Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/20/19)

Supreme Court hands Trump a victory on immigration policy

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 5-4 that the U.S. can detain immigrants awaiting deportation any time after they have served criminal prison sentences. The judges were divided along ideological lines, with the conservative majority handing President Trump a major victory in his push to harden U.S. immigration policies. Justice Samuel Alito Jr., writing for the majority, said the decision merely followed the plain language of a federal immigration law permitting detention of immigrants facing deportation no matter how long ago or how minor their criminal offense. Justice Stephen Breyer, who dissented, said the ruling “runs the gravest risk of depriving those whom the government has detained of one of the oldest and most important of our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.”

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/19/19)

Netherlands tram shooting suspect arrested

Dutch police on Monday arrested a 37-year-old Turkish man suspected of fatally shooting at least three people and wounding several others on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht earlier in the day. The suspect, identified as Gokmen Tanis, was caught after an hours-long manhunt. Authorities locked down the schools, mosques, and the transit system in the city after the attack. The suspect reportedly had been involved in previous run-ins with authorities in the country before the attack, which police said “appears to be a terrorist attack.” The threat alert in the province where the shooting occurred was temporarily raised to its highest level. Turkey’s foreign ministry condemned the attack, “regardless of the identity of the perpetrator and the motivation behind it.”

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/18/19)

New Zealand leader promises gun reform after mosque massacres

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that she planned to announce gun reforms in response to the Friday mass shootings that killed 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. “Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer,” Ardern said after her cabinet reached agreement “in principle” on the proposals. “Our gun laws will change,” Ardern said. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist accused in the attacks, was charged with murder on Saturday. Ardern said he had a gun license and used five guns, including two semi-automatic weapons purchased legally but modified. New Zealand has relaxed gun laws but regulates military-style semi-automatic weapons.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/16/19)

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Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/14/19)

Senate votes to end U.S. support for Saudi-led Yemen military campaign

The Senate on Wednesday voted 54-46 to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, rebuking President Trump. The measure is expected to pass the Democrat-led House and face a veto by Trump. The Saudi-led coalition’s bombing campaign is intended to curb Iran’s growing influence in the region, but human rights organizations say the bombing has sometimes hit civilian facilities and prevented aid shipments needed to alleviate what the United Nations has called a humanitarian catastrophe. The U.N. says at least 85,000 children have starved to death. “We should not be associated with a bombing campaign that the U.N. tells us is likely a gross violation of human rights,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/13/19)

U.S. to shut down international immigration offices

U.S. Customs and Immigration Services reportedly told its staff Tuesday that it would shut down all 21 of its foreign offices by the end of this year. The move could delay processing of paperwork the offices handle, including family visa applications, foreign adoptions by U.S. citizens, and citizenship petitions from members of the military. The offices also investigate visa fraud. The employees who provide these services will likely be transferred to the State Department as the offices are shuttered, USCIS Director Lee Francis Cissna said in an email to staff obtained by The Washington Post. Relocating international employees to U.S. offices and foreign embassies will help “address backlogs in the United States,”

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/12/19)

Tucker Carlson disparages Iraqis, Obamas in resurfaced audio

In unearthed audio released Monday night by Media Matters for America, Fox News host Tucker Carlson is heard calling Iraqis “semiliterate primitive monkeys,” saying Afghanistan is “never going to be a civilized country because the people aren’t civilized,” and declaring that the Congressional Black Caucus “exists to blame the white man for everything.” Carlson made the remarks during calls to “The Bubba the Love Sponge Show”; he was a regular guest between 2006 and 2011. In 2008, Carlson said “everybody knows that Barack Obama would still be in the state Senate in Illinois if he were white.” Carlson rejected calls for an apology, calling his critics hypocrites and saying he would “never bow to the mob.”

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/11/19)

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