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Court ruling puts border wall on hold

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/25/19, 09:49 am

A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked construction on sections of the wall at the U.S. southern border, which President Donald Trump planned to fund through a national emergency declaration. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. of San Francisco ruled that because he thought a lawsuit against the effort would likely succeed, the government should postpone work on a 46-mile section of wall in New Mexico and a 5-mile span in Yuma, Arizona. Trump declared a national emergency at the border in February following a protracted funding battle with Congress and a government shutdown.

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Opioid treatment behind bars

Compassion | Advocates push for medication therapy that has questionable success
by Charissa Crotts
Posted 5/22/19, 03:59 pm

A grant from a private foundation will give jail inmates in 15 U.S. communities access to medication-assisted opioid therapy, an addiction treatment that gets mixed reviews from therapists and patients.

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Trump proposes immigration overhaul

by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/16/19, 04:51 pm

President Donald Trump proposed a “merit system” that would overhaul the U.S. immigration process to favor high-skilled workers over family migration while also focusing on heightening border security and discouraging asylum claims. At a news conference Thursday in the White House Rose Garden, the president said his proposal would designate more money for “closing the gaps” in the U.S. southern border. He also said it would close loopholes to discourage frivolous asylum claims while fast-tracking legitimate ones.

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