10 things you need to know today: June 24, 2018
Administration releases plan to reunite migrant families, Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked to leave Virginia restaurant, and more
Administration releases plan to reunite migrant families
The Trump administration released a plan Saturday night to reunite migrant families who were separated before President Trump signed his executive order reversing his policy of splitting up children and parents at the border. The plan ties reunification to deportation proceedings: Parents will have to request their children share the result of their deportation hearings. Once the process is complete, the children will either be deported with their parents or, if the family is permitted to stay in the U.S., parents can apply to sponsor their children upon release. Some parents may not elect to use this process to protect their children from violence in their home countries. Administration officials said 2,053 separated children remain in detention and their locations around the country are documented.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked to leave Virginia restaurant
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant by its owner. The incident was first noted online by a social media user claiming to have been her server and later confirmed by Sanders herself. The owners' "actions say far more about her than about me," Sanders wrote on Twitter. Previously, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller was heckled while eating at a Mexican restaurant, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen left a different Mexican establishment after about a dozen protesters surrounded her table.
Trump boosts Heller, administration policies in Nevada
President Trump spoke at a campaign rally for Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) in Las Vegas Saturday evening, urging his audience to vote against Heller's opponent, Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), whom Trump called "Wacky Jacky." A "vote for her is a vote for increased taxes," Trump claimed. "Weak borders. It is really a vote for crime." Trump also weighed in on key current issues for his administration, positing that trade relations will "work out" somehow "because, you know, we're the piggy bank that everybody likes to rob from." On immigration, Trump argued his administration is doing "a very good job."
Trump claims a 'better job' on immigration than Obama
"Drudge Report 'OBAMA KEPT THEM IN CAGES, WRAPPED THEM IN FOIL,'" President Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday. "We do a much better job while at the same time maintaining a MUCH stronger Border!" While Trump is correct that some recently circulated photos of immigrant children kept in cages with mylar blankets show unaccompanied minors detained by the Obama administration, more recent footage reveals his own administration housed some children separated from their families the same way. Meanwhile, weekend stories from The Washington Post, Politico, and ABC News all report the administration is in a state of confusion over changes to immigration enforcement.
Kushner says Israel-Palestine peace plan is coming soon
The Trump administration will soon debut its Israel-Palestine peace plan, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said in an interview published Sunday by Al-Quds, an Arabic language newspaper. The proposal will be released with or without feedback from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, he added. Abbas has refused to meet with Kushner during his trip to the Middle East this past week. "If President Abbas is willing to come back to the table, we are ready to engage," Kushner said. "If he is not, we will likely air the plan publicly."
Turkey heads to polls for snap election
Turkey votes in a presidential and parliamentary election Sunday, a snap election in which President Recep Tayip Erdogan is expected to face his most serious challenge in a decade and a half. Erdogan called the election in April, planning to consolidate his party's parliamentary majority. Instead, opposition parties have displayed unusual unity, galvanized by the campaign performance of Muharrem Ince, the presidential nominee of the Republican People's Party (CHP). Erdogan has claimed new powers and kept Turkey in a state of emergency since an attempted coup two years ago.
Saudi Arabia's ban on women drivers ends
Saudi Arabian women can legally drive for the first time in decades as of Sunday, when the ban's cancellation officially went into effect. Riyadh announced the plan to lift the ban last year, and since then, women have obtained driver's licenses but were not yet able to use them. "I feel like I'm surprised — am I really driving in my own country?" said Mona Al-Fares, a doctor. "I feel happy, relieved. I feel like I'm free." Most Saudi women have yet to obtain licenses, and wait lists for gender-segregated driving classes are long.
Katie Arrington, lawmaker who primaried Rep. Mark Sanford, gravely injured in car crash
Katie Arrington, the South Carolina state representative who defeated Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) in his GOP primary race this month, has been seriously injured in a car crash, her campaign announced Saturday. Arrington was riding with a friend when their vehicle was struck by another driver going the wrong way on the highway. The driver of the other car did not survive. Arrington is expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks to undergo multiple surgeries. President Trump tweeted his support for her recovery Saturday.
Bronx 15-year-old fatally stabbed at bodega
A 15-year-old Bronx boy named Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was fatally stabbed with a machete at a bodega late Wednesday night, and police are still searching for the six people involved in the brutal attack. After he was injured, Guzman-Feliz ran to nearby St. Barnabas Hospital to seek help, but he collapsed on the sidewalk on the way there. Some reports suggest he may have been mistaken by a gang for a different teen. Meanwhile, the bodega has shut down amid local outrage, because surveillance footage shows employees did not attempt to help the boy.
Germany bests Sweden with last-minute goal in World Cup nail-biter
Germany eked out a narrow 2-1 win over Sweden at the World Cup on Saturday with a second goal scored at the 95-minute mark. The victory puts Germany within striking distance of the championship, as the team is now ranked behind only Brazil and Spain in the odds to win the whole tournament. On Sunday, England will face Panama; Japan plays Senegal; and Poland faces Colombia. England and Senegal are the favorites in their games, while Poland and Colombia are ranked about the same.