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News Briefs: July 30 – Aug. 12

News Briefs: July 30 – Aug. 12

Detained immigrant children to be released
The detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border opened by the Obama administration to hold thousands of undocumented Latin American children fail to meet the minimum legal requirements for housing children according to a recent ruling from federal Judge Dolly Gee. The legal precedent for her decision was a 1997 case known as “Flores”, which established guidelines for the treatment of unaccompanied minors detained by the United States. The Department of Homeland Security will present a plan for the release of the children by Aug. 3 according to a spokeswoman.

White House honors undocumented educators
Through a program known as “Champions For Change,” the White House is celebrating the achievement of nine teachers, six of whom are DACAmented (meaning they were undocumented immigrants allowed to stay in the United States through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program). “It is truly inspiring to be surrounded by educators who defeated all odds and are now role models for their students, many of whom are also undocumented,” said Viridiana Carrizales, director of DACA Corps Member Support.

Latin America  
Mexico soccer coach fired after altercation with journalist
A mere two days after he led his team to a Gold Cup victory, Miguel “El Piojo” Herrera has been dismissed from his position as head coach of the Mexican soccer team. Herrera allegedly punched Christian Martinoli, a broadcast journalist with TV Azteca while the two were in line at the Philadelphia airport. “It is not a simple decision, but it is the correct one,” said the incoming Mexican Federation President Decio de Maria after he announced the termination of Herrera’s contract.

Food and Drug Administration issues partial ban on Mexican cilantro
The Food And Drug Administration (FDA) announced a ban on imports of fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico following an investigation that discovered contamination in fields where it is grown. Eleven farms were investigated by U.S. and Mexican health authorities over the past three years. Eight were found to have “objectionable conditions” and five of those were thought to be linked to outbreaks in the U.S. The ban will be in effect through August of 2015.

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Gangs threaten San Salvador bus service
El SALVADOR–Street gangs have abruptly halted service to approximately 40 bus lines in the nation’s capital since July 27. It’s unclear what the primary motive is, but nine bus drivers have so far been assassinated for continuing to drive in defiance of the gangs. The leader of the Barrio 18 gang, which is thought to be behind the violence, was captured by police on July 28. But as of now buses still aren’t running. President Salvador Sánchez Cerén has announced that the government will not negotiate with street gangs and is prepared to use military force, if necessary, to keep the people safe.

Story by: Atticus Morris

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