Trump flip on family separation underscores 'chaos' in immigration reform
Undocumented immigrant parents in anguish over losing custody of their children, as they await possible deportation – unsure of whether they will ever see their kids again. Until Wednesday, President Trump defiantly insisted that only Congress could solve the crisis of family separations at the US-Mexico border, triggered by an administration policy implemented in May. But amid a revolt by allies, including Republicans in Congress and the Rev. Franklin Graham, the president took action, and signed an executive order Wednesday that temporarily allows migrant families that enter the US illegally to be held in detention together. “We’re looking to keep families together,” Mr. Trump told members of Congress.
After a long war, Colombia embraces peace at the ballot box
After ending a half-century of civil war with a peace pact two years ago, Colombia held its first presidential election last Sunday. The presence of peace was palpable. For the first time in generations, there was no political violence on voting day.
US exits UN rights body: Principled, or another retreat?
It is the only item of business that appears automatically on the agenda of the 47-nation council, the world’s preeminent human rights body, year in and year out. The biased treatment of Israel has drawn criticism and admonishments to act more evenhandedly from numerous international human rights groups and world leaders – including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Beyond the case of Israel, these same critics have called on the Geneva-based council to address its other glaring shortcomings.
In wave of new cities, promise and pitfalls for black middle class
Five years ago, Jason Lary attended a workshop on how to build your own city. 5.5 million) carve 10 medium-sized cities out of unincorporated county parcels like his own in south Dekalb County in just over a decade.