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National Briefs for Feb. 23

Trump rolls out new immigration policies

New immigration enforcement procedures announced by the Trump administration this week show that Trump plans to be more aggressive when it comes to detaining and deporting those who are in the U.S. illegally, according to the New York Times.

Among the provisions outlined by the Department of Homeland Security, the administrations seeks to, among other things, “publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants, enlist local police officers as enforcers, erect new detention facilities and speed up deportations,” according to the Times.

The announcement materializes some of President Trump’s most vocal promises centered around clamping down on illegal immigration, which led to criticism from some and praise from others.

According to the Times, officials also said that individuals brought to the U.S. illegally as children “will not be targeted unless they commit crimes.”

“The message is: The immigration law is back in business,” Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, is quoted as telling the Times.

The new policies, like Trump’s recent travel ban, may be challenged in court, and some officials don’t see the president’s ambitions panning out as large as terms of scope as he may hope.

Some critics of the new policies say they will encourage police to profile members of their respective communities, according to the article.

Jewish cemetery in Missouri targeted

Many families went to visit their loved ones at a Jewish cemetery in University City, Missouri after the weekend, only to find nearly 200 headstones there were “toppled,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Although no arrests have been made as of Wednesday, the cemetery and loved ones of those buried there have received an outpouring of support from the community. According to the Post-Dispatch, it took only about a day for an online campaign organized by the local Muslim-American community to raise nearly $25,000 for repair efforts.

While local law enforcement is looking through security video from over the weekend, Detective Lt. Fredrick Lemons II told the Post-Dispatch that “there’s nothing to indicate it was any type of hate crime.”

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In the meantime, a local monument company is reviewing the damage to decide “which headstones need to be reset and which need to be replaced” altogether, according to the article.

Donald Trump decried the incident in an announcement earlier this week, and Vice President Mike Pence visited the area on Wednesday, saying that there is “no place in America” for hate and prejudice.

2016’s best films vie for gold on Sunday

The 89th Academy Awards are being held on Sunday in Los Angeles, where the year’s best films will compete for Oscar glory.

“La La Land” – the throwback musical love letter to Los Angeles starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling – is the consensus frontrunner for Best Picture, as well as other major categories, but it’s already made Oscar history with a record-tying 14 nominations.

“Moonlight” – another critical darling about African-American life in drug-ravaged Miami – is another heavyweight with eight nominations, including Best Cinematography and Best Director. The sci-fi drama “Arrival” also landed eight, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Amy Adams.

The ceremony begins around 6 p.m. MT on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel hosts this year’s awards.

-Compiled by David Lynch

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