Day: September 1, 2017

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PROTEST PROBLEMS: Colleges struggle with backlash from parents, donors over left-wing demonstrations


Both the University of Missouri and Evergreen State College have been rocked by left-wing demonstrations, some of which administrators in both schools allowed. Now both have had to deal with falling enrollment and a decline in funds – and there are fears the situation could spread to other schools.

The defining issue is whether parents and donors see administrators as capable of containing clashes and responding firmly when protests get out of control, experts say.

Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a nonprofit that advocates for a variety of higher education issues, told Fox News that how a college handles freedom of expression matters greatly to prospective students, their parents and donors.

“When they look to what college to pick, parents and students are thinking of the largest investment their family is likely to make beyond the purchase of a home,” Pfeffer Merrill said. “Across the political spectrum, one of the most essential assets is [the opportunity] to be exposed to a wide range of views.”

Violence is coming from antifa group on campus. Now they control administrators and shut out competing ideas they disagree with or don’t like.

– Sterling Beard, editor of Campus Reform

There is increasing concern, she said, “about a lack of openness to having a full conversation” amid a growing intolerance of views that are different or considered offensive.

“It’s senior leadership at the colleges that sets the tone,” she said.

At Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., last year left-wing students called for a day for whites to stay off campus. But a professor — well known as a progressive — publicly criticized the move. The response was threats and physical intimidation by students. Administrators decided to suspend classes for several days.

As at Missouri, the school administrators were assailed for allowing a group of overzealous students to call the shots.

Now Evergreen State has experienced a decline in enrollment that has resulted in a $2.1 million budget shortfall, forcing the liberal arts school to announce layoffs. The blow to the school’s enrollment and finances is seen as stemming, at least in part, from the showdown.

The general consensus was that [the enrollment decline] was because of the aftermath of what happened in November, 2015. There were students from both in the state and out of state that just did not apply, or those who did apply but decided not to attend.

– Mun Choi, new system president, University of Missouri

In 2015, the University of Missouri’s main campus, which is in Columbia, experienced escalating tensions over allegations of racism at the school – and protests became violent. Several administrators acceded to demonstrators’ demands that they resign.

School officials were widely criticized for not gaining control over the protests, which grew in size and tension, even resulting in some demonstrators lashing out at reporters who were trying to cover their message.

Since then, freshman enrollment has plunged by 35 percent, and donations to the athletic department have dropped 72 percent over the year before, according to published reports.

The University of Missouri had to temporarily close seven dormitories – renting them out for special events, such as homecoming games – and planned to cut 400 jobs.

“The general consensus was that [declining enrollment] was because of the aftermath of what happened in November 2015,” the New York Times quoted Mun Choi, the new system president, as saying. “There were students from both in the state and out of state that just did not apply, or those who did apply but decided not to attend.”

If left-wing groups continue making demands and administrators acquiesce to them, other schools may suffer the same fate as Missouri and Evergreen, according to one expert.

“I don’t think we have seen the full extent of the fallout at the University of Missouri,” Sterling Beard, editor of The Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform, told Fox News. “Violence is coming from Antifa groups on campus. Now they control administrators and shut out competing ideas they disagree with or don’t like.”

Beard said Missouri’s protests spread to other colleges, but they did not spiral out of control.

“The lesson is that administrators have to treat their students like the adults that they are,” he said. “Nowadays they treat students with kid gloves.”

When students cross the line from expressing a view or demonstrating for a cause to disrupting education or making people feel unsafe on campus, it’s time for administrators to lay down boundaries, Beard said.

“They must not be afraid to expel students and lay down the law.”

One school that has resisted the kinds of demands Missouri and Evergreen gave in to is the University of Chicago.

In the summer of 2016 incoming freshmen at the University of Chicago received a welcome letter that made the institution’s commitment to the free and open expression of ideas clear:

“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”



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NOWHERE TO HIDE Tattooed escapee nabbed after week on lam


A tattoo-covered man, doing time for a bank robbery and an assault in prison, was captured Thursday night in Pennsylvania after he escaped from a New Hampshire halfway house Monday.   

Eric Judkins, 42, fled the house in Manchester, N.H., prompting a manhunt, according to the Boston Globe. The U.S. Marshals released a mugshot of Judkins, reasoning the public could easily spot the uniquely tattooed man. The felon’s face, arms, head and neck are coated in black ink tattoos.

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“Mr. Judkins was an inmate at the Hampshire House Half-Way House in Manchester, N.H., and failed to return to the facility,” a statement from the U.S. Marshals said. “Judkins was serving part of a 27-month sentence for a serious assault that occurred while he was in a federal prison. This assault on an inmate occurred while Judkins was serving a 210-month sentence for a 1999 New Hampshire Bank Robbery.”

Judkins was discovered and arrested at a residence in Howard, Pa., WBZ reported. The U.S. Marshal Service said they received a number of tips leading to his arrest.

“Judkins was located in the company of another fugitive, Quintin Titus, 22, who was arrested on a probation violation, stemming from an original conviction for theft,” the U.S. Marshals Service told WBZ.

“This dangerous fugitive was quickly arrested due in part to the large number of tips that came into our office, combined with the tireless work of the investigators in both New Hampshire and Pennsylvania,” U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr. told WBZ.   

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Judkins and Titus were both in custody at the Lycoming County Prison in Williamsport, Pa., WBZ reported.

Judkins was scheduled to appear in court in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Friday. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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'HELP ME!' Nurse cuffed after refusing to draw patient's blood


A Utah nurse screamed “help me” after a cop handcuffed her for refusing to draw blood on an unconscious patient July 26, police body camera footage showed.

The video showed University of Utah Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels, an Alpine skier who participated in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympic games, calmly explaining to Salt Lake Detective Jeff Payne that she could not draw blood from a patient who had been injured in a car accident, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

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Wubbels told Payne the patient was required to give consent for a blood sample or be under arrest. Otherwise, she said police needed a warrant. Payne threatened to imprison Wubbels if he was not given the blood sample, according to the video.

“I either go away with blood in vials or body in tow,” Payne is shown saying.

Wubbels, who was on the phone with her supervisor, explained the situation to the supervisor, who agreed with the nurse and reportedly told the cop, “sir, you’re making a huge mistake because you’re threatening a nurse.”

Upon hearing that, Payne announced Wubbels was under arrest and physically moved her outside the hospital while she screamed.

Wubbels yelled, “Help! Stop! I did nothing wrong!” while being handcuffed.

Payne was attempting to get a blood sample from a patient who was burned after being involved in a head-on crash with a pick-up truck driver that was fleeing police, the Washington Post reported. The driver died in the incident.

Wubbels was not charged and police have started an internal investigation. Payne remained on duty although he was suspended from blood-draw duties.

Christina Judd, a spokesperson for the Salt Lake City Police, has apologized to the hospital and said the department was alarmed by what they witnessed in the video.

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Judd said the department was working to investigate what went wrong and is seeking to repair the “unfortunate rift” it has caused.

Wubbels said she had been told of other hospital employees being harassed by officers and this footage proved their claim. She has not pressed charges yet but would consider it if police did not change their ways.

“I can’t sit on this video and not attempt to speak out both to re-educate and inform,” Wubbels told The Salt Lake Tribune. Police departments “need to be having conversations about what is appropriate intervention.”

The hospital supported Wubbels actions and said it would consider pressing charges. 

“University of Utah Health supports Nurse Wubbles and her decision to focus first and foremost on the care and well-being of her patient,” said Suzanne Winchester, the hospital’s media relations manager. “She followed procedures and protocols in this matter and was acting in her patient’s best interest. We have worked with our law enforcement partners on this issue to ensure an appropriate process for moving forward.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Woman recorded unconscious friend being raped, shared on social media, prosecutors say – Man sentenced for sexual assault of girlfriend's children


A Chicago woman was charged last week after she allegedly filmed her unconscious friend being sexually assaulted — and broadcast the attack on social media.

Beth Rae Harris, 36, is accused of posting videos and photographs of a 23-year-old female friend who had passed out after drinking at a party Aug. 24.

Harris and the victim got into a heated argument over a “mutual male acquaintance” while they were at a party together, before they left to attend another event, and eventually returned to the 36-year-old’s apartment, Assistant State’s Attorney Nora Gill said Thursday during a bond hearing at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Prosecutors said the 23 year old had been drinking heavily during the night, and she fell asleep shortly after getting to Harris’ home. 

They also allege, that after returning to the apartment, Harris allowed at least one or potentially several men to sexually assault the victim while she slept.

Gill told the court in one of the videos “the victim lay naked as an unidentified man grabbed her buttocks and exposed her vagina to the camera,” and that “Harris allegedly can be heard narrating the assault on the video, at one point warning the man not to wake the victim,” according to the Sun-Times.

The woman reportedly woke up the following morning completely naked and sore, and, before she left the apartment, Harris allegedly told her a man had had sex with her while she was passed out.

The victim realized after she returned home Harris had posted a number of images from the incident on the victim’s own Snapchat account, prosecutors said.

They also said the videos and images were seen by multiple users.

Harris was arrested after she was identified by a friend of the victim who saw one of the videos, officials said.

Harris’ public defender said the accused has three children and works as a masseuse and model while studying at beauty school.

Her bail was set at $150,000.



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NFL players' union sues over Ezekiel Elliot's 6-game ban in domestic violence case


The NFL players’ union sued the league on behalf of Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott late Thursday night, seeking to vacate the upcoming ruling of an arbitrator on the appeal of the player’s six-game suspension in a domestic violence case.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Texas, accuses the NFL’s appeal process of being “fundamentally unfair” because arbitrator Harold Henderson denied a request to have his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, testify at an appeal hearing that wrapped up earlier Thursday.

The suit also claimed NFL executives hid information that was favorable to Elliott before Commissioner Roger Goodell imposed the punishment on Aug. 11.

The lawsuit accused NFL lawyer Lisa Friel of withholding from Goodell the word of co-lead investigator Kia Roberts, who the suit said concluded the accuser was not credible and discipline was not warranted. 

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Roberts testified she was the only NFL staffer that interviewed Thompson while investigating the accusations. Roberts said Thompson “was not credible in her allegations of abuse,” according to ESPN. Roberts also said discipline for Elliott was not warranted.  

“The withholding of this critical information from the disciplinary process was a momentous denial of the fundamental fairness required in every arbitration and, of course, does not satisfy federal labor law’s minimal due process requirements,” the lawsuit said.

Henderson was supposed to rule on the NFL’s decision to suspend “as soon as practicable,” according to the labor agreement.

Elliott, the NFL’s 2016 rushing leader as a rookie, was suspended after the league concluded he used physical force last summer in Ohio against Thompson, his girlfriend at the time. Prosecutors did not pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence.

Elliott denied the allegations under oath in the appeal bearing, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit said the union and Elliott’s representatives plan to file for a temporary restraining order in hopes of making the running back eligible for the season opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 10.

The lawsuit also cited Henderson’s refusal to require Goodell to testify. According to the labor agreement, Goodell can choose from a list of arbitrators for appeals.

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The NFL’s personal conduct policy was heavily criticized three years ago for their handling of Baltimore Raven’s player Ray Rice’s domestic violence case. Rice was filmed punching his
then fiancee in the head in an elevator, knocking her unconscious. Rice was dropped from the Ravens and has not been signed since.

According to the letter Elliott received informing him of the suspension three weeks ago, the NFL believed he used “physical force” three times in a span of five days in a Columbus, Ohio, apartment last July resulting in injuries to Thompson’s face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, hips and knees.

The Star-Telegram reported that Thompson allegedly made a number of threats to Ezekiel after he told her not to come to his house on July 21, 2016. Thompson reportedly told Elliott in a text message: “Ok this is what you want? Ok then, I’m going to ruin your life. You will see. If I was you, I wouldn’t go out tonight.”

Prosecutors in Columbus decided about a year ago not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, but the NFL kept the investigation open. The league said its conclusions were based on photographs, text messages and other electronic evidence.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did not comment on the case but said he would at a later time. “Believe you me, I will,” Jones said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Four charged after 10-year-old girl dragged by car


Four adults were charged in connection to the alleged assault of a 10-year-old girl who was beaten repeatedly, forced to run carrying heavy weighted bags and dragged behind a car, before escaping to ask a neighbor for help, police in central New York said Friday.

The bruised and malnourished girl escaped her assailants while they were asleep Wednesday at her home in rural Oswego County, north of Syracuse. Her abuse, which included being beaten with a tightly rolled newspaper wrapped with electrical tape, had gotten worse since April, Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said.

“She just couldn’t take it anymore,” he said.

After escaping and finding help from a neighbor, the girl was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Sullivan said the girl was forced to work outside clearing brush without access to water or a bathroom. She was served a single meal a day, doused in hot sauce.

In one incident, she was forced to carry a backpack on each shoulder, another bag on her back and an additional weight fastened to her front as she had to run on a dirt road. She was followed in a car, which would hit her when she went too slowly.

“When she physically couldn’t continue, they tied a rope around her waist, tied that same rope to the bumper of the car and began to pull her along,” Sullivan said. “When she would drop, they would continue to drive and she’d end up getting dragged.”

Sullivan said the girl had been singled out as a child who needed discipline. The investigation is continuing.

The girl’s 34-year-old mother was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Three adults at the home were charged with second-degree assault: Shawn Whaley, 23, Brandy Shaver, 18 and Gary Bubis, 37. Bubis had a relationship with the girl’s mother and his charge stems from an allegation that he forced the hand of the girl’s little brother, a 3-year-old child, into a hot water. The three are in now custody.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Comey's 'tarmac' claim at odds with alleged Clinton exoneration statement – Release Clinton email probe details, judge orders FBI – Trump blasts Hillary probe after claim Comey prejudged case


Fresh allegations that former FBI director James Comey began drafting an “exoneration statement” for Hillary Clinton well before interviewing her and other key witnesses have called into question his Senate testimony about why he decided to go public with his findings in the email case last summer.

In a June hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey was asked whether his decision to announce the results of the investigation was influenced by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s infamous meeting days earlier on an Arizona tarmac with former President Bill Clinton.

“Yes, in an ultimately conclusive way, that was the thing that capped it for me – that I had to do something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation,” Comey told Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C.

Yet an Aug. 30 letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said that interview transcripts show Comey was drafting what they called an “exoneration statement” for Clinton weeks earlier.

President Trump, in a Friday tweet, seized on the allegations to claim the process was “rigged.” 

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Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump’s legal team and chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, suggested Comey’s June testimony could be in conflict with these new details.  

“James Comey had the nerve to testify under oath that he had to come forward last July to make his statement because the [tarmac meeting] cast doubt on the scope and nature of the investigation,” he told Fox News’ “Hannity.” “The fact is, evidently, he already made up his mind three months before the investigation really got underway, so this whole thing was a fraud on the American people.”

The transcripts in question were from interviews conducted by the Office of Special Counsel, which interviewed James Rybicki, Comey’s chief of staff, and Trisha Anderson, the principal deputy general counsel of national security and cyberlaw, the GOP senators said.

The notes reflect claims that Comey “wrote a draft” of his statement around early May 2016.

Another passage suggests Comey sent around a draft in an attempt to be “forward-leaning” given the “direction the investigation” was headed.

It is possible that Comey drafted a statement meant for public release at a future date, but didn’t decide to deliver an on-camera statement until the tarmac meeting.

Comey, whom Trump fired in May amid tensions over the Russia probe, also testified in June there were “other things” that contributed to his decision to go public, including Lynch allegedly urging him to refer to the email probe as a “matter” and not an “investigation.”

“That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the department” in order to close the case “credibly,” he said.   

A Comey contact told Fox News on Friday that the former FBI director had no comment, when asked about the new allegations. It remains unclear whether Comey could have drafted a similar statement for a scenario in which charges would be filed against Clinton.

The Grassley-Graham letter, however, reflects no such statement.

In his July 2016 announcement, Comey famously called Clinton’s email arrangement “extremely careless” though he decided against recommending criminal charges.

The new claims have, at a minimum, revived interest among Clinton’s critics in revisiting aspects of the case.

In July, nearly two-dozen House Judiciary Committee Republicans called on the Trump Justice Department to name a second special counsel – alongside the Robert Mueller team probing allegations of Russia-Trump team collusion – to probe 2016 controversies involving Clinton and the Obama administration. This covered some aspects of the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the email investigation.

A House Judiciary Committee aide told Fox News on Friday the panel is following up with the Justice Department, “and we expect the request for a second special counsel to be renewed.” 

Asked about the original request, a Justice Department official said Friday, “We have received the letter.” 

Earlier this week, the FBI declined to turn over files related to its Clinton email investigation by arguing there was a lack of public interest in the issue. The argument was made in a Freedom of Information Act records request.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Alex Pappas contributed to this report. 



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University falls victim to email phishing scam, loses $9.5M to fraudsters


MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta has confirmed that it lost 11.8 million Canadian dollars (US $9.5 million) after falling victim to a phishing attack.

In a statement released Thursday, the university said that a series of fraudulent emails convinced staff to change electronic banking information for one of the institution’s major vendors. As a result of the fraud, $9.5 million was transferred to an account that staff believed belonged to the vendor.

An investigation into the incident, which was discovered on Aug. 23, is ongoing, although most of the funds have been traced to accounts in Canada and Hong Kong. “These funds have been frozen and the university is working with legal counsel in Montreal, London and Hong Kong to pursue civil action to recover the money,” the university said in a statement. “The status of the balance of the funds is unknown at this time.”

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The eventual financial impact will not be known until the investigation is complete, according to MacEwan University. The Edmonton Police Service, law enforcement in Montreal and Hong Kong and the corporate security units of the banks involved in the e-transfers are working on the case, it said.

University officials say that MacEwan’s IT systems were not compromised by the incident and that personal and financial information and all transactions made with the university are secure.

William MacArthur, threat researcher at digital threat management firm RiskIQ, told Fox News that the incident underlines the huge threat posed by phishing scams. “One thing has always been the same in phishing attacks: social engineering, i.e., luring people into clicking on a link and providing information so it can be captured and sent off to a drop zone,” he explained, via email. “Phishing actors adjust the same way a security analyst would so it’s like a constant game of chess, except they have more pieces and [are] always on the offensive.”

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MacArthur noted that phishing has spread beyond the inbox to mobile apps, social media and instant messaging platforms.

Earlier this year, Google shut down a sophisticated phishing scam that targeted users by impersonating Google Docs.

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Female DA found bloody, beaten after gang attack ahead of closing arguments


A deputy district attorney was the victim of a gruesome gang attack in Orange County, Calif., in an apparent attempt to prevent her from giving closing arguments in a gang murder trial.

The woman, whose name has been withheld, stumbled — bloody and bruised — into the Newport Workout gym in Newport Beach early Thursday morning, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported. A trainer inside the gym came to her aid.

“It looked as if a bucket of red-blood paint was poured over her head and every part of her face and shirt was red,” trainer Ron Cary told Fox 11, adding that he initially thought the woman had fallen while jogging.

“One of the trainers yelled, ‘Call the police.’ She didn’t run and fall, she was attacked,” Cary said. “I overheard her saying she either works for the DA or is the DA of San Bernardino and she’s either in a trial or acting for the murder trial.”

San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Christopher Lee confirmed to Fox 11 the following: “A member of our office was involved in an incident that is currently under investigation.”

Lee declined to comment further.

A law enforcement source told the local news station that the woman was about to give closing arguments in a gang murder trial and may have been targeted by gang members and that she’s been followed before.

“I heard things coming out of her mouth like, ‘Was I raped?,’ ‘I was unconscious. I don’t know how long,’ ‘Are they here?,’ ‘Are they coming?’ Still a little scatterbrained,” Cary said. “We turned around and saw a woman who could barely walk covered head-to-toe in blood.”

Newport Beach police say the woman was not sexually assaulted or robbed. The victim doesn’t remember anything about her attackers, police said.

There were no arrests as of early Friday morning.

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Hill Republicans revive ‘Dream Act’ talks as Trump decides fate of Obama program


Congressional Republicans are looking to revive legislation that could give a deportation reprieve to thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, in turn easing the pressure on President Trump as he faces a deadline to decide the fate of a related Obama-era program.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., is leading the charge on a conservative version of the so-called Dream Act. The talks come as Trump prepares to announce whether he’ll keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – which was former President Barack Obama’s unilateral, executive-action version of Dream Act legislation.

The timing for a Trump announcement is fluid.

“Sometime today or over the weekend, we’ll have a decision,” Trump told reporters on Friday.

Asked if ‘Dreamers,’ or those affected by the policy, should be worried, Trump said: “We love Dreamers. We love everybody.”

Some officials have indicated to Fox News that an announcement Friday is unlikely. One official told Fox News earlier that Trump ultimately is expected to end DACA, while allowing those in the country who qualified under the program to stay until their work permits expire.

Such a move would infuriate Democrats – as well as some moderate Republicans. However, if lawmakers can draft legislation that accomplishes similar goals, it could give Trump some leeway to end DACA without significant impact.

A senior administration official suggested Friday that the onus was back on Congress to pursue a legislative solution.

“Congress has to do this,” the official told Fox News.

Some Republicans support the goals of Obama’s DACA but think the former president committed an overreach by doing it through executive action. Tillis’ office pointed to this distinction in describing his legislative effort.

“Regardless of the policy itself, DACA is an executive overreach that sets immigration policy through executive order instead of the proper channel—legislation,” Tillis spokesman Daniel Keylin told Fox News. “It’s the responsibility of Congress, not the President to offer a long-term legislative fix.”

Congress has been considering legislation to shield young illegal immigrants from deportation for years, dating back to the George W. Bush administration. Lawmakers tried again to pass a bill during the Obama administration, but couldn’t muster the votes amid flagging Republican support. The Obama administration announced the DACA policy in 2012.

According to Keylin, Tillis will be working with Republicans on “conservative legislation” to address the “long-term uncertainty” undocumented minors face. Kelyin told Fox News that they needed to create a “fair but rigorous process” for legal status, requiring individuals 18 or older to either be “employed, pursue post-secondary education, or serve in the Armed Forces.”

While the legislation is still being drafted, McClatchy reported that Tillis’ bill is expected to be similar to one introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. Curbelo’s bill, the “Recognizing America’s Children Act,” would offer an eventual path to U.S. citizenship to immigrants who entered illegally before Jan. 1, 2012 and were 16 years old or younger, according to the Miami Herald.

“The White House has sent a very strong message by preserving the executive order that protects these young people,” Curbelo said in an interview with the Miami Herald in March. “We know that they’ve been very aggressive when it comes to immigration policy, so it certainly stands out that they have left the DACA executive order untouched.”

On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said he supported a legislative solution to protect undocumented minors, but also urged the president to reconsider scrapping DACA.

“I actually don’t think he should do that and I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix,” Ryan said on radio station WCLO in Janesville, Wis., Friday. “President Obama did not have a legislative authority to do what he did.” 

Ryan added: “There are people who are in limbo. These are kids who know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home. And so I really do believe that there needs to be a legislative solution.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, also weighed in on the issue, calling on the president to halt rescinding DACA, saying it would “further complicate a system in serious need of permanent, legislative solution.”

Hatch added that the “solution must come from Congress,” and that he will be working with colleagues and the administration to pass “meaningful immigration reform” and provide a “workable path forward for the Dreamer population.”

Then-candidate Trump promised to terminate DACA during the 2016 presidential campaign, but since taking office has weighed whether to preserve components of it. 

Looming in the background is the threat of potential legal action by state attorneys general led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and nine other AGs who oppose DACA. Paxton said Thursday that his office would stick to a previously determined Sept. 5 deadline set by officials from Texas for a decision.

Fox News’ John Roberts, Chad Pergram and Kelly Chernenkoff contributed to this report. 

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.



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