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Trump to honor heroes with Public Safety Officer Medals of Valor

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President Trump on Tuesday will present the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to recipients who have risked “their lives to protect America’s citizens and communities.”

The award is the highest national honor a public safety officer — firefighters, law enforcement or emergency services officers — can receive.

 

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Watch out Boris! Scotland could see IndyRef2 this year warns Ian Blackford

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IAN BLACKFORD has claimed a Scottish independence referendum could take place “as early as late 2021”, in a warning to Boris Johnson and the UK Government.

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Brexiteer blasts EU for ‘neocolonial attitude’ towards Northern Ireland – ‘Betrayal!’

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THE EU has been accused of “jeopardising” the Good Friday Agreement amid feelings of “betrayal” among Unionists.

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Justice Dept. asks Supreme Court to dismiss ‘sanctuary’ immigration suits

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to dismiss three lawsuits over a Trump-era immigration policy that led some areas to declare themselves “sanctuary cities.”

The policy was part of an effort to get police departments to tell federal authorities when non-citizens were about to be released from custody.

In what began half-heartedly under former President Barack Obama and ratcheted up under former President Donald Trump, the Justice Department sought to withhold federal grants from local governments that refused to tell immigration agents when people in the custody were about to be released. The government also wanted access to local jails so immigration agents could question non-citizens in custody.

In brief letters to the Supreme Court, the Justice Department said the cases should be dismissed, indicating that the government will no longer seek to enforce that policy.

The Trump administration was at odds with many major cities over federal detainer requests, issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement, asking local police and sheriff’s offices to hold jail inmates for up to 48 hours after they have completed serving their sentences. The requests applied to people in the U.S. illegally who were convicted of committing local crimes and could be deported after they were released.

After federal courts blocked that effort, the Justice Department instead sought advance notice before non-citizens were released, spawning a new round of lawsuits.

Several lower federal courts said that local officials have no duty to help immigration agents enforce federal law, and some states and cities passed what are known as sanctuary laws expressly forbidding police to provide information about non-citizens in their custody. Supporters said the laws make communities safer by encouraging undocumented victims of crime to cooperate with police.



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