LBN – Special Report – Monday

*Obama Budgets $17,613 For Every New Illegal Minor

President Obama has budgeted $17,613 for each of the estimated 75,000 Central American teens expected to illegally cross into the United States this year, $2,841 more than the average annual Social Security retirement benefit, according to a new report.

The total bill to taxpayers: $1.3 billion in benefits to “unaccompanied children,” more than double what the federal government spent in 2010, according to an analysis of the administration’s programs for illegal minors from the Center for Immigration Studies. The average Social Security retirement benefit is $14,772.

The report notes that the president’s budget, facing congressional approval, includes another $2.1 billion for refugees, which can include the illegals from Central America, mostly Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. What’s more, the administration is also spending heavily on a program with the United Nations to help the illegal minors avoid the dangerous trip by declaring them refugees and handing them a plane ticket to the U.S. where, once here, they get special legal status.The report, titled “Welcoming Unaccompanied Alien Children to the United States,” is a deep dive into the administration’s evolving efforts to let hundreds of thousands of mostly 16- and 17-year-old males settle in the country.

*Many U.S. Schools Blocking Migrant Kids

At least 35 districts in 14 states are reportedly discouraging hundreds of minors from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras from enrolling in U.S. schools. Advocates have said the students are being pressured to attend “separate but unequal” programs as an alternative, an investigation by the Associated Press found. The federal government has allotted very little money to monitor if children are actually able to attend U.S. schools after they arrive, despite the fact that public schools are still a guaranteed service extended to migrants.

*100-Year-Old Woman Sets Sprinting Record

Ida Keeling set a world record for centenarian women at the Penn Relays this weekend for the 100-meter dash, completing it in one minute and 17.33 seconds. Keeling, who will turn 101 in several weeks, reportedly did a push-up to celebrate her achievement. “Love yourself, do what you have to do and what you want to do,” Keeling said. “Eat for nutrition, not for taste. And exercise at least once a day.”

*First U.S. Cruise Docks in Havana

Carnival’s Fathom Adonia arrived Monday morning at Havana harbor, marking the first official U.S. cruise trip to dock in Cuba in a half-century. As the sold-out maiden voyage pulled in, passengers reportedly waved American and Cuban flags. The week-long cruise will travel around Cuba, stopping in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: One of New York’s best new fine dining restaurants is Ocean Prime on West 52nd Street. Opened in October of 2015, Ocean Prime is serving extraordinary seafood and steaks to some of New York’s most discriminating dinners. Managed by David Brooks (no, not the famous New York Times columnist), Ocean Prime is proving to be an extremely popular lunch spot for some of City’s best known business leaders in Rockefeller Center area.


LBN E-Lert Edited By Marcelle Luna

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