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Kayla Koslosky

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President Trump announced in a late-night tweet on Monday that millions of people living in America illegally will be deported starting next week.

Trump wrote, “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.”

“They will be removed as fast as they come in,” he asserted.

The president also applauded Mexico’s efforts in fixing the crisis at the border writing, “Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border.”

This comes after President Trump recently threatened to take action against Mexico if Mexican officials continued to fail to stop people journeying from El Salvador, Guatemala and Ecuador from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump threatened to impose a slew of tariffs on Mexico if officials did not increase their border security and immigration efforts.

According to a senior Mexican official, the tactic appears to have worked. Three weeks after making the threat, the official shared that the number of immigrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border daily has dropped from 4,200 to 2,600.

According to the Associated Press, an Administrative official who wished to remain anonymous told the outlet that the action would firstly focus on the over 1 million people who are still living in the U.S. despite being issued final deportation orders by federal judges.

The AP reports that other anonymous officials said the plan was not immediate and ICE officials did not anticipate the action being announced publicly. Reportedly, however, some close to the President believe the announcement can be used as a deterrent to others attempting to enter the country illegally.

Immigration – particularly the issue at the southern border – has been a key issue for Mr. Trump during his first term as President. He is expected to crack down on the issue as we head into the 2020 Presidential Election.

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CAIROEgypt, June 18, 2019 (Morning Star News) – A young Coptic Christian man has been arrested near Cairo, Egypt for allegedly insulting Islam after a hacker posted material on his Facebook page, he and family members said.

Fady Yousef, 25, was arrested early in the morning of June 11 in Giza, southwest of Cairo, despite having posted a video explaining that hackers had placed the offending material on his Facebook page, according to the Coptic Bishopric of Maghagha and El Edwa in Minya.

The previous night (June 10), Muslim extremists angry over the offending material attacked his parents’ home in Eshneen el Nasara village, near Maghgaha in Minya Governorate, about 260 kilometers (160 miles) south of Giza, according to a statement from the bishopric.

“On Monday [June 10] some extremists reaching a few hundred from Eshneen el Nasara village and the villages around it attacked the home of Yousef Todary,” the statement from Bishop Anba Aghathon read. “They entered and destroyed the contents of the house, then moved to the house next door where his brother lived and attacked it from the outside. They were shouting against the Christian religion and the Copts of the village.”

Yousef Todary, his wife and daughter were able to escape minutes before the Muslim extremists broke in and destroyed the refrigerator, television set, mattresses, furniture and windows, according to the bishop.

Stating that Muslim extremists alleged the post was insulting to Islam, the bishop defended Fady Yousef, reiterating that he said his Facebook was hacked.

The young Copt posted an apology on the page saying he would never do such a thing, and that people who knew him know this well. His sister, Nermeen Yousef, also posted a clarification, saying her brother apologized not because he did anything wrong, but because people mistakenly believed that he was the author of the post, according to Copts United.

“He is apologizing because he respects your feelings,” she wrote. “He is not a child to do such a thing, and also his friends are Muslims and always tell me they are dear to him and they know this well.”

Along with Fady Yousef, police also detained his brother and uncle; two other uncles turned themselves in as soon as they heard that police sought them, according to various sources. They were all transported to Minya pending investigations, and on Friday (June 15) Copts United reported that the brother and uncles had been released.

Yousef is in custody facing charges of posting material offensive to religion, according to Copts United. Insulting a heavenly religion (Islam, Judaism and Christianity) in Egypt, where the state religion is Islam, is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of 500 to 1,000 Egyptian pounds (US$30 to US$60), according to Article 98(f) of the Penal Code.

Police reportedly arrested 25 people suspected of attacking the home of Yousef Todary and those of other Christians in the village, as well as others who wrote posts on social media to instigate attacks.

Police reportedly dispersed angry crowds and set up protective posts in Eshneen el Nasara and other villages. They also set a protective perimeter around the village the following Friday (June 14) in anticipation of possible violence, according to Copts United.

The bishop’s statement noted that Reda Eid, a Muslim from the same village, during Easter posted derogatory words against Christianity, the church and its leadership. Eid later went to the church leaders to apologize, taking some of his Christian friends with him, according to the statement. Father Soliman responded “You are our son, you came here and I accept your apology, we are all brothers,” thus ending the incident, according to Copts United.

Egypt ranked 16th on Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. 

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A student in an online video says he was kicked out of class for telling his teacher that he believes in only two genders — male and female.

The video does not name the student or the teacher who removed the student from his class, but the male student was able to record the exchange on video.

In the video, the student asks why he was kicked out of class. The teacher says the student was discriminating in his comment that he believes in only two genders.

“You aren't being inclusive," the teacher said on the video. "I know what the authority thinks and point of view. It's very clear that we make no discrimination on the grounds. I'm sorry what you choose to make an issue about a point that is contrary to policy," he added.

The student said he believed it wasn’t “scientific” for there to be more than two genders.

“I think it's silly to have anything other than two genders," the student said. "It's not scientific whatsoever. I stated something that I believe in and you kicked me out of class. I wasn't making a discrimination. I was simply saying there are two genders, male and female. Anything else is a personal identification.”

The teacher then tells the student to "keep that opinion to your own house and not in this school.” The teacher noted, “I am stating what is national school authority policy.”

"What you are saying is not very inclusive, and this is an inclusive school,” he added.

“What I was saying, was that what was on the website… there are more than one gender in this country. That is my opinion and that is an opinion which is acceptable in the school. I'm afraid that yours, which you are saying there is no such thing as anyone other than male or female is not inclusive. You're choosing to make an issue about this," the teacher added.  "You're making bad choices."

The video ends with the student saying, “Thanks for wasting my time.”

As the teacher walks out he replies, "I am not allowed to tell you how much of my time you have wasted."

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Video courtesy: Paris Cloud

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