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Rachel Maddow breaks down in tears on air while reading about babies detained at US border


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  • MSNBC host Rachel Maddow broke down in tears on Tuesday night reporting on family separations at the US-Mexico border.
  • A breaking story about "tender age" children being held in facilities in south Texas was the trigger.
  • The report said babies were being held in facilities away from their families in a potentially traumatic setting.
  • President Donald Trump's administration officials have described the children as being "well taken care of" in custody.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow went off the rails on Tuesday night when it came time for her to read a new report of "tender age" children being detained away form their families at the US border.

Maddow broke down in tears and had to pass the show off to Lawrence O'Donnell, who hosts "The Last Word," the show that follows Maddow's on MSNBC.

"The AP has just broken some new news," said Maddow. "Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children," she read before pausing to collect herself.

"I think I’m going to have to hand this off. Sorry, that does it for us tonight. We’ll see you tomorrow,”she said while visibly trying to contain tears.

Later, on Twitter, Maddow apologized for breaking down, saying it was not "the way I intended that to go, not by a mile," and that she was trying to read the following passage from the Associated Press:

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three "tender age" shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.

Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis.


Decades after the nation’s child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents.

“The thought that they are going to be putting such little kids in an institutional setting? I mean it is hard for me to even wrap my mind around it,” said Kay Bellor, vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which provides foster care and other child welfare services to migrant children. “Toddlers are being detained.”

Maddow's show on the liberal-leaning MSNBC ranks as the most-viewed show of its type in its time slot.

President Donald Trump's administration officials have described the children as being "well taken care of" in custody.

The same Associated Press report quoted an official as saying the children are with "very well-trained clinicians, and those facilities meet state licensing standards for child welfare agencies, and they're staffed by people who know how to deal with the needs — particularly of the younger children."

But experts say that the mere act of separating children from their primary caregiver creates a traumatic experience for the child.

Trump maintains that this issue must be solved by Congress changing the laws around immigration. On Tuesday he met with Republican lawmakers and seemed to back a moderate compromise bill that could alleviate the situation, though it was drafted with no input from Democrats.

Watch the end of Maddow's show below:


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25 of London's most exclusive private members' clubs, ranked by price



London's private members' circuit has come a long way since the days of the stuffy gentleman's club.

The capital now boasts one of the most diverse selections of clubs in the world.

While areas such as Mayfair and Pall Mall are still synonymous with the members' club scene, an explosion of more accessible, affordable, and trendier clubs have shaken things up.

Whether you are looking for a wellbeing sanctuary, to indulge in the world of fine wine, art, and live performance, or just somewhere with cool rooms where cool-looking people hang out, each club has its very own niche, making it even trickier to pick the right one.

We've rounded up a selection of London's most exclusive private members' clubs, which cost between £150 to over £5,000 — or the cost of a new car — for an annual membership.

Scroll down for a sneak peek inside some of London's best clubs, ranked in ascending order by the price of a standard annual membership and joining fee.

Disrepute, Soho — £150.

Disrepute, a "hidden gem" nestled within an opulent Soho basement, offers a carefully curated cocktail menu and an atmospheric space perfect for secret late-night sessions. It is one of the most reasonably priced members' bars in London.

Membership privileges include priority reservations, the ability to book in parties of up to 12 people, and free access to special events, talks, and masterclasses.

The club says it is a members' bar not in the conventional sense, and that applications are welcome from people of all backgrounds and persuasions. Non-members are also welcome to book a table, subject to availability.

You can apply for membership here.

Quo Vadis, Soho — £500, plus £150 joining fee.

Quo Vadis, easily recognisable by its iconic neon street sign, is another of Soho's members' haunts. The club consists of a first floor bar and lounge, and a dedicated members' restaurant, which serves quintessentially British cuisine. The second floor is home to the "Blue Room," an intimate, atmospheric lounge with open plan bar and first-rate sound system.

It is popular among Soho’s creatives, foodies, and more generally seekers of relaxed business and serious pleasures.

Under 30s benefit from a discounted yearly rate of £300. The club doesn't have a blanket policy for membership and says it instead looks at case by case applications, accepting people without airs and graces who are interesting and happy to be themselves.

Prospective members can apply online here.

L'escargot, Soho — £450, plus £250 joining fee.

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Set in a Georgian townhouse in the heart of Soho above London's oldest French restaurant L'escargot, the chic Upstairs Club is accessed via a psychedelic carpeted spiral staircase.

It's a secretive hideout away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. There is an air of eccentricity to the club which offers its members access to a series of private rooms, including the salon noir, salon bleu, and salon rouge, which regularly host performances and general debauchery.

Under 28s can obtain a reduced membership of £250. If you don't have a proposer, you may be asked to visit the club and meet with one of the membership team for a drink and a brief introduction.

To apply, hopefuls should submit a personal profile online here.

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Millions of people around the world have fled their home countries and become refugees — here's what they go through to make it to the US


Syrian refugees.

Millions of people around the world have been forced from their home countries due to war, genocide, or persecution.

They come from conflict-ridden countries like Syria, Somalia, and Sudan, and they wait for years in refugee camps before they can secure a spot in safe countries.

The United States takes in just a tiny fraction of the world's refugees — but it maintains perhaps the strictest, most rigorous vetting process.

In honor of World Refugee Day, here's a look at where the world's refugees come from and what they endure to make it to safety in the United States:

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The UNHCR estimates that some 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Some of them are refugees within their own countries, some have managed to flee their home countries altogether, and some have no citizenship — and therefore nowhere to go.

As of 2016, the most recent year with data available, just 0.8% of the world's refugees were resettled in safe countries. For 0.4% of refugees, that safe country was the United States.

Source: UNHCR

When refugees flee their home country, they often have to temporarily seek safety in a "host country," where they typically live in refugee camps until they can permanently be resettled. For instance, many of Syria's 5.5 million refugees sought temporary safety in neighboring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Source: UNHCR

The United States is one of 37 countries that offer resettlement programs, though refugees don’t get to pick where they’re sent. Instead, the UNHCR assigns them to the US. Then, they undergo a rigorous, years-long screening process by US officials. Here's how that works:

President Donald Trump has dramatically restricted America's refugee intake since he took office, and though he has demanded that "extreme vetting" be implemented for refugees coming from majority-Muslim countries, those closest to the refugee-vetting process say the current system is already as extreme as it gets.

The refugees undergo years of screening filled with intensive interviews, detailed background checks from multiple government agencies, biometric data collection, medical tests, and constant scrutiny from the US officials who vet them.

Sources: UNHCR, Business Insider

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The 50 best restaurants in the world in 2018


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The best restaurants in the world have been revealed — and some serious bucket list-worthy eateries are on the list.

The winners of the annual World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018 awards were announced at a glamorous ceremony in Bilbao, Spain on Tuesday, June 19.

The ranking is based on the opinions and experiences of over 1,000 international restaurant industry experts — from food writers and critics to chefs, restaurateurs and "well-travelled gourmets" — from 26 regions around the world.

Scroll down to see the 50 best restaurants in the world in 2018, ranked in ascending order.

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50. Test Kitchen (Cape Town, South Africa)

49. Nahm (Bangkok, Thailand)

48. Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)

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The 21 best songs of 2018 so far, ranked


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The first half of the year in music has been eventful, to say the least. 

A Beyoncé and Jay-Z joint album just dropped amid a string of album releases from Kanye West, and a high-profile rap beef between Drake and Pusha-T appears to still be percolating

Meanwhile, indie groups like MGMT, Beach House, and The Internet have released some of their best music in years.

Here are the 21 songs that we've gravitated toward the most in 2018 so far:

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21. Drake — "God's Plan"

Prior to suffering a ruthless diss track from Pusha-T, Drake spent 19 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this year for his singles "God's Plan" and "Nice For What." The former track, a buoyant pop song that drew from well-tread but effective sounds of Drake's back catalog, featured an uplifting music video, in which the Canadian rapper donated the video's nearly million-dollar budget to residents of Miami, Florida.

20. Disclosure — "Ultimatum"

The UK electronic duo Disclosure's first release in over two years came in the form of an engrossing five-minute single that sampled the Malian folk singer Fatoumata Diawara. Jazz keys and light synths surround an infectious sample from Diawara, which the pair loop and distort throughout.

19. Jack White — "Over and Over and Over"

Jack White's protean and bizarre album "Boarding House Blues" featured a stellar single in the prog-rock, gospel-tinged "Over and Over and Over." White referred to the track as his "white whale" upon its release in March, after he previously attempted to record it multiple times to no avail, including for a collaborative project with Jay-Z that never came to fruition. 

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Watch the electric first trailer for 'Creed II,' the sequel to 2015's blockbuster boxing movie


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  • The first trailer for "Creed II," the sequel to 2015's "Creed," debuted Wednesday.
  • It features Kendrick Lamar's song "DNA." and sets up a compelling fight between Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed and the son of Dolph Lundgren's Ivan Drago.
  • The film is set for release on November 21.

The first trailer for "Creed II," the sequel to 2015's successful movie "Creed," debuted on Wednesday, and it sets up a compelling fight for Michael B. Jordan's character Adonis Creed. 

The trailer features a chopped rendition of Kendrick Lamar's song "DNA."

Lamar's track intersperses audio and footage of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balbao trying to convince Creed not to fight the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who killed Creed's father, Apollo, in a fight in "Rocky IV."

Drago's son, Viktor, is played by the real-life professional boxer Florian Munteanu, and Tessa Thompson ("Thor: Ragnarok") also stars in the movie, reprising her role from the first film as Creed's girlfriend Bianca.

Written by Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (the creator of Netflix's "Luke Cage"), and directed by Steven Caple Jr., the film is set for release on November 21.

The first "Creed" was directed by "Black Panther" writer-director Ryan Coogler and grossed $173.5 million in 2015 against an estimated budget of $35 million. The movie earned Sylvester Stallone an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor in 2015.

Watch the trailer for "Creed II" below:

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Former US immigration chief warns that hundreds of separated children will probably never be reunited with their parents


U.S. Border Patrol agents ask a group of Central American asylum seekers to remove hair bands and weddding rings before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas.

  • The Trump administration has no system in place to ever reunite the migrant families it has been separating under the "zero-tolerance" policy.
  • When migrant parents and their children are split up at the border, they enter two completely separate legal processes run by different government agencies that never interact.
  • Immigration lawyers and advocates have reported chaos in trying to track down the family members of their clients.
  • The Trump administration itself admitted Tuesday it didn't know how many children have been reunited with their parents.

As controversy rages over the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy, immigration lawyers and advocates report mass confusion and an absence of protocols to reunite migrant children with the parents from whom they were separated.

Since early May, the Trump administration has separated 2,342 children from 2,206 parents, and officials admitted Tuesday that they don't know how many children have been reunited with their parents so far.

"This policy is relatively new, and we're still working through the experience of reunifying parents with their kids after adjudication," the Health and Human Services department's Steven Wagner told reporters.

Under the zero-tolerance policy, implemented in mid-April, every migrant caught illegally crossing the border is criminally prosecuted and any children they brought with them are detained separately.

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Since criminal prosecution requires that the parents be transferred into the custody of the US Marshals, they enter a completely separate legal process than their children, who are designated "unaccompanied minors" and are transferred to the custody of HHS's Office of Refugee Resettlement.

These separate government agencies that handle the two processes don't interact with one another, and the Trump administration has not set up any process to reunite the families even if they're released from custody.

"The kids are being sent all over the place and the parents are sent all over the place," Austin-based immigration attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch told Business Insider. "There isn't an agency that you can call and get a caseworker on the phone and say, 'Hey, I've got this mom looking for her kid.' There's no one doing that. There's no one acting as a liaison, which is absolute insanity."

Media outlets have reported on devastated parents who were deported back to their home countries while their children remained in the US. Meanwhile, other parents who remain in immigration detention while the government considers their asylum claims have no contact with their children, and limited means to locate them.

"The most difficult piece — as an advocate and a service provider — of this is actually finding the parents," Lincoln-Goldfinch said. "Because it's not as if ICE separates the family, puts them on different buses, and picks up the phone and calls the Texas Civil Rights Project to say 'OK, we've got 10 parents going to [the Hutto detention center]' — they don't share any information with us about what they're doing with these families.

John Sandweg, the former head of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, warned that many of the children will get lost in the tangled government system and never see their parents again.

"I think we're going to see hundreds of cases where the children are permanently separated from their parents, becoming wards of the United States," he told Global News.

'Absolute insanity'

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Instead, immigration authorities have set up a hotline parents can call for assistance tracking down their children, but The New Yorker recently reported that detained parents have difficulty reaching the number from their facilities, and there's no call-back numbers they can leave.

Liz Willis, the program manager for the Urban Justice Center's Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, told Business Insider that a number of basic, logistical problems with tracking migrants in government custody further complicate efforts at reunifying the separated family members.

For instance, all migrants in government custody are identified in databases by their names, birth dates, and the "alien number" they're given. But some of the children separated are too young to know their parents' alien numbers, full names, or birth dates. 

Even the children old enough to know their parents' information can hit roadblocks — a mere typo that immigration agents may have made when jotting down their parents' names when entering them into the system can ruin their chances at finding one another through the online detainee locator.

"The detainee locator, it often isn't right, or people don't have the number to look people up," Willis said. "It's very opaque, it's really difficult for families who are waiting for other family members to arrive to find adults who have been put into the system. It takes a long time for them to show up."

Are you are an immigrant who has been separated from your family at the border? Or do you work with families who have been detained or separated? Email mmark@businessinsider.com to share your story.

¿Es usted un inmigrante que ha sido separado de su familia en la frontera? ¿O trabajas con familias que han sido detenidas o separadas?Envíe un correo electrónico a mmark@businessinsider.com para compartir su historia.

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Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski defends controversial comments on 10-year-old migrant girl with down syndrome affected by family-separation policy



  • Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski defended himself for mocking a commentator during a Fox News segment.
  • The commentator was discussing a 10-year-old migrant girl with down syndrome who was separated from her family at the US-Mexico border.
  • Lewandowski was slammed on social media for his comments. 
  • The former Trump campaign manager also inaccurately claimed the family-separation policy began under former President Barack Obama.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Wednesday defended himself after appearing to mock another commentator's concern for 10-year-old migrant girl with down syndrome who was separated from her family at the US-Mexico border.

"Lots of Fake News today," Lewandowski tweeted. "I mocked a liberal who attempted to politicize children as opposed to discussing the real issue which is fixing a broken immigration system. It’s offensive that the MSM doesn’t want to talk about the fact these policies were started under Obama."

On a Fox News segment Tuesday, former Hillary Clinton campaign aide Zac Petkanas talked about the girl.

"Look, I read today about a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was taken from her mother and put in a cage." 

As Petkanas spoke, Lewandowski said, "Womp womp."

His remarks enraged Petkanas, who replied, "Did you just say 'womp womp' to a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome being taken from her mother?"

Lewandowski was slammed on social media for his remarks.

Lewandowski is quite unpopular on Twitter at the moment

The former Trump campaign manager incorrectly claimed the policy of separating families at the border 'started under Obama'

zero tolerance flowchart family separation graphic what happens when families get separated at the border immigrationFormer President Barack Obama's immigration policies were specifically designed to avoid pulling families apart. Family separation occurred on rare occasions under Obama's administration, but these families were typically reunited in an expeditious fashion. 

President Donald Trump's administration has instituted a "zero tolerance" immigration policy that's essentially led it to prosecute any adult caught illegally crossing the border, which has catalyzed the broad separation of families

Trump has been criticized by both sides of the aisle for the separation policy, including by Republican Sen. John McCain. 

"The administration's current family separation policy is an affront to the decency of the American people, and contrary to principles and values upon which our nation was founded," McCain recently said. "The administration has the power to rescind this policy. It should do so now."

SEE ALSO: Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski taunts commentator who mentioned a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome separated from her mother at the US-Mexico border

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AMC takes aim at MoviePass with new $20-a-month subscription plan (AMC)


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  • AMC Theatres has announced the launch of AMC Stubs A-List. 
  • For $19.95 (plus tax) a month, you can see three movies per week.
  • You get perks like free refills of popcorn and online ticket fees waived, while also being allowed to see a movie in any format and see the same movie as many times as you want.
  • AMC, the biggest movie chain in the world, is now in direct competition with MoviePass.
  • AMC Stubs A-List launches on June 26.

AMC Theatres has decided to up its subscription game and go head-to-head with MoviePass. 

In an clear move to compete against the subscription upstart, the largest theater chain in the world announced in a press release on Wednesday that it will add a new tier to its subscription loyalty program, AMC Stubs. On June 26, the company is launching "AMC Stubs A-List."

For $19.95 (plus tax) per month, members will get to see three movies a week in theaters. They will also get all the benefits of the AMC Stubs Premiere plan (free refills on popcorn, online ticketing fees waived) plus being able to book tickets in advance, see a movie in any format (IMAX, RealD 3D), and can come back and see the same movies. (However, if you don't see three movies in a week, they do not carry over to the following week).

Many of these perks — like advance tickets, seeing non-2D movies, and seeing the same movie again — are restricted by MoviePass. 

AMC and MoviePass have been at odds since the app launched its $9.95-per-month model last summer. AMC has been its loudest opponent, even hinting at trying to block the service from its theaters. MoviePass later stoked the fires when it suddenly pulled the app service from 10 AMC locations in January. (It later reactivated them.)

MoviePass responded to the AMC news via Twitter on Wednesday:

AMC's launch of Stubs A-List doesn't just make it a major competitor with MoviePass (Cinemark also has a $8.99 subscription service that lets you go to one 2D ticket per month), but shows that movie theater subscription plans are not going away. 

With MoviePass proving that audiences will go to the movies more often if given an attractive way to do it (MoviePass boasts it represents more than 5% of US box office receipts and has over 3 million subscribers), the chains are clearly taking the model and running with it.

They no doubt, however, hope their subscription programs can be more financially viable than MoviePass. Stock of MoviePass' parent company, Helios and Matheson, sank to an all-time low of $0.29 early Wednesday.

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The tallest lifeforms of all time


Gravity's pull prevents most beings from growing tall. But there are some lifeforms that have challenged gravity and won. These lifeforms include varieties of trees, ancient dinosaurs, and creatures of the deep ocean. The following is a transcript of the video.

If you doubled in size, your weight would be 8 times greater. That’s the trouble with growing tall. Gravity’s pull is keeping us all down. But there are a few earthly giants that have fought gravity and won.

The key to growing tall is how you use your energy. That’s why the tallest trees outrank any animal on Earth. Because trees spend all their energy on one thing- growing taller than their fellow neighbors. And there are two trees that are the best growers of them all- giant Redwoods and Mountain Ashes. Redwoods are renowned as the tallest life forms on Earth. But some experts think that Mountain Ashes could grow even taller if humans would stop cutting them down. In fact, the tallest Mountain Ash was just 1 meter shorter than the tallest Redwood.

Unlike plants, animals spend energy on all sorts of tasks like eating, walking, and staying warm. So, they can't grow as tall. But it doesn't mean they're small, either. If you measured this African Elephant from shoulder to ground it would actually be taller than a Giraffe! But thanks to their long, strong necks, giraffes are the tallest animals alive.

And if we look at animals throughout Earth’s history, dinosaurs eclipse them all. These towering Sauropods were the biggest of the bunch. In fact, the top 10 list of tallest animals in history? All dinosaurs.

But, what if we looked at the longest lifeforms too? If you balance the longest Saltwater Crocodile on its nose, it would tie the Giraffe! And if we ignore legs, it gets even better! Tip to tail, the Green Anaconda nearly doubles the height of the tallest Giraffe on record.

But these land dwellers have nothing on animals of the deep. Supported by water, sea life can practically ignore gravity. Which means they can grow much larger. Take the Blue Whale for example. It’s the most massive animal of all time. The entire cast of Broadway’s “The Lion King” can fit on its tongue! But it should be careful not to get tangled up in the tentacles of a Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, which makes a Giant Squid look small by comparison. Now, the biggest fish alive is the Whale Shark. And if we look into the past, things get even bigger.

And where do humans fit into all this? Somewhere near the top, actually. Humans are bigger than 87.6% of mammals on Earth. And the average Dutchman is the tallest of them all. So, there’s no reason to ever feel small again, especially if you’re from the Netherlands.

Fun Fact: The longest lifeform of all time isn’t a plant or animal at all. It’s a Honey Fungus and the biggest one goes on for 3.8 kilometers underneath a forest in Oregon.



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Jeff Sessions could be kicked out of the Methodist church over border separations of migrant families


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  • Over 600 clergy and lay members of the United Methodist Church filed a formal complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, accusing him of violating church law.
  • In a letter released Monday, signatories charged Sessions with child abuse and other offenses regarding the Justice Department's controversial family separations policy.
  • A national, formal complaint of this manner is unprecedented in the history of the Methodist Church and could lead to Sessions' expulsion from the religious body.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions could be expelled from the Methodist Church after more than 600 clergy and lay members filed a historic formal complaint charging him with violating church law over the Justice Department's controversial "zero-tolerance" immigration policy of separating families who illegally cross the US-Mexico border. 

Over 600 people, including 318 reverends, signed a letter invoking a rarely used procedure to file a formal complaint against Sessions. The complaint accuses him of perpetuating child abuse, immorality, and racial discrimination.

The letter also said Sessions citing the scripture verse Romans 13 to justify the separations policy counted as the "dissemination of doctrines contrary to the standards of doctrine of the United Methodist Church."

"As members of the United Methodist Church, we deeply hope for a reconciling process that will help this long-time member of our connection step back from his harmful actions and work to repair the damage he is currently causing to immigrants, particularly children and families," the letter says.

Sessions is a devout Christian and a member of Methodist congregations in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama and in Arlington, Virginia. The letter is addressed to the reverends of both congregations and copies the presiding bishops and superintendents.

While any lay member can file church law charges against another, most come in the form of complaints to individual pastors and are usually resolved at the district level.

Methodist pastors speaking to the United Methodist News Service said that such a public and formal complaint against another member that moved beyond that level was unprecedented in the church.

"I'm not aware of any circumstance in the 50-year history of The United Methodist Church when a complaint against a lay person moved beyond the stage of its resolution by a district superintendent or a pastor," Rev. William Lawrence told UNMS.

If the formal charges lodged against Sessions are not resolved through mediation and discussion with a member of the clergy, they could lead to an ecclesiastical trial and possibly his expulsion from the church.

UNMS reports that multiple pastors have both publicly spoken out against the policy and reached out to Sessions on their own to criticize the policy, and encourage him to re-consider the family separations in light of the teachings of the Methodist Church.

The Justice Department implemented the "zero-tolerance" policy in April, which began prosecuting parents who cross the border illegally with children. Since mid-April, at least 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and detained in shelters.

Read the full letter here »

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How to look and feel healthier in one month, according to science


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Detox in a day! Feel healthier in just hours! Lose 5 pounds in a week!

There are plenty of health promises out there that might sound great, but most of them simply don't stack up.

However, as scientists learn more about how our bodies work, evidence has mounted in support of some simple things that you can do every day to look and feel healthier in a relatively short amount of time. 

We’re not promising anything extreme here — your body is a complicated, wonderful machine and it’s not going to magically transform like some kind of Hollywood superhero's.

But with summer weather upon us, here are 12 things you can start doing today that your body will thank you for after four weeks or less. Each of these simple acts starts paying measurable dividends within a month, and things get even better after that, with long-term results that scientists have measured in and out of the lab. 

Get ready to look and feel great.

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The simplest, most effective thing you can do for your health is get moving. Even one minute of intense, all-out exercise done regularly can improve your fitness level.

Becoming physically active changes your body quickly and can even decrease your risk of death

"After two to four weeks your nervous system is much more efficient at being able to contract your muscles," Robert Newton, director of Edith Cowan University's Exercise Medicine Research Institute, recently told Australia's Nine News.

Scientists have found over and over that it doesn't really matter which kind of workout you do — just moving around regularly will make your heart, muscles, and mind healthier.

Even a few minutes of exertion every week can make a difference. Recent research from McMaster University found that a set of three 20-second bursts of all-out vigorous exercise can improve a person's fitness by 20% in three months. (After a month, you'll be well on your way!)

Lead study author Martin Gibala coined this approach as the "one-minute workout." But it's really 10 minutes of exercise, three times per week. The routine includes a two-minute warm-up period, a three-minute cool-down, and three intense, 20-second bursts of sprinting. 

"For athletes who are already very fit, they train this way to maintain fitness," Gibala told the CBC. "It's a good way to boost your health very, very quickly."

When it comes to your plate, consider cutting back on salty processed foods.

Most Americans are consuming 50% more than their daily recommended salt intake, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over time, this can take a toll. When there's too much salt in your blood, your kidneys have a hard time flushing out impurities, which can raise your blood pressure.

Instead of salty snacks, try incorporating more whole foods like bananas and avocados into your diet this month, since those are loaded with potassium, a natural antidote to sodium's harmful effects on your blood pressure.

There are plenty of other flavor-boosters to include in your meals instead of salt, like lemon juice and herbs. Whatever strategy you choose, avoid processed foods, which not only have lots of hidden salt, but may also be linked to higher cancer rates

Befriend fiber.

Fiberous foods help keep your energy levels more stable than quick-burning sugary or carb-heavy fixes. Fiber also keeps your tummy full and your digestive system humming along smoothly.

There's a lot of fiber in whole grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. A lot of the best high-fiber foods also have a low glycemic index, which could spare you from suffering sugar crashes. 

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'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' takes itself way too seriously, and that dampens the fun


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  • "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" comes to theaters this weekend, and sadly, it's not as good as "Jurassic World."
  • The latest addition to the "Jurassic Park" franchise takes itself way too seriously.

Three years after “Jurassic World” hit theaters and revamped the “Jurassic Park” franchise with a record-breaking $208.8 million opening weekend, and an incredible $1.6 billion worldwide earned at the box office, the sequel is here, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” And honestly, don’t get too excited.

“Jurassic World” gave a nice dose of nostalgia for the original “Jurassic Park” movie directed by Steven Spielberg in 1993, but “Fallen Kingdom” (in theaters Friday) falls into the usual sequel trappings that, well, the sequel to “Jurassic World,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” fell into as well.

In trying not to repeat the things that made the first movie so great, "Fallen Kingdom" turns into a bland continuation instead of a fun companion.

In “Fallen Kingdom,” we are back into the story three years later. The park in Isla Nublar has been abandoned, but with a volcanic eruption on the island coming soon, a major debate has been sparked about whether the dinosaurs on the island should be saved or left to become extinct once more.

dinosaur jurassic world fallen kingdomClaire (Bryce Dallas Howard) has launched an organization to help save the dinosaurs, and one day while hustling with her follow volunteers for donations, she gets a call from Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), a former partner of John Hammond, the man behind the cloning of the dinosaurs and the brains behind Jurassic Park (played by Richard Attenborough in the first “Jurassic Park” movie).

Lockwood has a proposition for Claire.

Claire goes out to Lockwood’s massive estate to hear him out. Lockwood’s second-in-command, Eli (Rafe Spall), informs Claire of their plans to extract all the dinos on Isla Nublar and take them to an island sanctuary to live out their days. All they need is Claire’s access to the computer system on the island (remember, she was the operations manager at the park in the last movie) and Owen (Chris Pratt) to come along and track down the Velociraptor he raised, Blue.

Outside of a thrilling opening scene to the movie in which a team retrieves DNA from the remains of the Indominus Rex from the last movie, things get dull until Claire and Owen, who interrupts his ambitious house-building project to go on the mission — I mean, he had the house all framed out, should he really have stopped building? — touch down on the dino island.

It doesn’t take long for Claire to get into the system or Owen to find Blue (along for the ride is a geeky IT guy, played by Justice Smith, and a no nonsense paleo-veterinarian played by Daniella Pineda). But with the now-erupting volcano and the pissed dinosaurs all around them, there are a lot of challenges.

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This time around, franchise staple Dr. Wu (played by the ageless B.D. Wong) has crafted an Indoraptor — a hybrid of the Indominus Rex and a Raptor — that is scary as all heck and gets loose by the end of the movie.

It leads to a thrilling conclusion back on the Lockwood estate, as Claire and Owen uncover a sinister plot and befriend Lockwood’s granddaughter, Maisie (Isabella Sermons), in the process. (Did you really think one of these movies wasn’t going to have a kid character in it?)

But the biggest problem with “Fallen Kingdom” (outside of not nearly enough Jeff Goldblum) is everything is taken way too seriously. Like “Jurassic World,” there’s nothing in the sequel that we haven’t seen before in a summer blockbuster movie (from the long-winded exposition to the stale plot points), the only glaring thing is director J.A. Bayona (“A Monster Calls”) tries to be more dramatic than the other movies in the franchise, and offer “real” stakes. That’s not what this franchise is about.

Despite all that, though, the final few minutes of the movie have you excited about the inevitable third chapter in the reboot franchise. I don’t know how the heck they did it, but despite everything I didn’t like about “Fallen Kingdom,” I’ll be first in line to see part three.


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Summer is here — here are the 100 best restaurants in America for outdoor dining


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  • OpenTable released its list of the 100 best restaurants in America for al fresco dining in 2018.
  • California and Florida are home to 56 of the 100 restaurants.
  • Other states with restaurants on the list include Hawaii, Arizona, Ohio, and Maryland.

Nothing says summertime like eating outdoors.

In honor of the first day of summer on Thursday, OpenTable has released its annual list of the 100 best restaurants in America for al fresco dining in 2018.

Culled from millions of OpenTable reviews, the list includes restaurants in 22 states, each with its own stunning views or cozy surroundings. California and Florida are home to more than half of the restaurants on the list — no surprise there — but there are plenty of representatives on the list for those who don't live near the coast, too.

Read on to discover where you should eat this summer for an unforgettable outdoor experience.

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Café Monarch - Scottsdale, Arizona

El Chorro - Paradise Valley, Arizona

Gertrude's - Phoenix - Phoenix, Arizona

Lon's at The Hermosa - Paradise Valley, Arizona

Mariposa - Sedona, Arizona

Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace - Scottsdale, Arizona

Tonto Bar & Grill - Cave Creek, Arizona

Wildflower - Tucson -Tucson, Arizona

California: San Diego area

Campfire - Carlsbad, California

Coasterra - San Diego, California

Duke's La Jolla - San Diego, California

George's Ocean Terrace - San Diego, California

Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff - Cardiff-By-The-Sea, California

Poseidon - Del Mar, California

The Prado at Balboa Park - San Diego, California

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido, California

Tom Hams Lighthouse - San Diego, California

California: Los Angeles area

Beachcomber Cafe - Newport Coast, California

Catch LA - West Hollywood, California

Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens - Corona Del Mar, California

Geoffrey's Restaurant - Malibu, California

Gracias Madre - West Hollywood, California

The Ivy - West Hollywood, California

Perch LA - Los Angeles, California

Pump - West Hollywood, California

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena - Pasadena, California

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3 signs you're less likeable than you think you are



  • Likeable people aren't necessarily born that way — having a friendly personality, good listening skills, and manners all contribute to whether you form connections or push people away.
  • Whether you're dating, networking, or trying to make new friends, the impression you leave on others can affect your career success and overall wellbeing.
  • Here are a handful of signs that you aren't as likeable as you think, according to performance psychologist Dr. Rob Yeung.


Rubbing someone the wrong way not only can give you a bad reputation, but can also hinder your chances of creating meaningful connections. This, in turn, can affect your success at work and in life.

"Recent research suggests that most untrained interviewers have made up their minds within the first 15 minutes of an interview," Dr. Rob Yeung, a performance psychologist and author of "How To Stand Out: Proven Tactics for Getting Ahead," told Business Insider. "The rest is just courtesy."

Sometimes a person others find annoying doesn't even realize he or she is pushing people away. Here are a handful of signs that you may not be as likeable as you think.

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1. You don’t pick up on social cues

Not being able to identify cues in a social situation can lead to confusion, awkwardness, and even repulsion by the other person.

A study published in The Journal of Social Psychology examined how Canadian subjects interpret verbal and nonverbal communication cues. The researchers found that nonverbal cues can influence impressions and whether people like each other. Being able to detect the interest level of others through social cues determines whether or not you're categorized as boring, for example.

The ability to listen well and respond to both verbal and nonverbal communication from the person you're interacting with is critical for likeability.

"For example, there's a considerable body of research showing that most people are happy to punish transgressors who disobey social norms," Yeung said.

2. You like to 'one-up' others

Many people don't like to think of themselves as "one-uppers," although it's easy to spot when someone else is doing it, according to Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D., a professor emerita of management at California State University East Bay.

One-upping is a symptom of reverting back to the mammalian instincts in us, Breuning wrote in Psychology Today. When we encounter another person, we are inclined to compare ourselves to that person. The brain releases serotonin, which makes us feel good, when we are in the "one-up" position over someone else, because that promotes survival, she wrote.

If you feel tempted to tout your own accomplishments every time someone else mentions theirs, it could be making you less likeable.

3. You have an arrogant personality

People who exhibit arrogant behavior only care about themselves and show little concern for the wellbeing of others, Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., wrote in Psychology Today. In addition, frustratingly, arrogance can put people ahead of their competitors in politics and business, leading them to success, she wrote.

Arrogant behavior can include taking credit for other people's work and achievements, overreacting to criticism, and belittling others, according to a study published in the journal Human Performance.

These traits may be easy to point out in the abstract, but in the moment, an arrogant person may be so used to acting that way that they don’t realize how they’re coming across. 

“Evolutionary psychologists believe that one of the reasons humans came to dominate the planet is that we evolved to cooperate with each other, which means being able to trust other people,” Yeung said. “As such, certain habits that promote aggression, status, or dominance over other people tend to erode trust.”

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6 signs you and your partner are ready to get married


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  • Relationship expert Andrea Syrtash shared some of the top signs that you and your partner could be ready for marriage.
  • Those signs include having shared values and goals and having open conversations about sex.
  • Ultimately, you and your partner are the only people who can decide whether you're ready to commit long-term.

Today's young couples aren't making rash decisions when it comes to marriage.

A report by dating site eHarmony reveals that 25- to 34-year-olds across the US (not just eHarmony users) knew their partner for an average of 6.5 years before tying the knot. That's compared to an average of five years for all age groups surveyed.

You could, theoretically, spend all of eternity trying to decide whether your partner is the right partner for you. But who has all of eternity to wait?

We asked Andrea Syrtash, a relationship expert, founder of Pregnantish, and author of "He's Just Not Your Type (And That's a Good Thing)", for the top signs that you and your partner could be ready to make a lifelong commitment to each other.

Here's what she told us:

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You're the best version of yourself when you're with your partner

"It's amazing how often we put the focus on the other person — what he or she is offering," Syrtash said. "We don't look at who we are with them."

She went on: "You know you're ready to be in a long-term partnership when you can honestly say, 'This person is bringing out my best. I'm a good version of myself with this person.' That's a really good litmus test."

Syrtash's insights recall those of Ellen McCarthy, author of "The Real Thing" and a former weddings reporter for The Washington Post. McCarthy writes that the one word she heard couples use over and over again to describe their relationship was "comfortable."

As McCarthy puts it, a solid partner is like a "good pair of pajamas."

You have shared values and goals

"Hopefully, you're not getting married or thinking about long-term commitment before you've talked about future goals," Syrtash said.

Discussion topics should include kids, religion, and finances.

"If you feel that you've talked through significant future goals together and you're aligned, that's also a good sign."

Karl Pillemer, a professor of human development at Cornell University, spoke with a series of older Americans for his book "30 Lessons for Loving" and learned about the importance of shared values.

One 86-year-old man told Pillemer that it's important to find out from your partner: "What do they care about? How do they think about the world? What matters to them?"


You've talked openly about your finances

Money is a common source of conflict in a marriage, Syrtash said. "So we want to have open conversations before we are legally bound to each other."

For example, is one person coming into the relationship with significant student loans or credit-card debt?

According to Michelle Brownstein, Vice President of Private Client Services at Personal Capital, every couple should have three important money conversations: how they spend and save, how they envision a potential child's future, and whether to rent or buy a home.

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McDonald's employees share 7 things they learned from working at the fast-food giant


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  • McDonald's jobs — like all jobs — provide employees with plenty of learning opportunities.
  • McDonald's crew members shared what they've learned from working at the restaurant chain with Business Insider.
  • The lessons ranged from treating everyone with kindness to learning to work with others.

The food at McDonald's might be largely the same all over the world, but the experiences of its employees can vary quite a bit.

Of course, the atmosphere of each store depends a lot on the customer base, the crew, the management, and the franchise-owner. But there's one commonality that links at McDonald's jobs. Like all jobs, McDonald's gigs serve as a learning experience, for better or for worse.

Business Insider spoke with several current and former crew members to find out what they learned from working at the restaurant. Former McDonald's employees have also posted on Quora about their work experiences.

Here's what McDonald's crew members have learned from the job:

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The job is a crash course in the basics of how a restaurant works

"McDonald's can provide essential workforce skills and people can use this to their advantage in their next resume," former McDonald's crew member Sherwin Balugo wrote on Quora.

He said such skills included:

• Operating and maintaining restaurant equipment.

• Teamwork and effective communication.

• Food and kitchen safety.

• Task prioritization.

"This can be easily overlooked, as most see McDonald's as nothing that special, in terms of profession," Balugo wrote.

Team work makes the dream work at McDonald's

One former crew member who worked at the chain for five years told Business Insider that they learned about "teamwork" through their tenure at the company.

They added that they developed many friendships with their fellow crew members.

"Besides learning about the actual tasks at McDonald's — making burgers, fries, customer service — one learns how to work together with other people," former McDonald's employee and Quora user Chuck Chan wrote. "This is usually not the top-tier of people who 'want' to be working, but usually the people who are working there as a means-to-an-end and this job might have been their last resort."

Employees learn to 'show no fear' when dealing with customers

Working in the fast-food industry can be rough, sometimes. Some customers will give you a hard time.

But one crew member from Minnesota told Business Insider that they learned how to "show the customers no fear."

The employee added that they've become adept at acting as "happy" as possible while working a shift.

McDonald's manager Cody Zeman wrote on Quora that employees should always try as best they can to engage with customers to dispel any possible tension.

"Ask them how their day is going," Zeman wrote. "Always smile. Always walk into work with a clean uniform. Always have an open mind."

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Trump signs executive order to stop separating families at the border, but keeps the 'zero tolerance' policy


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  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order ending his administration's practice of separating migrant families, but maintaining the "zero-tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes migrants who cross the border illegally.
  • The Trump administration is now seeking to amend an existing decree known as the Flores settlement in an effort to allow families to be detained together indefinitely (currently children cannot be detained longer than 20 days).
  • The Trump administration separated more than 2,000 children from their parents since early May, garnering overwhelming backlash from the public.
  • It's unclear what will happen to the families that have already been separated.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to keep families apprehended at the border together, weeks after implementing the "zero tolerance" policy that separated thousands of migrant children from their parents.

"It's about keeping families together while at the same time being sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border," Trump told reporters after signing the order in the Oval Office. "We are going to keep the families together. I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated."

The reversal by Trump comes weeks into his administration's new policy to criminally prosecute all adult migrants who are caught crossing the border illegally; in such prosecutions, adults are separated from any children traveling with them.

The order also directs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to seek to modify a 1997 agreement known as the Flores settlement, which bars authorities from detaining immigrant children for longer than 20 days.

Under the order, the zero-tolerance policy will remain in effect. So if the Flores settlement is successfully amended, the families caught crossing the border illegally will be detained together.

"When an alien enters or attempts to enter the country anywhere else, that alien has committed at least the crime of improper entry and is subject to a fine or imprisonment," the order said, adding that the administration's new policy will be to "maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources."

The policy has so far separated more than 2,300 migrant children from their parents, in a chaotic process that places the children in shelters and with foster families across the country, while their parents remain detained.

Wednesday's order included the caveat that immigration authorities will not detain families together if "there is a concern that detention of an alien child with the child's alien parent would pose a risk to the child's welfare."

'They won't give us the votes'

migrants cages mcallen texasStories about devastated parents and traumatized children have spread throughout the national media for weeks, causing public outrage across the political spectrum.

Trump had tweeted earlier Wednesday that he was "working on something," once again blaming Democrats for refusing to support Republican legislation designed to keep families detained together after they're arrested at the border.

"It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation," he tweeted. "They want open borders, which breeds horrible crime. Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!"

Trump has continually falsely blamed Democrats for laws he said required the separation of migrant families, though no law requires family separation and the zero-tolerance policy was implemented by his administration alone.

A growing chorus of critics — including some Republicans — have noted that the Trump administration implemented the policy unilaterally and could rescind it with the stroke of a pen.

But Trump and his allies have resisted, arguing that Trump cannot end family separations without first closing "loopholes" in immigration law that they say perpetuate illegal immigration. Those include the Flores settlement and other laws that prevent migrant children from being detained for extended periods after they're caught illegally crossing the border.

It's unclear what will happen to the families that have already been separated after Trump signs the order.

Are you are an immigrant who has been separated from your family at the border? Or do you work with families who have been detained or separated? Email mmark@businessinsider.com to share your story.

¿Es usted un inmigrante que ha sido separado de su familia en la frontera? ¿O trabajas con familias que han sido detenidas o separadas?Envíe un correo electrónico a mmark@businessinsider.com para compartir su historia.

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We compared AMC's new monthly subscription plan against MoviePass, and it's a close battle (AMC, HMNY)


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On Wednesday, AMC Theatres amped up the movie subscription rivalry it has with MoviePass by announcing AMC Stubs A-List, a $20-a-month service that lets you see three movies per week.

The announcement didn't just ruffle the feathers of MoviePass, but made moviegoers pause for a brief moment and figure out if it was worth it to sign up for another service. 

AMC's service (launching June 26) may be double what MoviePass is, but you get more perks like being able to see IMAX and Real 3D movies, and see the same movie multiple times. However, with MoviePass you get to see more movies per month at less of the cost, and you can go to almost any theater in the US to use the service (not just AMC theaters). 

Conflicted? Us too. Here's the tale of the tape:

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Honestly, there's no clear winner here. 

But if you're looking long term, it's possible AMC will be the better play. AMC is the largest theater chain in the world. That has its perks. Soon after announcing the launch of Stubs A-List, IMAX announced that it would be in full cooperation with the service and that there would be no added charge to see IMAX movies through the A-List service. 

And in an earnings call Wednesday afternoon, AMC CEO Adam Aron, while promising that "our program will be profitable," noted that those who come in early on the service will be guaranteed that $20 monthly price for the next year. Aron foresees the membership price going up or down depending on the marketplace.

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Read the full text of Trump's executive order ending family separations at the border


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  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end the separation of migrant families along the US-Mexico border.
  • "It's about keeping families together," Trump said from the White House as he signed the order, adding, "while ensuring we have a powerful, very strong border."
  • The order keeps families together in detention rather than separating them, but maintains Trump's "zero tolerance" policy regarding illegal border crossings.
  • Read the full text of the executive order below.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end the separation of migrant families along the US-Mexico border.

The order does not end the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes migrants who cross the border illegally, but vows to keep families together "where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources."

It also calls for Congress to act on this issue moving forward.

"It's about keeping families together," Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office, adding, "while ensuring we have a powerful, very strong border."

Here's the text of the full order, titled, "Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation":

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Policy.  It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws.  Under our laws, the only legal way for an alien to enter this country is at a designated port of entry at an appropriate time.  When an alien enters or attempts to enter the country anywhere else, that alien has committed at least the crime of improper entry and is subject to a fine or imprisonment under section 1325(a) of title 8, United States Code.  This Administration will initiate proceedings to enforce this and other criminal provisions of the INA until and unless Congress directs otherwise.  It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.  It is unfortunate that Congress’s failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law.

Sec. 2.  Definitions.  For purposes of this order, the following definitions apply:

(a)  “Alien family” means

(i)  any person not a citizen or national of the United States who has not been admitted into, or is not authorized to enter or remain in, the United States, who entered this country with an alien child or alien children at or between designated ports of entry and who was detained; and

(ii)  that person’s alien child or alien children.

(b)  “Alien child” means any person not a citizen or national of the United States who

(i)    has not been admitted into, or is not authorized to enter or remain in, the United States;

(ii)   is under the age of 18; and

(iii)  has a legal parent-child relationship to an alien who entered the United States with the alien child at or between designated ports of entry and who was detained.

 Sec. 3.  Temporary Detention Policy for Families Entering this Country Illegally.  (a)  The Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary), shall, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, maintain custody of alien families during the pendency of any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving their members.

(b)  The Secretary shall not, however, detain an alien family together when there is a concern that detention of an alien child with the child’s alien parent would pose a risk to the child’s welfare.

(c)  The Secretary of Defense shall take all legally available measures to provide to the Secretary, upon request, any existing facilities available for the housing and care of alien families, and shall construct such facilities if necessary and consistent with law.  The Secretary, to the extent permitted by law, shall be responsible for reimbursement for the use of these facilities.

(d)  Heads of executive departments and agencies shall, to the extent consistent with law, make available to the Secretary, for the housing and care of alien families pending court proceedings for improper entry, any facilities that are appropriate for such purposes.  The Secretary, to the extent permitted by law, shall be responsible for reimbursement for the use of these facilities.

(e)  The Attorney General shall promptly file a request with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to modify the Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Sessions, CV 85-4544 (“Flores settlement”), in a manner that would permit the Secretary, under present resource constraints, to detain alien families together throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings for improper entry or any removal or other immigration proceedings.

Sec. 4.  Prioritization of Immigration Proceedings Involving Alien Families.  The Attorney General shall, to the extent practicable, prioritize the adjudication of cases involving detained families.

Sec. 5.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented in a manner consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.



June 20, 2018.

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