Princeton, Microsoft sue US in bid to save ‘Dreamers’ program

WASHINGTON — Princeton University and Microsoft Corp. sued the Trump administration in a bid to save the “Dreamer” program, which allowed people who unofficially entered the U.S. as children to remain in the country and lawfully hold jobs if they met certain criteria.

President Donald Trump said in September the Obama-era program formally known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — or DACA — would end in March unless Congress crafted a long-term solution. President Barack Obama created DACA via a 2012 policy directive.

The tech giant and the Ivy League school, with one of its students, filed their lawsuit opposing the program’s end on Friday at a U.S. court in Washington, contending the termination hurts each of them. They seek a declaration that DACA’s sudden end was unlawful and unconstitutional, and an order barring its rescission.

Those suing claim the rescission violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act, which mandates that repeal of government regulations be preceded by public notice and an opportunity for comment. The failure to follow those steps was arbitrary and capricious, according to the complaint.

—Bloomberg News

Rick Gates failed to disclose second passport, US tells judge

NEWARK, N.J. — Rick Gates failed to disclose he had a second passport until three days after he surrendered to face charges with Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman that they hid their work as agents of Ukraine and laundered millions of dollars, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller cited that omission as one of several reasons they oppose Gates’ request to ease his bail terms, which confine him to his home in Richmond, Va., with electronic monitoring. Gates asked the judge to end the monitoring and allow him to travel around the U.S. and internationally.

The prosecutors said Gates’ lawyers didn’t tell them until Thursday about the second passport, even though he represented that he only had one when he pleaded not guilty in federal court in Washington on Monday.

Gates’ lawyers said in their request Thursday that he would be surrendering an additional passport, which had been pending, as well as another travel document.

Manafort’s international travels have also come under prosecutors’ scrutiny, as well as his three current passports with different numbers. The prosecutors said he had traveled to Mexico, China and Ecuador this year with a phone registered to an alias.

Gates, who faces as many as 12 { years in prison, may flee if the judge eases the terms of his $5 million bail package, the prosecutors warned. Gates, who served as Manafort’s right-hand man in their international political consulting business, also failed to tell prosecutors about the nature and extent of his assets, according to the filing.

—Bloomberg News

Undocumented girl, 10, freed after being detained by Border Patrol following surgery

The undocumented girl who had been detained for 10 days by U.S. Border Patrol agents after she had gallbladder surgery at a Texas hospital was released Friday, a U.S. congressman said.

Rosa Maria Hernandez, 10, had been in federal custody at a San Antonio shelter for unaccompanied minors since she was released from a Corpus Christi hospital.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released her Friday evening, allowing her to reunite with her parents, according to Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.

“Finally, Rosa Maria has been released to her family where she belongs,” said Castro, whose district includes San Antonio. “This young girl and her loved ones have been through a traumatizing ordeal. I wish them the best, and hope Rosa Maria’s health improves.”

Hernandez, who has cerebral palsy, and her parents have lived in the United States since they crossed the Mexican border when she was 3 months old.

She was taken by ambulance on Oct. 24 from her home in Laredo to the hospital 150 miles away. Customs agents stopped the ambulance at one of the interior checkpoints it has set up in Texas.

The agents followed the ambulance to the hospital and stayed with the girl until her release, when they took her into custody.

Hernandez’s parents, who are also undocumented, did not accompany their daughter in the ambulance because they were concerned about the checkpoint along the way to the hospital. Instead they had a 34-year-old cousin who is an American citizen travel with her.

—New York Daily News

Fort Lauderdale airport shooter has resumed taking meds, awaits death penalty decision

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The man accused of killing five people and wounding six in a mass shooting earlier this year at Fort Lauderdale’s airport has resumed taking anti-psychotic medication for schizophrenia and remains mentally competent to stand trial, his attorneys told a judge on Friday.

Esteban Santiago, 27, stopped taking the drug Haldol in September because he was experiencing painful side effects, his defense team said.

Doctors at the federal detention center in downtown Miami, where Santiago is jailed awaiting trial, prescribed a different medication, Zyprexa, which appears to be working, the attorneys said.

Under questioning by U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom, who is closely monitoring Santiago’s mental health status, defense attorneys said their client remains competent to stand trial. He has been diagnosed with a number of psychiatric conditions and reported hearing voices and sought help at an FBI office weeks before the shooting.

Santiago, an Iraq War veteran who grew up in Puerto Rico and most recently lived in Anchorage, Alaska, has pleaded not guilty to 22 criminal charges linked to the Jan. 6 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Officials at the U.S. Justice Department have not yet decided if they will seek the death penalty for Santiago.

The defense has a Nov. 22 deadline to submit a package of evidence and arguments to try to persuade prosecutors not to seek the death penalty. The filing is expected to include details about Santiago’s history of mental illness, his military service in Iraq and other aspects of his life.

The decision on whether to seek the death penalty is made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions after a Justice Department panel in Washington, D.C., considers presentations from the defense and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Florida. If prosecutors don’t seek the death penalty, Santiago would face life in federal prison if convicted of the most serious offenses.

—Sun Sentinel


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