Author: Joel Rose

Justice Department Rolls Out Quotas For Immigration Judges

NPR Enlarge this image A federal courthouse in Hartford, Conn. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption John Moore/Getty Images The Department of Justice is setting quotas for immigration judges — part of a broader effort to speed up deportations and reduce a massive backlog of immigration cases. The new quotas are laid out in a memo that was sent to immigration judges across the country on Friday. In order to get a “satisfactory” rating on their performance evaluations, judges will be required to clear at least 700 cases a year, and to have less than 15 percent of...

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For President Trump, No Christmas At Camp David

NPR Enlarge this image President John F. Kennedy and former president Dwight D. Eisenhower talk April 22, 1961 at Camp David. National Archives/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption National Archives/Getty Images Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton all spent Christmas at Camp David. George W. Bush celebrated the holiday there a dozen times — four times when his father was president, and eight more during his own time in office. But Donald Trump is spending the holiday at one of his own resorts, which he seems to prefer. Trump has spent just a handful of weekends at the presidential retreat during his first year in office. And that’s raising questions about the future of the rustic presidential retreat in the Maryland woods. There’s no sign announcing the entrance to Camp David. But John Kinnaird knows the spot by heart. He grew up in Thurmont, Md., the closest town. Kinnaird, who’s now the mayor, drove his pickup truck up a winding two-lane road through Catoctin Mountain Park to the front gate, 1,800 feet above town. Enlarge this image Then-candidate Donald Trump walks with former presidential candidate Ben Carson before at the Mar-A-Lago Club on March 11, 2016. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images “You know, we’re only 60 miles from Washington,” Kinnair said. “But you might as well be on another planet,...

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Opposition To Refugee Arrivals Keeps Getting Louder

NPR Enlarge this image Religious leaders and activists from Church World Service hold up a door, closed to refugees, during a protest urging congress to pressure US President Donald Trump to allow more refugees to enter in front of the Capitol in September. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images A few days after Donald Trump was elected President, more than a hundred people packed into a church sanctuary in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to hear a presentation about refugee resettlement in their town. It didn’t go well. This was after Trump had campaigned on refusing Syrian refugees,...

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Deadline Looms For Thousands Of DREAMers

NPR Enlarge this image Jenifer Guzman, left, and Paola Ponce are both DACA recipients. Guzman is a junior at Hunter College, Ponce is a junior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Joel Rose/NPR hide caption toggle caption Joel Rose/NPR The clock is winding down for thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The Trump administration has stopped accepting new applications for the program known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, that protects nearly 700,000 so-called DREAMers from deportation. Thursday is the deadline for thousands of current DACA recipients to renew their...

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Flap Over Kushner Family High-Rise Pitch Prompts Concern Over Visa Incentive

NPR Enlarge this image A real estate company with ties to Jared Kushner has drawn criticism for invoking the family’s connection to the White House to raise money for a luxury high-rise in One Journal Square, Jersey City, N.J. For now the site is an empty lot surrounded by a chain-link fence. Joel Rose/NPR hide caption toggle caption Joel Rose/NPR The family business of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, wants to build a pair of skyscrapers in a gritty New Jersey neighborhood. But the Jersey City project faces a number of hurdles. This week, it ran...

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In Dealings With UN Diplomats, Mayor Giuliani Pulled No Punches – NPR

Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani remains one of the leading contenders for Secretary of State in the Trump administration. Foreign policy is not an official part of the mayor’s job. But there were a few times when Mayor Giuliani clashed with visiting diplomats and foreign heads of state. Before Rudy Giuliani was America’s Mayor, he was the mayor of New York. Part of the job is to make sure parking tickets get paid, and some of the biggest parking scofflaws in town were the visiting diplomats at the United Nations — some of whom owed tens of thousands of dollars. Things got so heated that, in 1997, Giuliani actually invited the U.N. to leave town. “I would like the United Nations to stay, but I also would like the United Nations and their diplomats to respect — and I underline the word respect — the laws of the city of New York,” the mayor said. Diplomats said they were entitled to immunity, and the State Department had to step in to broker a deal. Nicholas Burns was a department spokesman at the time. “Where I thought Mayor Giuliani was correct was in sending a very stiff message: You’re living in a city of laws,” says Burns, who now teaches diplomacy at Harvard University. But there was another incident where Burns thinks Giuliani went too...

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