IMMIGRATION-PREMATURE BABY Advocate: Immigrant mom and premature newborn detained PHOENIX (AP) — Advocates were shocked to find a teenage mom and her premature newborn daughter huddled in a Border Patrol facility in what they say…
Advocate: Immigrant mom and premature newborn detained
PHOENIX (AP) — Advocates were shocked to find a teenage mom and her premature newborn daughter huddled in a Border Patrol facility in what they say was another example of the poor treatment immigrants receive.
The mother is a Guatemalan teen who crossed the border without a parent and was held at a facility in McAllen, Texas.
Hope Frye, a volunteer who visits detention centers to ensure they comply with federal guidelines, said the baby was born in Mexico in early May has a head the size of her fist. She says the baby should have immediately received medical care.
Frye said the mom was in a wheelchair and in extreme pain.
Advocates say they are being sent to a facility for underage immigrants on Friday.
Customs and Border Protection has not commented.
ELECTION 2020-BILL WELD
Weld takes GOP bid to oust Trump to NH, voters confused.
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Bill Weld has decided to focus his unlikely attempt to oust the sitting president on the maverick nature of the New Hampshire GOP primary.
But as he’s toured the state, the former Massachusetts governor has left Republicans and independents cold on President Donald Trump scratching their heads.
He has joked about not kissing the back of a child’s head because he doesn’t want to be accused, like Joe Biden, of making people uncomfortable. He tells voters they wouldn’t know how obese Americans truly are until they go to county fairs, where “those overalls are working overtime.” And he says he believes Trump’s policies are trending in the direction of Adolf Hitler.
But for now, Weld is the most prominent Republican in revolt, mounting a primary challenge to Trump.
Migrants complain of poor conditions at US holding centers
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration is facing growing complaints from migrants about severe overcrowding, meager food and other hardships at border holding centers.
Some people at an encampment in El Paso, Texas, have been forced to sleep on the bare ground during dust storms.
The Trump administration has blamed the worsening crisis on inaction by Congress.
The U.S. is seeing a record surge of migrant families coming into the country from Central America.
ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE
O’Rourke: White Americans don’t know full story of slavery
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Beto O’Rourke has taken a path somewhat less traveled as he strives to make connections with the black voters who will play a dominant role in next year’s Southern presidential primaries.
In South Carolina on Friday, the Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman met with leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, a culture of slave descendants along the Southeast coast. Known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida, the culture is based on farming and fishing and has its own Creole language, history, cooking and crafts.
Fielding questions, O’Rourke discussed issues including climate change, affordable housing and health care. Asked if he supports reparations, O’Rourke said yes, noting that he feels white Americans, including himself, don’t know enough about the history of slavery.
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE
Navy picks new War College leader after removing president
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Navy has named the first female leader of the U.S. Naval War College after removing the college president who is under investigation.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer announced Friday that Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield will be the new president.
Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley was removed from his post as the college president Monday, days after The Associated Press reported he was under investigation and more than a year after the initial complaint was filed.
The AP reported Harley was under investigation for allegedly spending excessively, abusing his hiring authority and otherwise behaving inappropriately, including keeping a margarita machine in his office.
Spencer was at the college in Newport, Rhode Island, on Friday for graduation.
Chatfield currently leads a military command in Guam, Joint Region Marianas.
HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW-THE LATEST
The Latest: Hong Kong leader to hold news conference
HONG KONG (AP) — The Hong Kong government says Chief Executive Carrie Lam will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. local time.
Local media reported Saturday, citing unnamed sources, that Lam plans to announce she is suspending a proposed extradition bill that is unpopular with many Hong Kong residents.
Government officials have not confirmed that, though many lawmakers and others involved say it’s likely.
The legislation would enable authorities to send some suspects to stand trial in mainland courts. Many in the former British colony fear it might further erode legal protections and freedoms promised when Beijing took control of the territory in 1997.
Critics of the bill have urged Lam to withdraw it altogether, and to step down from her post as the top local official.
SHOPLIFTING-CIVIL RIGHTS CLAIM
$10M claim alleges Phoenix police violated family’s rights
PHOENIX (AP) — A $10 million legal claim alleges Phoenix police officers committed civil rights violations by pointing guns and profanely yelling commands at the father and pregnant mother of two young daughters because one of the children, unbeknownst to the parents, had shoplifted a doll at a store.
Parents Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper alleged an officer injured their 1-year-old daughter on May 29 by pulling on her arm after the mother refused a command to put the child down.
The notice of claim filed Wednesday said Ames was injured by police who erroneously claimed he wasn’t complying with commands.
Police are investigating the misconduct allegations.
The accounts of the encounter provided by the family and police are conflicting.
Police says there were other stolen items in the vehicle besides the doll.
Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is blaming Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. But he’s also hoping that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area.
A day after explosions blew holes in two oil tankers just outside Iran’s territorial waters, rattling international oil markets, the administration seemed caught between pressure to punish Iran and reassure Washington’s Gulf Arab allies without drawing the U.S. closer to war.
Trump said Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” that “Iran did it.” And the U.S. military released video it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from one of the oil tankers.
The Latest: Mexico migrant agency chief presents resignation
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s National Migration Institute says its top official has presented his resignation to the president.
The institute said Friday in a brief statement that Tonatiuh Guillén thanked President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the opportunity to serve the country. The agency did not say why Guillén was stepping down.
Guillén presented his resignation at a time when Mexico is trying to slow migratory flows of mostly Central Americans through its territory under pressure from the United States.
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