Puerto Rico Protests Demand Governor’s Resignation & More News

by Debra Brown

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In Puerto Rico Massive Protests To Demand Governor Resignation & More News

In one of the largest protests in the island’s history, thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets in recent days to protest against Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló, is at the center of a scandal over hundreds of pages of leaked text messages that contained misogynistic and homophobic language. He has admitted writing the messages and has asked for forgiveness, but refused to resign. He announced via a brief Facebook video that he would not seek reelection. He also said he would step down as head of his pro-statehood party.

Under Puerto Rican law, the secretary of state would be next in line if Rosselló resigns. The Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín has resigned his post amid the controversy. Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez would be next in line. 


Boris Johnson Wins UK Prime Minister Election

The former London mayor takes over from Theresa May to become the next UK prime minister. Mr Johnson is expected to make a statement to Parliament about his Brexit strategy and take questions from MPs.

He has pledged the UK will leave the EU on 31 October “do or die”, accepting that a no-deal exit will happen if a new agreement cannot be reached by then. A number of senior figures have already said they will not serve under Mr Johnson, citing their opposition to his stance on Brexit.


Pennsylvania School District Threatens Foster Care For Lunch Debt And Refuses Pay Off

A Pennsylvania businessman who claims he tried to pay off the outstanding lunch debts for students at a school district that gained national attention for threatening foster care for delinquent debts was turned down.

The Wyoming Valley West School District sent letters to 1,000 parents that stated they could be “sent to dependency court for neglecting your child’s right to food.” The WVWSD reported it had a total of $22,467 in delinquent food-related debts, and the district’s attorney said the letter was a way to get attention of parents since other methods of collection seemed to fail.


North Carolina ‘Bathroom Bill’ Settlement Approved

A federal judge approved a legal settlement affirming transgender people’s right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings.

The House Bill 2, a 2016 North Carolina bill required transgender people in state-run buildings use the bathrooms, changing rooms and showers that corresponded to the sex on their birth certificates.

The American Civil Liberties Union represented transgender plaintiffs seeking to block the law in court, arguing it violated their rights to equal protection and privacy under the U.S. Constitution.


U.S. Citizen Detained For A Month By Immigration Officials

A United States citizen who was detained by U.S. immigration officials for nearly a month is being released, the law firm representing him confirmed. 

Francisco Erwin Galicia, 18, was born in Dallas in 2000, a birth certificate provided by his lawyer, Claudia Galan, shows. But he still had been held since by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and then Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since June 27.

A Los Angeles Times investigation found the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) “repeatedly” targeted and apprehended U.S. citizens for deportation by mistake, releasing 1,488 from custody since 2012.

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