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Pentagon Asked To House 12,000 Immigrants In Effort To Keep Families Together
The U.S. Defense Department has been asked to provide shelter for as many as 12,000 undocumented immigrants and their children as part of an effort to keep families together, the Pentagon said late Wednesday.
The request came from the Department of Homeland Security, which asked the Pentagon to identify existing facilities or build “soft-sided facilities” to accommodate them, according to a department spokesman.
DHS has been carrying out President Donald Trump’s so-called zero tolerance policy of prosecuting people without visas who cross the U.S. border with Mexico. That led to many children being separated from their parents, sparking a national outcry that led Trump to reverse course and order that families be kept together.
"If facilities are not available, DoD has been asked to identify available DoD land and construct semi-separate, soft-sided camp facilities capable of sheltering up to 4,000 people, at three separate locations," the Pentagon said in a statement, adding that "it prefers the facilities to be built in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico or California."
DHS is asking the Defense Department to produce enough space to house 2,000 people within 45 days, according to the statement.
On Tuesday, a federal judge in San Diego ordered the U.S. to reunite immigrant children who had been separated from their families at border crossings and to stop detaining parents without their children. Trump demanded that Congress pass immigration legislation to address the problem.
On Wednesday, however, House Republicans fell far short in their second attempt to pass a GOP-only immigration bill.
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said in his ruling Tuesday there was no dispute that the U.S. government wasn’t prepared to deal with the consequences of the zero-tolerance policy, which involved arresting all adults entering the U.S. illegally from Mexico and separating any children they had with them.
Sabraw, appointed to the federal bench in 2003 by President George W. Bush, gave the government two weeks to return children younger than 5 to their parents and 30 days for children 5 and older.
Even though Trump, after widespread condemnation, signed an executive order last week that reversed his policy of separating families seeking entry without a visa, the judge said a court order was needed because the directive included "subjective" standards for separating minors from their parents. The government has only stated it will reunite children with their families for removal from the country, the judge said.
The ruling applies to both families crossing into the U.S. illegally between checkpoints, and those who request asylum at border crossings. The deadlines might prove unrealistic for a government that has managed to reunite only a few of the more than 2,000 children that remain separated from their parents.
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‘Take what’s inside and get it outside’ — Air Force psychologist reminds airmen of mental health resources
Kirtland Air Force Base isn't much different from the world beyond its gates when it comes to dealing with mental illnesses, a base clinical psychologist says.
Maj. Benjamin Carter told the Journal the most frequent diagnosis on the base is an anxiety disorder.
"It's not a surprise, but I anticipate about anytime in the population in America, about 20% of the population has some form of diagnosable anxiety disorder, and it's no different in the military," he said.
Leading the way among the anxiety disorders, he said, were post-traumatic stress disorder "or something like panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder."
The DNA of a niece and nephew, who never met their uncle, has helped identify the remains of the Kansas Marine who died in WWII.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that 21-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Raymond Warren was identified using DNA and circumstantial evidence. Warren had been buried in a cemetery in the Gilbert Islands, where he was killed when U.S. forces tried to take secure one of the islands from the Japanese.
The Battle of Tarawa lasted from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, 1943, and claimed the lives of 1,021 U.S. marines and sailors, more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and an estimated 1,000 Korean laborers before the U.S. troops seized control, the agency said.
Arizona lawmakers are vowing to fight a plan by the Air Force to start retiring some of the nation's fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jets — a major operation at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base — as part of a plan to drop some older, legacy weapon systems to help pay for new programs.
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former A-10 pilot, and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., both vowed to fight the move to retire 44 of the oldest A-10s starting this year.
During a press briefing last week, Air Force officials unveiled plans to start mothballing several older platforms, including retiring some A-10s even as it refits others with new wings.
MOSCOW/SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong Un was filmed riding through the snow on a white stallion last year, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on 12 purebred horses from Russia, according to Russian customs data.
Accompanied by senior North Korean figures, Kim took two well-publicized rides on the snowy slopes of the sacred Paektu Mountain in October and December.
State media heralded the jaunts as important displays of strength in the face of international pressure and the photos of Kim astride a galloping white steed were seen around the world.
North Korea has a long history of buying pricey horses from Russia and customs data first reported by Seoul-based NK News suggests that North Korea may have bolstered its herd in October.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A high-profile local Taliban figure who announced and justified the 2012 attack on teenage Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has escaped detention, Pakistan's interior minister confirmed a few days after the militant announced his breakout on social media.
Former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, who claimed responsibility on behalf of his group for scores of Taliban attacks, proclaimed his escape on Twitter and then in an audio message sent to Pakistani media earlier this month.
The Pakistani military, which had kept Ehsan in detention for three years, has declined to comment but, asked by reporters about the report, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, said: "That is correct, that is correct."
Shah, a retired brigadier general, added that "you will hear good news" in response to questions about whether there had been progress in hunting down Ehsan.