American teen who was detained near border plans to sue government after being released

first_imgwingedwolf/iStock(EDINBURG, Texas) — An American teenager has been released from immigration custody in Texas after being detained for almost a month, according to federal officials.Francisco Erwin Galicia, an 18-year-old U.S. citizen who was born in Dallas and lives with his family in the Texas border city of Edinburg said he was driving with his brother and some friends on June 27 when they were stopped at a U.S. Border Patrol inland checkpoint in Falfurrias. Galicia said the federal agents separated him from his brother, who was born in Mexico but was living undocumented in the United States, according to ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA.Galicia said he had his Texas state driver’s license, U.S. Social Security card and a copy of his birth certificate in his wallet at the time, but he was detained by Border Patrol for three weeks then transferred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Pearsall, Texas.“They thought they were fake,” Galicia told ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA in an interview Tuesday. “I had all my papers, but they still didn’t believe me. I don’t know the reason why.”Galicia said he lost at least 20 pounds while living in terrible conditions in detention.“There were up to 70 people in a room,” he told WFAA. “They wouldn’t let us brush our teeth or go to the bathroom. There were people who were very sick inside, and it’s really inhumane the way we were treated.”Galicia told the affiliate that his mother eventually called Texas-based immigration attorney Claudia Galan for help. Galan said she took Galicia’s birth certificate and other documents to the facility where he was being housed two weeks ago but didn’t have any luck until she contacted members of the press. Galicia’s story soon captured national news headlines.Galicia was released from ICE custody on Tuesday, officials said.“Francisco’s English is not good. So they probably thought, if he was a U.S. citizen he should be able to speak English,” his lawyer told WFAA. “They also probably thought that because he’s with other undocumented immigrants that he was one too.”A joint statement from ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection appeared to accuse Galicia of providing agents with “conflicting reports” and “multiple birth certificates” while in custody.“Generally, situations including conflicting reports from the individual and multiple birth certificates can, and should, take more time to verify,” the federal agencies said in the joint statement, obtained by ABC News on Thursday. “While we continue to research the facts of the situation, this individual has been released from ICE custody. Both CBP and ICE are committed to the fair treatment of migrants in our custody and continue to take appropriate steps to verify all facts of this situation.”Neither agency would comment on the status of Galicia’s 17-year-old brother, Marlon, who told The Dallas Morning News that he agreed to be returned to Mexico.Galicia’s attorney said she believes her client was profiled and that she plans to file a lawsuit on his behalf against both agencies in the coming weeks.“Their job is to deport people. Their practice is to be tough,” Galan told WFAA. “But they should have looked into his claim from day one. They had the documents.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mencap’s new recruits go online to learn the ropes

first_imgMencap is replacing its one-day staff induction with an e-learninginitiative that will welcome new recruits and save the charity £200,000 in itsfirst two years. The CD-Rom will replace the organisation’s current one-day induction eventcalled Welcome to Mencap. Julie Casey, training and development manager for the charity, said Mencapdeveloped the initiative to save time and money and to guarantee consistency.The CD-Rom has been devised by e-learning specialist ACT. Casey said staff had to spend a day out of the workplace to attend theoriginal welcome day, and it took up to six months to fit them in due todemand. “It was becoming increasingly more time-consuming and expensive for thecharity to organise full induction days with speakers and delegates. We thoughtthat a CD-Rom that covered the induction would be more practical for our newrecruits who can work through the course at their own pace. “ACT has injected a sensitive tone into our induction material, whilethe design is fresh and innovative, giving it real appeal to the user.” Provided the three-month pilot goes well, the initiative, which is the firstelectronic learning scheme for Mencap’s training and development department, willbe rolled out indefinitely. ACT filmed a Welcome to Mencap day and used the material as the basis forthe CD-Rom, which takes between three and four hours to work through. It is made up of three modules. The first consists of tutorial learningscreens and short video clips. The second features videos of four key speakers,and the third provides information on further training. All the learning is audio accompanied by simple text and graphicalrepresentations. Employees who work directly with people with learning disabilities arerequired to complete the training and correctly fill in the six assessmentquestions at the end of part one. New staff will work through the CD-Rom during work time within two weeks ofjoining Mencap.By Katie Hawkins Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Mencap’s new recruits go online to learn the ropesOn 26 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Analysis of stable isotope ratios in blood of tracked wandering albatrosses fails to distinguish a δ13C gradient within their winter foraging areas in the southwest Atlantic Ocean

first_imgRationale The main limitation of isotopic tracking for inferring distribution is the lack of detailed reference maps of the isotopic landscape (i.e. isoscapes) in the marine environment. Here, we attempt to map the marine δ13C isoscape for the southwestern sector of the Atlantic Ocean, and assess any temporal variation using the wandering albatross as a model species. Methods Tracking data and blood and diet samples were collected monthly from wandering albatrosses rearing chicks at Bird Island, South Georgia, during the austral winter between May and October 2009. The δ13C and δ15N values were measured by mass spectrometry in plasma and blood cells, and related to highly accurate data on individual movements and feeding activity obtained using three types of device: GPS, activity (immersion) loggers and stomach temperature probes. Results The tracked birds foraged in waters to the north or northwest of South Georgia, including the Patagonian shelf-break, as far as 2000 km from the colony. The foraging region encompassed the two main fronts in the Southern Ocean (Polar and Subantarctic fronts). The δ13C values varied by only 2.1 ‰ in plasma and 2.5 ‰ in blood cells, and no relationships were found between the δ13C values in plasma and the mean latitude or longitude of landings or feeding events of each individual. Conclusions The failure to distinguish a major biogeographic gradient in δ13C values suggest that these values in the south Atlantic Ocean are fairly homogeneous. There was no substantial variation among months in either the δ13C or the δ15N values of plasma or blood cells of tracked birds. As birds did not show a significant change in diet composition or foraging areas during the study period, these results provide no evidence for major temporal variation in stable isotope ratios in consumer tissues, or in the regional marine isoscape in the austral winter of 2009.last_img read more

Calls for ‘green belt’ to be explained to public

first_imgLand agent, Aston Mead, is calling on the government to educate the public on what constitutes developable green belt to clear up any misconceptions and avoid unjustified objections.The company says that concern about building new homes on such land would diminish if people understood that many green belt sites are ‘mostly grubby scraps of land next to railway lines or road junctions’.Aston Mead Land & Planning Director, Adam Hesse, said: “For years, we’ve been saying that building on green belt land is inevitable. But it’s only in the last month that the Housing Secretary has admitted it too.“Now he needs to explain which sort of sites are under discussion – because we believe that most people wouldn’t have even considered many of them to be green belt in the first place.”He points out that, in many cases, the classification is just an arbitrary limit on development land supply and that many sites have no ecological or agricultural value.“Of course, there are areas of the green belt which should be protected – but they could be turned into Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), National Parks, protected woodland, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), or Conservation Areas, as appropriate,” added Hesse.“But much of it is what I call ‘grubby’ green belt – often close to existing town or city centres, where it tends to push house building into genuinely valuable parts of the countryside. All of which has meant longer commuting times, increased expense and more pollution.”Once they discover that they are mostly grubby scraps of land next to railway lines or road junctions, the vast majority will be on our side!”One particular site in Surrey contains all the right ingredients for planning permission to be obtained and is a prime contender for the sort of location where new homes might even enhance the area, claims Hesse.He added: “There’s a patch of land near Junction 11 of the M25. There are over 20 acres of uninspiring green belt there, big enough for over 200 homes. It’s within walking distance of Addlestone station, there are hundreds of existing homes nearby, and the network of roads around it would prevent further development once it was built. Most people wouldn’t even realise this is green belt land and few people would miss it if it was built on.“The truth is there are hundreds of similar sites all over the UK. But if we classify them all as green Belt and therefore put them out of reach of developers, the government will never hit its housing targets.”Green belt land new homes Adam Hesse Aston Mead April 29, 2021Charlotte FlakeWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Calls for ‘green belt’ to be explained to public previous nextLand & New HomesCalls for ‘green belt’ to be explained to publicAston Mead wants the government to raise awareness of green belt land for development to highlight that not all sites have ecological or agricultural value.The Negotiator29th April 20210321 Viewslast_img read more

Evansville Police Departmemt Citizen’s Academy Announcement

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Evansville Police Department would like to invite the citizens of our community to attend our 10-week Citizen’s Academy fall session.The EPD Citizen’s Academy provides the community with the opportunity to see firsthand how the various units of the police department operate. Our goal is to help create a better understanding of the department and provide improved communications between the citizens of Evansville and the members of the EPD who serve.The academy is free of charge and will be held each Tuesday evening Beginning September 6th and continuing through November 15th from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Evansville Police Department, located at 15 NW Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.Please go to to see the Citizen’s Academy flyer and registration form and for further information.last_img read more

Biden pauses Trump policies as Blinken takes diplomatic helm

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has paused or put under review a wide swath of Trump-era foreign policies as America’s new top diplomat takes the helm of the State Department. The administration is placing at least temporarily holds on several big-ticket arms sales to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, new Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he is looking urgently at a terrorism designation against Yemen’s Houthi rebels that his predecessor enacted shortly before leaving office. On his first full day on the job Blinken also said the administration has initiated a comprehensive review of the U.S. relationship with Russia and is examining details of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed nearly a year ago.last_img read more

Brazilian Army Modernizes its Armored Vehicle Fleet with Guarani Project

first_imgBrazil’s Army is expanding its fleet of vehicles as part of Project Guarani, a key initiative that aims to modernize them for the Cavalry and Mechanized Infantry Divisions. The Military launched the project after determining it needed to modernize its fleet of armored vehicles — an analysis that began in 1999 with the investigation of basic operational requirements to replace Brazil’s 30-year-old fleet of Urutu and Cascavel armored vehicles. “Project Guarani is the primary initiative of the Brazilian Army,” Colonel José Henrique de Cássio Ruffo said during a presentation at the 4th annual Latin America Armored Vehicles conference in Bogotá, Colombia, on July 1. “We will be finishing it 20 years from now.” By the end of 2015, the Brazilian Army will choose a developer for the 4×4 VBMT-LR (Armored Multitask Vehicle – Light Vehicle Class), which, just like the 6×6, will be built and produced in Brazil. The Military will order at least 186 vehicles of this kind, Major Cardoso Brites said. A similar plan for about 13 Guarani 8x8s is also in the works. The 4×4 and 8×8 Guarani armored vehicles are designed to complement and expand the Army’s operational capacities. Extensive testing By Dialogo July 24, 2015 It was with interest that i read the article. According to another source an alternative will be employed as weapon on the vehicle that is promoted as an “alternative to Remote Control Weapon Stations”.It would be of interest to see this system that will act as alternative as the newest drive / tendency is to develop a more cost effective Remote Control Weapon Station complementing the price of a vehicle. Thus from our company perspective we are launching a new range of Remote Control Weapon Station (especially in the 12.7mm and 20mm class weapon) termed Rogue LITE. In conclusion it really would be interesting to compare performance and price of such a remote control weapon system vs this new system. That decision follows the testing of over 300 operational and technical requirements in Italy, Germany and Brazil; at the request of the Armed Forces, manufacturers in those countries evaluated the vehicles for their amphibious capabilities, maneuverability in different kinds of terrain, mileage capabilities (kilometers per gallon) and fire hazard systems. The Brazilian Military also deployed the Guarani in Rio’s favelas for pacification purposes; in Mato Grosso do Sul for border protection; and in Paraná, where the 15th Motorized Infantry Battalion uses them for peacekeeping missions and to fight organized crime. Since then, Iveco has begun delivery of the vehicles: 86 VBTP-MRs 6×6 Guarani armored vehicles in December 2012, and an additional 102 6×6 vehicles as of June 2015. Each is designed to transport 11 passengers using a Brazilian-made 383- horsepower Iveco Diesel Engine with six-speed automatic transmission and independent hydro pneumatic suspension in each wheel. The VBTP-MR has a modular design capable of utilizing a variety of weapons systems, ranging from manual and automated turrets for close protection to the REMAX (Reparo de Metralhadora automatizada X) remote weapon system, a flexible component that can be adapted for 7.62x51mm NATO cartridges, .50 Browning machine gun cartridges or grenade launchers. Production begins For that purpose, Brazil is seeking and developing various kinds of weapon systems, including anti-tank laser-guided missiles for the 4×4, and 105mm self-propelled howitzers for the destruction of high-value targets for the 8×8. The Army is also preparing ambulance, command post, fire direction, mortar carrier and repair and recovery variants for the Guarani family. “With the Guarani, the mechanized infantry can maneuver faster and with more depth,” Colonel Ruffo said. “They can combat with a high degree of security, and with firepower that can respond to all threats.” Through Project Guarani, the Army will build at least seven types of armored vehicles, including several variants of 6×6, 4×4 and 8×8 vehicles, according to Colonel Henrique Ruffo, the initiative’s Project Manager. After the tests, the Brazilian government in December 2009 signed a $3.4 billion, 20-year deal with Iveco to develop and produce 2,044 VBTP-MRs (Armored Personnel Transport Vehicle – Guarani Midsize Vehicle Class) in Brazil. More than 100 Brazilian suppliers have been directly involved in the effort. last_img read more

Spotting elder financial exploitation red flags

first_imgElder financial exploitation and elder fraud are rising at an alarming rate and continue to be serious crimes in the United States. With no signs of dissipating, it is just a matter of time before an incident happens in your customer base, if it has not happened already.While each state defines elder financial exploitation a bit differently, in general, it is when someone illegally or improperly uses or steals a vulnerable senior’s or disabled person’s money or property. These crimes can result in significant loss of financial resources for the victims and often greatly impact their quality of life.An increase in financial crime and fraud against the elderly is expected to continue to climb as the baby boom population (those born before 1964) age. According to the National Council on Aging, this heartless crime is most likely under-reported due to the victims’ fear, shame and embarrassment. NCOA estimates the cost of elder financial abuse to older Americans up to $36.5 billion annually.A recent American Bankers Association Foundation research study found that older Americans hold 70% of the deposited wealth in the United States. What’s now being referred to as the “Age Wave,” 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day until 2030, creating an even larger pool of potential victims for fraudsters and scammers. These crimes can be a financial nightmare for seniors, leaving some destitute and despondent. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CFPB extends sunset date for the GSE patch

first_imgOn October 20, 2020 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized a rule extending the expiration date of certain “temporary” qualified mortgages (QM) also called the government sponsored entity (GSE) patch. This type of QM had a sunset date of January 10, 2021. Rather than extend this deadline to a specific date, this rule is effective until the bureau finalizes additional changes to the ATR/QM rule, or when the GSEs exit conservatorship, whichever occurs first.As background, the Dodd-Frank Act and section 1026.43 of Regulation Z require credit unions to make a reasonable, good faith determination that a borrower has the ability to repay (ATR) any consumer credit transaction that is secured by a dwelling, with some exceptions (e.g. home equity lines of credit). This involves consideration of eight specific underwriting factors. If a loan meets certain criteria, it is a QM and is considered to be in compliance with the ATR requirements. Currently, there are four types of QMs in the regulation:General QM, where the debt-to-income ratio is capped at 43%;Small creditor portfolio QM;Small creditor balloon-payment QM; andTemporary QM, which must be eligible to be purchased by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (the GSE patch)Note – a fifth category of QM was added by statute in 2018 and has not been implemented into the regulation. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Rob Holding reveals the message David Luiz sent him before he joined Arsenal

first_imgRob Holding reveals the message David Luiz sent him before he joined Arsenal Advertisement Rob Holding started for Arsenal during their 4-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)Rob Holding has revealed that David Luiz sent him a message of support after he ruptured his cruciate ligament while playing for Arsenal against Manchester United in December.The 24-year-old had emerged as a first-team regular under Unai Emery in the first half of last season prior to the setback and has only just returned to action following nine months out.Arsenal’s defence suffered without Holding and Emery looked to strengthen that area of the pitch with the signing of David Luiz from Chelsea in an £8m deal on deadline day.Holding is yet to play alongside Luiz since the Brazilian moved to the Emirates but he was impressed with his teammate after he offered him encouragement while still playing for Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSunday 6 Oct 2019 11:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link223Shares David Luiz sent Rob Holding a message of encouragement after he ruptured his cruciate ligament (Picture: Getty)‘David Luiz messaged me out of the blue and I was taken back by it,’ Holding told Arsenal’s website after the win over Standard Liege.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He just said that it happens and that I’ve got a great career ahead of me. He told me that I just need to focus and I’ll be all good, so I felt if he was doing that for me why I can’t I do that for someone else, because it may give them a little boost.‘I never played in the England Under-21s with Lewis Cook, but because we had the same injury at the same time and we had surgery on the same day, we’ve sort of kept in touch with each other. I remember when Sol Bamba for Cardiff did his injury too, so I also sent him a message.‘When you go through an injury like that and you’re out for nine or 10 months, football and rivalry is put aside and you’re just getting behind each other. But I’m ready whenever the boss needs me now, so we’ll see what happens.‘I’m happy with how I’m playing at the moment and I feel comfortable.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHolding has enjoyed a solid return to action, helping Arsenal to keep two clean sheets in both of his appearances – a 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup followed by a 4-0 victory over Standard Liege.Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet in the Premier League this season and there have been calls for Holding to be recalled to the side, possibly at Luiz’s expense with the summer signing struggling for form since his move.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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