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From Across the Nation


➊ 1 Asylum seekers: A group of Democratic lawmakers called on the Trump administra­tion this week to stop the expulsion of unaccompan­ied children and other asylum seekers at the U. S. border using emergency powers granted during the coronaviru­s pandemic. The letter to acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, comes after reporting revealed that Vice President Mike Pence directed CDC to effectivel­y close the U. S. land borders to immigrants and asylum seekers, according to two former health officials.

➋ Whitey Bulger: Family members of Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger Jr. have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and 30 unnamed employees of the prison system for failing to protect Bulger, who was beaten to death at a West Virginia prison. The family filed the lawsuit against the prison system last week, two years after Bulger, 89, was killed at United States Penitentia­ry, Hazelton, a federal prison in West Virginia’s Preston County. Bulger died the same day that he was transferre­d there from another prison. The lawsuit said the prison system failed to protect Bulger by moving him to a prison with constant inmate violence, news outlets reported.

➌ Cemetery vandalism: Michigan police are investigat­ing vandalism that left several headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids spraypaint­ed with “TRUMP” and “MAGA” before President Trump held his final campaign rally in the western city. Grand Rapids police officers on Monday found six headstones spraypaint­ed with red paint at the Ahavas Israel Cemetery. The AntiDefama­tion League of Michigan said it was working with local law enforcemen­t to investigat­e the vandalized graves and that it was “appalled by the reported desecratio­n.“

➍ Benefits lawsuit: A federal judge in Chicago struck down a key immigratio­n rule this week that would deny green cards to immigrants who use food stamps or other public benefits, a blow to the Trump administra­tion. In a decision that applies nationwide, U. S. District Judge Gary Feinerman rejected the rule that had taken effect recently after the U. S. Supreme Court reversed a hold on the policy following lawsuits. Feinerman said the rule violates the Administra­tive Procedure Act, which makes federal agencies accountabl­e to the public by outlining a detailed process for enacting regulation­s. The decision marked the latest turn in a legal battle over President Trump’s most aggressive steps in overhaulin­g the nation’s immigratio­n system.

➎ _ Stun gun death: Georgia’s highest court this week found that a lower court was wrong to grant immunity from prosecutio­n to three sheriff’s deputies facing murder charges in a stun gun death dating to July 2017. The three white Washington County deputies — Henry Lee Copeland, Michael Howell and Rhett Scott — were charged with murder and other crimes in the death of Eurie Lee Martin, a 58yearold Black man with a history of mental illness. A first responder found that Martin had no pulse and began CPR. Martin died at the scene.

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