Amid COVID-19, Trump administration keeps immigration courts open, putting judges, lawyers and immigrants at risk

NEW ORLEANS — A labor union representing the nation’s immigration judges filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Trump administration, arguing that the government is stifling the judges’ rights to speak publicly on key issues, including the threat of COVID-19 to their lives and to public health.

The judges’ lawsuit is the latest signal of deep distrust between the professionals who work in the nation’s immigration courts and President Donald Trump’s administration. The lawsuit comes as the government moves to reopen immigration courts it had previously closed because of the pandemic. 

Ashley Tabbador, a Los Angeles-based immigration judge who is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, said the government has released little information on how it makes decisions on opening and closing courts because of coronavirus concerns. 

“If you’re not going to share information and you’re not going to tell us what standards are being used, and you’re essentially

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US daily cases top 50,000 for first time; Trump hopes pandemic will ‘disappear’; NFL cuts back preseason schedule

The U.S. death toll from the pandemic may be tens of thousands higher than reported and the total number of U.S. cases surpassed 50,000 for the first time Wednesday.

The Johns Hopkins data dashboard reported 50,655 new cases, pushing the U.S. total to more than 2.6 million since the pandemic began six months ago. The daily death count was 645. But a study out this week determined there were 87,000 more deaths than expected in the U.S. from March 1 to April 25, based on the average from the previous five years. Only 65% of those deaths were directly attributed to COVID-19, suggesting the rest were linked to the pandemic but not ruled as the main cause, researchers say.

President Donald Trump, discussing the pandemic during a Fox Business interview, said he thinks “at some point, that’s going to sort of just disappear, I hope.”

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence

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Future Trump Rally Sites Brace as His COVID Roadshow Comes to Town


These days, President Donald Trump’s insatiable cravings for a crowd means asking his fans and supporters to risk their health by packing together indoors despite deep concerns from health experts. 

As Trump rallied largely unmasked supporters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, over the weekend,  Arizonans more than a thousand miles away watched warily,  knowing that days later it would be their turn to balance keeping the public safe with Trump’s eagerness to return to his cherished rally format. 

“I think the bigger problem, more than just the spreading at this particular event, is the message that it sends to the community because you have the president and then the governor endorsing large-scale events like this with ambiguous mitigation measures in place,” said Will Humble, the executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association.

The president’s visit comes as hospital-specific COVID-19 figures hit new highs, according to The Arizona Republic. Intensive care

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How TikTok teens trolled the Trump campaign ahead of Tulsa rally

Users on the social media app TikTok are claiming some credit for the disappointing turnout at the president’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, over the weekend, after a weeks-long campaign to artificially inflate the number of people registered to attend. The prank may have helped lead the Trump campaign to boast about more than a million people seeking tickets for the rally — while only about 6,200 ended up filling seats.

In the weeks leading up to the rally, TikTok users started spreading the idea of registering for free tickets with no intention of going — in hopes that they would take seats away from Trump supporters, and leave the president speaking to a hollowed-out stadium.

One of the most prominent posts about the prank came from 51-year-old Mary Jo Laupp, an Iowa woman who worked on Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.

“I recommend that all of us who want to

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Trump in Tulsa Demonstrates Show of Force Against Dihydrogen Monoxide

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Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN – Getty Images


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In Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, in front of a half-empty stadium, Donald Trump drank a glass of water and deeply owned everyone. They said it couldn’t be done in four years and he did it in three and a half, folks. Despite the fact that he claims to not have time to read Twitter, Trump responded to a trend of ableist online derision about the way he drinks water not by critiquing it for its scattershot pettiness, but by accepting it on its merits.

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how K-pop fans trolled Trump in Tulsa

K-pop band BTS performing on Jimmy Kimmel to adoring fans - GC Images
K-pop band BTS performing on Jimmy Kimmel to adoring fans – GC Images

The K-pop community on Twitter and other social media platforms seemed oddly silent in the last few weeks. Usually fervently chatting about their favourite pop idols in public, they were instead talking about Donald Trump. They had honed in on the fact that the US president, campaigning for re-election, would be hosting his first set piece event of the 2020 campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and they had a plan to spoil it.

Lovers of South Korean pop music, also known as K-pop, have claimed the scalp of the most powerful man in the world, taking partial credit for poor attendance at a presidential campaign rally held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, over the weekend. It was the worst-kept secret: despite seemingly every teenager knowing about the plan worldwide, the Trump campaign seemed oblivious to what was going on, boastfully

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Trump ‘furious’ about low Tulsa turnout

Good morning, NBC News readers.

President Donald Trump is “furious” about low turnout at his Tulsa rally, a noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s NASCAR garage and Democrats want to hear from the ousted U.S. attorney in New York.

Here’s what we’re watching this Monday morning.

Trump ‘furious’ about ‘underwhelming’ crowd at Tulsa rally

President Trump’s Saturday night rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was supposed to be the big moment when he restarted his campaign.

Ahead of the rally, the Trump campaign said as many as a million tickets had been requested for the event in the 19,000 seat arena, causing them to set up overflow areas.

But things didn’t go as planned.

Only 6,200 supporters ultimately occupied the general admission sections, the Tulsa fire marshal told NBC News.

The images of empty seats dominated the coverage of the event, leaving Trump “furious” about the “underwhelming” crowd.

In the hours after

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Game theory not chaos rules the Trump White House. Let’s no longer play

President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at Saturday's campaign rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. <span class="copyright">(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)</span>
President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at Saturday’s campaign rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

The Trump presidency is often billed as a phenomenon born from chaos.

It arrived in a flurry of tweets, online beefs and the sound of rules and norms bending and snapping like fragile floorboards under a listing democracy. But make no mistake: The strategy of this White House — and the culture it has sought to embolden — is anything but random.

Posting wild conspiracy theories one minute, racist phraseology the next — and then acting as if Trump’s initial choice of Juneteenth for his latest rally made the day that now commemorates the end of slavery “famous” rather than being a blatant swipe of disrespect — is all part of a strategy that relies on obnoxious, overwhelming online bullying, and pulls from an insidious corner

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Homicide in Seattle autonomous zone being investigated; Trump rally draws smaller-than-expected crowds

Police are investigating a homicide inside the Seattle autonomous zone. The shooting Saturday morning left one person dead and another hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

President Donald Trump’s Saturday rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma hosted a smaller-than-usual crowd, with empty seats in the 19,000-capacity BOK Center.

Trump’s campaign canceled planned outdoor speeches before his rally.Campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh said the cancelation was because of protests outside. But journalists on the ground refuted seeing large numbers of individuals turned away due to protesters.

Trump had initially planned a campaign rally in Tulsa on Friday but later rescheduled to Saturday after learning about the significance of Juneteenth. The city is also where a white mob destroyed the “Black Wall Street” in 1921. 

A closer look at some recent developments:

  • Seattle Police are investigating a homicide that happened early Saturday in which one person was killed and another in critical condition in Seattle’s “Capitol Hill

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Trump Admits at Smaller-Than-Billed Tulsa Rally He Slowed Coronavirus Testing to Hide Scope of U.S. Spread

President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail on Saturday to his supporters gathered at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, amid the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide protests occurring across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Trump’s rally was held at the Bank of Oklahoma Center, which seats a total of 19,000 guests. Though Trump, 74, anticipated a packed audience, the upper decks of the arena remained empty.

And less than two hours before the rally, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were expected to make remarks to the overflow crowd outside the arena. However, after supporters did not gather in the outdoor areas, plans to address the overflow crowd were canceled.

Before entering, rally attendees reportedly had the option to have their temperatures checked and be given masks and hand sanitizer for the large indoor event. Inside the event, many did not appear to be wearing

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