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Sessions, Puerto Rico, Border Separations: 3 News Stories You Should Read Today – 5/30/2018

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In the category of: Not all BFF’s last forever.

Trump wishes he hadn’t picked Jeff Sessions for attorney general

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump again lamented his choice for attorney general on Wednesday, writing on Twitter he wishes he’d chosen someone other than Jeff Sessions, who enraged the President when he recused himself from the Russia investigation.

It was the latest evidence of Trump’s ongoing pre-occupation with the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Despite declaring earlier this week he was diverting his attention to more pressing matters, like North Korea and trade, Trump has continued to vent on Twitter about the controversy he’s described as a “witch hunt.”

In the category of: There is a real story, just not the one you might of thought

The real immigration crisis isn’t “missing” children. It’s family separations.

Here’s why immigration advocates aren’t asking #WhereAreTheChildren.

An increasing share of border crossers seeking asylum come as “family units”: one or more adults with one or more children. (The Trump administration refers to them as “purported ‘family units’” to underline the fact that they could be lying about their family relationship.) And it’s much harder for the government to detain whole immigrant families than it is for them to detain adults.

Federal court rulings have set strict standards on the conditions under which families can be detained. Under the Obama administration, courts ruled that they couldn’t be kept in detention for more than 20 days.

The Trump administration’s solution, now codified in policy, is to stop treating them as families: to detain the parents as adults and place the children in the custody of Health and Human Services as “unaccompanied minors.”

In some cases, according to immigration lawyers, parents separated from their children have begged to withdraw their asylum applications — on the logic that it would be easier for them to reunify their families in their home countries.




In the category of: Things more important than Roseanne

Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico is thousands higher than official count, study estimates

“Our results indicate that the official death count of 64 is a substantial underestimate of the true burden of mortality after Hurricane Maria.”

The official estimate issued by the Puerto Rican government was that 64 people died in the storm. But by comparing the overall death rate on the island to the same period the year before, the Harvard study found that 4,645 more people died between Sept. 20 and Dec. 31, 2017, than in that same period in 2016.

That represents a 62 percent increase in the island’s mortality rate over that year, which the study attributed to Maria.





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