Deportation arrests rise
People arrested by deportation officers increasingly have no criminal backgrounds, according to figures released Friday, reflecting the Trump administration’s commitment to cast a wider net. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said 65 percent of arrests from October to December were criminals, compared to 82 percent during the final full three months of the Obama administration. Looked at another way, arrests of criminals jumped 14 percent to 25,626 from 22,484, but arrests of noncriminals nearly tripled to 13,548 from 4,918. Overall, there were 39,174 deportation arrests from October to December, up from 27,402 during the final full three months of the Obama administration, a 43 percent surge.
Sailor hit by copter blade
The military says a sailor was hit by a helicopter rotor blade at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base. The sailor was in critical condition Friday after being struck by a spinning UH-1Y Venom tail blade about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday. The military declined to release details.
Executioners can’t find vein
Execution team members stuck an inmate repeatedly in the lower legs, ankles and groin in effort to find a usable vein before the state called off the lethal injection, according to a Friday court filing by the inmate’s lawyer. Attorney Bernard Harcourt said he is seeking more details about what happened to Doyle Lee Hamm, 61, on Thursday.
Adelson may give to embassy
The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told the Associated Press. Lawyers at the State Department are looking into the legality of accepting private donations to cover some or all of the embassy costs, the officials said. The discussions are occurring as the administration plans to open a temporary embassy in May, more than a year ahead of schedule.
Suit vs. Trump expanded
Attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia on Friday expanded their lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of accepting gifts from foreign and state governments, suing him not only as president but in his personal capacity as a businessman. Legal experts say the move takes the “emoluments” clause of the Constitution into uncharted legal waters, since it has been interpreted as only applying to presidents in their official capacity.
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires
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