<![CDATA[NECN - Politics]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/news/politics http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.comen-usSun, 24 Jun 2018 22:28:31 -0400Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:28:31 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Protesters in Tornillo, TX, Call For Trump To Reunite Separated Families]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:19:22 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_01_05_27.Still003.jpg

Protesters gathered at a tent city in Tornillo, Tx, to call for the president to reunite separated children with their families.

<![CDATA[Democrats Visit Detention Center In McAllen, Texas]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 16:40:12 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_42_29.Still004.jpg

A delegation comprised of 25 Democratic members of Congress visited a detention center in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday and criticized the Trump Administration over its immigration policies.>

<![CDATA[Gay Rights Pioneer Dick Leitsch Dies at 83]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 13:42:41 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/dickleitsch.jpg

Dick Leitsch, a titan of the early gay rights movement who led "sip-in" protests in the 1960s, died in New York City on Friday, Ken Lustbader, the co-director of NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project confirmed to NBC News. He was 83.

Leitsch became an icon of the LGBTQ movement after leading protests that pre-dated the Stonewall Inn uprising, increasing the momentum of the gay rights movement.

Born on May 11, 1935, Leitsch moved to New York City in 1959 from his home state of Kentucky.

He went on to lead the New York City chapter of the Mattachine Society, one of the oldest gay rights organizations in the country. It was during his time at the Mattachine Society that he came up with the idea for "sip-ins," where demonstrators would go to bars, announce they were gay and ask to be served.

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<![CDATA[It's Getting Tougher for Migrants to Claim Asylum]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 07:32:56 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/PortsofEntryImmigration.jpg

Migrants are finding it harder to claim asylum at U.S. ports of entry due to the facilities being overcrowded, part of an effort by U.S. officials to curb the number of migrants setting foot on U.S. territory, NBC News reported

Under international and U.S. law, a person that has touched down on U.S. soil must legally be allowed to make a claim for asylum. 

U.S. officials at the border have reportedly told families that there is no room for them at the ports of entry and that they should either wait for foot traffic to cease or come back another time. 

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<![CDATA[Medical Experts Voice Concern as Lawmakers Head to Border]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:30:01 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/children-tents-texas-small.jpg

As disturbing sights and sounds from separated families continue to capture the nation’s attention, medical experts are starting to voice their concerns about long-term health repercussions that can result from this kind of childhood trauma, and more lawmakers are heading to the border to see all of this first hand.

Congresswoman Katherine Clark is one of the lawmakers headed south. She says she wants to hear stories from incarcerated parents and detained children and to ask questions of officials.

“Where are these children? Where are the girls? Where are the babies and toddlers? What kind of healthcare are they receiving and what is the plan to get these families back together?”

Congressman Michael Capuano is also headed to the border to see what he describes as an embarrassment for the country. And he has a message for the President’s political appointees who say they are “just following orders.”

“When it’s an immoral order, they have an obligation, as far as I’m concerned, either to disobey it or to resign,” Capuano said.

Meanwhile, Senator Ed Markey was at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center where he responded to President Trump’s executive order.

“Donald Trump has simply traded the cage he is putting the children into,” said Sen. Markey, who also called on medical experts.

One such expert is Boston Medical Center Child Psychiatrist Lisa Fortuna, who says the road to recovery could be a treacherous one.

"Traumatic experiences like this, especially in childhood, can result in irreparable or very difficult-to-heal damage to the brain structures,” Fortuna said.

Asked if she thinks the Trump policy amounts to child abuse, Fortuna said, “If I were to encounter this type of treatment of children in any other setting, I feel that I would have to call child protection services.”

Dr. Henry Dorkin, pediatrician and past President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said, “Even as we move to reverse this situation, many of these children will continue to have terrifying nightmares and and residuals for years to come. Some will be scarred for life.”

Medical experts say job one is to reunite parents and children as quickly as possible since they say every minute of separation contributes to the potential long-term harm.

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<![CDATA[Trump to GOP: Stop Wasting Time on Immigration]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:35:57 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NC_gopdelaysimmigrationvote_1500x845.jpg

After repeatedly calling on Congress to solve the immigration problem, President Donald Trump now wants lawmakers to delay immigration reform until after the midterm elections in November. 

<![CDATA[Senate Candidate Arrested Outside Migrant Detention Center]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:47:37 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/216*120/Zak+Ringelstein+Maine+US+Candidate+McAllen+TX+Arrest.jpg

A candidate in Maine's U.S. Senate race was arrested along the U.S.-Mexico border while attempting to bring supplies to a migrant children detention center in McAllen, Texas, Friday morning.

A spokesperson said Zak Ringelstein, a Democrat running against independent incumbent Sen. Angus King, was arrested around 9:30 a.m. after allegedly trying to bring food, blankets, toys and books to migrant children separated from their parents as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

A Facebook Live video from the scene showed the 31-year-old Yarmouth native sitting in the bed of a pickup truck loaded with supplies and speaking with law enforcement officers in the lead up to his arrest.

"As a public school teacher, as a dad and now as the Democratic nominee for Senate, I refuse ... to stand by as you imprison children," Ringelstein said to a border patrol agent.

He also demanded to deliver the materials he brought, visit the facility where children were being held and wanted to know how they would be reunited with their families.

It's unclear what charges he faces or if he has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Melania Trump's Style]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:53:23 -0400 and called for Congress to act on immigration reform. The green, hooded jacket she wore while departing from and returning to Washington sent a more puzzling message for many. The $39 Zara item had writing on the back that read: "I really don't care, do u?"

"It's a jacket," her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said. "There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe." Yet President Donald Trump offered his own spin, tweeting that the jacket "refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"]]>
and called for Congress to act on immigration reform. The green, hooded jacket she wore while departing from and returning to Washington sent a more puzzling message for many. The $39 Zara item had writing on the back that read: "I really don't care, do u?"

"It's a jacket," her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said. "There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe." Yet President Donald Trump offered his own spin, tweeting that the jacket "refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"]]>
First lady Melania Trump brought her fashion sense as a former model to the campaign trail and the White House.

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<![CDATA[Congress to Vote on Immigration Bills]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:17:37 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2018-06-21+at+10.53.47+AM.png

The House of Representatives is set to vote on two comprehensive immigration bills Thursday - one by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte that is popular with immigration hard-liners, and a second measure that reflects a deal between GOP conservatives and moderates. The compromise bill would provide nearly $25 billion in funding for President Trump's border wall, limit legal and illegal immigration and provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.

<![CDATA[Melania Trump Makes Unannounced Visit to Border Facilities ]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:21:35 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2018-06-21-at-12.27.39-PM.jpg

First lady Melania Trump made an unexpected and unannounced call to detention centers and facilities at McAllen, Texas, on June 21, 2018. The visits come a day after President Donald Trump reversed a policy that separated migrant children from their families once they were detained at the border. 

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<![CDATA[Tech Companies Working With ICE as Border Crisis Continues]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:43:21 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/ICEGettyImages-688613960.jpg

Several high-profile data and technology companies have been profiting off of contracts with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for the last several months, NBC News reported

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Thomson Reuters, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions and Palantir all have active contracts with ICE, according to a public records search. Their contracts show how many tech companies are putting their innovations to use with the U.S. government in ways that are not often visible to the public. 

Palantir, for example, has a $39 million contract with the agency that began in 2015. Thomson Reuters Special Services, a subsidiary of the mass-media firm and news agency Thomson Reuters, signed a $6.8 million contract with ICE in March. 

Palantir and Motorola Solutions did not respond to requests for comment. Hewlett Packard and Microsoft condemned the administration's family separation policy, while Thomson Reuters would not comment on it.  

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<![CDATA[Military Lawyers Being Sent to Border for Immigration Cases]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:10:06 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DOD-logoGettyImages-626284132.jpg

The Department of Defense said Wednesday night that 21 military lawyers are being sent to Arizona, Texas and New Mexico to help prosecute illegal immigration cases, NBC News reported

The lawyers will be appointed as full-time special assistant United States attorneys for up to 179 days, or about six months. They are to have "criminal trial experience." Emails obtained by MSNBC appear to show the Justice Department sought applicants "while we staff up" with permanent U.S. attorneys. 

The military lawyers will be given basic training in immigration law and federal criminal procedure to assist regular federal prosecutors in Yuma, Arizona; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and El Paso, Del Rio, Laredo and McAllen in Texas.

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<![CDATA[White Nationalists Planning Rally Near White House]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:24:56 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/062018+charlottesville2.jpg

The group behind the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year is planning a one-year anniversary rally near the White House in August — and the National Park Service has given organizers initial approval. 

Organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally want to host the event in Lafayette Square Park on August 11 and 12. About 400 people are expected to participate, according to the application filed on May 8.

Jason Kessler, the organizer of the rally, wrote on the application that the purpose of the event was to protest the “civil rights abuse” in Charlottesville, and host a “white civil rights” rally.

The rally in D.C. would be held exactly a year after a driver in Charlottesville plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the white nationalist rally, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of others.

Initial approval of Kessler's application indicates that no other individual or group already has a permit for the requested location or time, National Park Service (NPS) spokesman Mike Litterst told News4.

NPS is required to be "content neutral" in considering whether to grant permits for events, he said.

"This is the First Amendment right of all Americans to speak freely and assemble peaceably, regardless of what their message is," the NPS spokesman said.

In December, Kessler submitted a permit application to host the anniversary rally in Charlottesville, but, the city rejected it, saying the event would present a danger to public safety. Kessler has filed a lawsuit against the city over its denial.

He stated in the application for the D.C. rally that he expects members of Antifa-affiliated groups to protest.

Antifa, which stands for “anti-fascist,” is an organized group of protesters, left-wing activists and self-described anarchists who aim to confront those who support bigoted or totalitarian views.

Kessler wrote in the application that attendees would meet at a rally point and march to Lafayette Square Park to give speeches. Afterward, the group would march back to the rally point alongside law enforcement.

James Fields, the driver accused in the 2017 attack, faces 10 felony counts, including first-degree murder.

NPS is getting additional information from the rally organizers, Litterst said. The NPS permitting office will review the application in coordination with U.S. Park Police. If NPS grants a permit, they then would coordinate with U.S. Park Police, D.C. police and the Secret Service. It's not clear yet when a permit will be approved or denied.

Andrea Swalec contributed reporting.

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<![CDATA[Trump Touts Executive Order at Minnesota Rally]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:25:26 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TRUMP+RALLY+062018.00_00_22_17+THUMB.jpg

President Donald Trump promised the crowd at a campaign-style rally in Duluth, Minnesota, Wednesday night that a border wall will soon be fully funded. The rally came hours after Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border.