Just the facts-The BL news-02-22-2019


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Just the Facts—The BL News-02-22-2019

President Trump honors influential African American leaders.

President Donald Trump paid tribute to African American history month at the White House on Thursday, honoring influential African American leaders and their impact on American society.

President Trumps pro-growth economic agenda is creating more economic prosperity and opportunity for all Americans. Low unemployment, all-time low poverty rates, tax cuts, and new opportunity zone incentives, all contributing to a booming economy and a sense of hope across thousands of communities throughout the US.
President Trump signed the historic bipartisan criminal justice reform “First step act” that is reforming sentencing laws that have disproportionately harmed African Americans.
And under the Trump administration, federal funding for the nations historically Black colleges and universities has increased by 14%, and funding for school choice has increased by 42 million dollars.

New England Patriots owner charged with solicitation of prostitution

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after he was videotaped twice paying for a sex act at an illicit massage parlor, police in Florida said Friday.

Jupiter police told reporters the 77-year-old Kraft was not in custody. A warrant for his arrest is sought, and his attorneys will be notified.
Police said details about the charges against Kraft would not be released until next week.

The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking from Palm Beach to Orlando. Hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued in recent days as a result of a six-month investigation, and more are expected. Ten spas have been closed, and several people charged with sex trafficking have been taken into custody.
Police said they secretly planted hidden cameras in targeted massage parlors and recorded the interactions between men and the female employees.
Kraft has denied wrongdoing.

Razor wire installed at the port of entry in El Paso Texas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it's installing coils of razor wire at ports of entry in El Paso, Texas, across from Juarez, Mexico, where large groups of migrants wait to seek asylum.

The agency released photos of long coils of concertina wire installed on movable barriers. CBP and soldiers deployed to the border have installed the wire at or near various ports of entry along the southwest border.
CBP says it's responding to increasing numbers of migrants in Juarez that include some members of the caravan that initially went to Piedras Negras, Mexico, across from Eagle Pass, Texas.  

Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino said the city would sue if the government doesn't remove the razor wire within the city limits. 
The K-rails and concertina wire being put up the points of entry are the same used in other areas on the border of Texas and California, the agency said. However, it's never been used in El Paso before.

North Carolina's elections board order new election

North Carolina's elections board on Thursday ordered a new election in the nation's last undecided congressional race after the Republican candidate conceded that his apparent victory was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by political operatives working for him.

The State Board of Elections voted 5-0 to order a new election in the 9th Congressional District but didn't immediately schedule it.
The vote came after the Republican candidate surprisingly reversed himself and said in testimony that he believes a new election should happen.

Shortly before the vote, Mark Harris informed the North Carolina elections board he was ending his effort to be the certified winner.
It was on the fourth day of a hearing on whether to certify the results of the November contest.

The BL news-across Latin America-02-22-2019

-Police seek to seize more than 40 aircraft transporting drugs
- Central America - U.S. talks
Against human trafficking and illegal immigration in the region
- At least 100 Cubans on hunger strike to protest against the constitutional referendum
- Chile expelled 114 immigrants for breaking the law

Police seek to seize more than 40 aircraft transporting drugs

Brazil's federal police seek to dismantle an important international drug trafficking air network.

The 'Flak' macro-operation had the participation of more than 400 police officers, and the support of the air force.
Federal Court Number 4 in Palmas issued fifty-four arrest warrants in eight states and included six people in Interpol's search systems.
It also ordered the blockade of 100 corporate and private bank accounts and the seizure of 47 aircraft and 13 farms with more than 10,000 head of cattle.
Authorities estimate that between 2017 and 2018, the criminal organization airlifted more than nine tons of cocaine.

Central America - U.S. talks
Against human trafficking and illegal immigration in the region

The United States, along with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, signed a plan to combat human trafficking networks.

Washington urged the heads of state to dismantle the organizations that promote the caravans of migrants that are destabilizing the region.
Negotiations will focus on countering organized crime mainly by gangs, increasing border security and creating a transnational information network.

The agreement comes after President Trump declared a state of emergency to help fund the border wall with Mexico, besieged by illegal immigration flows.

At least 100 Cubans on hunger strike to protest against the constitutional referendum

More than a hundred Cuban opponents have gone on hunger strike to protest the constitutional referendum scheduled for February 24 by the regime.

The Patriotic Union of Cuba, an organization that protests against the constituent process that it describes as an electoral farce, denounced the raid and looting of 20 of its headquarters by the authorities.
They also announced that several arrests had been made and even there are disappeared, due to the wave of repression with which the regime seeks to frighten and silence opponents of the referendum.
They denounced that the constitutional reforms proposed by the socialist government of Díaz-Canel would legitimize him to repress and persecute the Cuban people in the name of the law.

Chile expelled 114 immigrants for breaking the law.

Chile expelled 114 foreigners for violating the country's laws as part of President Sebastián Piñera's immigration regulation plan.

Chilean Minister Andrés Chadwick announced that 14 Peruvians, 32 Colombians, and 68 Bolivians have been expelled and found guilty of violent crimes, drug trafficking and illegal residence.
The authorities ordered most foreigners to leave the country by land, while half of Colombians have been loaded onto a military plane bound for Bogotá.

Although the number of immigrants expelled in 2019 for breaking Chile's laws has surpassed 300, it is still far from reaching the more than 2,500 cases recorded in 2018.

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