More than 50% of separated immigrant youths reunited with families | Calif. county cancels contract with ICE after public pressure | Ala. directive aims to stop sheriffs from pocketing leftover food funds
July 13, 2018
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More than 50% of separated immigrant youths reunited with families
The Trump administration says it has reunited 58 of 103 children of illegal immigrants younger than 5 with their families, but the remaining youths couldn't be reunited due to safety reasons or their parents' deportation. While the court-ordered deadline for the reunions was Tuesday night, some did not occur until Wednesday or Thursday, prompting the American Civil Liberties Union to ask for "remedies" under its pending class-action lawsuit.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) (free registration)/The Associated Press (7/12),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/12) 
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Federal, State & Local Update
Calif. county cancels contract with ICE after public pressure
Contra Costa County, Calif., is ending a contractual agreement with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement as public pressure over immigration crackdowns increases. County Supervisor John Gioia said the contract to house ICE detainees "erodes the trust between local government and local law enforcement and our immigrant communities."
Governing magazine online/Tribune News Service (7/12) 
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Ala. directive aims to stop sheriffs from pocketing leftover food funds
The Alabama state comptroller will stop depositing funds intended to purchase food for inmates into sheriffs' personal bank accounts as part of a new directive from Gov. Kay Ivey. The move, which will see the funds deposited into sheriffs' official county accounts, aims to halt the practice of pocketing unused funds.
Governing magazine online/Tribune News Service (7/12) 
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FEMA report notes planning failures ahead of 2017 hurricane season
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it misjudged the amount of damage Hurricane Maria could cause in Puerto Rico prior to landfall and that it had intended to update its Caribbean Response Plan but did not complete the task before the 2017 hurricane season. FEMA's after-action report notes it was not prepared for multiple disasters in close sequence, and its plan did not take into account "insufficiently maintained infrastructure" in Puerto Rico.
USA Today (7/12) 
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Transportation & Public Works
Military, Tech & Public Safety
TSA officers can't be sued for most checkpoint disputes, court rules
The US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit has ruled that Transportation Security Administration officers can't be sued over most checkpoint disputes because they are not law enforcement or investigative officers, and are therefore protected by the government's sovereign immunity.
USA Today (7/11) 
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Health, Education & Human Services
Regulation allows DEA to limit opioid production based on abuse worries
Regulation allows DEA to limit opioid production based on abuse worries
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The Department of Justice introduced a regulation that allows the Drug Enforcement Administration to limit opioid production quotas based on the extent to which opioids are being abused. "These revised limits will encourage vigilance on the part of opioid manufacturers, help DEA respond to the changing drug threat environment, and protect American people from potentially addictive drugs while ensuring the country has enough opioids for genuine medical, scientific, research and industrial needs," the DOJ said.
The Hill (7/11),  The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (7/11) 
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Leadership, Management & Ethics
Give it to them straight: Don't muddle feedback
The concept of sandwiching negative feedback between positive statements can leave people feeling confused or tricked, writes Markus van Alphen. People appreciate hearing compliments and criticism directly and separately so they know where they stand, he argues.
Lead Change (7/9) 
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