US Slaps Sanctions on 6 Taliban and Haqqani Militants
The U.S. has slapped sanctions on six Taliban and Haqqani network militants as it again demands more help from Pakistan to disrupt terrorist financing.
The six include a former high-ranking official of Afghanistan's former Taliban government.
All six have been involved in attacks on U.S.-led coalition forces, smuggling and financing terrorists.
All property they have in the United States is frozen and Americans are barred from doing business with them.
The United States has suspended security assistance to the Pakistani military until it takes what the State Department calls "decisive action" against the Taliban and Haqqani network.
President Donald Trump infuriated Pakistan when he said it has played U.S. leaders for "fools" by accepting billions of dollars in aid while giving safe haven
White House Releases Immigration Reform Framework
The White House released details on Thursday of what it characterizes as a compromise framework on immigration for lawmakers to accept or reject.
For the 1.8 million young immigrants living in the United States known as "Dreamers" -- who were brought to the country by their families when they were still minors – there would be a long path to citizenship and with conditions.
For those recipients who have been allowed to stay in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as other who met the same criteria, there would be a “10- to 12-year path to citizenship with requirements for work, education and good moral character.”
President Donald Trump, who provided a glimpse of the proposal the previous day, said to reporters they should tell the Dreamers “not to worry.”
The White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security was suddenly released by the Trump administration, four days earlier than had been scheduled.
Another element that is certain to come under intense scrutiny is the cost of the president’s core campaign promise: A $25 billion “trust fund” for a wall along the Mexican border, although that money would also be for other ports of entry and exit and enhancements to the northern border with Canada.
Extended family migration (referred to as “chain migration” by some) -- where immigrants can sponsor relatives who can then sponsor other family members – would be cut and only spouses and minor children of citizens and lawful permanent residents would be eligible.
The administration is also calling for ending the visa lottery system for certain countries.
This is “extremely generous,” according to a senior administration official.
The White House is hoping the Senate will be able to vote on the plan early next month, before the February 8 deadline for lawmakers to approve a spending bill to keep the U.S. government operating.