Melania Trump Wore a Jacket Saying ‘I Really Don’t Care’ on Her Way to Texas Shelters

Mrs. Trump, who traveled to Texas with Alex Azar, the health and human services secretary, was also scheduled to visit the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center, which had became a particular subject of scrutiny this week after a government video emerged showing families sitting in cages clutching mylar blankets. But her visit had to be cut short because of bad weather. A senior administration official, who insisted on anonymity, told reporters on the first lady’s plane that only six of the New Hope facility’s 55 children had been separated from…

Canadians love diversity, just not the change that comes with it: survey – National

Canadians are proud to live in an open, welcoming society and believe that diversity helps to strengthen the country’s economy, but they remain wary of new arrivals who refuse to integrate and request special accommodations. Those are some of the results of a government survey commissioned last winter by the Privy Council Office, the government body that supports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office in Ottawa. The research indicates that more than two years after being elected on a platform that prioritized inclusion, increased immigration and diversity, the Liberals are paying…

Brexit: EU risks damaging its ability to compete with rest of world if it pushes London financial services away, Philip Hammond warns

Philip Hammond has warned the European Union it risks damaging its chances of competing with the rest of the world if it pushes London’s financial services away after Brexit. In a major speech the chancellor said both the UK and EU will be stronger if they stay “closely connected” when it comes to the City of London. Mr Hammond appeared to take a swipe at the protectionist instincts of US president Donald Trump at the annual Mansion House speech, and hit back at domestic Tory critics who suggest his department…

COMMENTARY: Pathetic Canadian cheapness is on full display again this week – National

Canadians are cheap. It’s ugly, it’s embarrassing, and we should get over it. But we won’t. Being cheap isn’t a new part of our national character. I wrote a column about it back in 2015, in fact. It was after a Conservative senator drew national ire for admittedly tone-deaf comments about airlines serving awful meals, including “ice cold Camembert with broken crackers.” The senator, Nancy Ruth, had been asked about the-then raging scandal over Senate expenses. She was specifically asked if she was worried she’d be caught up in it.…

House Leaders Delay Vote on Legislation to Protect Young Immigrants

It would offer a six-year renewable legal status to Dreamers, who would be eligible for a new visa program that would offer green cards based on factors like education, employment and English proficiency. In turn, they could become citizens. To respond to children being separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for crossing the border illegally, House Republicans added language to the bill intended to keep families together. Before Mr. Trump signed his executive order on Wednesday, Mr. Ryan promoted the compromise bill as providing a…

Emily Thornberry sparks Labour row after accusing Chuka Umunna and other Brexit rebels of ‘dishonesty’

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry has sparked an internal party row after accusing Chuka Umunna and other Labour Brexit rebels of “dishonesty”, claiming their real agenda is to overturn the result of the 2016 referendum. She attacked the MPs after they tried to push Labour into backing a plan to keep Britain in the single market, defying Jeremy Corbyn’s will and fomenting the biggest parliamentary rebellion of his leadership. Speaking on Thursday, she said her party must respect the result of the 2016 vote and singled out Mr Umunna while talking…

First lady Melania Trump visits child immigrant detention centre in Texas – National

MCALLEN, Texas – Melania Trump is visiting two Texas facilities housing some of the more than 2,300 migrant children sent by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally. The first lady’s visit to Upbring New Hope Children’s Center on Thursday comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating families. However, his policy of criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers remains. READ MORE: Donald Trump signs order to keep migrant families together while in detention Mrs. Trump, whose focus is on children, may have helped…

Trump Returns to Tough Talk on Immigration, a Day After Retreating on Family Separation

WASHINGTON — President Trump returned to his tough talk and demands for changes in immigration laws a day after he retreated from his hard-line position of separating immigrant children from their families, capitulating to intense political pressure. The president tweeted demands on Thursday — change the laws, build a wall, do not hire immigration judges — as his administration scrambled to execute his latest executive order. Political pressure was amplified in recent days by images and recordings of young children crying for their parents. Despite the new executive order, the…

Brexit: Government eyes Ukraine-style association agreement with EU

The Government is eyeing a Ukraine-style “association agreement” with the EU to govern future relations with the bloc after Brexit. The deal, which would include a free trade agreement, regulatory alignment, and cooperation on security and foreign affairs cooperation, is being seriously considered in Downing Street, according to a senior Cabinet source. The format, which the EU also has with countries like Georgia and Moldova, would help avoid a complex web of bilateral agreements like the one which governments relations between the EU and Switzerland. UK and Brussels drawn into…

Tory minister Greg Hands resigns from government in protest over Heathrow Airport expansion

A government minister has dramatically resigned in protest at the expansion of Heathrow Airport, vowing to “honour” his pledge to fight the project. Greg Hands, the trade minister, said he had no choice but to quit after Theresa May decided to whip Tory MPs to vote in favour of the third runway. The resignation will pile pressure on Boris Johnson – the fiercest critic of the expansion – who is instead expected to be out of the country, to avoid having to vote on Monday. Heathrow expansion set for go…