LBN – Monday, September 11th, 2017

*Pope Francis to Trump: DACA Repeal Is Not ‘Pro-Life’

Pope Francis, nursing a black and blue shiner and cut above his left eyebrow after falling against his popemobile in Colombia, told reporters on his plane back to Rome what he thought of President Donald Trump’s suspension of the Deferred Act of Childhood Arrivals program. “I have heard the president of the United States speak,” the pope said. “He presents himself as a pro-life man. If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity.” Noting that he had not fully studied the details of DACA or what its suspension would potentially mean, he added that Trump’s action is in direct conflict with pro-life beliefs. “Removing young people from their family is not a thing that bears good fruit, neither for the young person nor the family.” The pontiff, who has been outspoken about the global threat of climate change, also addressed the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and urged those who deny climate change to listen to scientists, who he said “speak very clearly.”

*Another House Republican Announces Retirement

Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI) announced Monday that he would not seek re-election in 2018, making him the third House Republican in the last week to announce his exit from Congress. Trott’s decision follows that of Reps. Dave Reichert(R-WA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA), both of whom are considered to be leading moderate voices in Congress who announced their retirements over the past week. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is also retiring at the end of her term. The Florida moderate has opposed the Trump administration on a host of issues, most recently on protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. Reichert and Dent have also been critical of President Trump, and voted against the House’s repeal-and-replace of Obamacare.

*Trump Administration to Challenge Travel Ban Rulings at Supreme Court

The Trump administration is appealing to the Supreme Court to challenge lower-court rulings on the president’s controversial travel ban executive order. The Justice Department on Mondayasked the Supreme Court to issue a stay on a lower court ruling that scrapped a ban on some refugees, but did not ask for a stay on an appeals court ruling that exempts grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins of American citizens from the travel ban that targets six Muslim-majority countries.

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*Florida Sheriff Who Threatened Arrests at Hurricane Shelters Is Sued

The Florida sheriff who tweeted that he would jail anyone with an outstanding warrant seeking shelter from Hurricane Irma is now being sued over the policy, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday. The man filing the suit claims that he was denied entry to a shelter unless he underwent a criminal background check. The suit claims the policy is discriminatory and violates Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said he would not be changing the policy, which is meant to prevent registered sex offenders from entering shelters. He said Sunday that 43 sex offenders in the county are being sheltered in jail, but are not in custody or behind bars.


9/11 Memorial & Museum

Through commemoration, exhibitions and educational programs, The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, a nonprofit in New York City, remembers and honors the 2,983 people killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993, as well as those who risked their lives to save others and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath of the attacks.

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