ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The nation’s top border official expressed confidence Wednesday that more than 2,000 migrant children currently separated from their parents after crossing the border illegally could be reunited with family in the next month.“I think they’re going to really work at it,” Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said of Health and Human Services, the federal agency now taking care of the children after they were processed by CBP.McAleenan’s comments come one day after a federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration to reunite all separated children within 30 days, and children five and under within two weeks.The Justice Department would not say whether it plans to appeal the order.“We respond to court orders,” McAleenan told ABC News. “My counterparts at Health and Human services and ICE have been working this issue to connect families — have them communicate — and so I’m sure they’ll just accelerate their efforts.”ABC News accompanied McAleenan Wednesday on aerial and ground tours of Arizona’s harsh border environment outside Tucson: desolate mountains stretching for miles on end, followed by vast deserts filled with just brush, dirt and rocks.With a blazing sun beating down on the terrain, the ground reached temperatures topping 150 degrees, according to an infrared thermometer used by ABC News.Each year, about 400 migrants trying to cross the Arizona border illegally die in the desert before they finish their journey.Meanwhile, each day, Border Patrol agents apprehend about 150 migrants who successfully make it across the border.McAleenan insisted illegal border crossing is not worth the gamble.“Smugglers put them in a terrible position,” McAleenan said of the many Central Americans and others who decide to take the risk. “[Smugglers] basically point them north, they say to follow the mountain ranges. … What they don’t tell them is that it’s 20 miles away.”McAleenan said those looking to sneak through the Southwest border “absolutely” should not try to cross the terrain in Arizona or anywhere else. “They should come to a port of entry. They should think twice about putting their family in the hands of smugglers who are taking thousands of dollars to put them in these terrible situations.”In the Tucson sector alone, CBP has set up 34 “rescue beacons” — towers fitted with phones to call for help and blinking lights visible from miles away.Each year, CBP is called to rescue 4,000 illegal border-crossers who reach a point of desperation.While in a helicopter above CBP’s Tucson sector with McAleenan, ABC News witnessed CBP respond to a man and woman at the top of a 5,000-foot mountain who called for help.Two days earlier, CBP found a 6-year-old boy from Costa Rica all alone on the U.S. side of the border. All he had was a bottle of Coca-Cola and a note with this message in Spanish: “I’m looking for my mother.”He was “left out on his own,” McAleenan said incredulously.“That’s how callous the smugglers can be about human life, a child,” he added.For nearly two hours, ABC News marched with McAleenan through the harsh Arizona border area for nearly two hours. The trek amounted to a fraction of the time migrants have to spend struggling to make it into Arizona.Halfway through the hike, ABC News asked McAleenan how he was feeling.McAleenan described his condition this way: “You’re starting to get a little tired. You’re overheating. You feel the dehydration setting in … And if you imagine doing 10, 20 times this kind of walk over the course of days, especially after you’ve already spent three or four weeks on the road if you’re from Central America, these people are exhausted.”But, McAleenan added, the harsh conditions along the Arizona border also underscore “how hard” Border Patrol agents and others are working to rescue people and secure the border.At the end of the hike, McAleenan said he had just received disconcerting news out of Washington.“As we were hiking we heard that Congress failed to pass a bill that would have helped address this issue,” McAleenan said. “We want to keep families together. A better system would allow us to keep them together in custody through their immigration proceedings, swift and fair, and make good decisions on whether they can stay or need to go back to their home country.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Mourinho said: “Frank Lampard played at Stamford Bridge (with Manchester City) without any kind of problem and with a good reception. I don’t see a reason for Fabregas not to have the same at the Emirates. “But, if he has some bad reactions, I think he’s one of the players who is more than ready. “He played in Barcelona with an Arsenal shirt. Why can’t he play at the Emirates with a Chelsea shirt? I don’t see a problem.” Arsenal, for whom Fabregas made more than 300 appearances in eight years, reportedly opted out of their buy-back option when it became apparent he could leave the Nou Camp and Mourinho moved swiftly. The Portuguese added: “I know why he chose Chelsea. I don’t know why he didn’t choose Arsenal. “I can’t speak about his time at Arsenal, the decision that made him leave, the decision that stopped him going back. I don’t know if it was the manager’s (Arsene Wenger’s) or if it was his decision. I really don’t know. “I just know that we promised him we’d build a team very adapted to his style of play. That he was going to be an important player in our project. “And that, normally, good projects always end with titles. He was looking for that. That’s all I can say.” Fabregas and Diego Costa, who also joined last summer, have been key to Chelsea’s title charge, with the playmaker laying on assists for the striker. Costa could be fit for Sunday’s match and displace Didier Drogba in the starting XI, while Loic Remy (calf) is definitely out. “Didier for sure is good, is fine. Remy, not for sure. And Diego, let’s make a decision tomorrow,” Mourinho said. Dominic Solanke is in reserve, having missed Chelsea’s under-21 team match on Thursday, and will be on the substitutes’ bench as back-up to Drogba if Costa is not fit. Costa has scored 19 Premier League goals this season, including one in the 2-0 win against Arsenal in October. But Costa has missed the last two matches – wins against QPR and Manchester United – after a recurrence of the hamstring problems which have plagued him. “He’s a very important player for us, but the reality is we are coping with the difficulties of every match without him,” Mourinho added. “We played amazingly well during the most part of the season, scoring a lot of goals and controlling games very well through the quality of our possession. “In the last period we are more strategic, less artistic, but we are having results. I would love Diego to be back, but I trust the other people.” Eden Hazard was also on target in the autumn home win over Arsenal. The Belgium playmaker is expected to be crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday, but Mourinho insists collective honours are more important for Hazard. The Blues boss also played down the prospect of Hazard moving to Real Madrid after the 24-year-old’s idol Zinedine Zidane, now a coach at Real, lauded him this week. Mourinho said: “We just signed a new contract with him (until 2021). We didn’t put a gun to his head. He had a lot of time to think about it. “He made a commitment for the future of the team, signing a very good contract. I don’t think he’s interested in going.” Mourinho recently said every player has a price. Asked to put a figure on Hazard, he said: “That’s a good question. I have my idea about it.” Mourinho has an unbeaten 12-match record against Wenger, but played down a personal rivalry. “For me, the achievement is to win on Sunday,” Mourinho added. “Matches are isolated events. No relation with the previous one or the next one. “I respect everyone. He’s not my rival.” Mourinho’s record against Wenger means to many the title is inevitably heading to Chelsea, but the Blues manager is focused on the mathematics. “We need eight points,” he said, dismissing the alternative two-win scenario. Despite their commanding lead, Mourinho insists his side have been challenged this season. Mourinho said: “If we look to the last couple of months, it couldn’t have been harder. Everything was difficult.” A long-running rivalry with Wenger turned physical at Stamford Bridge earlier this season when the Frenchman pushed his adversary. Asked how hard Wenger had pushed him, a laughing Mourinho said: “How hard? Top question. But because I’m always honest in my answers, I cannot answer.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sees no reason why Cesc Fabregas should not be afforded a good reception on his return to Arsenal on Sunday. The former Arsenal captain, who returned to London after three years in Barcelona to join Chelsea last summer, is closing in on his first Premier League title. The Blues are 10 points clear of the Gunners and victory at the Emirates Stadium would mean three more points would secure the title, points which could come next Wednesday at Leicester. Press Association read more
With Leicester not playing until Monday Manchester City could go top with a win over managerless Swansea – the Welsh club sacked Gary Monk during the week.City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he’s disappointed – but not surprised – to see a change in the other dugout.Should they slip up, Manchester United could become the new pace-setters when they travel to Bournemouth in the late game.