Trump urges fix for young im­mi­grants

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WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump told law­mak­ers Wed­nes­day that he’s open to sign­ing leg­is­la­tion pro­tect­ing thou­sands of young im­mi­grants from de­por­ta­tion even if the bill does not include fund­ing for his promised bor­der wall. But Trump re­mains com­mit­ted to build­ing a bar­rier along the U.S.-Mex­i­can bor­der, even if Democrats say it’s a non-starter.

Dur­ing a White House meet­ing with mod­er­ate House mem­bers from both par­ties, Trump urged law­mak­ers to come up with a bi­par­ti­san so­lu­tion for the nearly 800,000 young peo­ple who had been pro­tected from de­por­ta­tion and given the right to work legally in the coun­try un­der for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals, or DACA, pro­gram.

Trump ended the pro­gram ear­lier this month and has given Congress six months to come up with a leg­isla­tive fix be­fore the so-called “Dream­ers’” sta­tuses be­gin to ex­pire.

“We don’t want to for­get DACA,” Trump told the mem­bers at the meet­ing. “We want to see if we can do some­thing in a bi­par­ti­san fash­ion so that we can solve the DACA prob­lem and other im­mi­gra­tion prob­lems.”

As part of that ef­fort, Trump said he would not in­sist on ty­ing ex­tend­ing DACA pro­tec­tions to wall fund­ing, as long as a fi­nal bill in­cluded “some sort of bor­der se­cu­rity,” said Demo­cratic Rep. Henry Cuel­lar of Texas, who at­tended the meet­ing.

NEW YORK — A judge jailed for­mer phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals com­pany CEO Martin Shkreli on Wed­nes­day af­ter find­ing that he vi­o­lated his bail on a se­cu­ri­ties fraud con­vic­tion with a so­cial me­dia post­ing she agreed posed a threat to Hil­lary Clin­ton.

De­fense at­tor­neys had ar­gued at a hear­ing in fed­eral court in Brook­lyn that the post by Shkreli, of­fer­ing a $5,000 bounty to any­one who could grab him one of Clin­ton’s hairs while she’s on a book tour, was po­lit­i­cal satire. But U.S. District Judge Kiyo Mat­sumoto didn’t see the hu­mor, say­ing the of­fer could be taken se­ri­ously by fel­low Clin­ton de­trac­tors.

The Clin­ton of­fer could be viewed as “a so­lic­i­ta­tion of an as­sault,” the judge said be­fore re­vok­ing Shkreli’s $5 mil­lion bail.

“This is not pro­tected by the First Amend­ment,” the judge said. “There’s a risk that some­body may take him up on it.”

The gov­ern­ment had told the judge that the mes­sage had alarmed the Se­cret Ser­vice de­tail that pro­tects Clin­ton, a Demo­cratic for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and first lady. It also ar­gued that it fit a pat­tern of veiled threats against fe­male jour­nal­ists who re­buffed Shkreli’s so­cial me­dia ad­vances and of taunts aimed at pros­e­cu­tors in his case.

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