Supreme Court overturns Trump-era border policy

(NewsNation) — The Supreme Court ruled the Biden administration can terminate the Trump administration’s “Migrant Protection Protocols,” also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program, which required asylum seekers at the U.S. border to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed. 

The justices, in a 5-4 ruling authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, overturned a federal appeals court decision requiring the Biden administration to restart the policy after the Republican-led states sued to maintain the program. 

Former President Donald Trump instituted the policy in 2019 to deter migrants from applying for asylum. President Joe Biden then attempted to end the policy on his first day in office. Texas and Missouri sued over the policy ending and a Texas federal judge ordered the policy be reinstated.

The Biden administration’s two efforts to rescind the program were blocked by the courts, which led to the dispute, Biden v. Texas, being appealed to the Supreme Court.

Advocacy groups said the policy subjects migrants to inhumane and dangerous conditions.

Prior to Trump’s presidency, administrations generally allowed those fleeing violence to cross the border and apply for asylum within the U.S. But under Trump, more than 70,000 asylum-seekers were returned to Mexico.

People affected by the “Migrant Protection Protocols” policy represent a small percentage of the immigration processing actions, especially after the introduction of Title 42, which had most immigrants turned away without being able to apply for asylum.

The U.S. solicitor general told the Supreme Court that the Department of Homeland Security processed more than 671,000 migrants under the traditional process in 2021. In 2020, which was the last year the “Remain in Mexico” program was in full effect, 20,000 migrants were processed under that program.

“The moment people were forced to wait in Mexico pending their asylum or deportation hearing in the United States, they stop coming,” Brandon Judd, a spokesman for the National Border Control, said Thursday on NewsNation’s “Rush Hour.”

However, humanitarians contend that sending migrants to Mexican border towns is inhumane, as they are some of the most dangerous cities in the world. That’s why they believe the policy must be done away with and replaced with a new policy that is more dignified.

“We need to establish policies that will protect our country, keep our country safe, know who’s entering our country, and provide policies that will allow people to safely and orderly enter the United States if they’re fleeing for their lives,” said Sister Norma Pimentel of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.

This story is developing. Refresh for updates.

The Associated Press and Border Report contributed to this report.

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Rapper Ice Cube partners with NFL to strengthen Black economic equality

(The Hill) — The NFL has announced it has partnered with rapper and actor Ice Cube’s Contract with Black America Institute to enhance the league’s efforts to increase economic equity and partnerships with Black-owned businesses.

In a news release on Thursday, the league said its collaboration with Cube, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, will focus on ways to identify career opportunities in the financial, tech, and production sectors fields and to increase the direct and indirect spending on national Black businesses to help close the racial and economic wealth gap in the U.S. 

Contract with Black America Institute, founded in 2020 amid the social justice and racial inequality protests in response to high-profile police killings of Black Americans, is an organization that focuses on economic inclusion within the Black community. 

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“For more than a year, the CWBA Institute has been working closely with the NFL on identifying resources to build stronger, more substantive economic partnerships with the Black community,” Jackson, a member of legendary hip-hop group NWA, said in a statement. “Our team at CWBA, including my longtime business partner and entertainment lawyer Jeff Kwatinetz, and advisors Ja’Ron Smith and Chris Pilkerton, are focused on building corporate partnerships with measurable economic growth outcomes for Black communities across the country. We believe this is a giant step in the right direction.”

Jackson, who also founded his own semi-professional basketball league “Big 3,” has been pushing for more economic equity in the black community. 

Jackson shared in a February 2021 interview that the Biden administration reached out to him about a possible meeting on his Contract with Black America proposal, an initiative that focuses on issues within the Black community such as banking and finance, justice, policing, and reparations as well. 

Jackson months earlier didn’t take part in a Zoom meeting with then-Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris and other prominent Black entertainers, saying the meeting wouldn’t “be productive.” The actor and rapper also received scrutiny for working with former President Trump’s administration on his “Platinum Plan” proposal. 

“Our partnership with CWBA is another reminder that partnering with intentional organizations is critical to everything we do at the League,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Black businesses play a major role in our country’s economic prosperity. We understand these businesses have not always had the opportunity for exponential growth, so we are pleased to have partners like Ice Cube and his organization, CWBA, in a continued, collective push toward greater economic inclusion.”

The NFL has spent and allocated $125 Million to Black-owned and operated businesses within the past years, the statement noted.

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5 players, $1.1 billion: NBA free agency starts with a bang

(AP) — The NBA generated more basketball-related income than ever this past season, the total number coming up just short of $9 billion.

Business is good. The first night of free agency underscored how good.

Nikola Jokic agreed to the biggest contract in NBA history, Bradley Beal agreed to a deal worth a quarter-billion dollars, and the money just kept flowing. Shortly after midnight Friday in the Eastern time zone, three more players — Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Ja Morant — also agreed to huge-money extensions.

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Towns and Booker agreed to four-year deals that will commence in 2024 and are worth at least $224 million, their agent, Jessica Holtz of CAA, said. Morant will sign his first rookie extension, one that’ll be worth at least $193 million and could reach the $230 million range, according to Tandem Sports, which represents him.

Those five players — Jokic, Beal, Towns, Booker and Morant — had more than $1.1 billion in money committed to them in their new deals, highlighting the moves made Thursday when the NBA’s annual free-agent negotiating window opened.

Jokic agreed to a supermax extension to remain with the Denver Nuggets, the two-time reigning MVP guaranteeing himself at least $264 million over five seasons starting with the 2023-24 campaign. The final number may go up slightly depending on what the league’s salary cap is going into the ‘23-24 season and if it exceeds current projections.

Beal will make $251 million over the next five seasons after re-signing with Washington, one day after turning down $37 million for this coming season from the team with whom he’s spent the entirety of his 10-year career.

Towns and Booker got their deals not long afterward, as did Morant. More big-money extensions are coming at some point, particularly rookie extensions — Miami’s Tyler Herro and New Orleans’ Zion Williamson among the names on that list.

All those moves, even the biggest-money ones, were overshadowed by a piece of non-free-agent news that came earlier Thursday when Kevin Durant, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, told the Brooklyn Nets that he wanted a trade. That undoubtedly had some sort of an impact on the decisions some teams were making, or were considering, with the surprise development that one of the world’s elite players is looking for a new place to play.

Jokic and Beal have signed lucrative contracts before. For some, the ones they get this summer will be their first.

Jalen Brunson, as had been widely speculated given his deep ties to the Knicks — his father played there, for starters — agreed to sign with New York, on a deal that ESPN reported would be worth $104 million over four years. He had earned about $6 million, total, in his four seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and saw his value soar by averaging 21.6 points in 18 playoff games this past season.

Anfernee Simons, who had a breakout season for the injury-plagued Portland Trail Blazers last year — taking advantage of his opportunity, and then some — agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract to remain with that club. And Lu Dort, undrafted three years ago and someone who made about $4 million combined in his three seasons with Oklahoma City, will stay with the Thunder for the next five years on a deal worth nearly $88 million.

NBA NUMBERS

The NBA set the new salary cap, luxury tax and other numbers that will be used this coming season and go into effect Friday.

The cap is $123.655 million, the tax level is $150.267 million. The minimum team salary level is $111.29 million and the exceptions were set as wel. The non-taxpayer mid-level is $10.49 million, taxpayer mid-level is $6.479 million, and the mid-level for a team with room under the cap is $5.401 million.

TUCKER TO PHILADELPHIA

P.J. Tucker is reuniting with Philadelphia general manager Daryl Morey and — assuming he re-signs, as planned — James Harden as well. Tucker agreed Thursday to a three-year deal with the 76ers for $33 million. Morey, Tucker and Harden were together with the Houston Rockets; Harden declared free agency Wednesday with the intention of coming back to Philadelphia. Tucker won a title with Milwaukee in 2021 and helped Miami to the Eastern Conference finals in 2022.

MCGEE CHOOSES MAVERICKS

Dallas and JaVale McGee — a three-time NBA champion and an Olympic gold medalist as well — agreed on a contract for two seasons and a third at McGee’s option worth about $20 million. McGee has played for eight NBA teams and is heading to Dallas for a second time; he played 34 games there in 2015-16.

PORTIS, INGLES TO BUCKS

Bobby Portis (four years, $49 million) is returning to Milwaukee, and the Bucks are adding veteran guard Joe Ingles as well. Ingles is signing a one-year deal, according to his wife, Renae Ingles, who tweeted that “CEO of the house, Renae Ingles, is thrilled for Joe and their family.”

HEAT DECISIONS

Miami will retain Victor Oladipo on a one-year, $11 million deal and Dewayne Dedmon on a two-year deal for about $9 million, though the second year has conditional protections.

MAGIC KEEPING HARRIS

Gary Harris signed with the Orlando Magic, the team said, with the sides agreeing on two years for $26 million for the guard. The Magic are also keeping center Mo Bamba on a two-year deal.

RAPTORS MOVES

Toronto is keeping forwards Chris Boucher (three years, $36 million) and Thaddeus Young (two years, $16 million).

BAGLEY STAYING

Detroit moved quickly to lock up restricted free agent Marvin Bagley III, agreeing to keep him with a three-year, $37 million deal.

WRIGHT TO WIZARDS

In addition to keeping Beal, the Wizards also agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with guard Delon Wright.

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AP Sports Writers Schuyler Dixon and Noah Trister contributed.

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SUV driver drifts into bike lane, kills 71-year-old pedestrian in Fremont

FREMONT, Calif. (BCN) — A 71-year-old pedestrian was killed Wednesday in Fremont after being struck by a sport-utility vehicle while walking in a bike lane with a bicycle.

A Fremont police spokesperson said the collision occurred at about 5:30 p.m. in the area of Driscoll Road and Carmen Street in the city’s Mission San Jose District. According to police, the pedestrian was walking a bicycle in the bicycle lane in a southerly direction on the west side of Driscoll Road.

The SUV driver, also 71, was driving on southbound Driscoll Road. The driver drifted into the bike lane and struck the pedestrian.

Police said the pedestrian was provided emergency medical attention by responding police officers and medical staff, but died at the scene. The SUV driver was uninjured.

The SUV driver remained at the scene and is fully cooperating with the investigation with no impairment suspected. Video surveillance footage, which captured the collision, has been obtained by police.

The incident remains an active investigation by the Fremont Police Traffic Investigations Division.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Ofc. Brian Burch at BBurch@fremont.gov or (510) 790-6772. Anonymous tips can be sent to Tip FremontPD followed by a short message to 888777.

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8 suspects arrested in ‘massive’ Alameda County fentanyl bust

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — A large narcotics bust was reported Thursday, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office announced in a Facebook post. The Alameda County Narcotics Task Force seized 20 pounds of fentanyl pills, 23.1 pounds of powder fentanyl, 39 grams of black tar heroin, and 9 grams of methamphetamine.

The sheriff’s office said a total of eight suspects were arrested on drug trafficking charges. A revolver (handgun) with an obliterated serial number was also seized.

The drug bust involved authorities from Southern California to help with the arrests. Alameda County officers received help the Barstow Police Department (San Bernardino County) and CHP Dublin. Barstow is roughly two hours northeast of Los Angeles.

In April, 92.58 pounds of fentanyl was recovered by Alameda County Narcotics Task Force, which is is the equivalent to about 42 kilograms. According to the Alameda County Sheriff, one kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people.

This most recent bust totals to approximately 43 pounds of fentanyl, which equals to roughly 19 kilograms. That’s enough to theoretically kill over 9 million people, based on the aforementioned calculations.

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Authorities investigate after 1 dies in boat collision on San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — One person has died following a collision between two pleasure craft vessels on San Francisco Bay near Angel Island Thursday afternoon, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson.

Investigators from the San Francisco Police Department and the Marin County Sheriff’s Department are looking into the cause of the collision between a sailboat and a 25-foot Center Console pleasure craft motorboat. The collision caused the motorboat to spin out of control until police officers could commandeer the vessel.

Coast Guard officials received a report about the collision at 2:09 p.m. The Center Console operator was ejected from the vessel during the collision. The operator was pulled from the bay by eyewitnesses and aid was administered, but the person died.

There were no reports of anyone else suffering from injuries. Coast Guard officials received a report at 2:09 p.m. about a collision between the two vessels.

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Crews respond to 3-alarm fire in Vallejo

VALLEJO, Calif. (KRON) — Crews are responding to a three-alarm structure fire Thursday afternoon in Vallejo, officials announced on Twitter. The fire is in the area of Sharon Street and Broadway Street.

Officials say there is “heavy smoke” in the area. There are “multiple exposures threatened,” and Vallejo fire officials have not reported any injuries as of 6:15 p.m.

Drivers should avoid the area of Broadway Street between Sereno Drive and Tuolumne Street. They should also avoid the area between Sonoma Boulevard and Yolano Drive.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Jail’s ‘revolving door’ frustrates San Jose police officers

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — San Jose police officers are feeling frustrated. Too often, violent criminals are being released from the Santa Clara County Jail, freeing them up to commit even more crimes, police said.

San Jose Police Department Sgt. Christian Camarillo told reporters on Thursday that the jail’s “revolving door” and bail system is “failing” to keep neighborhoods safe from repeat offenders.

“We are really starting to become frustrated. These suspects need to be held accountable for these serious crimes they are committing. They need to remain in custody. We want our community members to be safe in their own homes,” Camarillo said.

SJPD held a press conference Thursday to announce that a group of young men carried out at least three terrifying and disturbing home invasions. During one of the home invasions on Summerdale Drive, the group threatened to kill a baby, held the baby’s father at gunpoint, and forced the father to drive to a bank to withdraw cash.

The alleged home invaders were identified as 19-year-old Armando Manzano, 19-year-old Daniel Mendez, 23-year-old Eduardo Santiago, and a 17-year-old boy — all San Jose residents.

Manzano was arrested by San Jose police for an unrelated crime just two days before one of the home invasions.

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SJPD mug shots of Armando Manzano, 19, Daniel Mendez, 19, and Eduardo Santiago, 23.

Manzano was chased by police on June 5, arrested, and booked into jail. He was released from jail on June 6. And on June 7, Manzano broke into a house on Bolero Drive in south San Jose, police said. Manzano and Mendez tied up an elderly couple who lived in the house at gunpoint and violently assaulted the husband and wife, according to SJPD.

While the assailants were still ransacking the house, one of the victims was able to escape and call 911. Officers quickly responded to the home and nabbed two Manzano and Mendez as they attempted to flee, according to SJPD.

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Camarillo noted that the same problem — releasing inmates early with little or no bail — led to a second violent crime in San Jose. A group of four masked teenaged boys carried out an armed carjacking 1 a.m. Sunday on South 7th Street, police said.

The boys, all between ages 14-17, were still in the stolen car when patrol officers spotted them a few hours later. Police chased the car, but the pursuit was terminated because the car’s reckless maneuvers on the road endangered the public. The driver eventually lost control of the car and crashed on Coleman Avenue near Highway 87.

Detectives were so familiar with the boys that they recognized them at the Coleman Avenue crash scene.

“Robbery detectives recognized three of the four suspects from prior armed robberies and carjackings that had taken place in San Jose,” officer Steve Aponte wrote.

The boys had been previously arrested in March. One teen had an ankle monitor, and another was in possession of a ghost gun. The boys were re-booked into juvenile hall Sunday.

A 14-year-old boy was in possession of this ghost gun, police said. (Image courtesy SJPD)

The serial home invasion suspects, Manzano, Mendez, and Santiago, were locked in the Santa Clara County Jail as of late Thursday afternoon, according to inmate records.

Camarillo said the SJPD is working closely together with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office to make sure that — this time — the home invasion suspects remain behind bars without bail.

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California begins to look at if drivers are being price gouged at the pump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — California lawmakers held an investigative hearing Thursday in response to skyrocketing gas prices.

This comes as the state’s gas tax will rise another 3 cents starting Friday.

The Assembly’s select committee on gas supply and prices held its first hearing Thursday to determine if California consumers are being price gouged at the pump.

“It comes as no surprise that gas prices have increased by almost $2 per gallon in the last few months, a sharp increase that cannot go unexplained,” Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, said.

The California Energy Commission provided a presentation showing how domestic oil sources are shrinking, while the state’s consumption of foreign oil is growing.

It also provided a look at the price breakdown at the pump, showing various taxes, fees and other costs that make California gas more expensive than the rest of the country.

Experts said brand-name gas stations are charging higher prices at about 30 cents more per gallon, and some suggested California look into why the state doesn’t have as many unbranded gas stations.

“I’m concerned the concentration among the producers of the gasoline combined with their vertical relationships downstream with their branded dealers has allowed them to charge much higher prices and earn much higher profits in California, individually, not through colluding with one another,” Severin Borenstein, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, said.

For years, the state has been looking into a mystery surcharge in California gas prices that some experts said gas companies have not addressed.

But representatives for petroleum companies and gas station owners point back to the state when it comes to higher prices.

“The reality is that our members pay countless fees, permit fees and licensing fees to meet the overwhelming compliance burdens that are eating into our industry and state,” Sam Bayless, with California Fuels and Convenience Alliance, said.

The state department of justice told lawmakers an investigation into the mystery surcharge and price-fixing would require enormous resources.

“It’s exceedingly expensive, particularly bringing in the outside expertise that would be required, many millions of dollars, and the upshot would be uncertain,” Kathleen Foote, California Department of Justice, said.

Moving forward, the committee will hold hearings over the next three to four months with industry experts, regulators and consumer organizations. The committee’s next hearing date is not yet set.

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Police arrest Palo Alto man with stolen loaded handgun

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KRON) — A man was arrested for possession of a stolen handgun earlier this week in Palo Alto, police announced in a news release Thursday. Officers received a report that a black 9 mm semi-automatic handgun with a high-capacity magazine was stolen on Tuesday.

At around 3:35 a.m. Tuesday, officers spotted a “suspicious” vehicle illegally parked in in the red zone next to a 7-Eleven on the 400 block of Waverley Street. Police said the only occupant of the car fell asleep behind the wheel with the engine running.

Officers then approached the man at his car and saw the weapon in the driver’s seat within the man’s reach, according to the release. The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Juan Vargas Pinzon of East Palo Alto, was arrested without incident and booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail for two felonies and one misdemeanor.

  • Possession of stolen firearm (felony)
  • Possession of loaded firearm (felony)
  • Carrying a concealed firearm (misdemeanor)

Police said the weapon was also reported stolen in Houston back in 2017.

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