A Biden administration policy that imposes limits on asylum seekers has been blocked by a federal judge. And we have an update on the condition of LeBron’s James’ son Bronny after he suffered cardiac arrest during basketball practice. It’s time for The Rundown for Wednesday, July 26, 2023.
Judge blocks Biden asylum policy
A federal judge has blocked a Biden administration policy that imposes limits on who can seek asylum at the southern border. The judge ruled on Tuesday, July 25 that immigration authorities could deny asylum to migrants who arrive at the border without first applying online or seeking protection in a country they passed through.
The policy has been a key enforcement tool used by the Biden administration in the wake of Title 42 expiring in May.
The ACLU and other groups argue the rule violates a U.S. law that protects the right to asylum regardless of how a person enters the country. The judge’s ruling does not officially take effect for another couple weeks giving the Justice Department an opportunity to appeal.
Hunter Biden to plead guilty on tax charges in court
Hunter Biden is expected to appear in a Wilmington, Delaware federal court on Wednesday, July 26.
The gun count would be dismissed if Hunter Biden stays drug-free and does not commit any additional crimes for two years. It will be up to a Trump-appointed judge, U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika, whether to accept or reject the plea agreement.
U.S. opens investigation into Harvard legacy admissions
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating claims by the group Lawyers for Civil Rights that the university “discriminates on the basis of race by using donor and legacy preferences in its undergraduate admissions process.”
The group’s complaint argues that students with legacy ties are up to seven times more likely to be admitted to Harvard and are about 70% white.
A spokesperson for Harvard says the University is reviewing its admission policies to ensure its complying with the law after the recent Supreme Court ruling banning affirmative action and any consideration of race in college admissions. In recent years, schools like Amherst College and Johns Hopkin University have eliminated legacy admissions.
The projected hike would set the federal funds rate between 5.25 to 5.5 percent. That would be the highest level since the time of the financial crisis and 2008 recession – although there is little sense that sort of collapse is on the horizon.
All eyes will be on Chairman Jerome Powell to see if he signals to this being the final rate increase in the Fed’s year-long tightening cycle. In the meantime, borrowing costs for homes, cars and other items will be higher for the consumer under the higher interest rates.
Bronny James, LeBron’s son, is stable following cardiac arrest
The family of Bronny James, the 18-year-old son of NBA superstar LeBron James, has given an update after the teen suffered cardiac arrest on Monday, July 24 during basketball practice at the University of Southern California.
A family spokesperson says the college-freshman is now out of ICU and in stable condition following the health scare.