RT @shelbygrad: Confidential report reviewed by @nathanfenno @latimes shows that years before the current college admissions scandal, UCLA knew of allegations that parents were pledging donations in exchange for their children being admitted (which violates UC rules) https://t.co/dQoh2JLvsH

RT @shelbygrad: Important digging by @nathanfenno on college admissions scandal >>> She ran track, but not fast enough for UCLA — until her parents pledged a six-figure donation https://t.co/dQoh2JLvsH

For the Record https://t.co/ySEB9IuTFh

Iceland v Iceland: The country that got its name back

The Nordic country successfully challenges a trademark dispute with a UK-based supermarket chain of the same name, which had been preventing the nation’s businesses from identifying their products as being Icelandic or originating in Iceland.

         April 12, 2019 at 12:45PM https://ab.co/2UOVtVJ

It’s not all nipple covers and g-strings inside the Australian Body Art Festival

Models’ bodies are transformed into other-worldly art at the Australian Body Art Festival.

         April 12, 2019 at 12:42PM https://ab.co/2ItUUtR

WATCH: Honeybees protect habitat with defensive waves https://t.co/1v3jb3dTUw https://t.co/Eb2TTcjsCP

Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime For Crossburning

The Department of Justice today announced that Louie Bernard Revette pleaded guilty to federal charges related to his commission of a crossburning on Oct. 24, 2017, in Seminary, Mississippi. Specifically, Revette, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of interference with housing rights, a federal civil rights violation, and one count of using fire during the commission of a federal felony. April 11, 2019 at 06:00PM http://bit.ly/2UzT3e0

.@Pontifex stuns social media kneeling, kissing South Sudanese leaders’ feet https://t.co/571dF5PKK2 https://t.co/7NmdkB9Qa6

BREAKING: #Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces call for transition period of 3-6 months – reports https://t.co/SGA2QxMi6n https://t.co/6heDHUu9Ui

(Im)migration Weekly Recap, April 7-13

Editor’s note: We want you to know what’s happening, why and how it could impact your life, family or business, so we created a weekly digest of the top original immigration, migration and refugee reporting from across VOA. Questions? Tips? Comments? Email the VOA immigration team:ImmigrationUnit@voanews.com.

Trump personally confirms he sought to release immigrants in ‘sanctuary cities’

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration had considered — and is still considering — transporting and releasing detained immigrants in “democratic strongholds” which have local policies in place that aim to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation — aka,  “sanctuary cities.”

The comments followed a bombshell report by The Washington Post that the administration had twice sought retribution against political rivals who were unwilling to support Trump’s request for border wall funding. According to the report, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s legal department had rejected the proposal.

US Homeland Security gets a sudden makeover

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen is out. So is DHS undersecretary Claire Grady. So is the Secret Service director.

It was a shake-up that caught the department by surprise, just as it was preparing to release March data on southwest border apprehensions — the highest figures to date under the Trump administration.

As VOA reported this week, the moves suggest broader changes are in order for the department. The announced appointment of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to replace Nielsen as acting DHS secretary suggests a “doubling down on policies” may already be underway.

UNHCR: Boko Haram is increasingly targeting civilians in attacks

The U.N. refugee agency said 88 civilians were killed by Boko Haram in Niger’s border areas in February. The spike in deadly attacks against civilians is increasing in frequency and intensity, UNHCR said, forcing more than 18,000 people to flee their homes. VOA reported that women and children in particular were experiencing extreme trauma as a result.

A wall to honor immigrants, old and new

On Ellis Island, the names of 775,000 immigrants are engraved across 770 stainless steel panels — including recent arrivals from Central America and Southeast Asia who never set foot on the former processing station.

“Everybody wants to be honored,” Stephen Briganti, president and CEO of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, told VOA. “…In a small way, that’s what we can do here.”

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