In symbolic move, officials make Cincinnati ’sanctuary city’
CINCINNATI (AP) - The city council has declared Cincinnati as a “sanctuary city,” a label that isn’t legally defined but typically indicates reduced cooperation with federal immigration authorities on some matters involving people who are in the U.S. illegally.
It’s mostly symbolic. Mayor John Cranley has said Cincinnati has long welcomed immigrants and will continue to support them, but won’t break federal law.
Supporters and opponents of the move packed the council meeting.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports one man urged the city not to jeopardize its federal funding. President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold money from local jurisdictions that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
WCPO-TV reports Cincinnati police indicated they won’t enforce immigration laws, but the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office plans to continue detaining undocumented inmates if requested by federal authorities.
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About 70 anti-Trump protesters arrested at Ohio University
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - About 70 people who were protesting President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations have been arrested at Ohio University.
The university says the protesters were arrested Wednesday night after they refused to leave a sit-in demonstration inside the student union building.
The group calling itself the Ohio University Student Union said on Facebook that protesters would stay in the building until the university met its demands of becoming a sanctuary campus.
The university says in a statement that the protesters were told multiple times that they were impacting operations and creating a safety issue and had to leave. They were warned that if they didn’t leave, they would be arrested.
The university says about 70 protesters were arrested and charged with criminal trespass.
Berkeley chaos spurs questions at birthplace of free speech
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - The chaos at the University of California, Berkeley, was shocking: Protesters set fires, smashed windows, hurled explosives at police and ultimately achieved their goal of canceling an appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
The scene gained worldwide attention not just because of the mayhem but because of where it took place. UC Berkeley is the birthplace of the free-speech movement and has been known for more than a half-century as a bastion of tolerance.
As the university cleaned up Thursday, it struggled with questions about why the violence spun out of control and what has happened to the open-minded Berkeley of the 1960s.
“It was not a proud night for this campus,” school spokesman Dan Moguluf said, later adding, “We are proud of our history and legacy as the home of the free speech movement.”
Officials knew there was a potential for violence and went to “extraordinary lengths” to prepare for the event, Mogulof said in a statement. But school authorities say they believe the instigators were not Berkeley students.
Rebuilding shattered Aleppo will take billions - and peace
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) - Fighting has ended in Aleppo, and now talk is beginning to turn to the question of how to rebuild Syria’s largest city, where entire blocks have been smashed to rubble in scenes reminiscent of World War II devastation. The task will take tens of billions of dollars.
But hopes for rebuilding collide with daunting realities.
Without a comprehensive peace deal to Syria’s civil war, Western nations are unlikely to give funds to the government of President Bashar Assad, which remains under U.S., European, and Arab sanctions that bar aid. Even Assad’s allies, Russia and Iran, which are bankrolling his rule, show little enthusiasm to shoulder rebuilding costs.
There is the question of how to discuss reconstruction while the war still rages. Much depends on the shape of any eventual political settlement ending the conflict. Rebuilding without a deal may only entrench demographic changes caused by the war - which have run along sectarian lines.
The fear among some is that Assad’s government will rebuild opposition areas like east Aleppo for its supporters and do little to draw back millions of refugees, most from parts of the country that joined the rebellion.