President Donald Trump threatened retribution against Guatemala over immigration after the country’s high court blocked its government from signing an asylum deal with the U.S. Trump tweeted that Guatemala has decided against signing a “safe-third agreement” requiring Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to instead apply for those protections in Guatemala, even though the country’s government never said it had agreed to the arrangement. Guatemala “has decided to break the deal they had with us on signing a necessary Safe Third Agreement. We were ready to go,” Trump said. “Now we are looking at the ‘BAN,’ ” he wrote, along with tariffs, fees on remittance money Guatemalans working in the U.S. send back to their country, “or all of the above.”
Thousands of emergency workers who rushed to the rubble of the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks will be granted health care and other compensation for the rest of their lives. The Senate gave final approval to legislation to care permanently for those who have grown deathly ill from the toxins of ground zero. When the Senate’s 97-2 vote was gaveled to a close, applause erupted on the floor. Now the legislation heads to the president’s desk for his expected signature. It would ensure that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is funded for the next seven decades at a cost of $10.2 billion over the next 10 years.
Trump sued House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., and New York state officials to block any release of his state tax returns to House Democrats under a state law passed this month. In a 25-page lawsuit filed as a private citizen in federal court in Washington, D.C., Trump called the new law unconstitutional and alleged that it is part of a campaign to expose his private information for political gain. The TRUST Act, enacted July 7, allows New York tax officials to turn over Trump’s state returns to the three House committees, provided they receive requests citing a “specified and legitimate legislative purpose.”
Unionized organizers for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., approved a pay raise proposal from management late Monday, following a tense internal standoff in which employees had argued they were not being paid the wages Sanders advocates in his rhetoric. Sanders confirmed the deal in an interview on CNN. Details of the plan were not immediately known.