Crying migrant girl on TIME magazine cover was not separated from mother, family says!

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A little girl shown in a viral photo crying as a U.S. Border Patrol agent detained her mother – and used by TIME magazine to symbolize the Trump administration’s family separation policy – reportedly was never separated from her mom.

“Welcome to America,” declared a somber TIME cover, which showed the picture of the Honduran child Yanela Sanchez next to a towering President Trump.

TIME, which is standing by the cover despite the new information, originally called it “an image America could not ignore” and interviewed the photographer, as did other outlets. TIME followed up with another article entirely about the cover and “the story behind” it.

The picture was featured in international coverage of the policy around the world. The New York Daily News also put Sanchez on the cover of its June 16 issue with the headline: “Callous. Soulless. Craven. Trump.”

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CNN analyst Chris Cillizza wrote an entire article on the TIME cover: “It shows the compassion gap that exists between the Trump administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ border policy and the real-life people that are affected.”

But multiple outlets interviewed the father of the girl behind the iconic image, and he said he had learned that his two-year-old daughter was detained with her mother at a facility in Texas, and the two were not separated at all. The Honduran government confirmed his version of events to Reuters.

The Washington Post reported that the mother, Sandra Sanchez, had previously been deported in 2013 to Honduras. Her husband told the Post that she left without telling him she was taking Yanela with her and couldn’t contact her. But then he saw the picture on the news.

“You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter. It broke my heart. It’s difficult as a father to see that, but I know now that they are not in danger. They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border,” Denis Javier Varela Hernandez told The Daily Mail.

He also said he did not support his wife’s decision to make the perilous trek to the U.S. and that they have three other children together.

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“I didn’t support it. I asked her, why? Why would she want to put our little girl through that? But it was her decision at the end of the day.”

But despite the dad’s explanation, TIME stood by its cover in a statement Friday.

“The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason: Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents,” TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said. “Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.”

Yet, in its story about the photo, TIME included the following correction: “The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she taken from the scene. The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together.”

The confusion and misrepresentation over the family’s circumstances came amid a chaotic week in which passions flared over the administration’s controversial “zero-tolerance” policy that seeks prosecution for virtually all illegal border crossers. That policy led to family separations, but Trump backed off with an executive order earlier this week allowing families to stay together during proceedings.

He faced bipartisan criticism over the separations, but the outrage reached intense levels on the left.

Activists, lawmakers and journalists have accused the administration of running “internment camps,” while Trump administration officials have had their cell phone numbers revealed online and been chased out of restaurants.

“We must maintain a Strong Southern Border. We cannot allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections. Obama and others had the same pictures, and did nothing about it!” Trump tweeted Friday.

It’s the latest immigration-related misstep by media outlets and reporters.

Last month, liberals and journalists rushed to share an article featuring pictures of children locked in cages at an Arizona detention center. Many such tweets were quickly deleted or clarified when other users pointed out that the article was from 2014 — during then-President Barack Obama’s administration.

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Others shared a tweet about a “prison bus” that Immigration and Customs officials allegedly used to carry babies. But the bus was used for educational field trips, and the picture was published on April 2016 — about six months before Trump won the presidency.

Shooting suspect arrested in death of XXXTentacion – NY Daily News

Dedrick Williams arrested for the murder of XXXTentacion on June 20, 2018 in Deerfield Beach, Florida. (Deerfield Beach Sheriff’s Office)

A suspect has been arrested in the death of rapper XXXTentacion, according to police.

Dedrick D. Williams was taken into custody Wednesday, two days after the artist, whose birth name was Jahseh Onfroy, was gunned down in South Florida.

The arrest was confirmed to the Daily News by Broward County Sheriff’s Office Captain Robert Schakenberg.

XXXTentacion, 20, was outside a motorsports store in the Miami area’s Deerfield Beach when two armed men approached him in what is believed to have been a robbery, according to sheriff’s investigators.

They then allegedly fled in an SUV.

Charges for Williams, 22, include first-degree murder, a probation violation for theft of a car motor vehicle and driving without a valid license.

After the arrest it was not clear if police were still looking for another suspect.

This is a developing story and will be updated

Texas deputy sexually assaulted undocumented immigrant’s child, sheriff says!

A Texas sheriff’s deputy was being held Monday on a charge of “super aggravated sexual assault” of a 4-year-old girl after authorities say her mother, an undocumented immigrant, was being blackmailed to stay silent about the abuse — or face deportation.

Jose Nunez, a 47-year-old detention officer with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested early Sunday while he was off-duty after the mother took her daughter to a local fire station for help, officials said at a news conference.

Jose Nunez, a deputy sheriff in Bexar County, Texas, was arrested on a warrant for super aggravated sexual assault.Bexar County Sheriff’s Office via AP

“The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time,” said Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.

The girl had been suffering from physical pain and “made an outcry,” which prompted her mother to go to the fire station, Salazar said. He added that Nunez has “familial ties” to the woman and her daughter, although their exact relationship is unclear.

The abuse likely went on for several months, if not years, Salazar said — and there may be other victims.

“This suspect utilized to his advantage to place the mother in fear that she would be deported if she did report it,” the sheriff said, adding that the “little girl now is safe.”

The department is petitioning to give the mother protected status pending the outcome of the case.

It was unclear Monday whether Nunez, a 10-year veteran of the department, has an attorney. The felony charge carries a minimum 25-year sentence if he is convicted.

“I don’t know that he was purposely targeting the undocumented community,” Salazar said. “Certainly what was appealing was the vulnerability of that community because they are less apt to report things.”

Immigrant rights groups say Texas’ Senate Bill 4, which was passed last year, has created an atmosphere of anxiety and apprehension among the undocumented who don’t want to go to local law enforcement for crimes because of their citizenship status.

While the law’s supporters say it is designed to protect people by enforcing laws already in place, it

also allows local authorities to investigate whether a person is legally in the United States.

The arrest of the undocumented has come under scrutiny after a growing number of parents and their children are being separated at the border as part of the Trump administration’s illegal immigration enforcement strategy.

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, the state’s largest immigration legal services provider, known as RAICES, tweeted Sunday in response to the case in Bexar County that the law “has terrified people into not seeking help when they need it.”

Bexar County’s sheriff nevertheless urged undocumented immigrants to come forward if they are a victim of a crime.

1500 Children Incarcerated in Overcrowded Former Walmart At Texas Border!

It’s supposed to be a temporary shelter for children but life in the largest licensed child care facility in the nation looks more like incarceration. The facility is a former Walmart converted for children brought into the U.S. illegally. It currently is home to about 1,500 boys ranging in age from 10 to 17 years.

According to NBC News, the first news organization to visit the overcrowded facility which is called “Casa Padre” the boys spend 22 hours per day during the week locked inside the building.  Some of the children crossed into the United States without any adult accompanying them. Others are the ones who have been separated from their parents under Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new zero-tolerance policy.

Currently the facility is very overcrowded and this is expected to get worse as the new policies take effect.  It is now home to about 25% more children than it was designed to hold. The converted former Walmart has rooms for the boys but five are living in rooms that were built to hold only four. The ACLU has sued the government for the new immigration policy which forcibly separates migrant children from their parents at the border.

The average stay at “Casa Padre” (which is in Brownsville, Texas) is 52 days, or nearly two months. After they leave the children are placed by government workers into homes with temporary foster parents called “sponsors.”

The workers in charge of the facility told NBC that the Department of Justice did not give them advance notice of their new policies which has led to the overcrowding.  Sessions recently announced the new policy of arresting and prosecuting 100 percent of immigrants crossing into the United States without proper documentation. The children who are arrested with their parents are in all cases now immediately separated from their parents who have been arrested, incarcerated, and referred for criminal prosecution.

As might be expected, these new policies and enforcement practices have resulted in a large increase in the number of children being held in the detention facility.  Because it is so far above its legal capacity, government officials are now planning to open temporary tent cities throughout Texas and possibly in other states.

Dr. Juan Sanchez, the president of the nonprofit that operates the facility, said that these new makeshift locations will not have to be licensed and they will be staffed by untrained workers.  He said that if the new detention shelters for children are established on federal land, which the Trump administration has been considering, then they don’t have to be either licensed or staffed by trained child welfare professionals.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services currently houses nearly 12,000 immigrant children and is investigating new locations such as U.S. Air Force bases to house the large influx of new detained children which has been caused by the DOJ’s new policies.

Casa Padre is the facility where Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., was turned away from earlier this month after he came unannounced and said he wanted to enter the building to inspect living conditions.

According to NBC, the reception area of the building has a note hanging on the wall which directs facility employees to  “Immediately notify PD,” or the police department, if approached by the media.

Journalists who toured the building also reported that inside is a mural painted on a wall with a quote from President Barack Obama.  It reads: “We are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.”

23-foot-long python swallows woman whole!

 

78C70089-A8E6-4E47-80FC-B4CBEE78C1DCJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – A 7-meter-long (23-foot-long) python has swallowed a woman in central Indonesia, a village official said Saturday.

The victim, 54-year-old Wa Tiba, went missing while checking her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday evening, according to the village chief, Faris.

On Friday, her family went to look for her at the garden but found only her belongings, including sandals and a flashlight, said Faris, who uses a single name.

The family and villagers launched a search for the woman, and found the snake with a bloated belly about 50 meters (yards) from where her belongings were found.

The villagers killed the snake and carried it to the village.

“When they cut open the snake’s belly they found Tiba’s body still intact with all her clothes,” Faris said. “She was swallowed first from her head.”

Videos posted on some websites showed villagers slicing open the python’s carcass to reveal the woman’s body.

Faris said the victim’s garden, about 1 kilometer (half a mile) from her house, is located in a rocky area with caves and cliffs believed to contain many snakes.

Reticulated pythons, which are widespread in Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia, grab onto their prey with dozens of sharp curved teeth and then squeeze it to death before swallowing it whole.

Reports of humans being killed by pythons are extremely rare. In the wild they are known to eat monkeys, pigs and other mammals.

It was the second python attack on a human in Indonesia since March last year, when a 25-year-old man was swallowed whole by a python in West Sulawesi province.

Dead bodies found at Walmart: A list

A growing number of people across the country are dying in Walmart parking lots.

It is not that the parking lots are unsafe. In fact, it is the relative safety of the well-lit and busy lots — combined with a welcoming corporate policy — that has drawn more people like Unger to call the Walmart parking lots home, if only temporarily.

And where people live, they also die.

They include those who are homeless, truckers, immigrants, drug-addled, suicidal or ill – all whose bodies are found nationwide in cars, vans and other vehicles in the parking lots of the retail giant. It is the last stop, one that can go unnoticed amid the daily crush of shoppers searching for deals, sometimes focused on the rattle of carts instead of their crowded surroundings.

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Across the nation, the stories bear similar refrains:

• In California, a woman missing for months turned up dead. Investigators in the February 2016 case said the woman’s body remained in the car, parked at the retailer, for up to three months.

• In San Angelo, Texas, a body was found in a parked truck at Walmart, 5501 Sherwood Way, on Jan. 16, 2018. Police at the scene did not indicate foul play, according to a report from sanangelolive.com.

• In Pittsburgh, Joshua Nord, 32, of Sharpsburg was found Jan. 17, 2018, in a car in a Walmart parking lot in Frazer. According to a report from triblive.com, “Frazer police Chief Terry Kuhns said Wal-Mart usually checks its parking lot, but inclement weather during that week likely delayed the check. Nord was wanted on an assault warrant by Sharpsburg police and a Frazer officer searching for Nord and his vehicle found it in the parking lot.”

Homeless people can no longer stay overnight in RVs, vans and cars at Walmart parking lots in the Mid-Willamette Valley after stores threatened to tow vehicles lingering past business hours. ANNA REED / Statesman Journal

• In Virginia, a body was found Feb. 10, 2018, in a parking lot at the Pounding Mill Walmart in Tazewell County. There was no foul play suspected, according to Maj. Harold Heatley of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office in a report on wvva.com.

• In Florida, the body of Donald Ruddick, 81, of Oakville was found in a camper in a North Naples Walmart parking lot on Feb. 11, 2018. The camper was parked outside the Walmart on Juliet Boulevard, off Immokalee Road just west of Interstate 75. According to a report in the Naples Daily News, detectives did not think the death was suspicious. The camper was attached to a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis.

• Also in Florida, a Walmart employee walking the parking aisles Feb. 22, 2018, at a Tarpon Springs store, reported a strong odor. Officers arrived and found an unidentified body. Police suspected suicide.

• In California, a body was found inside a burned motorhome March 27, 2018, at an Oceanside Walmart parking lot. According to a report on 10news.com, “firefighters responded to a vehicle fully engulfed in flames at Walmart Supercenter, 3405 Marron Road.”

• In Ohio, police said a 59-year-old man found April 17, 2018, in a pickup truck at an Airport Thruway Walmart, died of natural causes. The body was in the truck, parked on the side of the retail store since April 8, authorities report.