Mike Bloomberg leads effort to fulfill America’s Paris Agreement obligations, without Trump

Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is organizing an effort by governors, mayors, business leaders and other private citizens to make sure that Americans play an active role in the Paris Agreement — with or without the federal government.

Bloomberg, the founder and CEO of the media and financial company Bloomberg LP, announced late Thursday that he will lead a group in supporting the efforts of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to help countries fulfill their commitments to the Paris climate accord.

“Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement,” he said in a statement. “Just the opposite — we are forging ahead. Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing onto a statement of support that we will submit to the UN — and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the U.S. made in Paris in 2015.”

If successful, this will be the first time U.S. citizens, local and state officials circumvented the federal government to negotiate an agreement with the United Nations.

As part of this effort, Bloomberg Philanthropies and other groups plan to donate up to $15 million to the U.N.’s Climate Secretariat to account for the funding it stands to lose as a result of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from Paris Agreement.

Bloomberg recently co-authored a book with former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope titled “Climate of Hope” about their belief that cities, businesses and citizens can win the climate change battle, with or without help from Washington.

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 26: Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg speaks on stage during the opening ceremony during Day One of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Pope says this kind of effort, enlisting nongovernment groups in international discussions alongside diplomats from nation-states, has not taken place in more than 350 years, since the treaty of Westphalia was signed in the 17th century.

“In 1648, the nations of Europe decided that from now on diplomacy would be entirely and exclusively the business of sovereign nation-states — nobody else got to play. This [the new climate change initiative] is a conscious attempt to reopen diplomacy to multiple stakeholders,” Pope told Yahoo News on Friday.

This nascent project has already attracted the support of 100 companies, 30 mayors and four governors. Many companies have already made individual statements condemning Trump but were waiting for him to finally make a decision before deciding what to do collaboratively.

“We’re still signing people up. We’re going to spend the weekend doing a lot more recruiting,” Pope said. “I think we will have at least 10 and maybe as many as 20 states and hundreds of cities.”

Trump, who has dismissed climate change as a commercial hoax cooked up by China, argued that the landmark climate agreement disadvantaged Americans. Withdrawing from the agreement would also cut the United States’ promised contributions to the Green Climate Fund, which is intended to help developing countries prepare for climate change and move to clean energy. The fund has raised about $10 billion from advanced economies, including $3 billion from the U.S.

Trump’s announcement elicited widespread condemnation by heads of state, scientists, concerned citizens and U.S. politicians from both parties.

To critics, Trump was reneging on promises made only two years ago and forfeiting the United States’ position as a leader in shaping the clean energy economy of the future. Leaving the Paris Agreement, they contend, will make other countries — even close allies — skeptical of the United States’ ability to keep its word.

Trump’s actions still matter because the federal government has leverage that no one else has, such as regulating oil and gas drilling on public lands. But this new, unnamed, group wants the international community to know that there’s more to the United States than Trump and that other organizations will live up to America’s obligations.

“America will be able to be a compliant, good-faith partner of the U.N. even if Trump doesn’t choose to play,” Pope said. “We’re going to go around Trump. The country can go around Trump. We built this mechanism so we can be accountable and transparent.”

The United States was among 195 countries to sign the Paris Agreement. The pact’s 28th article permits any country to submit its withdrawal three years after it went into effect, which was Nov. 4, 2016. Trump would need to wait until Nov. 4, 2019 to formally request withdrawal and it wouldn’t go through until Nov. 4, 2020.

Trump’s other options are to withdraw from the UNFCCC altogether, which would have even graver ramifications for U.S. diplomacy, or just disregard the terms of the agreement and refuse to comply, which would violate international law.

A day before Trump’s announcement, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker lamented that Trump did not appear to understand that the U.S. would have to comply with the process laid out in the agreement for withdrawal.

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Bloomberg to be his special envoy for cities and climate change in 2014. Shortly after, in an August 2015 article in Foreign Affairs, Bloomberg argued that cities would be the locus for government-related problem solving in the 21st century and that climate change would be the first global problem where this becomes apparent.

Bloomberg, who was mayor of New York City from 2002 to 2013, helped create a coalition called the Compact of Mayors, now expanded to be the Global Covenant of Mayors, which created a reporting platform that allows cities to collaborate and be globally transparent.

Immediately after Trump’s election, Bloomberg hinted that the Global Covenant of Mayors might try to take a seat at the U.N. negotiating table if it were vacated by Trump. Now that plan seems to be taking effect.

Race may play role in obese teens blood pressure

Obese teenagers are at increased risk of high blood pressure, but the effects of those extra pounds may vary by race and ethnicity, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that obesity had a bigger impact on blood pressure of Hispanic and white teens, compared to their black and Asian peers. It appeared to raise their risk of high blood pressure by four to six times.

Pediatric experts said the impact on Hispanic teenagers was striking.

Normal-weight Hispanic kids had a low rate of high blood pressure, at just over 1 percent. That shot up to nearly 8 percent among those who were obese.

“That’s a little scary,” said Dr. Joseph Mahgerefteh, a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York City.

Mahgerefteh, who was not involved in the research, said the study was well done, and gives pediatricians useful information.

High blood pressure at a young age can set the stage for serious health problems in adulthood, including stroke and heart disease.

All children should have their blood pressure checked at routine doctor visits, starting at age 3, said Dr. Joshua Samuels, the senior researcher on the study.

“But you may want to have your searchlight on a little brighter” when a child is obese, said Samuels, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Doctors should also be aware that obesity can have a particularly strong effect on Hispanic kids’ blood pressure, said Samuels.

Doctors have known for years that obese kids are at increased risk of high blood pressure, Samuels noted. But the role of race and ethnicity has been unclear, he added.

So Samuels’ team studied a diverse group of more than 21,000 Houston adolescents who had their blood pressure screened at school.

Hispanic kids had the highest rate, at just over 3 percent. They also had the highest obesity rate, at 23 percent, the findings showed.

At the other end of the spectrum, Asians had the lowest rates of high blood pressure (1.7 percent) and obesity (10 percent).

In general, the study found, excess weight was linked to a raised risk of high blood pressure across all racial and ethnic groups.

But the impact of obesity was most clear among Hispanic and white kids: It raised their risk nearly sixfold and fourfold, respectively, compared to normal-weight students.

Weight-related differences were smaller among black and Asian students, the researchers said. Among black teens, 2 percent of those with a normal weight had high blood pressure, versus 4.5 percent of obese teens.

It’s not clear why obesity affected kids differently, and the study only points to an association, not a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

Obesity was determined based on body mass index (BMI), a measure of weight in relation to height. It’s an imperfect way to define obesity, Mahgerefteh pointed out, because it does not gauge body fat. A person who is larger-framed and muscular can fall into the “obese” category.

That’s more likely to happen with blacks. So some black kids with a healthy body composition may have been deemed obese in this study, Mahgerefteh explained.


For parents, though, the bottom line is fairly straightforward, Samuels said. Be aware that kids can have high blood pressure, and that extra pounds are a risk factor.

The risk does not only rise once kids cross the obesity threshold, Mahgerefteh pointed out. Overweight kids in this study were more likely to have high blood pressure than their thinner peers, too.

Once a child is diagnosed with high blood pressure, lifestyle measures — a healthy diet and regular exercise — are the go-to. “We have a higher threshold for using medication in kids,” compared with adults, Mahgerefteh said.

Los adolescentes obesos tienen un riesgo más alto de hipertensión, pero los efectos del peso de más podrían variar según la raza y la etnia, sugiere un nuevo estudio.

Los investigadores encontraron que la obesidad tenía un impacto más notable en la presión arterial de los adolescentes hispanos y blancos, en comparación con sus compañeros negros y asiáticos. Pareció aumentar su riesgo de hipertensión de cuatro a seis veces.

Los expertos pediátricos dijeron que el impacto en los adolescentes hispanos fue sorprendente.

Los niños hispanos de peso normal tienen una tasa baja de hipertensión, de apenas poco más de un 1 por ciento. Eso aumentó a casi un 8 por ciento de los obesos.

La hipertensión a una edad temprana puede preparar el terreno para graves problemas de salud en la adultez, incluyendo el accidente cerebrovascular y la enfermedad cardiaca.

A partir de los tres años, se debe evaluar la presión arterial de todos los niños en las visitas de rutina al médico, comentó el Dr. Joshua Samuels, investigador principal del estudio.

Los médicos también deben ser conscientes de que la obesidad puede tener un efecto particularmente potente en la presión arterial de los niños hispanos, señaló Samuels.

Hace años que los médicos saben que los niños obesos tienen un mayor riesgo de hipertensión, anotó Samuels. Pero el rol de la raza y la etnia no estaba claro, añadió.

Entonces, el equipo de Samuels estudió a un grupo diverso de más de 21,000 adolescentes de Houston cuya presión arterial se midió en la escuela.

En general, encontró el estudio, el exceso de peso se vinculó con un riesgo más alto de hipertensión en todos los grupos raciales y étnicos. Pero el impacto más claro de la obesidad se observó en los niños hispanos y blancos: aumentó su riesgo casi seis y cuatro veces, respectivamente, en comparación con los estudiantes con un peso normal.

Las diferencias relacionadas con el peso eran más pequeñas en los estudiantes negros y asiáticos, dijeron los investigadores. Entre los adolescentes negros, un dos por ciento de los que tenían un peso normal presentaban hipertensión, frente a un 4.5 por ciento de los adolescentes obesos.

La obesidad se determinó según el índice de masa corporal (IMC), una medida del peso en relación con la estatura. Mahgerefteh apuntó que es una forma imperfecta de definir la obesidad, porque no mide la grasa corporal. Una persona de constitución más grande y muscular puede caer en la categoría de “obesidad”.

Es más probable que esto suceda con los negros. Algunos niños negros con una composición corporal sana podrían haber sido considerados como obesos en el estudio, explicó Mahgerefteh.

Pero para los padres, la moraleja es bastante clara, dijo Samuels. Sea consciente de que los niños pueden tener hipertensión, y de que el exceso de peso es un factor de riesgo.

El riesgo no solo aumenta una vez los niños cruzan el umbral de la obesidad, apuntó Mahgerefteh. Los niños con sobrepeso en este estudio también fueron más propensos a tener hipertensión que sus compañeros más delgados.

“Es un continuo”, dijo Mahgerefteh. “Mientras más sobrepeso se tenga, mayor es el riesgo”.

Cuando un niño es diagnosticado con hipertensión, unas medidas de estilo de vida (una dieta saludable y el ejercicio regula) son el mejor recurso. “Tenemos un umbral más alto para el uso de medicamentos en los niños” en comparación con los adultos, comentó Mahgerefteh.

Si no ha revisado la presión arterial de su hijo adolescente en cierto tiempo, debe hacerlo, aconsejó Samuels.

“Una vez los jóvenes se van a la universidad, y pasan a la adultez temprana, quizá dejen de ir al médico”, anotó. “Lo ideal es detectar la hipertensión en la adolescencia”.

Samuels y sus colaboradores reportaron los hallazgos en línea el 10 de abril en la revista Pediatrics.

Country Heat – Dance Workout

What is Country Heat?

Country Heat is a high-energy, low-impact, country dance-inspired fitness program that so totally fires up the fun—you won’t even feel like you’re working out!  Each 30 minute dance routine is packed with easy-to-follow moves set to good ‘ol country music.  All you have to do is follow along!

Who is Country Heat for?

Country Heat is for you if you are looking for a simple, fun and effective way to lose weight and get fit. I’ve been doing the sneak peek workout – Country Swing – on the days when I need a little less intensity than my current program, Insanity Max:30.  Or on those days I just want to move a little more without feeling like I’m exercising.

Is this for beginners?

It’s perfect for beginners, and it’s also a great cardio workout for people at all fitness levels who like to dance or want to stay in shape.  More advanced exercisers can simply add intensity.

For more information visit http://www.familyfitness.com

With all the Family Fitness Center locations throughout West Michigan, Family Fitness Centers is Western Michigan’s leading provider of group exercise classes; in some of our locations you can also find Country Heat. Go to our nearest location.

Country Heat es una rutina de baila de alta energía y bajo impacto que es tan sencilla y divertida que te encantará desde el primer paso. Cada rutina de 30 minutos está repleta de movimientos de baile fáciles de seguir al ritmo de la mejor música country. Lo único que tienes que hacer es seguir las rutinas y, en un abrir y cerrar de ojos, estarás quemando calorías, derritiendo grasa y deshaciéndote de esas libras de más mientras esculpes todo tu cuerpo, todo en 30 días.

Para más información sobre Country  Heat, visita cualquiera de nuestras ubicaciones de Family Fitness Center en West Michigan, o visita  cualquiera de nuestros centros http://www.familyfitness.com.

Best Outdoor and Nature overnight summer camps in Michigan

From summer camps or outdoor immersion programs for teens to day camps for tykes, there are options that span the state and encourage kids to stay active, make friends, and build new skills. 

Instead of spending the summer perfecting the art of being a couch potato, overnight summer camps in Michigan give kids the opportunity to try out activities like archery, kayaking, rock-climbing, hiking and more. Plus, there’s the opportunity to make new friends from across the state while enjoying all the fun that the outdoors can offer. The skills and memories campers will gain often stick with them for years to come. Try these awesome picks in southeast Michigan, west Michigan, northern Michigan and the Thumb area. Remember, when it’s cold outside – think January through March or April – that’s the perfect time to register (and be aware, many of these camps will fill up fast). A few great to keep in mind:

Register early. Again, camps fill up fast. Act fast to secure a spot.

Dates vary. Typically camps are broken into multi-day sessions (though you can often register for several). Visit the websites for precise breakdowns.

Call for costs. Most camps listed have a range; typically lower amounts are for day camps. Price points rise for longer/overnight experiences.

Black River Farm and Ranch

Region: Thumb area

Address: 5040 Sheridan Line Road, Croswell

Phone: 810-679-2505

Dates: June 18-Aug. 19, 2017

Cost: $700/starter camp; $1,500/one week, $2,400/two week, $3,900/four week


Camp Lookout and Crystalaire Adventures

Region: Northern Michigan

Address: 1310 Beuna Road, Frankfort

Phone: 231-299-0005

Camp Lookout, 2017: Various day camp, plus one- and two-week sessions offered June 13-Aug. 18; day camps are free; session range $465-$1,750; Crystalaire Adventures, 2017: 3-7 day trips, June 23-Aug. 20; $275-$1,800


Camp Miniwanca

Region: West Michigan

Address: 8845 W. Garfield Road, Shelby

Phone: 231-861-2262

Dates: Various 1-3 week sessions, June 25-Aug. 4, 2017

Cost: $1,050-plus


Camp Mirage

Region: Southeast Michigan

Address: 39500 Five Mile Road, Plymouth

Phone: 734-420-4655

Dates: June 20-Sept. 3, 2017

Cost: $135-$350


Camp Walden

Region: Northern Michigan

Address: 5607 S. River, Road, Cheboygan

Phone: 231-625-2050

Dates: Three-night mini session, and 2-7 week options June 25-Aug. 12, 2017

Cost: $500/three-night first timer, $3,200-plus/session


Leslie Science & Nature Center Summer Camps

Region: Southeast Michigan

Address: 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor

Phone: 734-997-1553

Dates: A variety of themed programs for different ages, June 19-Aug. 31, 2017

Cost: $260-$300


Stony Creek Nature Center Day Camp

Region: Southeast Michigan

Address: 4300 Main Park Drive, Shelby Township

Phone: 586-781-9113

Dates: June 26-28, 2017

Cost: $125/child


Van Buren Youth Camp

Region: West Michigan

Address: 12370 45th St., Bloomingdale

Phone: 269-521-3855

Dates: June 18-Aug 13, 2017

Cost: $120-$335


Willoway Day Camp

Region: Southeast Michigan

Address: 4654 Old Plank Road, Milford

Phone: 248-932-2123

Dates: June 19-Aug. 18, 2017

Cost: $515-plus


YMCA Camp Copneconic

Region: Southeast Michigan

Address: 10407 N. Fenton Road, Fenton

Phone: 810-629-9622

Dates: Overnight and Holiday Hills program options, July 2-Aug. 18, 2017

Cost: $170-$750

Note: Camp Tall Tree, set on the grounds of Camp Copneconic, is a traditional summer experience for kids ages 7-18 with special needs like autism – plus skill-building for ages 13 to mid-20s, and a program for siblings of people with autism. There’s swimming, boating, archery and more. Runs Aug. 21-26; main camp is $1,250. 734-657-0057.


YMCA Camp Ohiyesa

Region: West Michigan

Address: 7300 Hickory Ridge Road, Holly

Phone: 248-887-4533

Dates: June 25-Aug. 19, 2017

Cost: $209-$812

For more informaton visit http://www.metroparent.com

Desde campamentos de verano o programas de inmersión al aire libre para adolescentes hasta campamentos diurnos para niños, hay opciones que abarcan el estado y animan a los niños a mantenerse activos, hacer amigos y construir nuevas habilidades.

En lugar de pasar el verano perfeccionando el arte de estar en el sofá, campamentos de verano en Michigan dan a los niños la oportunidad de probar actividades como tiro con arco, kayak, escalar, senderismo y mucho más.  Las habilidades y memorias que los campistas ganarán a menudo se mantendrán con ellos durante años. Pruebe estas selecciones impresionantes en el sureste de Michigan, el oeste de Michigan, el norte de Michigan y el área de pulgar.

Regístrese temprano. Una vez más, los campamentos se llenan rápidamente. Actúe rápido para asegurar un lugar.

Las fechas varían. Por lo general, los campamentos se dividen en sesiones de varios días (aunque a menudo puede registrarse para varios). Visite los sitios web para averías precisas.

Llame para los costos. La mayoría de los campos enumerados tienen un rango; Generalmente cantidades más bajas son para campamentos de día. Los puntos de precios suben para las experiencias más largas / durante la noche.

Para más información sobre los campamentos visita http://www.metroparent.com

Family ties bring Russians closer to the Russian connection

Jared Kushner  senior White House advise is under investigation in the Russia probe — which is news that comes as little surprise.  The Washington Post reported the potential collusion and request to establish a secret backdoor communication avenue with the Russians.   Jared Kushner is related to Trump.  The revelation brings the Russian scandal closer to the President.

Many suspect Donald Trump’s direct involvement as it is closer to his inner circle now.

Kushner’s appointment as Senior White House Advisor has been an issue because he is Trump’s son-in-law. (Kushner has made concessions to try and avoid violating a federal anti-nepotism law, including forgoing a paycheck.)  Anti-nepotism laws to avoid the corruption that all too often comes with installing your relatives in positions of power. As any expert on corrupt authoritarian regimes throughout history will tell you, those regimes’ wrongdoing will often run through family members with official titles. 

It isn’t clear what possible crimes might be under investigation, and it’s important to emphasize that Kushner hasn’t been charged with anything. We don’t know where this will lead, if anywhere.

But here’s a key part of The Post’s story:

In addition to possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election, investigators are also looking broadly into possible financial crimes — but the people familiar with the matter, who were not authorized to speak publicly, did not specify who or what was being examined.

In other words, this isn’t just about whether Kushner or anyone else facilitated collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign; indeed, the two meetings he had with Russians that have been spotlighted actually came in December, after Trump was elected. Federal investigators appear to be cluing on some other potential crimes that may or may not be related to that.

Kushner met with Russian Ambassdor Sergey Kislyak and then with Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, which faced U.S. sanctions after Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Beyond that, there aren’t many details.

“You’ve seen it in countries all over the world where they’ve appointed family members, whether it’s their son, daughter, in-laws — it provides for tremendous opportunities for corruption,” Shruti Shah, an international corruption expert at Coalition for Integrity, told HuffPost last month. “People who want to curry favor find their way to provide favors to family members as a way to get closer to the person in power.”

Added Gerald Feierstein, a former top State Department official and ambassador to Yemen in the Obama administration: “For many countries and governments, certainly in the Gulf, in the Middle East, they would recognize this pattern immediately. … I think that they would find it completely normal that leaders mix personal business interests with government affairs and would use family members in various official responsibilities.”

Kushner has already come under scrutiny for his family possibly benefiting personally from his proximity to his leader-of-the-free-world father-in-law. His sister earlier this month mentioned Kushner’s advisory role in the White House while pitching Chinese investors on a New Jersey housing development.

Former Obama administration ethics counsel Norman L. Eisen was among those criticizing that move. And here’s what Eisen said back in December, when Kushner’s potential role in the Trump White House first made news:

The problem with it is it sends a message that if you want to have influence in the administration, do it through the kids. And there’s a tradition. This is not the first time this has happened. I’m just shocked it’s happened in the United States.

It’s possible that Kushner’s familial relationship with Trump is part of the reason he’s been subjected to more scrutiny than any other White House adviser in this probe. And as emphasized above, we have no idea what will come of this.

But if scrutiny of Kushner becomes more intense and there appears to be some validity to it, it will reinforce a central reason why ethics experts say these kinds of arrangements are to be avoided in the first place.

Jared Kushner, el yerno y asesor del presidente, Donald Trump, quiso establecer un canal de comunicación secreto con el Kremlin para esquivar la inteligencia estadounidense, de acuerdo con unas interceptaciones citadas por The Washington Post.

Kushner abordó esta posibilidad en sus reuniones con el embajador ruso en Washington, Sergei Kislyak, celebradas en la Torre Trump de Nueva York durante el periodo de transición presidencial, indicaron al rotativo capitalino funcionarios con información de inteligencia.

Trump Set Back on Muslim Travel Ban

A federal appeals court dealt another blow to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban targeting six-Muslim majority countries recently siding with groups that say the policy illegally targets Muslims.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican’s administration from temporarily suspending new visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th Circuit is the first appeals court to rule on the revised travel ban, which Trump’s administration had hoped would avoid the legal problems that the first version encountered.

“Congress granted the president broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the president wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation,” the chief judge of the circuit, Roger L. Gregory wrote.

Trump will likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A central question in the case is whether courts should consider Trump’s past statements about wanting to bar Muslims from entering the country.

The federal judge in Maryland who blocked the travel ban cited comments made by Trump and his aides during the campaign and after the election as evidence that the policy was primarily motivated by the religion.

Trump’s administration argued that the court should not look beyond the text of the executive order, which doesn’t mention religion. The countries were not chosen because they are predominantly Muslim but because they present terrorism risks, the administration says.

Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU said a federal appeals court affirmed the suspension of President Trump’s immoral Muslim ban—saying it “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”

We once again stood with our friends at the National Immigration Law Center to argue this case. We made it clear to President Trump that attempts by his administration to disfavor or condemn any religion will be rejected by the courts.

This fight is far from over—and we’re not sick of winning yet. If Trump refuses to abandon his unconstitutional Muslim ban, we may be heading to the Supreme Court in our fight to defend the rights of religious minorities and refugees.

Una corte federal de apelaciones confirmó este jueves un fallo que bloquea la prohibición de viaje impuesta por el presidente Donald Trump contra seis países de mayoría musulmana.

El fallo 10 a 3 del 4to. Tribunal de Apelaciones del Circuito de Estados Unidos confirma la decisión de un tribunal inferior de detener indefinidamente partes fundamentales de la orden ejecutiva.

La prohibición fue anunciada en marzo, pero nunca comenzó porque cortes federales la bloquearon horas antes de que entrara en vigor. la orden habría prohibido a las personas de Irán, Libia, Somalia, Sudán, Siria y Yemen entrar a EE.UU. durante 90 días y a todos los refugiados por 120 días.

La corte hace un uso extensivo de los comentarios de Trump durante su campaña cuando el entonces candidato presidencial pidió una prohibición total de entrada a los musulmanes en Estados Unidos, como evidencia contra esta orden ejecutiva.

“La evidencia en el expediente, observada desde el punto de vista del observador razonable, crea un caso convincente de que el propósito primario de la orden ejecutiva es religioso”, dice el fallo. “Entonces, las declaraciones de campaña del candidato Trump revelan que en numerosas ocasiones expresó su sentimiento antimusulmán, así como su intención, de ser elegido, de prohibir (la entrada de) los musulmanes a Estados Unidos”.

El analista legal de CNN y profesor de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Texas Steve Vladeck calificó el fallo de “una enorme victoria para los que se oponen a la prohibición migratoria, y una gran pérdida” para Trump.

Este fue el segundo intento de la administración Trump de establecer la prohibición de viajes. La primera versión, anunciada en enero, también incluía a Iraq.

Immigration Enforcement up!

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested more than 41,300 undocumented immigrants in the 100 days since President Trump signed a pair of executive orders tightening border security and cracking down on sanctuary cities, ICE reported on May. This represents a 38 percent increase from the same time period in 2016, when ICE arrested slightly more than 30,000 undocumented immigrants. ICE’s acting director, Thomas Homan, attributed the spike in arrests to the fact that “agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security.”

According to the report nearly 75 percent of undocumented immigrants arrested between January 22 and April 29 are convicted criminals, marking a 20 percent increase in these types of arrests since 2016. Just 2,700 of these convictions were for violent crimes, including homicide, rape, kidnapping, and assault. Meanwhile, arrests of undocumented immigrants whose only crime is living illegally in the U.S. have risen by an even greater margin. Between January 22 and April 29, ICE conducted around 10,800 “non-criminal arrests,” compared to just 4,200 in 2016—an increase of more than 150 percent.

In a call with reporters, Homan said that undocumented immigrants with a criminal record or who pose a threat to national security remain a priority for the agency. Nevertheless, he added, ICE will continue to pursue all undocumented immigrants who have received a final order of removal by an immigration judge—including those without a criminal record. “I get asked a lot why we arrest somebody that’s not a criminal,” Homan said. “Those who do enter the country illegally … violate the law. That is a criminal act.”

In January, President Trump signed two executive orders intended to expand the authority of U.S. immigration officials. The first order focuses on “the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border” between Mexico and the U.S., and calls for an additional 5,000 border patrol agents in the region. The second order declares that sanctuary cities, or jurisdictions that limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities,” will no longer be eligible to receive federal funding “except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes.”

Notably, Trump’s second executive order also expands the number of undocumented immigrants who are considered “priorities for removal.” Under the new legislation, any undocumented immigrant who poses a “risk to public safety or national security” qualifies as a priority. This marks a significant departure from the Obama administration, which designated immigrants convicted of serious crimes—including gang members, convicted felons, or those convicted of multiple misdemeanors—as priorities. In January, the president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association called Trump’s plan “a blueprint for mass deportation”—a claim both the White House and the Department of Homeland Security have denounced.

In February, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly released two memos describing how Trump’s executive orders would be enforced in the U.S. According to Wednesday’s ICE report, Kelly “has made it clear that ICE will no longer exempt any class of individuals from removal proceedings if they are found to be in the country illegally.” Despite these new security measures, Homan told reporters that deportations have actually declined by 12 percent under the Trump administration. This is because more undocumented immigrants are being arrested in the interior of the country rather than along the border. As a result, they often face lengthy hearings in the nation’s immigration court system.

In March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed that the number of immigrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border had in fact declined since January. According to Homan, “These statistics reflect President Trump’s commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board.” Echoing Trump’s language on the campaign trail, he added: “We are a nation of laws, and ignoring orders issued by federal judges undermines our constitutional government.

El Departamento de Inmigración y Aduanas de los Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) arrestó a más de 41.300 inmigrantes indocumentados en los 100 días desde que el presidente Trump firmó un par de órdenes ejecutivas reforzando la seguridad fronteriza y agrediendo a las ciudades santuarias. Esto representa un aumento del 38 por ciento desde el mismo período de tiempo en 2016, cuando ICE detuvo a poco más de 30.000 inmigrantes indocumentados. El director interino de ICE, Thomas Homan, atribuyó el aumento en las detenciones al hecho de que “a los agentes y oficiales se les ha dado una dirección clara para concentrarse en las amenazas a la seguridad pública y la seguridad nacional”.

Tu Futuro Depende De Ti

Mientras siguen peleando los huelguistas y los que protestan en las calles de Puerto Rico, el mundo sigue su curso.  Cada día se incrementa mas la velocidad de los circuitos integrados en “Silicon Valley” lo que resulta en mas poder para las computadoras, robots y maquinas que van a sustituir aun mas a los trabajadores de Puerto Rico y el mundo.

El trabajo de chofer ya no será posible y quedará eliminado para siempre debido a que los carros ya se manejan solos por medio electrónico y con mas precisión y seguridad que con un ser humano.  Los taxistas y choferes de Uber que pelean en Puerto Rico por sus áreas de recogido de turistas quedaran desempleados en algún momento por carros que se manejan solos y de forma automática.

Hay que despertar a la realidad que ya los trabajos de 30 años con la misma compañía se acabaron.  Todo va a seguir cambiando de forma rápida y tenemos que estar al día con los cambios.  Todos debemos convertirnos en estudiantes de por vida para estar al día con los cambios que surgen en el mundo. De otra manera quedaremos recogiendo el polvo del que sigue mejorando sus conocimientos y estudiando para ponerse al día en sus especialidades de trabajo. Los trabajos van a seguir cambiando exponencialmente como resultado de los inventos innovadores que sean producidos por gente del mundo entero.

Ya el graduarse de la universidad no será para buscar un trabajo. El graduarse de la universidad va a ser para que usted pueda crear su propio trabajo innovador y para contratar a otros.

Los automóviles van a ser maquinas no tan solo van a poder detectar la pieza que esta rota sino que también se podrá arreglar de forma autónoma.  Estas tecnologías van a ser propagadas a cada una de las ramas de ciencia e ingeniería.  El mundo seguirá cambiando y mejorando sus maquinas para que sean mas baratas y eficientes.

Ya no le puedes preguntar a un niño “¿Que tu quieres ser cuando seas grande? Ya no serás identificado por tu profesión como se hacia antes.  ” Hay que preguntarle, ¿Cómo vas a ser cuando seas grande? De esta manera pasamos a otro plano donde vales por lo que puedes hacer como ser humano no importa en las ramas que puedas trabajar.

La educación, la medicina, la ingeniería, las comunicaciones, el comercio, las leyes y hasta la política va a cambiar tal como la conocemos ahora.

Los partidos políticos van a morir debido a que fueron creados en la época industrial y como respuesta a un cambio mundial que ya no existe. Los partidos políticos actuales ya no son útiles y solo sirven para mantener el estatus quo. Hay que crear partidos nuevos donde sean enfocados al futuro y al nuevo concepto de economía del conocimiento.

Deben ser grupos políticos que usen la tecnología y las redes sociales para buscar soluciones de todos los ciudadanos del país y del mundo de forma rápida, costo eficiente y sin burocracia.  Las personas que pertenezcan a un nuevo partido no van a elegir a un hombre o mujer fuerte como líder.  Van a elegir a una persona que unifique, que busque soluciones viables, que inspire a su pueblo y que deje que ellos sean dueños de su propio futuro.

Thousands of Immigrants March in Mayday protests.

Immigrant and union groups marched in cities across the United States on Monday May 1st, to mark May Day and protest against President Donald Trump’s efforts to boost deportations.

Tens of thousands of immigrants  marched in cities such as New York, Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles. Demonstrations also for dozens of smaller cities from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Portland, Oregon.

Several hundred people marched in support of immigrants’ rights in downtown Pontiac, Detroit, Lanshing, Grand Rapids, Saginaw.

The Day Without Immigrants was part of a nationwide movement encouraging immigrants and their allies to stay home from work, school and shopping on May Day.school and shopping on May Day.

Los grupos inmigrantes y sidicatos marcharán en ciudades de los Estados Unidos el lunes 1 de mayo, para conmemorar el primer día de mayo y protestar contra los esfuerzos del presidente Donald Trump para impulsar las deportaciones.

Decenas de miles de inmigrantes marcharon en ciudades como Nueva York, Chicago, Seattle y Los Ángeles. Demostraciones más pequeñas también se llevaron a cabo en ciudades como  Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a Portland, Oregon.

Varios cientos de personas marcharon en apoyo de los derechos de los inmigrantes en Ppontiac, Detroit, Lansing,  Grand Rapids, Saginaw.

El Día Sin Inmigrantes es parte de un movimiento nacional que anima a los inmigrantes y sus aliados a quedarse en casa del trabajo, la escuela y las compras el primero de mayo.


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