Top Headline News-Sept 25, 2019

Top Headline News-Sept 25, 2019

Department of Homeland Security Announces End to ‘Catch and Release’ 

Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday, September 23, announced that the department will be ending the policy known as ‘catch and release’. At a Council on Foreign Relations event in Washington  the acting secretary had this to say, “ What we’re doing with Central American families now that’s ending the catch and release process is that if they don’t have a fear or a claim, they are going to be repatriated in a streamlined fashion, or if they do have a fear or a claim, asked to wait under the Migrant Protection Protocols in Mexico.”

President Trump and a top immigration official said earlier this month that the administration was working on ending the ‘catch and release’ program.  Mark Morgan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, told reporters on Sept 18 that the policy shift will be possible through a “network of initiatives and policies by this administration that’s been supported by several different entities within the DHS.”  This includes ICE as well as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

Morgan also hailed the government of Mexico for supporting the Trump administration’s efforts to stem illegal migration, saying the government has provided “unprecedented support” including 25,000 troops.


Trump Touts Nationalism in UN Address: ‘The Future Does Not Belong to Globalists’ 

During his speech to the UN General Assembly, President Trump emphasized the importance of national sovereignty, calling for nations to ‘love’ and stand up for their countries and warned, “ The future does not belong to globalists”. The President also said, “ If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty and if you want peace, love your nation.”

Tuesday, the President was expected to respond to criticism that the U.S. is breaching human rights by cracking down on illegal immigration. President Trump also used his speech to address the ongoing trade war with China, he stated in his speech that the heart of his vision is “ an ambitious campaign to reform international trade.”

Further in the day, the President is expected to address the growing international tensions with Iran which will be the centerpiece of the day’s events at the UN.  Trump has left the door open for a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the General Assembly this week.

“We’ll see what happens,” he told reporters on Monday.

UK Supreme Court Rules Suspension of Parliament Was Illegal 

The New UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has received a major blow and set back as Britain’s highest court ruled on Sept 24 that his decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks during the country’s crucial countdown to the Brexit deadline was illegal.  In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court declared that Johnson’s order to suspend Parliament was “void and of no effect”

The decision by the high court immediately prompted calls for Johnson to quit. Johnson and the Parliament have been at odds since he took office in July with his determination to take Britain out of the EU by October 31 with or without a deal with the EU.  Johnson has not said whether he will resign or seek to shut down Parliament again. The government has asserted that the decision to suspend Parliament until Oct 14 was routine and not related to Brexit.

Government lawyers claimed that under Britain’s unwritten constitution, it is a matter for politicians, not courts, to decide.  In this nation without a written constitution, this will be a landmark confrontation between the prime minister, the courts and Parliament over their rights and responsibilities.

The House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow welcomed the historic verdict and said Parliament would resume its business Wednesday morning. There will not be a Prime Minister Questions session in Parliament because Johnson is in New York for the UN General Assembly.


Puerto Rico Rocked by 6.3 Earthquake While Bracing for Tropical Storm Karen  

While residents in Puerto Rico braced themselves for Tropical Storm Karen, the U.S. territory was hit with a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on Monday night Sept 23.   The National Weather Service said the epicenter of the quake was located about 44 miles north of the island. Neither Puerto Rico or neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands were under any tsunami alerts. Kiara Hernandez spokeswoman for the island’s Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press that there were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries. She said that emergency management officials were already on alert for the approaching Tropical Storm Karen.

Weather forecasters said Karen would unleash heavy rains across the northeastern Caribbean on Sept 24 and to expect possible flooding and landslides.  Schools and government offices have been ordered closed. Officials are warning people to stay indoors.

The National Weather Service said in an advisory at 8 am Sept 24, “ Heavy rains from Karen are moving across the Virgin Islands, Culebra, and Vieques.” A flash flood watch is in effect, tropical force winds of 40mph are expected with gusts up to 50 mph.  The agency warned residents that waves of 8-12 feet with occasional seas up to 14 feet could result in ‘life-threatening rip current conditions, coastal flooding and beach erosion.”

Today’s quote is from William Howard Taft,

“ We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.”