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‘Let them in!’: Protesters gather at JFK Airport to shout down Trump’s ‘unjust’ immigrant detentions

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On Saturday afternoon, a protest at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) against Pres. Donald Trump’s draconian immigration policies swelled and gathered steam as Democratic politicians spoke and the crowd chanted “Let them in!” about immigrants being detained under the new policies.

“Mr. President, look around, this is America,” said U.S. Rep. Nydia Velzquez (D-NY) during a press conference. “What you’ve done is shameful. These are Americans.”

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Trump’s ban on arriving refugees and even green card holders from certain countries is going to sow “confusion,” Velzquez said, “Not just among working families in America, but also, it’s creating confusion with the people who are working in Homeland Security. This executive order is arbitrary. It doesn’t provide real guidelines and it’s unjust.”

Trump signed sweeping executive orders this week banning Muslims from certain countries from entering the country and placing restrictions on immigration. On Friday night, customs and border control officials put the bans into effect and detained a number of individuals including an Iraqi man who performed heroic duties as a translator for the U.S. armed services during the Iraq War.

Hameed Khalid Darweesh was released Saturday after a scrum of civil rights attorneys and other activists launched actions to protest his detainment. Darweesh and his family are traveling to the U.S. to seek treatment for his son, who suffers from liver disease.

“We’ve gotten reports of people being detained all over the country,” said Becca Heller — director of the International Refugee Assistance Project — to the New York Times. “They’re literally pouring in by the minute.”

The hastily penned and implemented executive order, said the Times, is being “chaotically, with agencies and officials around the globe interpreting it in different ways.”

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What is China doing to stop Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak?

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Over 1,000 flights have been cancelled, schools shut and residents urged not to leave Beijing, as Chinese authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak linked to the capital's largest wholesale food market.

The number of confirmed cases in the capital has shot up to 137 within the last week after two months of no cases, and four other provinces have revealed cases linked to the Beijing cluster.

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Beijing had turned into a virtual fortress at the height of the pandemic, with people arriving from other regions or countries required to undergo quarantines.

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Democrats and Never-Trumpers gaming out ‘doomsday scenarios’ if president refuses to leave office: report

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According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

The report, by the Times' Reid Epstein, begins with one such possible scenario.

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‘Retaliation plain and simple’: Vaccine agency top Doc fired by Trump administration files whistleblower complaint

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Dr. Rick Bright has retained an attorney and will be filing a whistleblower complaint after the Trump administration fired him from his position as head of the federal agency charged with developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Bright was moved to a different agency with a narrower focus after he raised concerns over President Donald Trump's obsession with promoting hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug recent studies found doubles the death rate in coronavirus patients.

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