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Trump Administration Says That Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave

And despite its name, the administration says, the Temporary Protected Status program, known as T.P.S., had turned into a quasi-permanent benefit for hundreds of thousands of people.On a conference call Monday, senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security, who spoke on the condition they not be named, said that after studying the conditions in El Salvador they had concluded that the circumstances that led to the designation — the destruction from the 2001 earthquakes — “no longer exist.”“T.P.S. is a temporary benefit,” one official said, adding, “only Congress can legislate a permanent solution.”The ending of protection for Salvadorans, Haitians and Nicaraguans leaves fewer than 100,000 people in the program, which was signed into law by President George Bush in 1990.It provides temporary lawful status and work authorization to people already in the United States, whether they entered legally or not, from countries affected by armed conflict, natural disaster or other strife. The homeland security secretary decides when a country merits the designation and can renew it for six, 12 or 18 months.PhotoA landslide in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, following an earthquake in January 2001. Citing damage from the earthquake, the American government permitted Salvadorans illegally in the U.S. to remain.Credit La Prensa Grafica, via Associated PressThere is no limit to the number of extensions a country can receive. Countries that have received and then lost the designation in the past include Bosnia and Herzegovina, which endured a civil war in the 1990s, and Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia during the Ebola crisis. El Salvador was one of the first countries in the program because of its civil war; that designation expired in 1994.Continue reading the main storyThe administration is giving Salvadorans in the program until September 2019 to get their affairs in order. After that, they no longer will have permission to stay in the country, forcing them into a wrenching decision.Ms. […]

Europe Edition: Catalonia, Donald Trump, Kevin Spacey: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Ivor Prickett for The New York Times • Islamic State fighters executed at least 741 Iraqi civilians in Mosul, including women and children who had tried to flee, during the nine-month battle by government forces to retake the Iraqi city from the militant group, the United Nations said. [The New York Times] • Conditions are deteriorating for more than 600 men barricaded in Australia’s now-closed Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea. [The New York Times] • A purported hit list of Russian hacking targets included not only U.S. critics of the Kremlin, but also the pope’s representative in Ukraine and the punk band Pussy Riot. [Associated Press] Continue reading the main story • The centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the British note promising support for a Jewish state, was marked with tributes in London and Jerusalem, and tear gas in Bethlehem. [The New York Times] • The U.S. passports of those convicted of sex offenses against a child will soon bear a mark of their crimes. [The New York Times] • A con man pleaded guilty to fraud for having tried to collect financial assistance by falsely claiming that his family had died in the Grenfell Tower fire in London. [The New York Times] • For 11 long minutes, @realDonaldTrump disappeared from Twitter. A rogue customer support worker had briefly deactivated the account on his or her last day on the job […]

This Mother’s Day, let’s focus on politics, not presents

Replace the obligatory brunch and flowers with valuable protest in areas that really matter to mothers. […]

Climate Change This Week: Nuclear Climate Change Threat, Solar Pathways, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly. That’s Not A Photoshopped Sky, Folks – super cell clouds are a type of extreme weather seen in the US, increasingly likely under continued climate change. You don’t want to be under it when it breaks. Welcome to 2017. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this beautiful butterfly in Papua New Guinea, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Solkadot at flickr <> Imagine This Polluted and Deforested – and treasure what you see now, a forest in Papua New Guinea. Credit Markus Mauthe at Greenpeace OO Rainforests Of Papua New Guinea Threatened By Oil, Gas Boom – low levels of democracy and economic development, combined with a recent history of resource extraction that oversaw forest destruction, indicates that the fossil fuel industry, which, history shows, loves oil & gas far more than preserving forests, will destroy yet more carbon storing forests to extract climate changing fuels for profit. […]

New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection

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Matter: Ebola Evolved Into Deadlier Enemy During the African Epidemic

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How expensive is your shower?

The cost of showering ranges widely from dirt-cheap in China and Bulgaria to exorbitantly expensive in Papua New Guinea and India. […]