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Mexico ‘disagrees’ with Trump asylum restrictions

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Mexico said Thursday it disagrees with President Donald Trump’s decision to restrict the right of Central Americans to seek asylum in the United States, a day after the Supreme Court allowed it to go ahead.

The US high court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration can declare migrants ineligible for asylum if they enter the country from the southern border without first seeking asylum in one of the countries they crossed to get to there.

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The decision, which stayed a lower court’s temporary injunction, will be in effect while a broader case against the policy plays out in the courts.

Mexico could see asylum requests soar under the measure, which dramatically changes the rules for the thousands of Central Americans fleeing poverty and gang violence in their home countries in hopes of reaching the United States.

“Of course we disagree” with the restrictions, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a news conference, speaking alongside President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

“We have a very different policy in Mexico, and we are not going to change it. Mexico’s refugee and asylum policy is a tradition here,” Ebrard said.

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“What we need to do is create alternatives so that people don’t have to take these risks … (because) of the lack of options” in their home countries.

Saying that US migration policy was already “very tough,” he called the decision “unprecedented.”

“It certainly draws one’s attention. But it’s their decision,” he added.

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He said Mexican officials would hold a series of meetings Thursday to evaluate the impact for Mexico.

Opponents argue the policy violates international law by forcing people fleeing for their lives to seek refuge in countries where they may also be in danger.

Despite his comments, Ebrard sought to send an upbeat message on US-Mexican relations, saying he had positive meetings in Washington Tuesday with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to review Mexico’s progress in implementing a deal to reduce irregular migration.

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Under the deal — signed in June to avoid Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods — US migrant detentions on the southern border have fallen 58.7 percent.

Lopez Obrador, who spoke with Trump by phone Wednesday, said relations were “on very good terms.”

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Internet fears Trump’s ‘locked and loaded’ tweet about oil field bomb means he’s gearing up for war with Iran

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the largest U.S. oil producer can be brought to its knees with a drone carrying a bomb. President Donald Trump responded to intelligence that the drone didn't originate in Yemen, but rather from Iraq or Iran, by saying he was "locked and loaded."

"Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!" Trump tweeted Sunday.

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3 out of 9 companies in one state have filed for bankruptcy since Trump promised to ‘bring back coal’

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President Donald Trump's promises to coal miners have fallen along with his other broken campaign promises. Another state is facing the harsh reality that Trump is not riding in on a white horse to save them.

According to Axios, three out of the nine coal companies in the Powder River Basin in northeastern Wyoming have filed for bankruptcy and another two companies are consolidating. Kentucky coal miners have been protesting Blackjewl, which filed for bankruptcy in July, withdrawing payroll dollars from miners' accounts. Little has been heard about the Wyoming workers as those companies crumble, however.

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‘Possible war in the Middle East’: Editor explains why Trump’s visa attack on Iran is ‘lame’ response to oil field bombing

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As the United States is searching for ways to draw down on decades-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, serious conflicts might be afoot, one Daily Beast reporter told MSNBC Sunday.

World News editor Christopher Dickey told host Kendis Gibson he doesn't understand the point of barring Iranian diplomats from being able to come to the United Nations General Assembly meeting this fall. During a "Meet the Press" interview Sunday morning, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said that the U.S. should deny the visas. The statement prompted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to call her out for "warmongering," and said she was out of touch with Americans who don't want to get into another costly Middle East war.

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