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Von Spakovsky and Stimson: Crisis in immigration courts demands urgent action – here’s what to do

Westlake Legal Group AP19196688323167 Von Spakovsky and Stimson: Crisis in immigration courts demands urgent action – here’s what to do Hans von Spakovsky fox-news/us/immigration/illegal-immigrants fox-news/us/immigration/border-security fox-news/us/immigration fox-news/opinion fox news fnc/opinion fnc Charles

Responding to an unprecedented backlog of nearly 877,000 cases paralyzing our immigration courts, the Trump administration launched a new policy Tuesday that allows immigration officers to deport illegal immigrants before they appear in court.

The move is a step in the right direction, but more action is needed to deal with the immigration crisis on our southern border. We describe some practical steps below that can make a huge difference.

The  “expedited removal” authority under federal immigration law that went into effect Tuesday will allow federal Customs and Border Protection officials to deport illegal immigrants who’ve been in the U.S. for less than two years without giving them access to immigration courts.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AIMS TO EXPAND FAST-TRACK DEPORTATIONS ACROSS US, LEGAL FIGHT EXPECTED

This fast-tracking of deportations is unquestionably needed, because the current enormous backlog of immigration cases is delaying court hearings for migrants for months or even years.

Illegal immigrants are released to await their court hearings, but many never show up when the hearings are finally held. Instead, they join millions of others who are in the U.S. illegally, often getting jobs and often having children who automatically are U.S. citizens by virtue of being born in America.

The parents then become objects of public sympathy if the government seeks to lawfully deport them, because this would separate them from their U.S.-citizen children.

The American Civil Liberties Union and American Immigration Council said they will file lawsuits to block the expedited deportation policy that began Tuesday, as they once again seek to stop the government from enforcing our immigration laws.

Unfortunately, the fast-track removal the Trump administration has implemented still won’t apply to migrants who seek asylum in the U.S. and express fear of returning home, as long as they pass an initial screening interview for asylum. This is a gigantic loophole that growing numbers of migrants are using to avoid deportation.

The border crisis requires urgent attention. The Department of Homeland Security has apprehended an unprecedented 800,000 illegal immigrants trying to cross into the U.S. just since last October.  And that’s just the number we caught. 

The backlog of cases clogging immigration courts was 260,000 in 2011 – a serious problem even then, but far below today’s nearly 877,000 cases today.

Experts estimate that if immigration judges could dismiss cases or render judgments at an early stage this would reduce their caseloads by 40 percent to 70 percent. That would be major progress.

Judges in the immigration courts make final determinations on everything from asylum claims to deportations. 

The immigration courts are not regular federal courts under Article 3 of the Constitution. Rather, they are administrative courts inside the U.S. Department of Justice. The judges are hired by the attorney general and do not have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Soon after President Trump assumed office, he instructed then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to hire more immigration judges. The Justice Department has done that, but the department still doesn’t have enough judges to deal with the rising tide of illegal immigrants sweeping into the country. 

Today our federal district courts have 677 judges handling some 460,000 civil and criminal cases across the country. Yet the Justice Department has only 424 immigration judges to deal with nearly twice as many cases.

Put another way, the average immigration judge has about three times as many pending cases as the average Senate-confirmed federal district court judge. And unlike immigration judges, the average federal district court judge has several law clerks and magistrate judges to help him or her with those cases.

It would be nice if the Justice Department could just hire its way out of this mess, but the problem goes beyond a shortage of judges. Our immigration judges lack the standard tools that other judges have. They labor under administrative rules that hobble their efficiency. 

For example, unlike other federal and state judges, immigration judges can neither dismiss a case for failure to state a claim, nor render final judgments at the pleading stage.

So even when immigration judges know that a migrant has no legal right to be in the U.S., they still have to manage the claim, hold a hearing, and can only enter a judgment against the migrant after the entire judicial process has been exhausted.

Experts estimate that if immigration judges could dismiss cases or render judgments at an early stage this would reduce their caseloads by 40 percent to 70 percent. That would be major progress. Congress should act immediately to give immigration judges this ability.

What else can be done?

Consider the Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals. Almost all decisions rendered by the immigration judges are appealed to this board – even in cases where the appeals have absolutely no merit.

This happens because, unlike in our regular court system, appeals in the immigration court systems are virtually free. The American taxpayer subsidizes the appeals, and there are no penalties for filing frivolous appeals. 

The filing fee, compared to those charged in state and federal courts, is extremely low. And the board waives the fee in almost half of its cases. Furthermore, migrants don’t have to pay all of the other costs associated with an appeal, such as for copies of the record or the transcript from the immigration court hearing.

Such “no-cost” appeals are almost nonexistent for citizens in state and federal courts in civil matters. Illegal immigrants should operate under the same financial constraints as citizens. We should not be funding their litigation.

In addition, immigration judges don’t have contempt authority. That means they can’t hold attorneys accountable for missing filing deadlines, tardiness or worse.

If this was changed, the immigration judges could levy civil penalties on lawyers and others who violate the court’s procedures and orders. Congress actually authorized the attorney general to give this tool to immigration judges more than two decades ago, but so far no attorney general has issued that regulation. Attorney General William Barr should issue it now.

Following up on the fast-tracked deportations begun Tuesday, the crisis in our immigration courts can be remedied by taking the actions noted above, namely: hiring more judges; revising the procedural rules governing these courts; issuing a regulation on contempt authority; and giving judges the ability to dismiss a case for failure to state a claim and the ability to render a final decision at the pleading stage.

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There shouldn’t be a partisan divide about giving immigration judges the same authority and power as all other state and federal judges. That is just common sense, no matter what your views are on immigration policy.

Complaining about the immigration crisis isn’t enough. Elected and appointed federal officials have an obligation to quickly act to solve this crisis, and fixing the immigration courts is a good place to start.

Charles “Cully” Stimson is a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

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Houston day care bus driver charged over death of 3-year-old in 113-degree vehicle

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Police arrested a former Houston day care bus driver Tuesday in connection with the death of a 3-year-old boy who was found dead in a hot bus last year.

Maurice Mitchell, 62, was indicted Friday on a charge of second-degree injury to a child by recklessly causing serious bodily injury or death. The indictment was handed down exactly one year after the death of Raymond “R.J.” Pryer Jr.

TEXAS BOY, 2, SHOT AND KILLED IN HOME INVASION, SUSPECTS ON LOOSE: POLICE

Investigators say Raymond and 28 other children went on a field trip to a local park with the Discovering Me Academy on July 19, 2018. Day care workers did not notice the boy was missing until 6:30 p.m. when Raymond’s father arrived to pick him up.

Staffers found Raymond unresponsive inside the bus and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

COLORADO BUS CARRYING CHURCH GROUP KILLS 2, LEAVES 13 INJURED

Harris County deputies told FOX 26 their heat gauges showed temperature inside the bus to be 113 degrees when they first arrived at the scene.

Prosecutors allege Mitchell disengaged a passenger safety alarm, employed to ensure children were not left behind, without checking to make sure anyone was still on the bus.

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“As the summer heat intensifies, we should honor R.J.’s memory by ensuring no more children are left in hot vehicles,” Harris County Assistant District Attorney Michele Oncken said in a statement.

“Remember that the Texas [heat] can be deadly.”

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Fox News’ Kira Grant contributed to this report.

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Most Americans say low trust in federal government makes it difficult to solve problems

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A majority of Americans believes low trust in the federal government is a hurdle to solving problems, data from Pew Research Center revealed on Monday.

According to Pew, 64 percent of Americans shared that view while 41 percent said that the lack of confidence was “a very big problem.” Those surveyed also said trust in the federal government has been declining.

“Trust in the federal government and the people running it is clearly quite low among much of the public, and most Americans are aware that the public lacks confidence in its leadership,” Pew reported. It added, however, a lack of public trust ranked lower than other problems that Americans were asked to consider.

The polling came as the government approached a deadline for extending the debt ceiling, a highly contentious issue that has divided Congress along partisan lines and threatened to disrupt markets.

FOX NEWS POLL: TRUST IN JUDICIAL, EXECUTIVE BRANCHES DROPS; RBG MOST POPULAR JUSTICE

The Trump administration and congressional leaders, including Democrats, have reached a critical debt and budget agreement that all but eliminates the risk of another government shut down this fall — but that has already drawn fierce blowback from fiscal conservatives worried about overspending, as well as progressives unhappy with where the money could go.

The data revealed that only 37 percent of Americans said they had at least a fair amount of confidence in elected officials to act in the public’s best interests. The vast majority (63 percent) said they had “not too much” or “no confidence at all” in elected officials.

That was slightly lower than the general malaise surrounding the federal government. 67 percent of Americans said they had “not too much” or “no confidence at all” in the federal government.

By contrast, the military shared a “fair amount” of confidence from the majority of Americans. A majority also expressed that level of confidence in public school principals, police officers, college and university professors, religious leaders, journalists, and scientists.

TRUST IN US INSTITUTIONS DOWN DRAMATICALLY, SURVEY FINDS

Trust levels reportedly varied according to partisan affiliation. The police and military officers, for example, were much more likely to enjoy a great deal or fair amount of confidence from Republicans than Democrats.

The two parties seemed to find common ground, however, in distrust for elected officials. Only 37 percent of Republicans and 36 percent of Democrats said they had a fair amount or great deal of confidence in that group of people.

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Democrats tended, more than Republicans, to trust career employees at government agencies who weren’t appointed by a president.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Disneyland guests involved in violent viral brawl face multiple charges

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Three people are facing charges for the vicious brawl at Disneyland’s Toontown that occurred on July 5.

Video of the fight at the theme park quickly went viral, showing the feuding family yelling and punching each other. The main aggressor, identified as Avery Desmond-Edwinn Robinson, is seen punching a woman, identified as his sister, 40-year-old Andrea Nicole Robinson, and her husband, 44-year-old Daman Petrie. Avery is also seen knocking his girlfriend to the ground and then repeatedly punching her and dragging her by her hair.

DISNEY WORLD GUEST REPORTEDLY PUNCHES TOWER OF TERROR CASTMEMBER, STARTS PUSHING RIDE’S BUTTONS

Avery, 35, has been charged with five felonies and nine misdemeanors, “for attacking his sister, brother-in-law and girlfriend, endangering his child and three other children who were at Disneyland with the family, and threatening to kill members of his family as he drove out of a Disneyland parking structure,” according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office.

Avery has also been accused of assaulting a Disneyland employee with his car while he was leaving the park.

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He has been charged with felony domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon and two felony counts of criminal threats. He also faces misdemeanor battery and child abuse and endangerment charges.

The man is facing a maximum of seven years and four months in state prison if convicted on all charges.

His sister Andrea is facing five misdemeanor charges – including battery for attacking her brother, his girlfriend and a Disneyland employee; and one assault charge. She faces up to two years and six months in jail.

Her husband faces up to six months in jail if convicted of one misdemeanor battery charge.

“The Orange County District Attorney’s Office does not tolerate domestic violence or child endangerment anywhere,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in the press release.

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Before the video went viral, the family initially denied that the fight had taken place. Police claim the group was uncooperative and did not pursue felony charges until after the video was shared on YouTube.

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Man accused of killing daughter’s teen boyfriend after suspecting him of selling her drugs: police

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with killing his daughter’s 17-year-old boyfriend, suspecting him of being her drug dealer, police said.

New Castle Police say the victim, Darren Jevcak, of Lawrence County, Pa., was by all accounts a “good kid,” KDKA-TV reports.

He was working at a pizza shop Friday when he was shot multiple times, according to police. His girlfriend’s father, Michael D’Biagio, 41, of Beaver Falls, was arrested at the scene and charged with the shooting.

“The dad suspected they were using drugs, I believe, with a group of friends and then he stated he came up here to talk to him,” Police Chief Robert Salem said, according to the station. “He didn’t talk to him, he starting shooting as soon as he came out of the place of employment.”

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Mugshot, left, for Michael D’Biagio, 41, charged in Pennsylvania with gunning down his daughter’s boyfriend, Darren Jevcak, 17, after suspecting him of being her drug dealer  (New Castle Police Department/Facebook)

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D’Biagio drove to the pizza shop after confronting his daughter on the phone about using cocaine with Jevcak, said a criminal complaint obtained by a reporter for the New Castle News and posted on Twitter.

“D’Biagio said he shot (Jevcak) in the head so that he could put Jevcak out of his misery because Jevcak looked to be in shock,” Sgt. Sheila Panella said, according to the document.

She alleged further that a witness informed her that “D’Biagio said the victim got D’Biagio’s daughter hooked on cocaine and so this is what drug dealers got.”

UTAH COUPLE VISITING MEXICO FATALLY SHOT EXECUTION-STYLE AFTER FAILING TO STOP AT CHECKPOINT

Ashley Altemus said on Facebook Saturday that her son didn’t deserve to be killed.

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“All he did was love a girl who had a psychotic father,” she said.

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Another country radio host to interview Pete Buttigieg after Cumulus spiked earlier sit-down

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After country radio conglomerate Cumulus nixed an interview one of its hosts had conducted with presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, a radio host born and raised in Mayor Pete’s home state of Indiana told Fox News he’s in the process of nailing down an interview of his own.

“Big Rick” Daniels, who hosts “Big Rick In The Morning” on Kentucky’s Goober95, told Fox News he wants to give a platform “to any public servant” to be able to share their message with his country music listeners.

“We aim to give a fair platform to any public servant, to talk to country music listeners,” Daniels told us in a statement. “We always have an open door, on my show or the station in general, to those who have [an] appropriate message to share.”

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Daniels’ invitation for the South Bend mayor comes after Cumulus decided not to air a 20-minute sitdown Buttigieg did with one of its hosts, Blair Garner.

Listeners were not happy with Cumulus, with some tweeting statements like, “Censorship” and “I call BS on @CumulusMedia . The Fairness Doctrine is no more.”

Another tweeted, “Did I mention that we should make this interview with Pete Buttigieg go viral, since the cowards at Cumulus Media suppressed it for no reason whatsoever?”

Cumulus told Fox News its Nashville programming managers decided against airing the interview because as broadcasters, they are subject to the FCC’s Equal Time Rule and Buttigieg is just one of the “large number of political candidates currently in this race.”

“The decision was made by local programming management based solely on concerns related to the application of the FCC’s Equal Time Rule,” the company’s statement said. The FCC requires radio and network TV stations to give equal opportunities to legitimate political candidates, under the 1934 so-called “equal time” law.

Buttigieg’s press secretary Chris Meagher told Fox News: “It’s important to Pete to reach voters everywhere, and we’ve made it a point on this campaign to go outside the traditional political media bubble – that’s why we reached out to Blair about an interview. He has a big audience, and it’s an audience that doesn’t typically hear directly from Democratic candidates for president. It was a great discussion and we are obviously disappointed that Blair’s listeners won’t have the opportunity to hear it.”

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While Daniels told us he is “still nailing down a time/day” for his interview with Buttigieg due to “the debates and other planned appearances,” he will tweet out a confirmed time for the interview as soon as he can.

“Even if Cumulus had aired the interview, I think we still would have wanted Pete on,” Daniels shared with us. “I’m not doing this to spite Cumulus, Blair did the right thing having Pete on, all credit is due to him, for having that courage to do something different. I have tons of talented friends working there also. One decision doesn’t speak for all the wonderful work they do in our [communities] nationwide. I wanted to help step up, on behalf of our industry to show there are opportunities for voices to be heard on country radio.”

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Daniels’ program director Greg Almond added in a statement: “Our interest in having Pete Buttigieg on our morning show is not in response to Cumulus not airing the interview, although like everyone else the story did show up on our radar.  Had Cumulus aired the interview we would still have interest in talking with Mayor Pete. This is a person running for President of the United States who was and is actively seeking out Country Music listeners. So we want to give him that opportunity, like I’m sure a lot of other stations are as well.”

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Sylvester Stallone has ‘zero ownership’ of ‘Rocky’ franchise

Sylvester Stallone believes his ultimate legacy is Rocky Balboa, but he will forever regret not owning the rights to the beloved boxer, nor the franchise itself.

“It’s like my brother. It’s the only voice that I can say what I want without being ridiculed, or being silly, or being precious or sentimental, because he is that way. Rocky can’t keep quiet,” Stallone, 73, told Variety in an interview released Tuesday. “He just talks and talks and spills his guts. And as a writer, if you do that quite often, it looks as though you’re just lost in the world of exposition. But he’s actually saying something, and because of the way he speaks and his naiveté and gentle quality, you listen. Rocky can say things that my other characters can never say.”

That very naiveté, Stallone alleges, cost him millions in the actual deal for the first underdog classic.

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Stallone says he made a total of about $2.5 million for the first “Rocky,” but the breakdown wasn’t ideal for him: “I got $35,000 for the first one. The screenplay was about $25,000, then $360 a week before taxes. It shot for only 25 days,” he explained. “Luckily there were the WGA minimums. I made about $2,000 for acting.” The bulk of his pay for the film came from 10 “net points” on the movie, which are a share of a movie’s net profits.

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This image released by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures / Warner Bros. Pictures shows Sylvester Stallone in a scene from “Creed II.” Stallone said he has “zero ownership” of the “Rocky” character and franchise.

Stallone says he made $75,000 for “Rocky II” and $120,000 for “Rocky III,” the latter of which he also earned millions of dollars on the back-end, according to Variety. Still, he could have made more if he’d retained ownership of the franchise, he says.

“I mentioned it a few times because after ‘Rocky II’ came out and made a ton of money and then ‘Rocky III’ hit and made more than all of them, I said I’d like to have some ownership since I invented it. And that never happened. So I have zero ownership of ‘Rocky,'” he said.

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Stallone says his attorney Jake Bloom told him he wouldn’t be able to get a stake in the movie, adding, “To tell you the truth, I was so preoccupied with other things I didn’t belabor it.” Bloom declined to comment for the piece, but a source close to Stallone griped, “He made money from every angle, and still does, so I don’t know what he’s complaining about.” Another insider noted that Stallone made more than $10 million each as a producer on “Creed” and “Creed II.”

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Sylvester Stallone punches Dolph Lundgren in a scene from the film “Rocky IV” in 1985. Stallone said Lundgren nearly killed him during filming, but that they’re close friends today. (Getty)

“I never really pushed it, and by the time we got around to ‘Rocky Balboa’ I was in a pretty weak position to say anything. I was in a slump, and it was pretty intense,” he admitted. “There was a great sense of finality about it. I couldn’t get arrested. I was let go by my agency. Dropped — fired basically.”

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He added that he confronted the studio in 1985 just before the release of “Rocky IV,” recalling, “I said, ‘Does it bother you guys that I’ve written every word, I’ve choreographed it, I’ve been loyal to you, I’ve promoted it, directed it and I don’t have one percent that I could leave for my children?’ And the quote was, ‘You got paid.’ And that was the end of the conversation.”

“They had 100 different licenses, and they said this is all going to be put into the pot, which would have meant hundreds of millions of dollars over 45 years. I’ve never seen that pot,” he said, adding, “‘Rocky’ is on TV around the world more than any other Oscar-winning film other than ‘Godfather.’ You have six of them, and now you have ‘Creed’ and ‘Creed II.'”

SYLVESTER STALLONE ATTENDS ROCKY PLAQUE DEDICATION IN PHILADELPHIA

Still, despite his misgivings, the “First Blood” star doesn’t hate Hollywood as a whole, noting, “I love the system — don’t get me wrong. My kids and their kids, they’re taken care of because of the system. But there are dark little segues and people that have put it to ya. They say the definition of Hollywood is someone who stabs you in the chest. They don’t even hide it.”

To date, “Rocky” (1976) has a box office gross of $117,235,147 (domestic); “Rocky II” (1979) $85,182,160 (domestic); “Rocky III” (1982) $125,049,125 (domestic); “Rocky IV” (1985) $172,600,000 (global); “Rocky V” (1990) $119,946,358 (global); “Rocky Balboa” (2006) $155,721,132 (global); “Creed” (2015) $173,567,581 (global) and “Creed II” (2018) $214,115,889 (global).

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Perhaps the deal is part of why Stallone hinted in November that Rocky Balboa’s story would soon come to a close.

“I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years,” Stallone wrote on Instagram in a caption to a video in which he shared similar sentiments. “It’s been my Ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character. Though it breaks my heart, Sadly all things must pass… and end. I love you Kind and generous people, and The most wonderful thing of all is that ROCKY will never die because he lives on in you.”

Fox News’ Matt Richardson contributed to this report.

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French sub that vanished in the Mediterranean in 1968 discovered, ending 51-year mystery

The wreck of a French Navy submarine that disappeared in the Mediterranean in 1968 has been found, ending a 51-year mystery.

The Minerve vanished on Jan. 27, 1968 with the loss of her 52-strong crew. Officials announced Tuesday that the wreck of the Daphne-class submarine was discovered off France’s Var coast.

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“We have just found the Minerve,” tweeted French defense minister Florence Parly on Tuesday. “It’s a success, a relief and a technical feat. I think of the families who have been waiting for this moment so long.”

Agence France Presse reports that the sub was discovered 18.5 nautical miles (21.3 miles) off Toulon, which is France’s main naval base. The sub has broken into three pieces on the seabed at a depth of 7,776 feet, according to AFP.

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The French Navy, the French Research Institute for Sea Exploration (Ilfremer) and the ship Seabed Constructor, which is operated by U.S. exploration company Ocean Infinity, all took part in the search for the sub.

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File photo of the French Navy’s submarine Minerve, which disappeared on Jan.27, 1968. (STF/AFP/Getty Images)

“Our thoughts go out to the families of the 52 missing sailors,” tweeted the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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Admiral Christophe Prazuck tweeted an image of the submarine’s wreck on the seabed. The sub’s name is clearly visible in red letters on the mangled hull. “Here rest our 52 comrades who disappeared on January 27, 1968,” he wrote.

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Just over two years after the Minerve’s disappearance, another Daphne-class French submarine, Eurydice, was lost off France’s Mediterranean coast. The New York Times writes that an explosion was reported during a practice dive in calm seas off Cape Camarot. The sub’s 57-strong crew all died in the disaster.

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FBI’s Wray sounds alarm over China, warns of ‘severe counterintelligence threat’

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FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Congress on Tuesday that China poses “a more severe counterintelligence threat” to the United States than any other country.

Wray, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, discussed the threat when asked about whether the bureau was prepared to combat any potential influence by foreign powers.

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“I would say that there is no country that poses a more severe counterintelligence threat to his country right now than China,” Wray said. “That is saying a lot and I don’t say it lightly.”

Wray added that Russia is “probably” next in line.

“China is fighting a generational fight here,” Wray explained. “And when I say China, I want to be clear, this is not about the Chinese people as a whole, or the Chinese Americans in this country. What it is about, though, is a variety of ways the Chinese Communist Party is using government officials, private sector entities … to steal their way up the economic ladder at our expense.”

Wray said, though, that the FBI has “probably about 1,000 plus investigations all across the country involving attempted theft of U.S. intellectual property, whether it’s economic espionage or counter-proliferation, almost all leading back to China.”

“The threat is deep and diverse and wide and vexing—whether, in terms of actors, techniques and targets used,” Wray said, explaining that the FBI has to contend with government officials as well as “nontraditional collectors,” including scientists, students, and businesses looking to steal American innovation. “We are working extremely hard with all of our partners to combat it.”

Wray called defense against Chinese influence a “high, high priority” for the bureau and the administration as a whole, but maintained that the Russians are also “absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections.”

“Our primary focus is malign foreign influence,” he said, noting that he feels the bureau is well-prepared in their efforts.

“We feel that we have significant resources devoted toward foreign influence,” Wray said, speaking to the president’s budget, and added that further congressional funding could be added.

Wray has been warning of the threat posed by China for months. In April, during a panel with the Council on Foreign Relations, Wray elaborated on specifics of China’s alleged “stealing innovation,” warning they have abilities to interfere through businesses, universities and organizations. Wray said the FBI is even meeting with companies to provide “threat awareness briefings.”

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“They’re doing it through Chinese intelligence services, through state-owned enterprises, through ostensibly private companies, through graduate students and researchers, through a variety of actors all working on behalf of China,” Wray said in April. “The kind of activity I’m talking about goes way beyond fair market competition. It’s illegal, it’s a threat to economic security, and by extension, it’s a threat to our national security.”

The intense focus on cyber and election security comes after the intelligence community and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed evidence of Russia interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

Thirteen Russians and three Russian companies were indicted in Mueller’s probe, accused of a sophisticated plot to wage “information warfare” against the U.S.

Last year, the Trump administration imposed sanctions against the Kremlin meant to counter Russia’s destabilizing activities, including its interference in the 2016 election and its destructive cyber-attacks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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ICE announces hundreds of migrants arrested in raid operations

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The Trump administration announced Tuesday that in a period of just over two months, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested more than 900 people who had remained in the country despite being ordered to leave.

A total of 934 people were apprehended during ICE operations that started on May 13, 2019. Notably, only 35 of those people were arrested – although 2,000 were targeted – during Operation Border Resolve, which had been criticized by Democrats as a controversial raid before it began last week.

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The low number (compared to Operation Crosscheck, which resulted in 899 arrests between May 13 and July 11), could be explained by the publicizing of the operation and warnings from government officials in sanctuary jurisdictions aimed at protecting illegal immigrants.

The figures were first reported by The New York Times, and confirmed by Fox News.

“I don’t know of any other population where people are telling them how to avoid arrest as a result of illegal activity,” Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence told the Times. “It certainly makes it harder for us to effectuate these orders issued.”

More than 2,000 people across the country who had received final deportation orders had been targeted in the more recent operation. In the earlier operation that ended July 11, more than two thirds of those arrested had contacts with the criminal justice system, including 605 with prior convictions and 93 who were facing pending charges.

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According to ICE, there are still approximately 1 million people in the U.S. who have received final orders of removal, although some are still appealing and are therefore not yet subject to deportation. The government has classified 576,000 people as fugitives who can be removed immediately, since they have either failed to comply with court orders or already exhausted their due process.

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced Tuesday that the department will be using a new designation for certain individuals subject to expedited removal. The classification will apply to those who entered the U.S. illegally and are apprehended within two years of their entry.

“The new designation adds one more tool for DHS—utilizing specific authority from Congress—to confront the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis on the Southwest border and throughout the country,” McAleenan said in a statement. “We are past the breaking point and must take all appropriate action to enforce the law, along the U.S. borders and within the country’s interior. This designation makes it clear that if you have no legal right to be here, we will remove you.”

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