WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government said it still had 2,053 children in its custody who were separated from their parents under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, and set out its most detailed plans yet on how it would reunite families. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said late on Saturday it had a “well coordinated” process in place - in the face of criticism from lawyers for parents and children who have said they have seen little evidence of an organized system. A total of 522 children had already been reunited with parents, the agency added in a fact sheet published three days after Trump ended his policy of separating families on the U.S.-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages triggered outrage at home and abroad. “The United States government knows the location of all children in its custody and is working to reunite them with their families,” the DHS said. The new details came after more … [Read more...] about U.S. says still working to reunite 2,053 children with families
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and David Crary Associated Press Updated 7:13 p.m. UTC May 30, 2018 Washington – Step by methodical step, the Trump administration is remaking government policy on reproductive health – moving to limit access to birth control and abortion and bolstering abstinence-only sex education. Social and religious conservatives praise the administration for promoting “a culture of life.” But women’s-rights activists and some medical experts view the multi-pronged changes as a dangerous ideological shift that could increase unintended pregnancies and abortions. “When I ran for office, I pledged to stand for life,” President Donald Trump said in a recent speech to the Susan B. Anthony List, which backs political candidates who oppose abortion. “And as president, that’s exactly what I’ve done. And I have kept my promise, and I think everybody here understands that fully.” Most of the changes involve … [Read more...] about Trump remaking policy on women’s reproductive health
Associated Press Updated 12:01 p.m. UTC May 27, 2018 Washington – Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA’s top spy in Latin America, was set free by the anti-American Maduro government on Saturday in what his family called “this miracle.” Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleno, arrived Saturday evening at Washington Dulles International Airport. In video tweeted by the office of Sen. Orrin Hatch, the couple enter a room to be greeted by the Utah Republican before a hug-filled and tearful reunion with his parents, Laurie and Jason Holt. When he departed the Caracas airport earlier in the day, Holt told The Associated Press that the ordeal had left him “exhausted.” Their release came one day after an influential U.S. senator held a surprise meeting in Caracas with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who the Trump administration says runs … [Read more...] about Holt’s family calls Venezuela release a miracle
Welcome to The Week in Reproductive Justice, a weekly recap of all news related to the hot-button issue of what lawmakers are allowing women to do with their bodies! Surprisingly enough, this week in reproductive rights was quiet in the realm of state legislatures, which have spent the past few weeks trying to ban abortion as early as possible. But in terms of groundbreaking studies, updates on the Trump administration’s decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding, and an impending major vote on abortion in Ireland, this week has hardly lacked for big news. Trump’s ban on global abortion funding already leading to more abortions If you can believe it, ever since President Trump’s decision to prohibit funding for groups around the globe that offer literally just information about abortion, the abortion rate is on the rise in affected countries—mostly because this policy effectively limits organizations’ ability to offer information or access to birth control … [Read more...] about Trump Policy Raising Abortion Rates Abroad, Coming Soon to the U.S.
WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- Singapore is the most likely venue for a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a U.S. official said, after Pyongyang cleared a major obstacle to the meeting with the release of three American prisoners. The three prisoners, freed after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Kim in the North Korean capital, were flying back to Washington where Trump said he planned to meet them early on Thursday. The release of the men appeared to signal an effort by Kim to improve the tone for the summit and followed his recent pledge to suspend missile tests and shut a nuclear bomb test site. A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Singapore has emerged as the likeliest location for the planned summit after Trump ruled out holding it at the heavily fortified demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. Trump, who previously said Singapore was under consideration, said agreement had been reached on a date and … [Read more...] about Singapore likely summit venue after North Korea releases prisoners: U.S. official