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02 Feb 2017
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters)—The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters. The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States. Such a change would reflect Trump’s election campaign rhetoric and criticism of former President Barack Obama for being weak in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) and for refusing to use the phrase “radical Islam” in describing it. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for attacks…
29 Jan 2017
NEW YORK (Reuters)—After immigration agents detained two Iraqis on Saturday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, their lawyers and two U.S. congressional representatives accompanying them tried to cross into a secure area—and were stopped themselves. "Step back! Step back!" the agents shouted at them. A few minutes later, Heidi Nassauer, chief of passenger operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the airport, was called over. Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velazquez, both Democrats from New York, wanted clarification on whether an immigration ban issued on Friday by President Donald Trump prevented the Iraqis from consulting with attorneys. Nassauer had no clear answer. "We are as much in the dark as everybody else," said the border protection official at one of the…

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