News Wrap: Federal appeals court temporarily blocks ‘remain in Mexico’ policy

News Wrap: Federal appeals court temporarily blocks ‘remain in Mexico’ policy

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JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: A
federal appeals court in San Francisco temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s remain
in Mexico policy. Under it, nearly 60,000 legal asylum seekers
have been returned to Mexico while their cases are decided. Today’s ruling halts the policy
in California and Arizona. Those are the border states in the court’s jurisdiction. The administration
is expected to appeal. Separately, the federal immigration court
system proposed raising fees. The price of appealing a decision would go from just over
$100 to nearly $1,000. Immigration groups said that that would make it too expensive
to challenge deportation orders. Mounting chaos in Northwestern Syria touched
off heavy fighting and urgent diplomacy today, and set a new wave of refugees in motion. Foreign affairs correspondent Nick Schifrin
has our report. NICK SCHIFRIN: On the border that separates
Turkey from Syria, the two countries’ militaries are hammering each other. Turkey launched multiple attacks against Syrian
government forces, in retaliation for Syrian airstrikes that killed 33 Turkish soldiers
last night. HULUSI AKAR, Turkish Minister of National
Defense (through translator): Over 200 Syrian regime targets were heavily struck by aircraft,
unmanned aerial aircraft and land-based resources immediately following this heinous attack. NICK SCHIFRIN: Inside Syria, the Turkish military
is siding with Syrian rebels in Idlib against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ally
Russia. Nearby, the Turkish military has deployed
to outposts along near the border. Syrian civilians are forced into refugee camps, where
children have little to defend against a new adversary, the cold. These displaced families have spent years
fleeing the violence and are hoping to escape to Turkey. MUSTAFA, Internally Displaced Person (through
translator): If the Syrian regime and its Russian and Iranian allies are in charge,
then we have no option but to go to Turkey, and, from Turkey, go to Europe. NICK SCHIFRIN: But, in Turkey, Syrian refugees
who have spent months or years sheltering are trying to enter Greece, after Turkey hinted
at opening its Western border. Some migrants aren’t waiting, boarding dinghies to make
the perilous journey by sea, stoking memories of 2015, when almost a million refugees risked
their lives to cross the Mediterranean and seek asylum in Europe. To try and reduce tensions, today, Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Erdogan
also spoke with President Trump. And following an emergency meeting, NATO Secretary-General
Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia and Syria to stop bombing civilians. JENS STOLTENBERG, NATO Secretary-General:
I call on them to stop their offensive, to respect international law. NICK SCHIFRIN: The U.S. says it supports the
Turkish operation, but the U.S. has not yet provided material support to help end the
crisis. For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Nick Schifrin. JUDY WOODRUFF: In Afghanistan, a one-week
lull in violence has set the stage for the U.S. and the Taliban to sign a peace agreement
tomorrow. President Trump announced today that Secretary
of State Mike Pompeo will witness the signing in Qatar. We will get the details later in
the program. India’s capital city, New Delhi, tried to
return to calm today after Hindu-Muslim rioting this week left 40 people dead. Police upped
their presence in the capital, where some neighborhoods were burned and wrecked. Residents voiced both caution and complaints. ASIF MOHAMMED, New Delhi Resident (through
translator): There is a peaceful environment now, but not that much, as people are still
very scared. They are scared to even leave their homes and go out. MOHD ANISH,®MD-BO¯ Business Owner (through
translator): If the administration was as active 72 hours ago as they are now, then
these riots would certainly not have happened. JUDY WOODRUFF: The violence erupted after
months of protests against a citizenship law that favors non-Muslims. Back in this country, President Trump has
nominated Congressman John Ratcliffe to be director of national intelligence. He initially
said he would nominate the Texas Republican last July. The plan stalled, until now, after
Senate Republicans questioned Ratcliffe’s lack of an experience in the intelligence
field. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee launched
an investigation of Attorney General William Barr. Democratic Chairman Jerry Nadler said
the focus is possible political meddling in criminal cases. It includes Barr’s push for
a lighter sentence for Roger Stone, President Trump’s ally, who was convicted of lying to
Congress. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: after nearly
two decades of fighting, the U.S. and the Taliban prepare to make a deal; to South Carolina,
where voters are on the eve of making their primary choice; Mark Shields and David Brooks
break down the politics of the outbreak; plus, much more.

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