WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told GOP lawmakers at a private dinner he’s seeking changes to the legal immigration system as part of any deal to permanently safeguard from deportation nearly 1 million immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children, Sen. David Perdue said.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, also among the five lawmakers who attended the dinner Monday night, said no decisions have been made, but the White House plans to send an outline of items it wants in a bill as soon as this week.

Perdue, a Georgia Republican, said the discussion included elements of a plan Perdue is co-sponsoring to shift toward a skills-based immigration system and cut legal immigration by half over a decade.

“That’s what we’re working on, absolutely,” Perdue told reporters. Asked what parts of the measure might be included, he said, “anything is negotiable.”

Democrats oppose Perdue’s plan, which has only one Republican co-sponsor, Republican Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

—Bloomberg News


Former challenger to Pa. congressman admits to accepting bribe money to drop out of 2012 race

WASHINGTON — A former primary challenger to Pennsylvania Rep. Robert A. Brady has agreed to cooperate with a federal investigation into $90,000 he says he received from Brady’s campaign to drop from the 2012 race.

Former Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore has said he accepted $90,000 in concealed bribe money from the Democratic congressman’s campaign. He has been mum on whether his testimony could implicate Brady directly.

Moore has cooperated with federal lawyers for months now, his lawyer, Jeffrey Miller, said in court Monday. Miller declined to say whether that cooperation could lead to charges against Brady.

“There is a vast amount of evidence out there,” Miller told the Philadelphia Inquirer Monday. “Whether it points to the congressman doing something illegal or exculpates him, I can’t say.”

Brady has said through spokespeople and lawyers that the actions he took were legal and that aides and consultants handled the transaction logistics.

—CQ-Roll Call


Mom indicted on murder charge in hot car death of baby girl

ATLANTA — A DeKalb County grand jury has indicted Dijanelle Fowler, the 25-year-old mother accused of killing her baby daughter in a sweltering car.

The grand jury made official her charges of second-degree murder, child cruelty and concealing a death, the district attorney’s office announced Tuesday.

Skylar Fowler died at age 1 this past June while her mother was getting her hair braided for more than five hours at a salon, police have said. Testing showed the temperature in the car rose to 129 degrees, the heat index more than 150, prosecutor Dalia Racine said in a previous hearing for the mother.

“No rush,” she told the hairdresser, according to Racine. “Take your time.”

Fowler, a South Carolina resident, was in town staying with family and hoped to start a new job in Atlanta. She told several false versions of what happened and finally broke down, telling the child’s father she left Skylar in the car during the hair appointment on purpose.

The father, 26-year-old Air Force reservist Louis Williams II, in turn told police about the confession.

Fowler remains in the county jail, bond denied.

—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Northeast Nigeria recovering from Islamist violence, UNICEF says

ABUJA, Nigeria — Northeastern Nigeria is beginning to recover from the devastation caused by an almost decadelong Islamist insurgency as famine is averted, more people access aid and children return to school, although huge challenges remain, the United Nations Children’s Fund said.

The Boko Haram militant group has claimed more than 20,000 lives in a violent campaign to impose its version of Islamic law on Africa’s biggest oil producer. At least 5.2 million people are in need of food assistance in the region, while more than half the schools in the worst-affected state of Borno remain closed, according to U.N. agencies.

“The challenges of malnutrition, the crises, the violence makes you feel despair,” Justin Forsyth, deputy director of UNICEF, said in a Sept. 30 phone interview from Maiduguri city, where Boko Haram was formed. “But if you see the children in school and how hopeful they are, that also fills you with hope.”

The Islamist group, whose name translates as “Western education is a sin,” has staged some of its largest attacks on schools, in February 2014 killing 29 secondary school students in their hostels and, two months later, kidnapping more than 200 girls from dormitories in the town of Chibok, spurring a global campaign to demand their rescue. More than 2,295 teachers have been killed and 1,400 schools destroyed in the violence since 2009, leaving about 3 million children requiring “emergency education support,” UNICEF said last month.

UNICEF says about 750,000 children have been enrolled in 350 temporary learning centers to compensate for the shortfall. Meanwhile, the emergency response by local officials, U.N. and international humanitarian agencies has substantially tackled malnutrition and provided emergency health care, according to Forsyth.

—Bloomberg News

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