Monday morning news: June 25, 2018


Immigration debate rages on » AUDIO: Free the children now! Free the children now! 

Demonstrators gathered near the southern border in Texas over the weekend to protest the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on illegal border crossings.

PROTESTER: This is to make a point that they need to leave children alone. There’s no reason for them to do this to these children. 

President Trump last week issued an executive order to stop separating families, after adults bring children across the border.

The Department of Homeland Security says it has reunited more than 500 children with their parents. That’s almost one-quarter of those separated since the zero-tolerance policy began in April. It’s unclear how soon the rest will be reunited, particularly since DHS deported some parents while their children remain in the U.S.

The Trump administration would like to detain families together until immigration judges can hear their cases. But a 2015 federal court order says children cannot be held at such facilities for more than 20 days. That order builds on a 1997 settlement known as the Flores agreement.

Jeh Johnson, who served as Homeland Security Secretary under President Obama, says there’s no easy solution.

JOHNSON: We expanded family detention, and then we ran into the ruling in the Flores case. I disagreed then with the ruling in the Flores case because I think that our border patrol and immigration enforcement people need those tools available to deal with situations like this.

Johnson said the other problem is that the U.S. doesn’t have nearly enough facilities to detain together, those families who cross the border.

GOP lawmakers are working on a legislative solution to prevent family separations. House leaders want to vote on a compromise between conservative and moderate Republicans. But on Friday that vote was pushed back for a second time. They now hope to vote on the bill sometime this week.


Lawmakers want more answers from Department of Justice » Meantime, Republican leaders in the House say the Department of Justice has not turned over all of the documents Congressional investigators have demanded related to the Russia probe.

House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes says the documents the DOJ has provided are incomplete. They’re giving the Justice Department until the end of the day today to supply more information.

And Peter Strzok, the FBI agent at the center of a firestorm over anti-Trump messages within the bureau, will be on Capitol Hill this week. He’ll answer questions from members of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. That’ll be a closed door meeting, but committee chairman Bob Goodlatte said Sunday… 

GOODLATTE: We’ll have a public hearing in which he will be called to testify and answer questions in public.  

Republicans are especially troubled by a text message Peter Strzok sent ahead of the 2016 election, in which he suggested he would stop Trump.

Democrats say Republicans are just wasting time, trying to provide political cover for the White House.


Turkish president claims victory in elections » Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan declared victory on Sunday, after unofficial election returns showed him with enough votes to serve another term.

AUDIO: Erdogan rally sound

Supporters celebrating on Sunday, but others are deeply concerned, because of new rules that will give Erdogan even more power. That includes the ability to form the government, issue decrees, and impose states of emergency. Erdogan’s already taking fire from world leaders for human rights abuses, a crackdown on the free press, and the arrests of thousands of political opponents.


Saudi Arabia lifts world’s last ban on women driving » Women in Saudi Arabia took the wheel on Sunday, after the country ended the world’s last remaining ban on women driving.

DOSEMANI: I’m heading to the supermarket with my family. 

Tahani Al Dosemani was one of the first 10 women in the nation to get their driver’s license.

DOSEMANI: … all the family shopping needs, and all the–going to school and everything that now I can do just by myself.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman says he hopes the move will boost the country’s economy.

Until last week, Saudi law required women to sit in the back seat.


Box office report » AUDIO: Jurassic World 2 trailer

At the weekend office, Jurassic World 2 surpassed expectations with a huge opening.

AUDIO: Tonight power has now been unleashed. You can’t put it back in the box

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hauled in $150 million domestically. Worldwide it’s already surpassed $700 million in ticket sales.

Incredibles 2 hung in with a strong second place finish, taking in another $80 million.

You can find WORLD’s reviews of current films—along with ratings and content information—at WNG.org/movies.


I’m Kent Covington. Straight ahead on Legal Docket: Supreme Court rulings on internet sales taxes, cell phone records and more. This is The World and Everything in It.


(AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Kristopher Coca yells during a protest outside the U.S. Border Patrol Central Processing Center Saturday, June 23, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. 

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