Trump Gives His Support To Both House GOP Immigration Bills

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President Donald Trump gave House Republicans the green light to move forward with either one of their two immigration bills, saying he's behind them "1,000 percent."

A closed-door meeting with the president seemed to have encouraged multiple lawmakers to support the more moderate bill, which funds Trump's proposed border wall in exchange for offering certain undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

Another hot topic was the administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, which has led to family separations at the southern border. While Trump could do away with this practice himself, he pushed for a legislative solution.

The moderate bill would also replace the visa lottery program with a merit-based system.

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UN Report: More Than 68 Million Were Forcibly Displaced In 2017

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Wars, violence and persecution were the primary reasons for the forced displacement of more than 68 million people worldwide in 2017. That's a record number, according to the latest Global Trends report from the United Nations Refugee Agency, known as UNHCR. 

The report says that's equivalent to one person becoming displaced every two seconds or more than 44,000 people each day. The report also says that 53 percent of the global displaced population are children, which includes many separated from their families.

More than 25 million of those displaced in 2017 were refugees. Most of them, more than two-thirds, came from five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia.  

To help address the growing issue of forced displacement, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says in a few months a new Global Compact on Refugees will be presented to the U.N. General Assembly for adoption.

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The US’ Departure Could Weaken The UN Human Rights Council

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For the second time, the U.S. has opted not to be a part of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

When the council was founded in 2006, the Bush administration decided not to join. The Trump administration pointed to similar reasons as the Bush administration for its withdrawal on Tuesday: It says the council has a standing "anti-Israel bias" and that member states aren't held accountable for their own alleged human rights abuses. 

The HRC is responsible for "strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and [making] recommendations on them."

The Obama administration decided to join the group in 2009, saying it was easier to reform the council from the inside.

With the U.S. back on the sidelines, it could be difficult for it to promote the reforms the Bush and Trump administrations called for. It could also give countries with questionable human rights records, like China, an opportunity to push their own agendas without the U.S. there to challenge them.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Plans To Block Trump’s CFPB Nominee

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she'll block President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau until his choice, Kathy Kraninger, turns over all documents about her role in implementing the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. 

Kraninger currently oversees the budgets for the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, which are carrying out the policy. At least 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the policy was announced.

Warren posted to Twitter Tuesday: "Kathy Kraninger helps oversee the agencies that are ripping kids from their parents. Now @realDonaldTrump wants her to run the @CFPB. I will put a hold on her nomination – & fight it at every step – until she turns over all documents about her role in this."

Warren and Sen. Sherrod Brown, the top Democrat on the committee that would confirm Kraninger, said in a joint letter, "The American people deserve to know what role you have played in developing and implementing this appalling process."

This may pose an extra challenge during Kraninger's confirmation process, which several outlets say was already expected to be tough due to her inexperience in financial policy. 

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.

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NYC Wants To Cut Down Arrests For Smoking Pot In Public

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The city of New York is trying to cut down on the number of people arrested for smoking marijuana in public.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city's police commissioner announced Tuesday that most people who get caught smoking pot in public will get a ticket instead of being arrested. 

But smokers will still be arrested if they don't have their ID or if they have existing criminal warrants or a recent documented history of violence. People will also be arrested if their smoking poses a public safety risk, like if they're smoking while driving.

New York state does allow medical marijuana, but smoking in public is prohibited. New York City arrested 19,000 people for possession in 2017, and more than 16,000 of those arrests were for smoking in public.

The new marijuana arrest policy goes into effect Sept. 1, but the city might not be done revamping how it deals with pot use. In the coming months, a task force will look at what the city should do if the state legalizes marijuana.

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NBA Player Sterling Brown Sues Milwaukee Over Arrest

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Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown is suing the city of Milwaukee, the city's police chief and several of the police department's officers. 

According to the lawsuit, Brown is suing for unlawful arrest and excessive force. In January, he was approached by police after he double-parked in a parking lot. Body camera footage shows officers forcing him to the ground and tasing him. Brown's attorney said this case is an example of the city's treatment of African-Americans.

"It should trouble every parent of every child, and obviously every parent of an African-American young man," attorney Mark Thomsen said on Tuesday.

The complaint also claims Brown's arrest was racially motivated. It alleges officers made "thinly-veiled racist comments" to Brown at the scene. It also points to several social media posts from one officer's Facebook account, including a post criticizing people who call out police brutality.

The complaint said the officer made posts mocking NBA players before and after Brown's arrest. One of the posts says, "Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! LOL #fearthedear." Another post appeared to mock NBA star Kevin Durant's hair while another said, "I hope J.R. Smith double parks in Walgreens handicap Parkin [sic] spots when he's in Milwaukee," referencing a blunder Smith made in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA finals.

Brown received a parking ticket but was not charged with a crime. Some of the officers involved were suspended after the incident and others were required to review department policy. The suit says Brown had to be treated for minor injuries at a hospital after his arrest. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

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The US Is Leaving The United Nations Human Rights Council

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The U.S. is leaving the United Nations Human Rights Council, citing an "anti-Israel bias."

U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley announced the move Tuesday at the Department of State. She cited the council's "Agenda Item Seven." That item requires the council to debate alleged Israeli abuses against Palestinians at each of its sessions. 

Haley said the U.S. would continue to defend human rights, even though it won't be a member of the council. She also said if the council is reformed, the U.S. would be "happy" to rejoin.

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Faith Leaders Led A Prayer Vigil For Families Separated At The Border

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They came with posters, megaphones and prayers. Dozens of protesters joined women and religious leaders of different faiths in a prayer vigil outside the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Their prayers? For the Trump administration to end its "zero-tolerance" immigration enforcement policy at the border and stop separating migrant children from their parents. 

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN. 

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It’ll Soon Be Easier For Small Businesses To Get Group Health Care

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The Trump administration is making it easier for small businesses to band together to buy health insurance for their employees.

The Department of Labor released a new rule governing Association Health Plans, or AHPs. It expands the way small business can come together, allowing them to form groups based on geography or industry. It also allows self-employed individuals to join these groups.

AHPs have been around for decades, and they allow business owners to negotiate lower health insurance prices. But opponents of the Trump administration's move worry about the impact on employees' coverage levels.

The Affordable Care Act established 10 "essential health benefits" that insurance plans in the individual and small group markets must cover. But AHPs are part of the large group market and don't have to meet the same minimum coverage standards.

The new rule is the result of an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in October. 

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