In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

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ATPB News: Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


300 Children Moved from Texas Border Patrol Station After Reports of Neglect, Inhumane Conditions.

More than 300 migrant children have been transferred out of a filthy Border Patrol station in Texas where they had been detained for weeks without access to soap, clean clothes, or adequate food. Other examples of facilities with poor conditions have trickled out in recent months through reports published by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, as well as from other lawyers who have occasionally been allowed in.

Some of the children were reportedly moved into a shelter overseen by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, while others are now being held in a tent facility in El Paso. Around 30 children remain at the Border Patrol station in Clint, according to the office of El Paso Congressmember Veronica Escobar. The station is not designed to hold children for more than a few days, but many have been there now for nearly a month.

Trump administration lawyers argued that the government shouldn’t be required to provide migrant children in its custody with soap, toothbrushes, towels, showers or a full night’s sleep inside facilities like the one in Clint.


Rhode Island Governor Signs Abortion Protection Bill.

Rhode Island Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo has signed a bill codifying abortion protections, joining other Democratic-controlled states looking to safeguard the procedure.

The bill “codifies what has been the status quo under Roe v. Wade for nearly five decades,” Raimondo said in a statement after signing the bill.

Rhode Island’s bill, the Reproductive Privacy Act, bans the state from restricting “an individual person from preventing, commencing, continuing, or terminating that individual’s pregnancy prior to fetal viability” or after fetal viability “to preserve the health or life” of the woman.

The Reproductive Privacy Act bars state restrictions on contraceptives and protects medical professionals from felony assault charges for providing abortions. It also repeals measures requiring providers to notify the husbands of married women seeking abortions before conducting the procedure and banning so-called partial birth abortions.


Missouri’s Only Abortion Clinic Allowed To Continue Providing Under New Order.

The lone abortion clinic in Missouri just received permission from a court to continue practicing even though the state’s health department refused to reissue their license.

A circuit court judge announced Monday that the preliminary injunction that allowed the Planned Parenthood clinic to keep performing abortions after their license was not initially renewed has now been extended.

Judge Michael Stelzer said the extra week would allow for an administrative panel to evaluate the dispute between the clinic and the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

The DHSS announced that they were denying the license that would allow Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region to continue to provide abortions.

The director of DHSS, said the decision to deny their health department license was based on the fact that of 30 deficiencies found in the department’s review of the clinic, only four have since been addressed by Planned Parenthood.


Donald Trump Delays Deportation Operation Aimed at Asylum-seeking Undocumented Families.

Donald Trump delayed plans for nationwide raids targeting at least 2,000 asylum-seeking families, but threatened to unleash Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in two weeks if Democrats do not submit to changes in asylum law they have long opposed.

Immigration agents had been planning to sweep into several immigrant communities in 10 major cities, including Miami, Los Angeles, Baltimore and Chicago.

Mayors, city officials and police departments from across the country are refusing to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


House Passes $4.5 Billion Border Funding Bill.

Congress passed a $4.5 billion border funding bill. It includes provisions for the treatment of migrant children in U.S. custody. Donald Trump has threatened to veto the bill even if it does pass the Senate.

The bill includes $934.5 million for processing facilities, including food, water, sanitary items, blankets, medical services, and safe transportation. The bill also includes oversight provisions to hold the administration accountable for the conditions at migrant facilities, and provides no money for border wall funding.

Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib voted against the bill because the bill also funded Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).


Donald Trump Says Attack By Iran On Anything American Will Be Met With ‘Obliteration’.

Donald Trump warned that any attack Iran might carry out “on anything American” would result in the “obliteration” of parts of Iran, responding angrily to comments by President Hassan Rouhani that the White House was “mentally handicapped.”

Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them after a day of escalating tensions.

After his decision to call off a military strike in retaliation for the downing of an unmanned reconnaissance drone, Mr. Trump had held out the possibility of negotiations with “no preconditions” and said he was not looking for war.


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