TDB Top 5 International Stories: Monday 25th June 2018

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5: TRYING TO REUNITE FAMILIES IS TOTAL CHAOS FOR IMMIGRATION LAWYERS
4: Turkey Elections 2018: All the latest updates
3:  THE FBI IS USING UNVETTED, RIGHT-WING BLACKLISTS TO QUESTION ACTIVISTS ABOUT THEIR SUPPORT FOR PALESTINE
2: Investigation: Substandard Medical Care in ICEDetention is Killing Immigrants, Endangering Lives
1: Expert: Sarah Sanders broke ethics rules with tweet about restaurant ejection

5: TRYING TO REUNITE FAMILIES IS TOTAL CHAOS FOR IMMIGRATION LAWYERS

Every since the Trump administration started splitting up families at the border, immigration attorney Martha Laura Garcia has been hearing different kinds of questions when she visits the undocumented men at the Cibola County Detention Center in Milan, Arizona.

Normally, they want to know about their own immigration cases — how long they’ll be stuck in detention, or whether Garcia and her colleagues at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center could take on their cases.

Vice News

4: Turkey Elections 2018: All the latest updates

Voting counting is under way in Turkey as the country held its first simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections.

More than 56 million people were eligible to vote in Sunday’s elections, in more than 180,000 ballot boxes across Turkey.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be looking for a first round knockout and an overall majority for his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

But both these goals are in doubt in the face of an energetic campaign by his rival from the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP), Muharrem Ince.

Aljazeera

3:  THE FBI IS USING UNVETTED, RIGHT-WING BLACKLISTS TO QUESTION ACTIVISTS ABOUT THEIR SUPPORT FOR PALESTINE

AHMAD ABURAS WAS sitting in class one evening in September 2016 when a security officer at Seton Hall Law School, the New Jersey school that Aburas attends, came to get him. Gerald Lenihan, the school’s security manager, said he needed to speak to Aburas right away.

Aburas was surprised by the request, but he left his civil procedure class and followed Lenihan to his office, figuring it was about something inconsequential, like his car or school ID.

But when Aburas arrived at Lenihan’s office, it quickly became apparent that this was about something different. In the office were two law enforcement agents: Craig Mott, a New Jersey state police detective, and Ted Kolshorn, an FBI agent, both part of the New Jersey Joint Terrorism Task Force.

According to Aburas, Lenihan said, “These young men want to talk to you.” Then Lenihan left Aburas alone in his office with the two officers. For 35 minutes, they interviewed Aburas, not because they were interested in him as a criminal suspect, but because they had questions about pro-Palestinian messages he had written on Facebook. His was one in a string of FBI inquiries into pro-Palestine activists across the country in recent years. Some of these interviews have rested on blacklists created by far-right, pro-Israel groups, and focused on alleged and unproven connections to militant groups in the Middle East. The Intercept has learned of four such interviews (though the number could be higher), two of which took place this year.

The Intercept

2: Investigation: Substandard Medical Care in ICEDetention is Killing Immigrants, Endangering Lives

Human Rights Watch has a new report that exposes dangerously substandard medical care in ICE detention facilities around the country and reveals that more people died in immigration detention in fiscal year 2017 than any year since 2009. Physicians reviewed 15 deaths in immigration detention from December 2015 to April 2017, determining that substandard medical care contributed or led to eight of the 15 deaths. “What we found is ICE, the agency that’s detaining now 40,000 people… and wants to expand, cannot provide adequately for the safety of the people that it holds,” says Clara Long, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch. She’s the author of the report “Code Red: The Fatal Consequences of Dangerously Substandard Medical Care in Immigration Detention.”

Democracy Now

1: Expert: Sarah Sanders broke ethics rules with tweet about restaurant ejection

A tweet by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders about her ejection from a Virginia restaurant on Friday broke federal ethics rules, a leading expert said.

On Saturday, Sanders posted: “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington [Virginia] to leave because I work for POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”

Walter Shaub, federal ethics chief under Barack Obama and briefly Donald Trump and now a fierce critic of the administration, responded: “Sanders used her official govt account to condemn a private business for personal reasons … she can lob attacks on her own time but not using her official position.”

 

 

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