What does Trump want in exchange for letting DACA recipients stay?

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

In this Oct. 7, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington for a brief stop at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., on his way to Greensboro, N.C. The Trump administration sent an immigration policy wish-list to Congress that includes overhauling the country's green-card system, hiring 10,000 more immigration officers and building a wall along the southern border.
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In this Oct. 7, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington for a brief stop at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., on his way to Greensboro, N.C. The Trump administration sent an immigration policy wish-list to Congress that includes overhauling the country's green-card system, hiring 10,000 more immigration officers and building a wall along the southern border.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Trump administration says any deal to protect DACA recipients from deportation will come at the price of a border wall and a crackdown on sanctuary cities.

The White House released Sunday a list of immigration reforms it expects to see passed if a deal to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the program to protect undocumented children illegally brought to the country by their parents, is to be had.

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The list, which includes 18 initiatives, "must be included" as part of any legislation addressing the status of those in the DACA program, according to a letter from President Donald Trump to members of Congress.

"Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end," Trump said in the letter.

"These priorities are essential to mitigate the legal and economic consequences of any grant of status to DACA recipients," White House legislative director Marc Short reiterated on a call with reporters. "They fulfill the President's promise to advance immigration reform that puts the need of American workers first."

Democratic leaders in the House and the Senate were quick to condemn the list.

"The administration can't be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said in a joint statement. 

"We told the President at our meeting (a dinner that Democratic leaders had with the president last month) that we were open to reasonable border security measures alongside the DREAM Act, but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable,"

Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement. "This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise. The list includes the wall, which was explicitly ruled out of the negotiations. If the President was serious about protecting the Dreamers, his staff has not made a good faith effort to do so."

The Democrats’ proposed “Dream Act” would give those enrolled in DACA permanent legal status that would include a path to citizenship in the United States. The measures from the White House range from restricting asylum protection and returning unaccompanied minors to expanding ways to circumvent parts of the deportation process. The measures also include an overhaul of the green card system and steps to deny federal grants to sanctuary cities.

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3.6 magnitude earthquake rattles Detroit and parts of Canada

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:13 PM

A map of the Detroit area shows where an earthquake struck Thursday night.
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A map of the Detroit area shows where an earthquake struck Thursday night.(U.S. Geological Survey)

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake rattled Detroit and parts of Canada onThursday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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The quake struck around 8 p.m., the US.GS reported, and was centered in Amherstburg, Canada, directly across the Detroit River south of the city.

“They happen from time to time, right in that magnitude" in southeast Michigan, David Gurney, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake, told the Detroit Free Press. "They are rare, but not unheard of."

There were no reports of damage or injuries.

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The earthquake was the strongest tremor to strike the region since 2015, when a 4.2 magnitude quake struck near Kalamazoo.

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Boston, D.C. top contenders for Amazon's second headquarters, report says 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:31 PM

An Amazon sign in Seattle.
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An Amazon sign in Seattle.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

A new report says Boston is one of the top two finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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Twenty cities have been competing to become the location for the company’s second headquarters, and one study predicts two cities are better suited than the rest – and Boston is one of them.

The new study was conducted by an organization called The Conference Board.

It believes Washington, D.C., and Boston are most likely to beat out the competition.

The company analyzed the 20 cities vying to land HQ2.

The group studied the four job types most common in Amazon’s existing headquarters in Seattle, then looked at “real-time labor demand” and “online job vacancies” in all 20 cities vying for the headquarters.

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It found Boston and Washington, D.C. were most compatible.

Something else that was in the report but needs to be considered – Amazon already likes Boston.

The company is seeking up to 1 million square feet of office space in the Seaport. Amazon could hire up to 4,000 workers for two future offices separate from the second headquarters.

Landing HQ2 could mean 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment in the city, but that doesn’t appear to have people in Boston too excited.

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According to a recent poll by Elon University, only 34 percent of Bostonians strongly support the bid for the new headquarters. That’s the lowest among the finalist cities.

Amazon expects to make a decision sometime this year.

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7-year-old cat who walked 12 miles to owners who gave him away finds forever family

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:10 PM

7-Year-Old Cat Finds Forever Family After Walking 12 Miles To Owners Who Gave Him Away

A 7-year-old cat given away by his family walked 12 miles back home -- only to be given away again.

WRAL.com reported that, according to an April 4 Facebook post from the SPCA of Wake County, Toby, a fluffy orange and white cat, was given to another family but found his way back to his home.

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“When he arrived, he was met with heartbreak,” the post said. “The family he thought had loved him took him to a shelter and asked staff to euthanize him. The shelter called us at the SPCA to ask if we could take him in and help him find a new family. Of course we said YES!”

The animal shelter said it took Toby in from a county shelter at the end of February.

Toby was adopted by his new mom, Michele, on Friday the 13, SPCA of Wake County communications manager Tara Lynn said in a blog post.

“It’s funny. He’s very sweet, but he didn’t get along with his (feline) roommate,” Lynn told People Pets. “We thought he’d need to be adopted out as the only cat in a home, but his new family has two other cats and he’s fine with them. He’s just been through a lot and wasn’t settled yet.”

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Lynn told People that she wasn’t sure if Toby, who is FIV-positive, was given up by his family because of his disease, but it didn’t seem to impact interest from potential adopters.

“It’s cool, people were interested in him despite his FIV,” Lynn said.

Toby’s life with his forever family is captured on his own Instagram page, a.cat.named.toby. The page has more than 15,000 followers and includes a post supporting the SPCA of Wake County’s annual Dog Walk, which benefits all animals in the shelter.

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Feds: Famous rapper Terrell “Ralo” Davis caught flying into Atlanta with nearly $1M worth of pot

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 8:27 PM

Atlanta rpper Ralo was arrested on conspiracy charges after federal authorities say they caught him transporting more than 400 pounds of pot into Atlanta on a private plane.
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Atlanta rpper Ralo was arrested on conspiracy charges after federal authorities say they caught him transporting more than 400 pounds of pot into Atlanta on a private plane.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

An Atlanta rapper was busted flying into Atlanta on a private plane with more than 440 pounds of marijuana valued at $840,000, according to federal investigators.

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Terrell “Ralo” Davis is facing two counts of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, WSB-TV reported.

According to documents obtained by WSB, Davis was arrested at Peachtree DeKalb Airport, just north of the city, on Sunday. Then, on Wednesday, law enforcement swarmed a Southwest Atlanta apartment complex in connection with the investigation.

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An affidavit from an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms alleges Ralo is the leader of a criminal street gang called “Famerica,” and the raid was connected to their investigation into Ralo and the gang.

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