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Letter shows U.S. asylum officers in Newark, N.J., Boston were reassigned to border cases

Sen. Jeff Merkley says a letter he’s obtained means the Trump admin has suspended processing of “virtually all asylum claims” by migrants in the Northeast. Most U.S. asylum officers working in Boston and Newark, New Jersey, have been reassigned to interview migrant asylum-seekers crossing the southwest border, according to an Aug. 15 letter obtained by […]

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Feds intercept nearly 53,000 illegal Chinese gun parts in Los Angeles

The stocks, muzzles and other parts were packed in their own containers on 3 ships that also carried household items, apparel, toys, and machinery. U.S. officials have intercepted and seized almost 53,000 illegal Chinese gun parts in three separate shipments at the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach. The seized items included gun sights, stocks, muzzles […]

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U.S. military drone shot down over Yemen, officials say

Houthi rebels had earlier told the group’s official Al-Masirah T.V. that their air defenses had shot down a U.S. MQ-9 aircraft. A U.S. military drone was shot down over Yemen on Tuesday, according to two U.S. officials, the second such incident in Yemen in the last three months. Multiple reports state the attack took place […]

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Feds subpoena employees at jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself

Some of the employees have declined interview requests, Justice Department investigators say. Federal investigators have sought subpoenas for employees at the federal jail in New York City where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, according to two sources familiar with the investigation. Justice Department officials have said for over a week that some of the employees who […]

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Trump admin weighs letting states, cities deny entry to refugees approved for resettlement in U.S.

A draft order obtained says the government “will resettle refugees only where both the relevant state and local governments have consented.” The Trump administration is considering a new policy that would allow state and local jurisdictions to deny entry to refugees who have been approved for resettlement in the United States, according to a draft […]