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Thirteen U.S. states sue over new rule to limit legal immigration

Thirteen U.S. states sue over new rule to limit legal immigrationSome experts say the rule could cut legal immigration in half by denying visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people if they fail to meet high enough income standards or if they receive public assistance such as welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid. “The Trump Administration’s message is clear: if you’re wealthy you’re welcome, if you’re poor, you’re not,” Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement. The rule, unveiled on Monday and to take effect Oct. 15, expands the definition of a public charge, allowing denials to visa applicants who fail to meet income requirements or who receive public assistance.



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If an autopsy confirms Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, it could lead to a legal win for his estate

If an autopsy confirms Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, it could lead to a legal win for his estateJeffrey Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive on Saturday morning while being held on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.



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Mexico to pursue legal action after seven citizens killed in El Paso shooting

Mexico to pursue legal action after seven citizens killed in El Paso shootingForeign minister described the shooting as ‘an act of terrorism’ against Mexican-Americans and Mexican nationals in the US Mourners in Ciudad Juárez take part in a vigil after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. Photograph: STRINGER/ReutersMexico has promised to explore pursuing terrorism charges in the US legal system over the shooting in El Paso, Texas, which claimed the lives of seven Mexican citizens and left seven more injured.The Mexican foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, also said Sunday that Mexico would try to take legal action against the person or firm who sold the assault weapon used in the Saturday slayings. The country will also pursue the possibility of extraditing the suspect to Mexico, Ebrard said.“We consider this an act of terrorism against the Mexican-American community and Mexican nationals in the United States,” Ebrard told reporters. “Mexico is outraged. But we aren’t proposing to meet hate with hate. We will act with reason and according to the law and with firmness.”A 21-year-old man is suspected of opening fire in a Walmart store in the US border city on Saturday, killing at least 20 people. Police in El Paso are examining a hate-riddled message on the website 8chan, posted around 20 minutes before Saturday’s attack, that stated: “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”El Paso is located on the US-Mexico border, opposite the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez. Six of the victims in El Paso were Mexicans and another seven Mexicans were injured, including, Gloria Irma Márquez, a school teacher from Ciudad Juárez who crossed the border to shop Saturday and was killed in the gunfire, according to the newspaper Reforma.Mario de Alba, 45, travelled from Chihuahua state to shop in El Paso. He was shot in the back, according to the Associated Press. His wife, Olivia Mariscal, and 10-year-old daughter Erika were also wounded, but are recovering, according to relatives.The shooting in El Paso was just one of two to rock the United States over the weekend. A gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, in the early hours of Sunday morning, killing at least nine people.The spate of weekend shootings in the United States has caused indignation in Mexico – parts of which the US government warns citizens to avoid due to drug cartel violence.People gather in Juarez, Mexico, 3 August 2019, in a vigil for the Mexican nationals who were killed in an El Paso shopping-complex shooting. Photograph: Christian Chavez/APBut the shootout also triggered some uncomfortable self-reflection. It comes as Mexico endures waves of violence, including its own murder rate reaching record highs and frequent shootouts which claim multiple victims, but which generate little outrage outside the affected areas or get lost in a crowded news cycle.It also comes as Mexico cracks down on Central American migrants trying to transit the country on the way to the US border – even as it doggedly defends the rights of its own citizens living in the United States.“We’ve told ourselves that story for decades: we’re the victims in this (US-Mexico) relationship. And, in many ways, we have been,” said Carlos Bravo Regidor, a journalism professor in Mexico City.“With this new policy toward (migrating) Central Americans, the tables have turned and now Mexicans are the Americans to Central Americans.”The El Paso shootout prompted rare terse words on the US situation from Mexico’s foreign policy officials.“The intentionality of the attack against the Mexicans and the Latino community in El Paso is frightening. NO to hate speech. NO to xenophobic discourse,” tweeted Martha Bárcena, Mexico’s ambassador in Washington.The administration of president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commonly called “Amlo”, has pushed for action on the flow of US guns into Mexico, which inevitably end up in the hands of cartel thugs. But Amlo has preferred not provoke Trump, even as Trump has badmouthed Mexico ahead of his re-election campaign and threatened Mexico with tariffs if migration through Mexico wasn’t stopped.“We don’t want to interfere in the affairs of other countries. We’re going to continue sticking to the principles of non-intervention,” Amlo told an audience Sunday.“Hugs, not bullets. That’s our posture,” he added, repeating a campaign slogan from his successful 2018 presidential campaign.



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Trump administration expands deportation authority across US; ACLU promises legal action

Trump administration expands deportation authority across US; ACLU promises legal actionThe change is the latest move in the administration's attempts to crack down on illegal immigration.



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Flynn had $4.6M unpaid legal tab, records show

Flynn had $  4.6M unpaid legal tab, records showLaw firm Covington & Burling took on Trump's ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn in early 2017, when his lobbying and consulting work came under scrutiny.



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New bill would guarantee free legal representation for illegal immigrants seeking asylum

New bill would guarantee free legal representation for illegal immigrants seeking asylumA Democrat lawmaker introduces the Equal Justice for Immigrants Act to guarantee the right to counsel for illegal immigrants. Judge Alex Ferrer reacts.



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California Gov. Newsom signs law to change legal definition of beer

California Gov. Newsom signs law to change legal definition of beerCalifornia is updating its legal definition of beer. A new bill changes the current legal definition to include varieties of beer fermented with fruit, spices or other foods.



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Federal judge rejects DOJ request to replace census legal team

Federal judge rejects DOJ request to replace census legal teamU.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that the government provided "no reasons, let alone satisfactory reasons," for the request.



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Federal judge rejects DOJ request to replace census legal team

Federal judge rejects DOJ request to replace census legal teamU.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that the government provided "no reasons, let alone satisfactory reasons," for the request.



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Federal judge rejects DOJ request to replace census legal team

Federal judge rejects DOJ request to replace census legal teamU.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that the government provided "no reasons, let alone satisfactory reasons," for the request.



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