‘Don’t come’ to US, Joe Biden tells immigrants
There are now more than 800 children who have been held in US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody for 10 days or more after crossing the US-Mexico border, according to a report.
Photos leaked to Axios from inside a temporary CBP overflow facility in Donna, Texas by Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar has illustrated the “terrible conditions for the children” being held.
The report said that each of eight “pods” in the “soft-sided facility” has a 260-person occupancy but that as of Sunday, one pod held more than 400 unaccompanied male minors.
Unaccompanied children are supposed to be transferred to the care of the Health and Human Services department after a maximum of three days, but are currently being held in unsuitable, crowded conditions.
Axios reported that the figure had leapt from just 185 a week ago. Joe Biden’s administration has blamed his predecessor’s policies for the growing crisis, while Republicans say the president’s messaging has encouraged people to attempt to enter the country.
On Sunday Alejandro Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, said that while “the border is closed” the administration had “made a decision that we will not expel young, vulnerable children”.
Meanwhile, the former top prosecutor for the US Capitol riot has said that Donald Trump might be “culpable” for the January 6 insurrection in a new interview, adding that federal investigators are “looking at everything.”
However, the former president’s mind may be preoccupied elsewhere as his former spokesperson has claimed the ex-president plans to launch a new social media platform within “two or three months”.
“It will be big once he starts,” Jason Miller claimed, adding that “everyone wants him”. Mr Trump was kicked off all the major social media sites for pushing lies about the 2020 election result.
Biden to make border trip
Joe Biden has said he will visit the US-Mexico border “at some point”, and that his administration was working to ensure potential migrants applied for asylum in their home countries.
Asked what more could be done to convince migrant families to stop coming across the border, Mr Biden told reporters: “A lot more, we are in the process of doing it now, including making sure we re-establish what existed before – which is they can stay in place and make their case from their home countries.”
When Alejandro Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, visited border facilities last week, Mr Biden’s administration banned reporters from accompanying him.
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Jon Sharman22 March 2021 08:57
Republican Tom Reed retiring amid misconduct claim
Tom Reed, a Republican congressman from western New York who was accused last week of rubbing a female lobbyist’s back and unhooking her bra without her consent in 2017, apologised to the woman on Sunday and announced that he will not run for reelection next year.
Mr Reed, 49, said in a statement that the incident involving then-lobbyist Nicolette Davis occurred “at a time in my life in which I was struggling”. He said he entered treatment that year and realised he was “powerless over alcohol.”
Mr Reed apologised to his wife and children, and to Ms Davis, and said he planned “to dedicate my time and attention to making amends for my past actions”.
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican from western New York who was accused last week of rubbing a female lobbyist’s back and unhooking her bra without her consent in 2017, apologized to the woman on Sunday and announced that he will not run for reelection next year
Jon Sharman22 March 2021 08:35
Biden condemns Turkey’s withdrawal from convention on domestic violence against women
Joe Biden has criticised Turkey’s decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention combatting domestic violence and violence against women.
In a statement put out by the White House on Sunday, Mr Biden said that Turkey’s “sudden and unwarranted withdrawal” was “deeply disappointing”.
Mr Biden noted that we are seeing an increase in domestic violence and violence against women, “including reports of rising femicide in Turkey, the first nation to sign the convention”.
Jon Sharman22 March 2021 08:13
More than 800 children in US custody for 10 days or more, report says
More than 800 children have been in US Customs and Border Protection custody for 10 days or more despite a supposed 72-hour limit, according to a new report.
Axios reported that 823 children had been kept in custody in conditions the US government admits are not suitable.
On Sunday top officials insisted the border was “closed”.
Alejandro Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, said during a round of Sunday media interviews: “Our message has been straightforward – the border is closed.
“We are expelling families. We are expelling single adults. And we’ve made a decision that we will not expel young, vulnerable children.”
Meanwhile, senators have called for journalists to be allowed to access facilities where children are being held.
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As migrants surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Joe Biden’s administration has been caught on its heels and is now scrambling to manage a humanitarian and political challenge that threatens to overshadow its ambitious agenda
Jon Sharman22 March 2021 07:49
Trump to launch his own social media platform ‘in two or three months,’ aide says
Donald Trump plans to return to social media by the summer, but on his own platform, his former spokesman Jason Miller has said.
The former president was banned from his social media accounts — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more — in his final days in office earlier this year after stoking the anger of his followers by peddling a 2020 election fraud conspiracy.
Thousands of Mr Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol on 6 January as Congress was certifying Joe Biden’s victory, a riot that resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer.
The de-platformed Mr Trump has been putting together his post-presidency plans at his home in Mar-a-Lago, and part of those plans is launching his own social media app “in two or three months,” Mr Miller told Fox News on Sunday.
Jon Sharman22 March 2021 07:30