Sec. Nielsen and Vice President Pence was with Trump as he signed it in the Oval Office. Nielsen drafted the order and was at the White House today to discuss this with Trump before the signing.
This order will not end the “zero tolerance” policy that requires every illegal entrant to be detained and prosecuted. That policy is still in effect, but families will be kept together.
There is a 1997 federal court order that says children cannot be detained for longer than 20 days with adults. Trump’s executive order might try to change this, but they can be sued for violating the order. So there will be a federal court case to address this.
Republican Senators say they want to push a bill that will keep families together as they go through the courts. They asked for Democrats to support them.
But Democratic Senators say President Trump should use his executive authority to change this. And Trump did, so we’ll see how this plays out in Congress.
As mentioned yesterday, there are two Republican bills in the House on immigration. Speaker of the House Ryan said one of the bills would address family separation. The bill will also address the border wall and “Dreamers.”
There were reports last night that there are at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas for babies and young children who are separated from their parents, with plans for a fourth shelter in Houston. Because of overcrowding, there are new “tent cities” built in other parts in Texas.
I just read a report of two baby boys who were just brought to Michigan after being separated from their parents at the border a few weeks ago.
Doctors and lawyers who visited the shelters for babies and children said they were clean and safe, but that the children were hysterical and crying because they don’t know where their parents are.
Three airline companies, American, United, and Frontier asked the federal government to not use their airlines to transport separated children.
Current U.S. immigration laws say families can be separated if the adults are prosecuted.
Families under the Obama and Bush administrations were separated, but not at the current rate because of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy that prosecutes every person.
Canada Passes Bill to Legalize Marijuana
Canadian lawmakers just passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana. The final step is a “royal assent,” which makes it law.
It might take eight to 12 weeks to make marijuana officially legal. Now provinces, territories, and municipalities are making preparations to draft their own rules.
Canada is the second country in the world after Uruguay to legalize this.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wanted to do this when he was campaigning, with the goal to keep marijuana away from underage users and reduce crime.
After legalization, adults 18 or older will be able to carry and share up to 30 grams of legal marijuana in public and grow up to four plants in their homes.
People can only buy marijuana from “licensed” retailers, and it can’t be sold at the same location as alcohol or tobacco.
Police Officer Shoots and Kills 17-Year Old Teen
In Pennsylvania — near Pittsburgh — police shot and killed a 17-year old boy when he ran away from a vehicle that was pulled over.
Prior to this, police was looking for a silver Chevy Cruze that was suspected of being involved in a shootout that injured a 22-year old man.
When police saw a similar-looking car with a broken rear window, they pulled it over and told the driver, 20 years old, to get out and go to the ground.
As an officer moved to handcuff him, two other people, one of them the 17-year old boy, got out of the car and ran away.
The officer shot three times at the boy. He was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead. His name was Antwon Rose and he didn’t have a weapon on him.
Police said they found two guns in the vehicle. The driver was detained but later released.
The other person who ran away is still at large, and police are asking him to turn himself in. An investigation is ongoing.
U.S. Pulls Out of UN Human Rights Council
The U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced yesterday the U.S. would pull out of the UN Human Rights Council.
Haley said the council was hypocritical, self-serving, and was hostile towards Israel.
Sec. of State Pompeo said the council was a protector of human rights abusers.
The council’s chief, Zeid, from Jordan, said this was disappointing but not surprising news. He recently criticized the Trump administration’s actions of separating children at the border.
Israel’s Prime Minster Netanyahu praised the U.S. for doing this. The council regularly looks at Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, which Israel opposes.
When the council was formed in 2006, the Bush administration boycotted it. When Obama became president, the U.S. joined it again. Now we are out.
Women in Saudi Arabia Can Start Driving on Sunday
In Saudi Arabia, women will be able to drive starting this Sunday, June 24.
Last September, Saudi King Salman ordered an end to a ban on women’s drivers. At that time, Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world with this ban.
Since then, women have been taking driving classes in preparation and learning basic car maintenance, such as oil or tire changes.
It is expected many women will celebrate this on Sunday.
Although this is a big step, there is concern about women’s rights advocates who were recently arrested for pushing for more rights.
There are also some activists who are detained from when they campaigned for the right for women to drive. They’re still detained.
Paul Manafort Jailed in Virginia
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was ordered jailed on Friday after he got additional charges from Special Counsel Mueller of witness tampering.
He was accused of contacting two potential witnesses in his criminal case of illegal lobbying for the Ukrainian government.
A federal judge said Manafort abused the trust the court placed in him six months ago — he was placed under arrest and had bail. Because of the “abuses,” he is in jail.
I read in the news that he is placed in the private “VIP section” of the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia. He will be there for at least three months while waiting for his trial in September.
Fox News said he is now in “solitary confinement” because of concerns that other prisoners would attack him.
President Trump tweeted that it was very unfair.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!