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Airlines speak out against transportation of undocumented children separated from their family
Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Before President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to reverse the administration's family separation policy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) attacked several airlines that said they would not knowingly work with the federal government in cases of transporting children separated from their parents at the border.DHS Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton lashed out on Twitter, accusing the airlines of "buckling to a false media narrative."American Airlines acknowledged an existing contract with the federal government, but the airline said it does not know who the government flies nor their purpose for traveling."We have no knowledge...
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Violations found at converted Walmart housing undocumented children separated from their parents
iStock/Thinkstock (BROWNSVILLE, Texas) -- Texas state inspectors identified nearly 250 violations at facilities run by Southwest Key, the non-profit organization now housing migrant children separated from their parents in a converted Walmart in Brownsville, Texas, according to records obtained by ABC.Reports filed with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) show 246 "deficiencies" -- defined as failures to comply with regulations governing child care -- at Southwest Key residential programs across Texas since the fall of 2014.The company's largest shelter for undocumented children, Casa Padre, which is a converted Walmart in Brownsville, has become a flash-point in the debate...
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Lawmakers struggle to agree on immigration fix ahead of House votes Thursday
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen met with House Republicans Wednesday afternoon at the Capitol to answer questions about the president’s new executive order ending immigrant family separation while also urging members to pass a legislative fix.The president signed an executive order directing DHS to keep families together on Wednesday but Congress is still working through multiple bills aimed at a more long-term fix to the current immigration crisis.Pressed on whether her recent comments that the president can’t solve the immigration problem with executive action, Nielsen emphasized that Congress must act to secure the border and codify...
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Banned from stadiums at home, Iranian women attend World Cup soccer matches in Russia
DigitalVision/Thinkstock (MOSCOW) -- Before this World Cup, the last time Sara went to a soccer game, she had to pretend she was Korean in order to sneak past security.The reason is that Sara is in reality an Iranian woman and therefore barred from soccer stadiums in Iran, where women have been forbidden from attending soccer matches and other male-only sporting events in the wake of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.So it was an unusual experience for her when she entered Saint Petersburg’s Krestovsky stadium last Friday to watch Iran’s national team win against Morocco in its opening World Cup game. She...
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"black-ish" creator Kenya Barris and Pharrell Williams developing "Juneteenth" musical
ABC/Bob D'Amico (LOS ANGELES) -- Pharrell Williams and black-ish creator Kenya Barris are developing a stage musical based on the Juneteenth African-American holiday, which celebrates the final day of slavery in the U.S.: June 19, 1865. “I dream about projects like this," Pharrell said, according to Deadline.com. “Juneteenth will change culture and change history. We couldn’t sign up fast enough. Barris will write the dialogue with Peter Saji, with whom he's worked on black-ish. Pharrell will compose and produce the music. “The acknowledgement and celebration of Juneteenth as an American and possibly international holiday is something that I would put...
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On World Refugee Day 2018, a record 68.5 million forcibly displaced last year
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Record high numbers of men, women and children were driven from their homes across the world last year due to war, violence and persecution, according to a new report by the United Nations' refugee agency.The UNHCR's annual "Global Trends" study found that a staggering 68.5 million people worldwide had been forcibly displaced by the end of 2017.Nearly a quarter of them were uprooted just last year, either for the first time or repeatedly. That's an average of one person displaced every two seconds of the day, the study says."Now, more than ever, taking care of refugees...
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The trending concern in schools: Opioid awareness and prevention
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- As the school year winds down, opioid prevention in schools are trending up.One in 7 high school students in America reported they'd misused prescription opioids, like hydrocodone, in the past year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In Ashland, Kentucky a community of just over 21,000 people along the southern bank of the Ohio River, the epidemic has hit a fever pitch.Boyd County, where Ashland is located, saw 39 opioid-related deaths in 2017, which was an increase from 30 deaths in 2016, according to the local paper The Daily Independent.In one year, local elementary...
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