Mzungu wants to give GWS good headaches

He’s one of the oldest rookie list recruits going around and Tendai Mzungu plans on giving the GWS Giants match committee yet another selection headache.

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The Giants threw the former Fremantle midfielder an AFL lifeline after he was delisted by the Dockers following 102 games in six seasons.

During that time he played in nine finals, including a grand final, but made just five appearances in Freo’s miserable 2016 campaign.

Turning 31 next Monday, Mzungu hasn’t come east to settle for being a rookie-list player and a regular for the Giants reserves in the NEAFL.

He was among their best last weekend in his first hit-out for the club, a pre-season win over West Coast, where he tallied 22 touches.

However, Mzungu, not a stranger to deep rosters after vying for a spot with Fremantle guns Nat Fyfe, Michael Barlow and David Mundy in recent years, recognises it won’t be easy to earn a senior spot in a side considered competition favourites by many pundits.

‘It’s a competitive group of players and it’s going to be really tight for spots,” Mzungu told AAP.

“I want to create some headaches for Leon (Cameron) and the coaching committee.

“I’ve played a number of years on the wing and that’s a position that I’ve played the majority of my football at, but also halfback I’ve played a lot of footy.”

“I went forward on the weekend, so I like to think I can play a number of positions if needed.”

Mzungu, fellow former Docker Matt de Boer and ex Richmond star Brett Deledio have all moved across to the Giants, between them adding over 480 games of AFL experience.

“You try and bring as much experience where you can, but from what I’ve seen the group is moving in the right direction and we haven’t had to do too much,” he said.

De Boer and he are good friends and Mzungu believes it made th cross-country move easier.

“Our partners as well are very good friends and for them settling in, it makes it a lot easier for us as well,” he said.

De Boer who like Mzungu played just a handful of senior games last season, will be sidelined for four to six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury at training on Monday.

Hastings relieved to leave Horrie’s shadow

Jackson Hastings says he’s relieved to finally move out of his legendary dad’s shadow and create his own legacy at his new NRL home in Manly.

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After rising through the ranks to start last season in the No.7 jumper his dad Kevin “Horrie” Hastings made famous at the Roosters, Jackson fell out of favour by July and his contract wasn’t renewed.

It was a stunning fall from grace for the son of a club icon, however Hastings insists there is a silver lining in the move out of the eastern suburbs and across the Spit Bridge.

“Finally, I can brush that off and be my own man. No one can revert back to him now that I’m wearing maroon. I was always my own man, I was always trying to be my own man,” he said.

“With the monkey off the back, I can start being Jackson now.”

It hasn’t been an easy off-season for Hastings, who was without a home until Sea Eagles head honcho Bob Fulton came enquiring about his services late last year.

Until then, he had spent the first half of the summer training with Wyong.

“I done the whole pre-season before Christmas with Wyong and then obviously got the call just before Christmas and signed the deal just after,” Hastings said.

“It was a bit hard to cop at the start, but I admire a lot of people up there and got a lot of respect for people up there, the way they train after they have to work all day.

“(Manly) just wanted to give a young bloke an opportunity. They thought it was too young for me to head overseas, which I never really wanted to do.

“They thought it was a good opportunity for me here. I was stoked when he gave me the call and showed a lot of interest in me. I think Manly cared about me, about my wellbeing.

“That was a big thing for me and my family. I’m stoked I’m here.”

Ankle surgery prevented Hastings from going to the Auckland Nines earlier this month, however he rejoined full training for the first time on Tuesday.

With Blake Green and Daly Cherry-Evans pencilled in as the starting halves, and Api Koroisau at hooker, Hastings said he is unsure how big a role he’s going to play this season.

His best shot could be as the bench utility.

“At the moment I’m comfortable playing wherever and trying to get good at all positions. If I’m that utility, I’m that utility. If they need me here, they need me there,” he said.

“I’m happy with anything. As long as I’m in that 17 and playing good footy for the club.”

Dees’ Hibberd, Melksham up for AFL reunion

Former Essendon defender Michael Hibberd is in line to play for Melbourne for the first time after serving a doping ban last year.

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The 27-year-old has recovered well from a minor knee complaint and will be considered by the Demons for selection in Saturday’s AFL pre-season clash against Carlton.

Hibberd is likely to line up alongside close mate Jake Melksham, who had his first run for the Demons during their pre-season opener against the Western Bulldogs.

The pair were among 34 past and present Bombers players banned for all of last season over the club’s supplements saga.

Defensive lynchpin Tom McDonald says the pair will add versatility and an X-factor to the Demons’ back six.

“They’re both really good competitors,” McDonald said.

“They’re both strong in the air and strong on ground level. They’re both very athletic and gifted players in that regard, both quick and powerful.

“I think their ability to go tall and small will really help us for the way we want to play. We want to be really versatile so if I need to play on a small player, I can do it, and if ‘Hibbo’ needs to play on a key forward, he can do it as well.

“I think they’re both pretty important in that regard.”

The younger of the pair at 25, Melksham will nonetheless have to fight for a spot in an increasingly deep Melbourne side.

The 114-game midfielder, who was traded to Melbourne at the end of 2015, is confident he’ll be able to fight his way into Melbourne’s side despite their wealth of young talent.

He and Hibberd have been reunited with new Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin, who previously served as an assistant at Essendon.

The Demons will start their season proper against St Kilda on March 25.

United Tech buys Rockwell in $US23 b deal

Aerospace and industrial company United Technologies Corp has no immediate plans to sell off other businesses after it agreed to acquire avionics supplier Rockwell Collins Inc in a $US23 billion ($A29 billion) deal that creates a powerhouse aerospace supplier.

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On Tuesday United Tech also knocked down speculation that the acquisition would prompt it to spin off other businesses, such as Carrier air conditioners or Otis elevators.

“We need the cash flows from all the businesses to help pay down some of this debt” and retain an investment-grade credit rating, United Tech Chief Executive Officer Greg Hayes said on a conference call with analysts.

United Tech expects to borrow $US15 billion to fund the deal, Hayes said, and it will assume $US7 billion in Rockwell Collins debt as part of the transaction announced on Monday, which is expected to close by the third quarter of 2018.

“Because the deal is structured as a conventional acquisition with debt, United Tech has to pay some of this off before doing anything else,” said Robert Stallard, analyst at Vertical Research Partners.

The acquisition creates a major supplier to Boeing Co, Airbus SE and Bombardier at a time when the plane makers are pressing for price cuts and trying to compete against suppliers on services and spare parts.

It also marks the second large aerospace deal that creates an engines-to-seating supplier, following jet engine maker Safran SA’s pending $US7.7-billion deal to buy seat maker Zodiac Aerospace. Safran said Tuesday it would look at assets that might come up for sale after the United Tech-Rockwell deal.

Safran is part of CFM International, a joint venture with General Electric Co that makes LEAP engines used on Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

United Technologies shares slumped 5.7 per cent and were the Dow’s biggest decliners, while shares of fellow Dow component, plane maker Boeing, fell 1.4 per cent. Rockwell Collins shares rose 0.3 per cent.

Syrian army breaks IS siege on Deir al-Zor

A military media unit run by Hezbollah, a key Damascus ally, said the advancing forces reached an army garrison at the edge of the city.

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The army and allied forces have made a swift lunge through militant lines in recent days to relieve an enclave in the Euphrates city, where Islamic State has besieged the garrison and some 93,000 civilians since 2014.

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The Syrian army’s breaking of a years-long siege by the Islamic State group of Deir al-Zor city is a “very important strategic victory,” the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

“Commander-in-chief Vladimir Putin has congratulated the Russian military command (in Syria) as well as the command of the Syrian government troops with this very important strategic victory over the terrorists with the aim of freeing Syria from ISIL,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

Earlier Tuesday a Russian warship in the Mediterranean fired cruise missiles at IS fighters near the town of Al-Shula to aid the Syrian army, the Russian defence ministry said.

A Russian warship in the Mediterranean fired cruise missiles Tuesday toward IS group targets in the eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour. AAP

“As a result of these strikes there was damage to the infrastructure, underground communications, weapon stockpiles of the terrorists, and this allowed the armed contingents of government forces… to rapidly advance, break through IS defences and unblock the city (of Deir al-Zor),” Peskov said.

Putin has also “sent a telegram to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad” praising the victory, he added.

Syria’s army and allied fighters, backed by Russian air support, have been advancing towards Deir al-Zor on several fronts in recent weeks, and on Tuesday arrived inside the Brigade 137 base on its western edge.

Government forces and tens of thousands of civilians in the city have been trapped under the IS siege for over two years, facing food and medical shortages.

‘The sooner people leave the better’: Hurricane Irma now Category Five storm

Irma picked up strength and has become an “extremely dangerous” Category Five hurricane as it approached the Caribbean on Tuesday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre reported.

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“Preparations should be rushed to completion in the hurricane warning area,” the NHC said in its bulletin.

The monster hurricane, the most powerful of the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale, is about 270 miles east of the island of Antigua packing maximum sustained winds of 175 miles per hour.

Hurricane advisories were issued for territories that dot the West Indies, including parts of the Leeward Islands, the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in preparation for the intensifying storm that could pummel the area with life-threatening wind, storm surges and torrential rain by Tuesday evening, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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Irma’s centre was about 410 miles (660 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands, grinding westward at 13 miles per hour (20 kilometers per hour), the NHC said.

“On the forecast track, the centre of Irma will move near or over portions of the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night and early Wednesday.”

“Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” it stressed.

Irma is expected to make landfall along the string of French islands that includes Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida.

The storm was moving towards the west at 14 miles per hour, and is expected to drop between four and eight inches of rain when it hits land.

“These rainfall amounts may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the NHC warned.

The storm is also is expected to “cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

Hurricane Irma – which has triggered alarm and alerts from the French West Indies to Florida – comes after of Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana late last month.

A Category Four strength was the maximum attained by Harvey, which dumped as many as 50 inches of rain in some parts of Houston, turning neighbourhoods into lakes.

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The NHC cautioned that it was still too early to forecast Hurricane Irma’s exact path or what effects it might have on the continental United States, but warned of likely effects to hit some areas by later this week.

“There is an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys later this week and this weekend. In addition, rough surf and dangerous marine conditions will begin to affect the southeastern US coast by later this week,” the centre said.

Irma will be the second powerful hurricane to thrash the United States and its territories in as many weeks. 

Residents in Texas and Louisiana are still reeling from the catastrophic effects of the deadly Hurricane Harvey, which struck Texas on Aug. 25 and dumped several feet of rain, destroying thousands of homes and businesses.

Irma is forecast to strengthen over the next 48 hours and could “directly affect Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, and Cuba as a dangerous major hurricane later this week,” the NHC said.

In preparation for the storm, the economically struggling Puerto Rico government on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard. Governor Ricardo Rossello announced the opening of storm shelters able to house up to 62,000 people. Schools will be closed on Tuesday.

“Despite the economic challenges Puerto Rico is facing, the approved budget has $15 million for the emergency fund,” Governor Ricardo Rosselló said in a statement.

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The island of about 3.4 million people has 456 emergency shelters prepared to house up to 62,100 people.

To help residents prepare for the storm, the Puerto Rican government activated a price freeze on basic necessities, including food and water, medicines, power generators and batteries.

Telemundo TV station WIPR in Puerto Rico showed long lines of shoppers stocking up on bottled water, flashlights, batteries, generators, food and other items.

The executive director of the state power authority, Ricardo Ramos, told the station that the power grid was so vulnerable from lack of investment that parts of the US territory could be without power for three to four months.

“We’re preparing for the worst-case scenario,” he said.

US carrier in position

A US aircraft carrier with a field hospital and dozens of aircraft able to conduct rescue or supply missions has been positioned protectively in the area, according to Alejandro de la Campa of the Caribbean division of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Local press identified the carrier as the USS Kearsarge.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto ordered 900 municipal employees – police, emergency personnel, and aid and social workers – to report for rotating 12-hour shifts.

Even if that island is spared a direct hit, the mayor said, three days of pounding rain will do heavy damage.

Irma’s precise path remains unclear. But several projections have it passing over the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before turning north toward Florida and then possibly swinging up the US East Coast.

Scrambling amid the uncertainty, Florida declared a state of emergency to facilitate preparations.

For now, hurricane warnings have been issued for the islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Sint Maarten, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius; the British Virgin Islands; US Virgin Islands; Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra. A warning means hurricane conditions are expected in the next 36 hours.

Anne Laubies, prefect of Saint Barthelemy, warned the hurricane posed the greatest danger the island had faced in 20 years, with more people endangered in flood-prone areas because of a rise in population.

Long queues of people rushed to get batteries and bottled water, while many cut trees around their dwellings and sought to tie down objects and seal their windows.

A hurricane watch – meaning hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours – has been issued for Guadeloupe.

Irma is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches (7.6-15 cm) across the Leeward Islands, with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches (25 cm) across the northern Leeward Islands. 

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What happens to ‘Dreamers’ after Trump revokes their residence rights?

That move threatens the futures of some 800,000 people, many now in schools, with jobs and families in the United States.

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What is the ‘Dreamers’ program? 

In a presidential order in June 2012, president Barack Obama launched DACA  — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — that aimed to provide a stable future for people who arrived in the country illegally as children and stayed. Dubbed “Dreamers”, they were granted under presidential order the right to remain and study or work legally, renewing their status regularly.

The program was devised after Congress failed to pass legislation to address the status of millions of illegal immigrants who had lived in the country for decades, many with families, permanent homes and businesses.

DACA applied to people who were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, and had been continually present in the US since 2007. It covered anyone in school or who had a graduate certificate, who was serving in the armed forces, and who had never been convicted of a serious crime.

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But Trump argued that DACA protected people who broke US laws, was unfair to legal immigrants, and encroached Congress’s power to make immigration laws.

The government also argued that legal challenges by a number of states made DACA and a 2014 sister program, DAPA, untenable.

DAPA was a proposed Obama program to open the way for other illegal immigrants, those who came as adults, to gain legal status, but was blocked from implementation by legal challenges. Recently Texas led other states in a threatened action to similarly seek to block DACA.

Faced with legal challenges, the Trump administration said it falls to Congress to fix the problem, not the executive branch.

But legal experts say Obama’s DACA order was constitutionally sound and would survive court challenges. “The least disruptive alternative would have been to let the DACA program continue,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr of Cornell University. 

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What happens to the Dreamers? 

Encouraged by Obama’s move, about 800,000 people registered under DACA, confident that they would be safe from expulsion. Now the government has access to all their personal data, making it hard for most to hide.

About 200,000 of them will see their resident permits expire by the end of 2017. Another 275,000 expire in 2018, and the rest between January and August 2019.

Under Trump’s order, those with permits are safe until their expiry. People with permits that expire within the next six months — before March 5, 2018 — can apply to renew them before October 5. But new applications will not be accepted.

Once their DACA permits expire, individuals will not have the legal right to work, and theoretically could be deported any time — though current policy only threatens illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes.

The White House has indicated that the six month grace period gives Congress an opportunity, if it wants, to come up with legislation that could replace DACA and strengthen its legal foundations. 

Skarsgard takes on clown villain Pennywise

Bill Skarsgard could hear the crew whispering excitedly when he first arrived on the set of his new horror film It, based on the classic novel by Stephen King.

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“They were like, ‘Oh, Pennywise is on set today,'” the lanky, 191cm tall, Swedish-born actor told AAP.

“I thought, ‘That was cool. They’re super excited’.”

The crew and other cast, mostly boys, had been shooting for one and a half months in Canada, but Skarsgard, purposely, had stayed away.

Skarsgard plays Pennywise, the sadistic, blood-thirsty, supernatural clown who intermittently appears from the sewers and abducts children in the small town of Derry, Maine.

The actor did not want to build rapport with the young cast.

His first scene was with 14-year-old Jack Grazer and it required Skarsgard, in his full terrifying clown prosthetics, make-up and costume, to crawl out of a fridge.

Pennywise’s mouth is dripping with drool.

“I didn’t want to hold anything back and I’m mocking him and he’s crying,” Skarsgard recalled.

“He has a hard time breathing so I’m mocking that and I’m in his face and drooling over him and smelling him.

“I’m so into his face.

“Then they said ‘cut’.

“I was like ‘Oh no! Are you OK Jack?’.

“I thought I traumatised him.”

Skarsgard is great in the scene, but young Grazer was also impressive.

Grazer instantly stopped his tears and then gave Skarsgard a true Hollywood moment.

“Jack goes, ‘I love what you’re doing man. I love what you’re doing’,” Skarsgard laughs.

“It was the funniest thing ever.

“They are all little professional actors.”

King first published It in 1986 and Tim Curry played Pennywise in 1990’s It TV mini-series.

King didn’t push to be involved in the new film, but director Andy Muschietti and the screenwriters and producers showed the author drafts of the script, audition tapes and screened the film for him.

To their relief King’s reaction was positive.

Skarsgard, whose previous roles include Allegiant, Atomic Blonde and Hemlock Grove, comes from a family of actors headed by his father Stellan and including brothers Alexander, Gustaf and Valter.

He joked if his Hollywood career dried up he could now hire himself out as a clown at kids’ birthday parties.

“Maybe that will be my go-to gig,” he laughed.

It opens in Australian cinemas on Thursday (September 7)

Mexico condemns Trump’s decision to end immigrant amnesty

“Mexico deeply regrets the cancellation” of the program known as DACA, President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a tweet.

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“The Mexican government will urge US authorities to find a swift, permanent solution that gives legal certainty to the young people of DACA,” he wrote.

Trump announced permits issued under the program would be gradually phased out as they expire over the next six to 24 months.

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He left it up to Congress to draft an immigration reform to address the legal situation of some 800,000 people formerly protected from deportation under the program, implemented by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Some 625,000 Mexicans are protected under DACA, according to the Mexican foreign ministry.

Pena Nieto said they would be welcomed “with open arms” in Mexico if they ended up being deported to the country of their birth, where many have barely ever lived.

Mexico has a “moral imperative” to lobby the Trump administration and Congress to quickly resolve the legal gray area, Mexico’s Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Sada told a press conference.

“There is no question that setting immigration policy in the United States is the exclusive role of the American people and their institutions,” the foreign ministry said.

“However, our country cannot ignore the fact that thousands of young people born in Mexico will likely be affected by today’s decision.”

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The issue of Mexican immigration to the United States has strained relations between the two neighbors since Trump took office, along with his vows to make Mexico pay for a wall on the border.

Trump’s decision sparked protests in Mexico. On Monday night, some 20 women held a prayer vigil in the northern city of Tijuana against the imminent end of DACA, gathering along the border at a spot where there is already a metal barrier between the two countries.

Another small group protested outside the US embassy in Mexico City on Tuesday.

Among them was recently deported mother Maria Jimenez, 40, whose daughter, Brenda Guadarrama, remained in the US under DACA.

Now 20 years old, Guadarrama has lived in the United States since she was two. Since her mother was sent back to Mexico four months ago, she has had to support her three younger siblings.

“My daughter fought hard to study and get ahead…. She is one of millions of young people who have done nothing but fight for a better future,” Jimenez told AFP.

The legal limbo, she said, “is agony.”

“It’s as if they told you that tomorrow you were going to die.”

Trump pulls plug on ‘Dreamers’ youth immigration program

As the “Dreamers” who have benefited from the five-year-old program were plunged into uncertainty, business leaders, mayors, Democratic lawmakers, unions and civil liberties advocates condemned Trump’s move.

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The action was announced not by the president but by Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, who called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program an unconstitutional overreach by Democratic former President Barack Obama. There would be an “orderly, lawful wind-down,” Sessions said.

Trump issued a written statement saying that “I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognise that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.”

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Trump later told reporters he has “great heart” for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children and he wants Congress to produce a legislative solution for them.

“I have a great heart for the folks we’re talking about, a great love for them,” Trump said 

“I can tell you in speaking to members of Congress they want to be able to do something and do it right and really we have no choice.” 

The administration said nobody covered by the program, which provided work permits in addition to deportation protection and primarily benefits Hispanics, would be affected before March 5. Most of the people covered by DACA are in their 20s.

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By deferring the actual end of the program, Trump effectively kicked responsibility for the fate of those covered by DACA to his fellow Republicans who control Congress. But neither Trump nor Sessions offered details of the type of legislation they would want to see, and Trump’s spokeswoman offered only a broad outline.

Since Trump took office in January, Congress has been unable to pass any major legislation, most notably failing on a healthcare overhaul, and lawmakers have been bitterly divided over immigration in the past.

The looming congressional elections in November 2018 could also complicate prospects for compromise between the two parties and within an ideologically divided Republican Party.

The Democratic attorney general of Massachusetts, Maura Healey, said a coalition of states planned to file suit in the coming days to defend DACA, and one advocacy group announced its own legal action.

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“President Trump’s decision to end DACA is a deeply shameful act of political cowardice and a despicable assault on innocent young people in communities across America,” said Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives.

“This is a sad day for our country,” added Facebook Inc (FB.O) founder Mark Zuckerberg. “The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.”

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Nearly 800,000 people stepped forward, admitted their illegal immigrant status and provided personal information to the government to apply for the DACA program, and now face the potential of being deported starting in March. The “Dreamers” are a fraction of the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, most of whom are Hispanic.

Supporters of the program argue that people covered by it were raised and educated in the United States and integrated into society, with scant ties to their countries of origin. Opponents of DACA argue against amnesty for illegal immigrants and say that such immigrants take jobs from US citizens.

“The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible,” the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement.

Sessions said the action does not mean DACA recipients are “bad people or that our nation disrespects or demeans them in any way.”

“To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. It’s just that simple. That would be an open-border policy and the American people have rightly rejected that,” Sessions said.

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Ending DACA was the latest action by Trump that is sure to alienate Hispanic Americans, a growing segment of the US population and an increasingly important voting bloc. Most of the immigrants protected by DACA came from Mexico and other Latin American countries.

The Mexican government said it “profoundly laments” the decision to phase out DACA and would strengthen efforts to guarantee consular protections for affected Mexican youth.

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Elaine Duke, acting head of the Homeland Security Department, issued a memo rescinding DACA. The department will provide a limited window – until Oct. 5 – for some DACA recipients whose work permits expire before March 5 to apply to renew those permits. In addition, the department will adjudicate any new DACA requests, or renewal requests, accepted as of Sept. 5. This would mean that some beneficiaries of DACA could work legally in the country through 2019.

DACA recipients whose work permits expire will be considered to be in the country and eligible for deportation, but will be a low priority for immigration enforcement, administration officials said.

The administration said the president’s decision was prompted in part by a threat from several Republican state attorneys general, led by Texas, to file legal challenges in federal court if Trump did not act to end DACA.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan called on lawmakers to find a long-term solution for the young people affected by the reversal of the program.

“At the heart of this issue are young people who came to this country through no fault of their own, and for many of them it’s the only country they know. Their status is one of many immigration issues, such as border security and interior enforcement, which Congress has failed to adequately address over the years,” Ryan said.

Trump made a crackdown on illegal immigrants a centerpiece of his 2016 election campaign and his administration has stepped up immigration arrests. As a presidential candidate Trump promised to deport every illegal immigrant.

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Trump, who as recently as Friday said he “loved” the Dreamers, left the DACA announcement to Sessions, with whom the president has had tensions arising from the ongoing investigation into potential collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia.

DACA was devised after the Republican-led Congress failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform that would have created a pathway for citizenship for certain illegal immigrants.

The decision to scrap it is the latest action by Trump to erase key parts of his Democratic predecessor’s legacy.

This includes pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord, abandoning a 12-nation Pacific trade deal, seeking to dismantle the Obamacare healthcare law, rolling back environmental protections, reversing parts of Obama’s opening to Cuba and removing protections for transgender people.

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Trump ends ‘Dreamer’ immigration program

Donald Trump has scrapped an Obama-era program that protects from deportation immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children, known as the “Dreamers”, delaying implementation until March and giving a gridlocked Congress six months to decide the fate of almost 800,000 young people.

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The announcement has plunged those that have benefited from the five-year-old program into uncertainty, while business and religious leaders, mayors, governors, Democratic lawmakers, unions, civil liberties advocates and former Democratic President Barack Obama all condemned Trump’s move.

Attorney-General Jeff Sessions announced the move saying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unconstitutional overreach by Obama. There will be an “orderly, lawful wind-down,” Sessions said.

Trump later issued a written statement saying that “I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are (a) nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.”

He denounced Obama’s program as an “amnesty-first approach” toward illegal immigrants and pressed his nationalist “America First” message, saying that despite concerns voiced by his critics about the fate of the Dreamers, “Above all else, we must remember that young Americans have dreams too.”

Obama issued his own statement calling Trump’s action a political decision, defending DACA’s legality and urging Congress to protect Dreamers.

“This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” Obama said.

The Trump administration said nobody covered by the program, which provided work permits in addition to deportation protection and primarily benefits Hispanics, would be affected before March 5. Most people covered by DACA are in their 20s.

Trump shifted responsibility to a Congress controlled by his fellow Republicans and said it was now up to lawmakers to pass immigration legislation that could address the fate of those protected by DACA who would be in danger of deportation.

Neither Trump nor Sessions offered details of the type of legislation they would want to see, and Trump’s spokeswoman offered only a broad outline.

“I have a love for these people (DACA recipients), and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly,” Trump later told reporters at the White House, adding, “I think it’s going to work out very well.”

Since Trump took office in January, Congress has been unable to pass any major legislation, most notably failing on a healthcare overhaul, and lawmakers have been bitterly divided over immigration in the past.

“President Trump’s decision to end DACA is a deeply shameful act of political cowardice and a despicable assault on innocent young people in communities across America,” said Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives.

The Democratic attorney general of Massachusetts, Maura Healey, said a coalition of states planned to file suit in the coming days to defend DACA, and one advocacy group announced its own legal action.

Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg said the decision marked a sad day for the US.

“The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it,” Zuckerberg said.

Microsoft Corp president Brad Smith urged Congress to prioritise the humanitarian needs of these people above tax-cut legislation sought by Trump.

Trbojevics eye own brotherly era at Manly

They were the original Prince and Gift of Brookvale for a decade, but statistics show Jake and Tom Trbojevic are on track to emulate the feats of Brett and Glenn Stewart.

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The similarities between the two sets of Manly brothers are uncanny. Both include a lightning-fast fullback and skilful lock. Both have telepathic-like understanding in attack, and are vitally safe in defence.

As the Trbojevics prepare for their first finals match against Penrith on Saturday, numbers from Fox Sport Stats show just how quickly they’re escaping the shadow of the Stewarts.

Tom will turn 21 next month, and already has 30 tries to his name – the exact same amount Brett did on his 21st birthday.

A more reliable body has allowed Tom to play an extra 12 games than Brett, but he already averages more linebreaks, metres and tackle busts per game.

Close to the line, he’s even more dangerous with 35 try-assists to Brett’s five at the same age.

Stewart’s playmaking ability developed to the point where it became his strongest bow late in his career, but Tom says he learned much of his attacking prowess from his predecessor.

“He’s probably one of the best No.1s to play this game,” Trbojevic said.

“Watching him, the way he talked, the way he was always there. He was always pushing up through the middle, every opportunity he got he took it.

“I got to play alongside him and train with him. I saw it first-hand.”

It was fitting that as Brett Stewart watched his first Manly game of the year live on Saturday, Trbojevic produced one of the best games of his career against Penrith.

He scored once, had a hand in two others, and ran a career-high 232 metres with 10 tackle busts.

Trbojevic has made Manly’s No.1 jersey for the new era his own, but admitted in hindsight the challenge of taking over from Stewart’s mantle had been difficult.

“When you look at the big picture it’s very hard to follow a player like Brett Stewart,” he said.

“If I get to do half the things he’s done in the game I’ll be very happy.”

Up front, Jake will turn 24 this summer, and has already played an extra 23 games than Glenn did before the same birthday.

At the same age, Glenn was slightly more crafty – averaging more try and line-break assists. Meanwhile Jake averages more metres and tackles than Glenn at 23.

The Stewarts, of course, won two premierships in their 12 and 14-year careers at Manly.

But Jake and Tom’s first big chance to start their era of success will come this weekend.

“It’s exciting,” Jake said.

“I just really enjoy playing alongside my brother and all my other teammates.

“We’ve got a really great squad and everyone gets along really well.

“Now we’ve got an opportunity to play in the finals, it’s really exciting.”

Senate inquiry into citizenship changes recommends watering down English test

In a report tabled in parliament Tuesday night, the committee has suggested a new English language test ‘should not be so high as to disqualify from citizenship many Australians who, in the past, and with a more basic competency in the English language, have proven to be valuable members of the Australian community’.

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The committee, chaired by coalition senator Ian Macdonald, found a good understanding of the English language is essential to fulfill the obligations of Australian citizenship, but cautioned against ‘the adoption of a standard that many current citizens could not reach’.

During public hearings the government’s push to require migrants to pass a standalone English test at IELTS Band 6 was widely criticised as too strict and impossible for less-educated new arrivals.

The committee also recommended the government reconsider plans to impose a ban on applications for people who fail the citizenship test three times.

It has suggested additional tests should be allowed on a cost-recovery basis instead, which it believes would still deter less-genuine applicants.

Retrospectivity recommendation

The government’s push to make permanent residents wait four years instead of one before they can apply for citizenship also raised concerns because of it retrospective nature.

The committee has recommended that migrants who were already permanent residents before the Turnbull government’s April 20 announcement be allowed to apply for citizenship under the old rules instead of being forced to wait an extra three years.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton informed the committee that as of mid-July this year there were 47,328 people who would be affected because they lodged their citizenship applications on or after April 20.

It was estimated that more than half – 25,788 – would not meet the new residence requirement.

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With Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team opposed to the changes, the government will be forced to do a deal to get the legislation through parliament.

In a dissenting report by Labor senators, the English language requirements were labelled ‘unreasonable and snobbish’.

A spokesperson for the Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, told SBS World News the government is discussing the bill with the crossbenchers as is normally the case.