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WASHINGTON, June 23, 2018 (News Wires) - President Donald Trump is headed to Nevada to help Sen. Dean Heller raise money.

Heller is the only Republican senator seeking re-election in a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Trump is going to Las Vegas on Saturday to headline a fundraiser for Heller. He's also delivering the keynote address at the Nevada GOP convention and holding a separate event to promote tax cuts he signed into law six months ago.

Heller's race is one of the most consequential Senate races of the year as Republicans seek to expand their slim 51-49 majority in November's elections.

Trump recently has picked up the pace of his political travel. He campaigned in Minnesota earlier this week, and he plans stops next week in South Carolina and North Dakota.

GENEVA, June 22, 2018 (News Wires) - The UN human rights office called on the Trump administration on Friday to overhaul its migration polices and find alternatives to detention, saying children should never be held in custody, even with their parents.

The United States has faced fierce criticism for separating more than 2,300 children from their families in order to prosecute their parents for crossing the border illegally.

US President Donald Trump backed down Wednesday, signing an executive order to keep families together in detention during immigration proceedings.

"While we acknowledge the US government's decision not to continue separating children from their parents, we understand that the practice now will be to detain the children with their parents," UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva briefing Friday.

"We have said time and again the children should never be detained in relation to their or their parents' migration status. It is never in the best interests of the child for them to be detained," she added.

Video footage of children sitting in cages and an audiotape of wailing children sparked worldwide anger.

The United States must revamp its migration policies and provide community-based solutions and other alternatives to detention, which uphold migrants' rights, Shamdasani said.




WASHINGTON, June 22, 2018 (News Wires) - US President Donald Trump said on Friday Republicans in Congress should drop their efforts to pass comprehensive immigration legislation until after the November elections.

"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November. Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2018 (News Wires) - Days after insisting that Congress act immediately, President Donald Trump is telling Republicans to "stop wasting their time" on immigration until after the November elections.

In Friday morning tweets, Trump says Democrats have "no intention" of supplying the votes necessary to pass legislation on the issue and says "We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!"

Trump had travelled to Capitol Hill as recently as Tuesday to sell GOP lawmakers on embracing immigration bills pushed by House leadership and to take action to halt the separation of migrant families at the border.

Republican leaders delayed a vote Thursday on what was billed as a compromise measure to fund border security and address legal status for young immigrants brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children, as they try to win more support for the bill.



No case to defend

By the Gazette Editorial Board

Nikkei Haley, the US envoy to the UN stood at the State Department in Washington to announce that the US had decided to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). She accused it of hypocrisy and bias against Israel. Yet, she did not mention the fact that the US was unable to tolerate the council's recent criticism of Trump's economic and immigration policies that violated basic principles of human rights.

Haley described the council as a "cesspool of political bias", a metaphor she used to confirm what she had said, a year earlier, about the Council's need to address its "bias against Israel".

The fact is that by definition, the US, especially under the Trump Administration, has always shown nothing but political bias to Israel. What should we say about the repeated US vetoes against Security Council resolutions that condemn Israel's malpractice in Palestine and its use of excessive force against the Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border since March? Moreover, the US has been keen on several occasions to block efforts to adopt sanctions against Israel.

What about Trump's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem against the will of the international community? Has the US not turned a blind eye to Israel's expansionist plans and persistent building of illegal settlements that violate international law?

The US decision to quit the Council is fully comprehensible in the light of the fact that the UNHRC had condemned Israel in 45 resolutions since 2013. Such condemnation was fully justified given Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

Business-minded Trump has been straightforward about his advocacy of Israel's interests. So, the decision to withdraw from the council fits well within the US-Israel relationship.

The decision highlights the inconsistency of US policy, coming as it does in the wake of the UNHRC chief, Zeid Raad al-Hussein’s harsh criticism of Trump's policy of separating children from parents that illegally cross the border from Mexico. Some medical experts in the US say that the policy amounts to child abuse.

Although Trump has issued an executive order ending the family separation policy, he has generally shown a racist face in dealing with immigrants since he assumed office. He had to modify several of his contested immigration-related executive orders by virtue of court rulings.

The US might have certain valid reservations about the performance of the UNHRC. But, the deficiencies which the US has pointed at are part and parcel of an overall weakness of the ageing UN organisations that have failed in recent years to address imbalances in the world order whether related to conflicts, trade, poverty or commitment to agreements and charters.

That being said there was no need for Nikki Haley to imply that the US had a moral case to defend when it decided to turn its back on the UNHRC.


WASHINGTON, June 21, 2018 (News Wires) - First Lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to the US-Mexican border Thursday, as her husband's administration seeks to quell a firestorm over migrant family separations.

President Donald Trump first announced the trip by his wife, who was touring a non-profit social services center for migrant children, before heading to a customs and border patrol processing center, according to a statement from her office.

The first lady landed in McAllen, Texas under a heavy downpour, her motorcade driving through deep water as it headed for the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, a federally-funded facility that houses around 60 children from Honduras and El Salvador, ages five to 17.

Her visit comes a day after Trump, in a stunning about-face, took executive action to end the practice of separating migrant families at the border, the result of a "zero tolerance" policy towards illegal border crossers.

Images and recordings of wailing children detained in cage-like enclosures has ignited global outrage, and Melania Trump herself had called for a political compromise to end the separations.

"This was 100 percent her idea. She absolutely wanted to come," Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, told reporters travelling with her to Texas.

"She wanted to see everything for herself," Grisham said. "She supports family reunification. She thinks that it's important that children stay with their families."

Despite Trump's executive order, there was no immediate plan in place to reunite the more than 2,300 children separated from their families since early May.

"The executive order certainly is helping pave the way a little bit, but there's still a lot to be done," Grisham said.

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