Millions of people living in the United States illegally could be targeted for deportation -- including people simply arrested for traffic violations -- under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration. Any immigrant who is in the country illegally and is charged or convicted of any offense, or even suspected of a crime, will now be an enforcement priority, according to Homeland Security Department memos signed by Secretary John Kelly. That could include people arrested for shoplifting or minor offenses -- or simply having crossed the border illegally. The Trump administration memos replace more narrow guidance focusing on immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes, are considered threats to national security or are recent border crossers.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. During their visit, the two Secretaries will meet with President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto and the Mexican ministers of Interior, Foreign Relations, Finance, National Defense, and Navy. The group will discuss border security, law enforcement cooperation, and trade, among other issues.
On the eve of the deadline for anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to vacate camps in North Dakota, the company in charge of construction said in a court filing on Tuesday that oil could start flowing in as early as two weeks, beating previous estimates. Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners said in the filing to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., that the company "estimates and targets that the pipeline will be complete and ready to flow oil anywhere between the week of March 6, 2017 and April 1, 2017." The court filing was required as part of an ongoing legal battle that is challenging the construction at the site by Lake Oahe.
A Missouri native who said he wanted to participate in a terrorist attack that would cause many deaths and injuries is charged with helping plan a Presidents Day attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City, federal officials said Tuesday. Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., a Missouri-born U.S. citizen from Columbia, was charged in federal court in Kansas City with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He was arrested Friday when he arrived at a meeting with what he thought was an Islamic State sympathizer who was an undercover FBI agent. The arrest was made public Tuesday after Hester made his first court appearance, during which a judge ordered him to remain in custody.
--Records were threatened today from Colorado to Wisconsin; Denver, Omaha, Des Moines, Minneapolis, and Chicago all could see more record highs. Chicago has had 4 days of record highs as temperatures soared into the upper 60s and low 70s since Friday. Never before since 1871 (146 years of record keeping) have there been two 70 degree days or warmer in February. Record warmth continues on Wednesday, as Chicago might reach 70 degrees again. Record highs are possible in Kansas City, St. Louis, Green Bay, Detroit, and Omaha as temperatures are in the 70s for much of the Midwest. By Thursday the warm spell stretches into the Northeast again, with upper 60s and 70s possible from DC to NYC.
-San Jose firefighters rescued more than 200 residents by boat in flood waters in the Rocksprings neighborhood at Senter and Phelan. The San Jose Fire Department is now saying that more than 180 residents are evacuated and seeking shelter Tuesday.
In her district during the congressional break, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee faced tough questions at a town hall on issues ranging from health care reform to President Trump's appointees. Now many Republican lawmakers are opting against holding public town halls, instead conducting conference calls or meeting privately. In Kentucky, nearly 1,000 jeered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In Iowa, contentious crowds lobbed questions at Republican Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst. And protesters booed in Montana when Sen. Steve Daines canceled a speech to state lawmakers. Elsewhere, a liberal group in Maine organized its own town halls against GOP Sen. Susan Collins.
TX PLANNED PARENTHOOD
Texas can't stop Medicaid dollars going to Planned Parenthood following secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015. That's according to federal judge's ruling Tuesday.
KANSAS TAX CUTS
A bitter battle over tax cuts is coming to a head in Kansas. Republican Governor Sam Brownback is vowing to veto a bipartisan bill that would roll back personal income tax cuts he's championed. The bill's tax increases would raise more than $1 billion over two years starting in July. Brownback says the hike will hurt middle-class families and small business owners, but supporters say it's necessary to help close more than a $1 billion dollar projected budget shortfall.
IN TEENS MURDERED
Indiana State Police say they'll release more information in the murders to two teenage girls near Delphi, Indiana last week. They have a Wednesday morning news conference scheduled. Thirteen-year-old Abigail Williams, and 14-year-old Liberty German were found dead, hours after going on a hike. Investigators are calling a man seen in a photo the "main suspect" in the girls murder. They've been widening their search area, and asking for the public's help with information into the case, even for information on any hitchhikers who were seen in Northern Indiana around the time the girls went missing.
AUSTRALIA PLANE CRASH
The pilot of a plane that crashed into an Australian shopping center called "mayday" several times before the crash on Tuesday, authorities said. The pilot did not specify the nature of the emergency before the twin-engine Beechcraft crashed near Melbourne, killing four American tourists from Texas.
CHILDREN AT RISK
UNICEF is warning that almost 1.4 million children are at risk of “imminent death” as famine threatens parts of South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. UNICEF for months has warned about severe malnutrition in north-eastern Nigeria, especially in areas that have been largely inaccessible because of the Boko Haram insurgency.
- NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 22, to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets
In images that could pass as the climax of a Hollywood blockbuster - with an A-list actor featured in the starring role - a small yellow plane, that sources say was piloted by Harrison Ford, darts over a jetliner and lands on an airport taxiway, instead of its intended runway. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane's pilot was cleared by air traffic controllers to land on runway 20L and correctly repeated the clearance but then landed on a taxiway adjacent to the runway. On its descent, the single-engine Aviat Husky passed over the American Airlines Boeing 737 which was waiting just short of the runway.