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A Federal Judge Blocked Biden’s Immigration Restrictions

Migrants at the U.S. and Mexico border wall passing food and blankets to the other side of the wall.
The U.S.-Mexico border, seen from Tijuana in May.Credit...Mark Abramson for The New York Times

The number of migrants apprehended at the southern U.S. border has plummeted over the past two months, in spite of expectations of a big influx after the lifting of Title 42 in May. Perhaps the biggest reason for the drop, officials say, is that President Biden’s stringent new asylum rules have effectively turned migrants away.

Today, that policy was struck down by a federal judge in California, dealing a major blow to Biden’s efforts to manage immigration along the southern border.

Immigrant advocacy groups had challenged the new requirements that migrants secure an appointment at an official port of entry or prove that they sought legal protection in another country before applying for asylum in the U.S. The groups argued that the policy left migrants vulnerable during long waits in Mexico border towns and that it mimicked a Trump administration rule that had already been blocked.

The judge — Jon Tigar, an Obama appointee — sided with the advocacy groups, writing that the policy was “both substantively and procedurally invalid.” He however stayed his order for 14 days, giving the Biden administration time for an appeal.

The administration argued in court that the rule had prevented chaos at the border and that unlawful crossings would spike if it were rescinded. If a surge happens, it could open up Biden to political attacks just as the 2024 campaign ramps up.

The Education Department opened a civil rights investigation into Harvard University’s preferences for the relatives of alumni and donors when making admissions decisions.

The move followed a formal complaint that was filed after the Supreme Court last month rejected the use of affirmative action at colleges around the country. The groups that filed the complaint argued that Harvard’s so-called legacy admissions illegally discriminated against Black, Hispanic and Asian applicants in favor of wealthy students who were less qualified.

For more: A study of elite college admissions data suggested that being very rich was in effect its own qualification.

The foreign minister, Qin Gang, was once a central figure in the U.S.-China relationship and one of President Xi Jinping’s rising stars. Then, he disappeared from public view for 30 days. Finally, today, China announced that Qin was being replaced, without offering a reason.

His dismissal is among the most dramatic falls of a high-flying Chinese official in recent times, and the lack of information has fueled theories about what led to his downfall. Some commentators on social media focused on his personal life and a potentially compromising relationship while he was an ambassador in the U.S.

In 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black boy, was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mississippi after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. Today, on what would have been Emmett’s 82nd birthday, President Biden established a national monument honoring him and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. The monument will be on three sites, one in Chicago and two in Mississippi.

During the ceremony, Biden made the case for reckoning with the legacy of racism in America amid a divisive political battle over how to teach Black history in schools.

War in Ukraine: Russia plans to increase the age range for required one-year military service, bolstering its army while avoiding a larger mobilization that could zap support.

Politics: Ron DeSantis is sharply cutting the size of his presidential campaign staff in an effort to rein in costs.

Climate: Currents in the Atlantic could slow sharply by century’s end, new research shows, affecting weather patterns across the globe.

Economy: The world economy is showing signs of resilience despite lingering inflation and a sluggish recovery in China, the I.M.F. said.

Courts: A former Manhattan gynecologist was sentenced to 20 years in prison for luring patients across state lines before sexually abusing them.

Labor: UPS reached a tentative deal on a contract with the union representing more than 325,000 workers, a key step in averting a potential strike.

Sports: Bronny James, the son of LeBron James, suffered a cardiac arrest during a practice. He is in stable condition.

A Midwestern-born father of five, Jim Gaffigan has long been known as one of the most family-friendly stand-up comedians. His jokes about kids and fast food were once deemed so inoffensive that he opened for the pope during his 2015 visit to the U.S.

But in Gaffigan’s newly released 10th special, “Dark Pale,” he pushes against that vanilla image. The pandemic, he tells us, has made him question his mortality, and in one wonderfully macabre bit, he imagines his own funeral. When my colleague Jason Zinoman looked back, he found that hints of Gaffigan’s complexity were always there. It’s just that recently, he has been more willing to lean into the darkness.

For decades, an amateur group known as the Cittadini Non Distratti — the undistracted citizens — has patrolled the streets of Venice, chasing would-be pickpockets away from unsuspecting tourists. Now one member of that group, Monica Poli, has gained worldwide internet fame after posting videos of her encounters on TikTok. “Attenzione, borseggiatrici!” she yells time and time again. “Attenzione, pickpocket!”

Art or home? At Maison Lune, in Los Angeles, you may forget you’re in an art gallery — until you hear the sound of the clothes dryer.

No clothes, just paint: Naked bodies of all shapes and sizes became artists’ canvases at a public art exhibition in Manhattan.

Covid’s enduring mystery: The Times Magazine this week explored what we know about the origin of the coronavirus, and why it matters.

Cook: These lemon bars are simultaneously tangy, tender and a bit sweet.

Sip: A Manhattan bistro is going all in on fruit and veggie cocktails.

Watch: In “Special Ops: Lioness,” the dispensers of justice and violence are women.

Read: Our editors recommend these nine new books.

Listen: Our critic made a playlist of tracks that use exclamation points to make a statement.

Heal: Here’s how to discuss pain with your doctor, without being ignored.

Swim: The pool helped one writer with a chronic illness find new ways to move.

Decorate: Wirecutter lists everything you need to hang something heavy from your wall or ceiling.

Play: Here are today’s Spelling Bee, Wordle and Mini Crossword.

Unlike prescription drugs, many cosmetics and skin care products don’t come with expiration dates. But don’t let that fool you into keeping them in a bathroom drawer for years on end; they still expire.

Most skin products are safe for six months to a year, but after that they can degrade and become overrun with microorganisms. Bacteria or fungi are more likely in products that come in jars and are scooped out with fingers. In general, experts agree: When in doubt, toss it out.

Have a glowing evening.

Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. — Matthew

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Posted on 25 Jul 2023 23:30 link