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Immigrants in US seeking safe haven worry Trump may send them back

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Sat, 2017-10-07 13:00
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WASHINGTON: Thousands of Salvadorans, Haitians and others now sheltered in the US from danger in their home countries might have to leave under a crackdown the Trump administration is weighing on a program that critics slam as “back-door” immigration.
People close to the administration said the White House is considering anti-immigration activists’ appeals for pull-back on the 27-year old US Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, which protects more than 300,000 people in the country.
“There’s no question people inside the administration want to reform the excesses,” said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group that seeks to reduce immigration into the United States.
“We have definitely expressed our opinions to the administration. This time there actually are people willing to listen,” Beck said in a telephone interview.
Officials at the State Department and Department of Homeland Security would not comment on administration plans for TPS.
The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
President Donald Trump campaigned last year on a promise to deport large numbers of immigrants, a racially-tinged political theme that won him passionate support among some US voters.
Since he took office in January, Trump has moved to ban US entry by people from select Muslim countries. He also announced the end next March of an Obama-era program giving temporary legal status to “Dreamers” brought illegally into the United States as children, unless Congress revives it.
Now immigration advocacy groups fear Trump will curtail TPS by refusing to renew the protected status of some of the nine countries covered: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Last month, Sudan was slated for TPS termination, effective November 2018. Immigration groups were heartened somewhat that South Sudan’s status was renewed in September through mid-2019.
Advocacy groups said they are also concerned Trump might seek legislative changes making it harder to designate TPS countries.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which also seeks to reduce overall immigration, said the administration is assessing each country’s status. “In the past it was routine renewal,” he said.
FAIR would be “open” to TPS continuing, Mehlman said, but only with assurances that participation is temporary and “not a 20-year stay.”
Several immigration advocacy groups said officials within the administration have told them significant changes to TPS were being debated among agencies and the White House.
In July, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security fired a warning shot when it renewed Haiti’s designation for only six months instead of the typical 18 months. “During this six-month extension, beneficiaries are encouraged to prepare for their return to Haiti in the event Haiti’s designation is not extended again,” the department warned.

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Critics have complained the program allows participants to repeatedly extend their stays in 6-18 month increments in case of a natural disaster, civil strife or other emergencies in their homelands.
Haiti, for example, has had TPS designation for seven years; El Salvador for 16 years. “It’s not TPS, it is PPS, Permanent Protected Status,” Beck said. “The chance of someone having to leave is closer to the chance of being struck by lightning.”
Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York, acknowledged TPS needs repair, but warned that if Trump forced thousands of Salvadorans to go home, they would be easy targets of gang violence after years of living in the United States and raising families.
Many of them “have kids who are US citizens, but it could push the families underground” if parents lose their work permits and face deportation, she said.
Paul Altidor, Haiti’s ambassador to the US, said in a telephone interview that his government is asking the Trump administration for an 18-month extension, citing an ongoing cholera outbreak and destruction from recent hurricanes.
“These people have been strung along,” said Matt Adams, legal director for the Seattle-based Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, disputing the critics who say TPS was not meant to provide protection for a decade or more.
He said TPS participants have had their hopes raised and then dashed as repeated attempts in Congress to update the TPS program have sputtered, while past administrations have carved out programs for some groups of immigrants by granting them permanent legal status.
Adams said that in the event of a crackdown, some people, such as those married to US citizens, will have other legal ways to stay.
But he said many of his clients, including entire families, will have their lives “thrown into chaos.”

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Arab coalition condemns UN report on Children and Armed Conflict

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Sat, 2017-10-07 16:52
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RIYADH: The Arab coalition working to restore legitimacy in Yemen has released a statement in response to the UN’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict, released Friday.
The coalition acknowledged that the UN report had added it to a list of bodies and states that had taken measures to improve the protection of children. The report also praised the coalition’s cooperation with the UN, according to the coalition’s statement.
The coalition expressed appreciation toward UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who expressed his wish to continue cooperating with the coalition in order to promote child protection. However, the coalition denied and condemned other claims made in the report.
The coalition stated that the release of such claims impacts the credibility of the UN report and condemned the misinformation that was delivered to the UN, which the coalition says deflects attention away from the crimes committed by the Houthis and those loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh. The coalition stressed its wish to abide by international laws and standards to protect civilians and keep them safe by ensuring precaution and vigilance.
The coalition ascertained that the unfortunate consequences of this conflict are a result of the actions of Houthis and Saleh loyalists and their apparent decision to use children as human shields and militants, which is a flagrant violation of international laws. The coalition requested that the UN report be corrected and it also called upon the UN to continue its cooperation in order to promote the safety and protection of children. The coalition also invited the UN to hold the Houthis and Saleh loyalists accountable for crimes against children in Yemen.
According to the coalition, if it had not been for the Iranian intervention in Yemen and the coup instigated by Houthis and Saleh loyalists, threats to neighboring countries and Hezbollah and Iran-backed missiles launched at Saudi Arabia, the conflict in Yemen would not have begun. The coalition stressed its willingness to keep helping the Yemeni people by maintaining stability in the region.

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Israeli intelligence has power to refuse, dismiss teachers in Arab schools

October 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israel’s Internal Security Agency, Shin Bet, has the power to reject the appointment of Arab teachers at the country’s Arab schools, Quds Press reported on Friday. The agency can also dismiss such staff for political reasons, it is claimed. A former official at the Israeli Ministry of Education, Emmanuel Koplovich, told Ynet News that Shin Bet has rejected the appointment of many qualified teachers. “Shin Bet was involved in everything regarding recruitment for education positions,” confirmed the former head of the agency, Knesset member Yacob Berri. “It is still active in Arab schools to this day.” The news website revealed that Shin Bet targeted the Arab teachers in cooperation with the ministry. Teachers did not know why they were dismissed […]

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Danish police find decapitated head of Swedish journalist

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Sat, 2017-10-07 13:18
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COPENHAGEN: Danish police said Saturday divers had recovered the decapitated head and the legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who vanished in August while interviewing a Danish inventor aboard his homemade submarine.
In a grisly case worthy of a Nordic noir thriller, Copenhagen police inspector Jens Moller Jensen told reporters divers had found bags containing her missing clothes, her head and legs in Koge Bay, south of the Danish capital.
“Last night our forensic dentist confirmed that it was Kim Wall’s head,” he said.
Her headless torso was found floating in waters off Copenhagen on August 21, 11 days after she went missing.
Self-taught engineer and inventor Peter Madsen, 46, has been accused of Wall’s death, with prosecutors saying he dismembered her body before throwing it overboard.
Madsen, who is married and has been in custody since August 11, claims the 30-year-old Wall died when a 70-kilogram (154-pound) hatch door fell on her head, and in a panic, he threw her body overboard.
He has insisted her body was intact at the time.
But Jensen said the decapitated head contradicted Madsen’s version of events.
There is “no sign of fracture on the skull and there isn’t any sign of other blunt violence to the skull,” he said, citing an autopsy carried out overnight.
Locating Wall’s head has been a priority for investigators, as the final autopsy on the torso was not able to establish the cause of death.
However, it did show multiple mutilation wounds to Wall’s genitals.
Prosecutors believe Madsen killed Wall as part of a sexual fantasy, then dismembered and mutilated her body.
Earlier this week, Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen told a court custody hearing that a hard disk found in Madsen’s workshop contained fetish films in which real women were tortured, decapitated and burned.
“This hard drive doesn’t belong to me,” Madsen insisted, saying numerous people had access to his workshop.
Madsen has insisted there was no sexual relationship between him and Wall, and their contacts had been purely professional.
Jensen said the divers on Friday found the body parts and clothes in bags weighed down with metal pieces. Her torso had also been weighed down when it was found, also in Koge Bay.
“Yesterday morning we found a bag within which we found Kim Wall’s clothes, underwear, stockings, and shoes. In the same bag laid a knife, and there were some lead pipes to weigh the bag down,” he said.
“Around dinnertime we found one leg, and then another leg. And then we found a head that also laid in a bag, and was weighed down with multiple metal pieces.”
Wall worked as a freelance journalist based in New York and China, and her articles were published in The Guardian, The New York Times and others.
At the time of her disappearance, Wall was believed to be working on a feature story about Madsen, an eccentric, well-known figure in Denmark.
Madsen has successfully launched rockets with the aim of developing private space travel.
His homemade submarine Nautilus, launched in 2008, was the biggest private sub ever made when he built it with help from a group of volunteers.
But the group became engaged in a long-running dispute over the Nautilus, before members of the board decided to transfer the vessel’s ownership to Madsen, according to the sub’s website.
In 2015, Madsen sent a text message to two members of the board claiming: “There is a curse on Nautilus.”
“That curse is me. There will never be peace on Nautilus as long as I exist,” Madsen wrote, according to the volunteers.

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Turkey hopes to normalise ties with Germany 

October 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Turkish Foreign Minister has called for mutual steps to normalize relations between Turkey and Germany, after months of tensions between the two NATO allies. In an interview with German weekly Der Spiegel, Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed hope that Ankara and Berlin would return to normal relations, as Germany left behind September 24 federal election which was dominated by a heated debate about Turkey, and Ankara’s EU membership bid. “I don’t see a reason for having problems between Germany and Turkey,” Cavusoglu said, and underlined that he was ready to make efforts for the normalisation of ties. “I have already told my friend Sigmar Gabriel before the elections: Let us look forward. If you take one step towards us, we will take two […]

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Power of Mutual Fund

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Erdogan: Turkish troops not in Syria’s Idlib ‘yet’

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hinted at further steps to secure Syria’s Idlib province, clarifying that while the Free Syrian Army is currently engaged in operations there, Turkish soldiers are “not there yet”. Speaking at the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s 26th consultation and assessment meeting in the Aegean province of Afyonkarahisar Saturday, Erdogan said: “Currently, the Free Syrian Army is conducting the operations, Turkish soldiers are not there yet.” “We intend to further enhance our steps in providing safety to Idlib now. There is a serious operation in Idlib today and it is going to continue.” He also affirmed Turkey’s support for people escaping Syria’s Aleppo, adding: “We will never allow a terror corridor along our Syria border.” […]

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