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2020

17

Jan

Mississippi Court upholds 12-year sentence for a man who unwittingly had a phone in jail

When Willie Nash was booked into a Mississippi corrections facility, officers failed to confiscate his phone. For that, he was sentenced to 12 years behind bars. The state’s Supreme Court acknowledges that proper booking procedure was probably not followed and that Nash did not seem to know his phone was illegal, but they nonetheless ruled […]

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Country: United States
Source: EN , Reason

17

Jan

Hong Kong Express airline forces to take pregnancy test before boarding

A Japanese woman was asked by an airline to take a pregnancy test before boarding a flight to a US island. Midori Nishida was travelling from Hong Kong to Saipan to visit her parents when she was asked by staff at Hong Kong Express Airways to prove she was not pregnant as part of a ‘fit-to-fly’ assessment. After […]

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Country: United States
Source: BBC , Daily Mail

14

Jan

The U.S. is putting asylum seekers on planes to Guatemala

The chartered U.S. government flights land here every day or two, depositing Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers from the U.S. border. Many arrive with the same question: “Where are we?” For the first time ever, the United States is shipping asylum seekers who arrive at its border to a “safe third country” to seek refuge […]

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Country: United States
Source: AA , Washington Post

13

Jan

Surging California homeless ‘crisis’ offsets drop in nation: HUD

A 16% increase in homelessness in California accounted for most of the 3% national increase, putting more heat on the state’s lagging effort to curb the surge, according to a new federal report. The Housing and Urban Development Department late Tuesday released its homelessness report and counted 568,000 people without homes. Significantly, it found that homelessness […]

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Country: United States
Source: EN , WE

10

Jan

US to start collecting DNA from people detained migrants

The Trump administration’s plan to collect DNA evidence from migrants detained in U.S. Customs and Borders Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities will commence soon in the form of a 90-day pilot program in Detroit and Southwest Texas, CNN reported on Monday. News of the plan first emerged in October, when the Department of […]

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Country: United States
Source: NYT

2019

23

Dec

Confronting the ugly legacy of military prostitution in South Korea

Locals call it the Monkey House. The decaying, three-story cement fortress sits among weeds in the wooded, hilly outskirts of Dongducheon, a Korean city of 96,000 that encircles Camp Casey, the closest U.S. military base to North Korea and home to key elements of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division. The 2ID is “the only […]

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Country: United States
Source: New Republic

20

Dec

ICE deported thousands of family members, minors as overall arrests dropped

U.S. immigration officials deported approximately 12,000 family members and unaccompanied minors last fiscal year, far fewer than the “millions” President Trump pledged to arrest months ago in frustration about rising border crossings, according to a federal report released Wednesday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 5,702 family members, a 110 percent jump from the prior year, according […]

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Country: United States
Source: TRT Haber , WP

11

Dec

U.S. officials deny access to doctors seeking to give flu shots to migrant children

A group of doctors, who last month pressured U.S. Customs and Border Protection to allow them to give flu vaccines to detained migrant children, have now taken their fight to the driveway of a detention facility in San Ysidro, Calif., and said they are not leaving until they get approval. About 40 people, including medical […]

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Country: United States
Source: Trt Haber , La Times

10

Dec

LA police to use ‘Batman-style’ device to snare suspects

Two hundred Los Angeles police officers will be trained to use a new gadget designed to snare a person by wrapping them in a cord, officials say. The BolaWrap, recently adopted by several other forces, fires a cord that can entangle an individual’s torso or legs from up to 25ft (8m) away. The tether is […]

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Country: United States
Source: BBC , BBC

06

Dec

Corrections officer class gives Nazi salute

A number of employees of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation have been suspended amid an investigation into a photograph showing a training class apparently giving a Nazi salute, officials said. The image shows the class members each with a raised arm as the text above reads “HAIL BYRD!” The faces of the […]

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Country: United States
Source: Euro News , CNN