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9th Circuit blocks emergency funding for border wall, as White House vows appeal

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld an injunction barring the Trump administration from repurposing approximately $2.5 billion in Pentagon money to the Department of Homeland Security to build a border wall with Mexico, prompting the White House to promise an immediate appeal.

A divided three-judge panel on the appellate court agreed with a lower court ruling that prevented the government from tapping Defense Department counterdrug money to build high-priority sections of wall in Arizona and New Mexico.

In February, Trump ended a 35-day government shutdown after Congress gave him far less than he wanted. He then declared a national emergency that the White House said would free billions of dollars from the Pentagon.

In its ruling, the 9th Circuit panel noted that Section 8005 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2019 “authorizes the Secretary of Defense to transfer funds for military purposes if the Secretary determines that the transfer is ‘for higher priority items, based on unforeseen military requirements’ and ‘the item for which funds are requested has [not] been denied by the Congress.'”

But according to the 2-1 majority on the appellate court panel, the “need for which the funds were reprogrammed was not ‘unforeseen,’ and it was an item for which funds were previously ‘denied by Congress.'”

Additionally, the judges ruled, the Trump administration had likely violated the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution, which states that “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.”

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Army engineers install concertina wire on Nov. 5, 2018, on the Anzalduas International Bridge, Texas. (US Air Force photo by Airman First Class Daniel A. Hernandez)

The 9th Circuit’s ruling was not a final judgment on the merits of the case, which may still be considered by the appellate court and Supreme Court. But the administration cannot build during the legal challenge.

“Congress and now two courts have said no to border wall funds. For the sake of our democracy and border communities, it’s time the president come to terms with the fact that America rejected his xenophobic wall — and move on,” Dror Ladin, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, who argued the case before the appeals court, said in a statement.

Wednesday’s ruling followed a lawsuit brought by the ACLU on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) — parties that had more success than Democrats in Congress. In June, Washington, D.C., district court Judge Trevor McFadden threw out House Democrats’ lawsuit seeking an injunction against President Trump’s emergency border wall funding reallocation, saying that the matter is fundamentally a political dispute and that the politicians lack standing to make a legal case.

“Today’s Ninth Circuit ruling upholds the basic notion that only Congress can appropriate funds,” Gloria Smith, managing attorney at the Sierra Club, said in a separate statement. “We’ve seen the damage that the ever-expanding border wall has inflicted on communities and the environment for decades. Walls divide neighborhoods, worsen dangerous flooding, destroy lands and wildlife, and waste resources that should instead be used on the infrastructure border communities truly need.”

Other border wall construction not using Pentagon funds remains unaffected by the ruling. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers, announced a new panel installation on an 11-mile section of wall within the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector on Thursday. The CBP, which announced the project earlier this month, also said it would initiate a new border wall project in Tecate, Calif.

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But the freeze imposed by U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. in May prevented work on two Pentagon-funded wall contracts — one spanning 46 miles in New Mexico and another covering five miles in Yuma, Ariz.

While the order applied only to those first-in-line projects, Gilliam made clear that he felt the ACLU and other groups were likely to prevail at trial in their argument that the president was ignoring Congress’ wishes by diverting Defense Department money.

“Congress’ ‘absolute’ control over federal expenditures — even when that control may frustrate the desires of the executive branch regarding initiatives it views as important — is not a bug in our constitutional system. It is a feature of that system, and an essential one,” the judge wrote.

Gilliam went a step further Friday by ruling definitively that the administration couldn’t use Pentagon counterdrug money for the two projects covered in his May order or to replace 63 miles in the Border Patrol’s Tucson, Ariz., sector and 15 miles in its El Centro, Calif., sector.

At stake is billions of dollars that would allow Trump to make progress on a major 2016 campaign promise heading into his race for a second term.

Trump declared a national emergency after losing a fight with the Democratic-led House that led to the 35-day shutdown. Congress agreed to spend nearly $1.4 billion on barriers in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings, which was well below the $5.7 billion the president requested.

Trump grudgingly accepted the money but declared the emergency to siphon money from other government accounts, finding up to $8.1 billion for wall construction. The money includes $3.6 billion from military construction funds, $2.5 billion from Defense Department counterdrug activities and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s asset forfeiture fund.

Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper has yet to approve transferring the military construction funds. The Treasury Department funds have so far survived legal challenges.

The president’s adversaries say the emergency declaration was an illegal attempt to ignore Congress. The ACLU sued on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition.

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FILE – This March 2, 2019, file photo, shows a Customs and Border Control agent patrolling on the US side of a razor-wire-covered border wall along the Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

The administration said the U.S. needed emergency protection to fight drug smuggling. Its arguments did not mention illegal immigration or unprecedented numbers of Central American families seeking asylum at the U.S. border, which have dominated public attention in recent months.

Justice Department attorneys argued that the freeze on Pentagon funds showed a “fundamental misunderstanding of the federal appropriations process.”

“The real separation-of-powers concern is the district court’s intrusion into the budgeting process,” they wrote.

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The two sides argued before a three-judge panel in San Francisco on June 20, made up of Barack Obama appointee Michelle Friedland and George W. Bush appointees N. Randy Smith and Richard Clifton.

The administration has awarded $2.8 billion in contracts for barriers covering 247 miles, with all but 17 miles of that to replace existing barriers not expand coverage. It is preparing for a flurry of construction that the president is already celebrating at campaign-style rallies.

Trump inherited barriers spanning 654 miles, or about one-third of the border with Mexico. Of the miles covered under Trump-awarded contracts, more than half is with Pentagon money.

Fox News’ David Aaro, Bill Mears, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Connecticut cops search reservoir in Jennifer Dulos investigation

Police searching for missing Connecticut mother of five Jennifer Dulos scoured a reservoir near the home of her estranged husband Wednesday.

New Canaan police said in a statement that members of the Connecticut State Police K-9 unit searched the property of the Metropolitan District Commission reservoir in West Hartford “as a part of the ongoing criminal investigation” into Dulos’ disappearance.

MISSING CONNECTICUT MOM JENNIFER DULOS’ FAMILY, FRIENDS, DENY HER CASE IS A ‘GONE GIRL’ DISAPPEARANCE

The statement did not say what investigators were searching for or what, if anything, they found. The Hartford Courant reported that the western edge of the reservoir is just a half-mile away from Fotis Dulos’ residence in Farmington.

Jennifer Dulos has not been seen since May 24, when she dropped off her children at school in New Canann. Fotis Dulos has denied having anything to do with his wife’s disappearance, a claim he repeated in an interview that aired Tuesday night.

FOTIS DULOS MAINTAINS INNOCENCE IN FIRST SIT-DOWN INTERVIEW SINCE WIFE’S DISAPPEARANCE

Fotis Dulos told WNBC-TV that while he and Jennifer had their differences during their divorce and child custody case, he wished no harm upon her.

“Statistically when this [a spouse disappearance]  happens,” Dulos said, “90 or 95 percent [of the time] it’s the spouse.”

Dulos claimed he belongs “in the 5 or 10 percent” of spouses who are innocent.

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Jennifer Dulos has been missing since May 24 when she was last seen dropping off her children at school. (New Canaan Police Department via AP)

Fotis Dulos also put out a statement Tuesday night asking the public to “keep my children and Jennifer in your thoughts.”

“My children are the center of my world. I worry about them and Jennifer, and I would tell them that I know it is hard now but everything IS going to be alright [sic] eventually,” he said. “I understand the public’s perception of me as a monster given the little they know about the case, but I trust the system and the process and ask the public to do the same.”

SISTER OF JENNIFER DULOS’ ESTRANGED HUSBAND SAYS HE’S ‘NOT THE PERSON THEY SAY HE IS’

Fotis Dulos’ sister told Fox 61 many relatives and friends don’t believe Fotis Dulos was capable of harming his wife.

Rena Dulos, who lives in Greece, described her brother as someone who wanted to “have a big family under his paternal ‘wings'” and also “lovingly spontaneous to the core when it comes down to lifting other peoples’ spirits around him.”

Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have pleaded not guilty to evidence tampering and hindering prosecution charges. Police allege the couple discarded items containing Jennifer Dulos’ blood in Hartford.

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Prosecutors have consistently hinted more charges were likely, but have yet to file any other counts. Fotis Dulos is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 2.

Fotis and Jennifer Dulos’ five children, who are aged 8 to 13 and include two sets of twins, have been staying with Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, in New York City. Both Farber and Fotis Dulos are seeking custody.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers praise to Brett Kavanaugh for hiring all-female staff

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Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had kind words to her new conservative colleague, Brett Kavanaugh, for his inclusivity on gender.

During a sitdown at Georgetown Law School on Tuesday, professor Dori Bernstein acknowledged the progress women have made in government but stressed the shortcomings in representation, pointing to “only a quarter” of seats in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, “only a third” of the Supreme Court, and no female presidents.

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When asked what “remaining work needs to be done” regarding gender equality, Ginsburg offered a more cheerful response, telling Bernstein about an “important first” that recently took place.

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“There is a very important first on the Supreme Court this term,” Ginsburg said. “It’s thanks to our new justice, Justice Kavanaugh, whose entire staff are all women and all of his law clerks are women.”

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North Carolina man accused of Twitter threat to lynch Muslim lawyer

A North Carolina man has been charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Virginia-based Muslim lawyer and political candidate by posting an image of a man hanging from a rope.

Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 52, of Balck Mountain, N.C. was indicted on June 20 and charged with issuing a threat via interstate commerce to Qasim Rashid, an activist and Democratic Virginia Senate candidate.

Vandevere appeared in court Wednesday, according to the United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. During his court appearance, authorities also accused Vandevere of making anti-Semitic threats in February 2018 on a Florida synagogue’s Facebook page under the name “Bob Smith.” Vandevere has not been charged for allegedly threatening the synagogue.

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Qasim Rashid poses in this campaign photo. (Marion Meakem Photography/Quasim Rashid Campaign via AP)

Rashid, 36, posted a screenshot of the threatening Tweet in March 2018 and reported it to the FBI and Twitter, which suspended Vandevere’s account. The post included the phrases “inbred Muslim scum,” and “VIEW YOUR DESTINY.” The post was accompanied by a black-and-white image of the 1915 lynching of Leo Frank, a Jewish man who had been convicted of murdering a young girl in Georgia.

Most researchers believe Frank was wrongfully convicted and he was pardoned posthumously in 1986.

MAN CHARGED WITH CYBER THREATS AGAINST JEWS, MUSLIMS, BLACKS

Rashid, who moved with his family to the United States from Pakistan in 1987, said he’s experienced threats aimed at his religion before.

“I don’t know if my experience is necessarily unique,” he told the New York Times. “As a person of color, as an immigrant and as a Muslim, to speak publicly about your faith and to receive death threats is not uncommon.”

The FBI subpoenaed Facebook records associated with the “Bob Smith” account after a rabbi at Ramat Shalom Synagogue in Plantation, Fla. reported the anti-Semitic comment, which called for “public arrests and executions” of “dual citizen Jews.” Responses to the Facebook subpoena and a separate subpoena to telecommunications company Charter Communications linked the account to Vandevere, an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit.

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“The review of the Facebook search warrant results disclosed that the Facebook account was used by Vandevere mainly to harass other people,” the affidavit said, noting that Vandevere called it his “attack dog” account.

An “open source search” using Vandevere’s telephone number linked him to the same Twitter account – with the handle “DaDUTCHMAN5” – that posted the threat against Rashid, according to the affidavit.

The FBI obtained a warrant to search Vandevere’s apartment and seize records related to both the Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Rasid, who works on immigrant rights cases, won the Democratic primary for the District 28 seat in the Virginia state Senate last month. He will challenge Richard Stuart, the Republican incumbent, in November.

Vandevere was released on $25,000 bond and is expected to appear in court July 15. He faces up to five years in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Lawsuit accuses Georgia of discriminating against Puerto Rican driver’s license applicants

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A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a Puerto Rico-born man living in Georgia claims the state discriminates against driver’s license applicants from the island territory by subjecting them to increased scrutiny compared to mainland-born applicants.

The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, alleges the state Department of Driver Services (DDS) seizes identification documents from Puerto Ricans applying for state driver’s licenses and often fails to return them and make a decision in a timely manner. The lawsuit was filed by LatinoJustice, a New York-based civil rights group, and the Southern Center for Human Rights, which are seeking class-action status.

Kenneth Caban, the plaintiff, applied for a driver’s license in October 2017 after moving to Hinesville, Ga. It’s been over 600 days without the return of his Puerto Rico driver’s license, birth certificate and Social Security card, the lawsuit said. He was told he would be notified when he could pick them up.

NEW DATA SHOWS 4% DROP IN PUERTO RICO POPULATION SINCE MARIA

“Puerto Ricans who are trying to start a new life in Georgia deserve access to the same benefits that are afforded to other citizens of the United States,” said Jorge Vasquez, associate counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF. “We believe that across Georgia there are many Puerto Ricans who face the same kind of intimidation that Kenneth experienced, and we cannot allow for this kind of overt discrimination to take place.”

The department holds on to the applicants’ documents to have them flagged for review, the lawsuit said. A DDS spokesperson did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said he’s asked DDS Commissioner Spencer Moore to open an investigation into the claims of discriminatory treatment.

“Governor Kemp expects state employees to follow the law and treat every constituent with dignity and respect,” spokeswoman Candice Broce told Fox News in an email. “Our team has spoken with DDS Commissioner Spencer Moore and asked him to conduct a full investigation into these claims. Given that this matter involves pending litigation, we will decline to further discuss any specifics involving this case.”

Caban’s lawsuit said he received a text message from a DDS employee to visit the department’s Savannah office for an interview sometime after his documents were taken. When he arrived, he was arrested and later charged with forgery and providing false documents, the suit said.

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The charges are pending.

In addition to scrutinizing Puerto Rico-born applicants, the department makes them undergo extra driver’s testing and requires them to answer questions from a Puerto Rico interview guide to prove their origins, according to the lawsuit.

Some of the questions pertained to the island’s food and geography and naming the indigenous frog that inhabits Puerto Rico — the coqui. Applicants were also required to translate certain words into Spanish, according to a copy of the interview guide LatinoJustice provided to Fox News.

In January 2018, Caban obtained a new birth certificate from Puerto Rico and was issued a state identification card in January, the lawsuit said. Without a driver’s license, he has not been able to find a job in his construction field and has difficulty completing everyday tasks such as shopping, taking his daughter to medical appointments and going to church.

The department hasn’t provided an explanation for why the documents he provided were not sufficient to grant him a driver’s license.

In Hinesville, where Caban lives, tensions have flared between local residents and an influx of Puerto Ricans displaced from their island home by Hurricane Maria. Many newcomers said they’ve experienced poor service and discriminatory treatment from local government agencies, The Savannah Morning Times reported.

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Two Puerto Rican men applying for driver’s licenses had their documents — the same kind that Caban provided — taken after staffers at the Liberty County Department of Motor Vehicles thought they were forgeries. They were forced to take an oral test to prove they were from the island.

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Rush Limbaugh: Left ‘scared out of their wits’ about Trump July 4 parade, Kaepernick ‘fooled everybody’

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Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that liberals are terrified by President Trump‘s planned parade to celebrate Independence Day.

“The flag makes people tend to think more like a Republican. It tends to make people support Republicans. It tends to inspire patriotic thoughts,” said Limbaugh, citing a Harvard study.

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“The left remembers this, and they are terrified of tomorrow [Thursday], especially the people actually in Washington,” Limbaugh continued. “I think that, truth be told, they are scared out of their wits that Trump is going to have maybe one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations Washington has ever seen. It is going to be loud. It’s gonna be proud. It’s going to be an in-your-face celebration of freedom in America.”

The radio show host argued that liberals are threatened by freedom.

“What will be on display at Trump’s joyous Independence Day bash … will be a celebration of freedom, which is the real threat they face,” Limbaugh said.

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Limbaugh also blasted former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and accused him of “fooling” everyone with his anthem protests and being anti-American from the beginning

“Nike takes down the shoes because Colin Kaepernick fooled everybody into thinking what he was really concerned about was the killing by cops of African-Americans,” Limbaugh said.

“But it turned out Colin Kaepernick, all along, was anti-America, and the cop-killing position was just a cover. He was really kneeling ’cause he didn’t like the anthem. He was really kneeling because the flag during ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ offended him.”

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Nike decided to stop the release of the America-themed sneaker, which featured a Betsy Ross flag, “based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend” people.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Kaepernick played a role in the decision, saying he felt the use of the Betsy Ross flag was offensive because it connoted slavery.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan contributed to this report.

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Dagen McDowell: Media rips Trump July 4th ‘salute’ because ‘he’s taken up residence in their heads’

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President Trump’s July 4th “Salute to America” event is being blasted in the press because pundits are obsessed with the Commander-in-Chief, according to Dagen McDowell.

Trump’s unique event near the Lincoln Memorial should not be that controversial, McDowell claimed Wednesday on “The Five.”

“I find it hilarious watching these montages of the huffing-and-puffing media,” she said. “They don’t realize that President Trump has taken up residence in their head — that he is their sun. Their world revolves around him. They can’t get out of bed unless he’s up tweeting already because he gives them light.”

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“He’s turned them into ranting and raving lunatics who hate fireworks and the Fourth of July.”

In the montage she referenced, MSNBC analyst Jeremy Bash, who worked in the Obama administration, characterized the event as “nauseating.”

“This is not just obnoxious tackiness, this is actually dangerous — it’s fundamentally unamerican,” Bash claimed.

In another clip, MSNBC host Joy Reid claimed the president is holding the event because he fashions himself an authoritarian leader.

“What is the message Donald Trump is trying to send by rolling tanks down Constitution Avenue?” Reid asked. “Who is that message to? It’s certainly not to tyrants — he loves tyrants … The message is a threat, and I hate to say that but Donald Trump styles himself a tyrant, not a defeater of tyrants.”

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On “The Five,” Jesse Watters echoed some of McDowell’s sentiment.

“He’s not polarizing anything,” the “Watters’ World” host claimed.

“If you have a celebration of our American military and you have some F-22’s and Abrams tanks, and some flyovers — and if you guys on the left are offended by that … you’re the ones politicizing the event.”

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Acting DHS secretary says AOC’s border facility statements ‘not accurate,’ praises agents’ work

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A claim by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., that migrants being held at a Texas border facility had to drink from a toilet is inaccurate, according to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

Border Patrol agents are doing incredible work with limited resources, and Congress must step up and provide more support, he said Wednesday on “Special Report.”

“It’s just not accurate,” he said of the Bronx lawmaker’s claim.

“We would never ask anyone to drink out of a toilet. The women in that cell had access to a five-gallon jug of water with cups right outside the door of their cell — which was not locked.”

Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez reacted to her visit to the facility.

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“This was them on their best behavior and they put them in a room with no running water, and these women were being told by CBP officers to drink out of the toilet,” she said. “And that was them knowing a congressional visit was coming.”

The New York Democrat said people of all ages were being mistreated.

She also said she “forced herself” into one of the cells to get a better look and spoke with a woman who claimed the guards were practicing “psychological warfare” by interrupting their sleep and calling them names.

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In his interview with Mike Emanuel, McAleenan said it took Congress several weeks to approve emergency supplemental funding, after asking lawmakers to go further and “close loopholes” he claimed are aggravating the crisis at the border.

“It was a crisis the whole time,” he said.

“It took us too long to get that aid and frankly I think it’s important for your viewers to understand, a lot of concern about the number of children in our custody. I’ve been sounding the alarm for a long time on that.”

Fox News’ Nick Givas contributed to this report.

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New Jersey truck accident snarls holiday eve traffic out of NYC

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An overturned garbage truck in New Jersey blocked a major route out of New York City during the afternoon commute Wednesday, one of the biggest travel days of the year.

The orange Union City Department of Public Works truck flipped over a stone wall and landed upside down on an embankment on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel.

The accident happened around 1 p.m., a Port Authority spokesman said, according to NorthJersey.com. As a result, vehicles heading west on Route 495 were held at the tunnel as crews worked to clear the accident.

The New York Post reported that at least 12 people were injured in the accident. Officials told the Associated Press that one person was in critical condition.

Bus service from a major New York City hub, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, was initially suspended but resumed at around 5 p.m. Cars were being diverted to the Holland Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge, causing widespread delays on Manhattan’s West Side.

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Officials said passengers from New York should use PATH, New Jersey Transit and ferries to cross the Hudson River into New Jersey; drivers should use the Holland Tunnel as an alternate route.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Rwandan man gets 8 years in jail for lying in asylum bid about role in 1994 genocide

A Rwandan man was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison Monday after he was convicted of deceiving immigration officials about his involvement in his nation’s 1994 genocide, the deadliest the world had seen since World War II.

Prosecutors said that Jean Leonard Teganya, 47, participated in at least seven murders and five rapes during the genocide, in which Hutu extremists slaughtered Tutsis and Hutus who tried to protect them. Approximately 800,000 people were murdered during the 100-day bloodletting.

U.S. District Court Judge F. Denis Saylor IV sentenced Teganya to 97 months in prison in Boston federal court Monday after a jury convicted him in April of two counts of immigration fraud and three counts of perjury. The judge also found that Teganya had also obstructed justice by committing perjury in his trial testimony. Teganya will face removal proceedings after serving his sentence, authorities say.

“Based on the evidence admitted at trial, the defendant committed horrendous crimes during the Rwandan genocide and then sought to deceive U.S. immigration authorities about his past,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a statement. “Especially in the context of genocide, American laws exist to protect the persecuted – not the persecutors,”

In 1994, Teganya was a medical student who belonged to the Hutu-dominated MRND political party, which the Justice Department described as a “genocidal regime.” During the genocide, authorities said, Teganya helped soldiers find Tutsis who were hiding at a hospital in Butare so they could be killed or raped, and participated in some of those killings and rapes himself.

He fled Rwanda after the genocide ended and went to Canada, where he was denied refugee status because of his role in the massacre, prosecutors said. He was arrested by U.S. border agents in 2014 when he illegally crossed into Maine and claimed asylum, authorities say.

On his asylum application, authorities said, Teganya concealed his membership in the MRND and falsely claimed he had not persecuted any Tutsis.

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Prosecutors had asked the judge to give Teganya 20 years in prison, claiming that he not only lied on his asylum application but also in court, painting his victims as the liars and dressing “himself in the garb of the persecuted rather than the persecutor.”

“These are the most significant, most corrosive, most morally culpable lies possible,” Garland said. “They deserve the most serious penalty.”

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Teganya’s public defender, Scott Lauer, requested that his client receive about five years behind bars. In court documents, Lauer described Teganya as a religious father of two who has led a “quiet and unassuming life” over the past 25 years. Lauer also noted that Teganya was not charged with any of the crimes attributed to him during the genocide.

“It is not the place of this court to transform itself into a tribunal to punish that conduct,” Lauer said.

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Saylor said he struggled with his sentencing decision, noting the enormity of the tragedy and the allegations against Teganya, but also that the man was not charged in his courtroom of the rapes and murders.

“The basic question is: Do I sentence him as a liar or do I sentence him as a murder, or a rapist, or genocide participant?” Saylor asked.

Saylor said he ultimately believed the appropriate prison term was within the sentencing guidelines for the crimes with which Teganya was convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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