Bush considers Mexican amnesty
The Bush administration is considering granting legal residency to millions of illegal Mexican immigrants living in the United States.
Such amnesty would give a permanent reprieve to many of the 3 million Mexican-born people who, according to a report last week by Mexico’s National Population Council, are living illegally in the United States.
An immigration task force of top Justice and State Department officials planned to send President Bush a report today on the broad outlines of U.S.-Mexico border issues.
Pro-lifers protest at Wichita churches
WICHITA, Kan. Pro-life activists marched at five Wichita churches yesterday as part of the 10th anniversary of the “Summer of Mercy” protests here.
Nearly 30 demonstrators went to Reformation Lutheran Church, which is attended by Dr. George Tiller, who performs late-term abortions. Demonstrations also are planned at his clinic this week.
The protesters displayed large photos of aborted fetuses outside the church. Keith Martin said children in his Sunday School class were “crying like crazy” after passing the demonstrators to get to church.
Mentally ill prisoners may not be treated
About one-fifth of the estimated 191,000 inmates in state prisons who were identified as mentally ill were not getting therapy or counseling, the Justice Department reported yesterday.
A study based on 2000 data also showed that only 70 percent of state prison facilities screen inmates for mental illness as a matter of policy.
Mentally ill inmates account for 16 percent of the state prison population, and 79 percent of those identified as mentally ill were receiving therapy or counseling, the report said.
Algerian sought in terror plot
NEW YORK A London-based Algerian has been charged by federal prosecutors with being one of the masterminds behind a reported plot to bomb the Los Angeles airport on New Year’s Eve 1999.
Dr. Haydar Abu Doha, who has recently emerged as a key figure in Osama bin Laden’s terrorism network, was charged by prosecutors in Manhattan with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction to blow up the airport during celebrations ushering in 2000.
Rescuers won’t give up on entangled whale
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. After failing in their fifth effort to sedate a right whale entangled in rope, rescuers say they are still not ready to give up.
Heavy nylon fishing rope entangled around the whale’s jaw has caused a serious infection that veterinarians say is likely to eventually cause its death.
Astronauts install new air lock
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Two teams of astronauts installed a brand new air lock entryway on the international space station yesterday, then swung open the hatch with a ceremonial flourish and floated inside.
Applause erupted in Mission Control as the commanders of the linked space shuttle Atlantis and space station Alpha cut a white paper ribbon stretching across the inner threshold of the $164 million air lock, named Quest.
Doctors hopeful for shark victim
PENSACOLA, Fla. Doctors treating an 8-year-old boy nearly killed by a shark say he may not have suffered brain damage despite a severe loss of blood.
Jessie Arbogast sometimes appears to understand what’s going on around him, according to the medical team that reattached his arm after the July 6 attack by a 200-pound bull shark.
He remained in critical condition yesterday at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.