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The Who Postpones UK Dates Until 2017; Announces Plans for New “Tommy”-Themed Shows

Courtesy of The WhoThere’s bad news and good news for The Who‘s U.K. fans. The bad news: the band is postponing its late-August and early-September U.K. concerts to April.  The good news: those shows will feature a revamped set that’ll include an acoustic performance showcasing the group’s 1969 rock opera, Tommy.

Prior to the rescheduled U.K. gigs, The Who will play two special shows on March 30 and April 1 of next year at The Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the annual benefit concerts for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity that will include the rock legends’ first full-band performances of Tommy since 1989. The historic shows will coincide with the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert. The band also will play a selection of their classic tunes along with the full rock opera.

Meanwhile, the postponed U.K shows also will include performances of some of the band’s hits, plus some lesser-known tunes. The concerts are being designed to emulate the performances The Who gave around 1969 and 1970, which also featured a segment devoted to Tommy. To accompany the new Tommy section, the band is creating an updated video presentation.

People with tickets for the postponed dates can use them for the rescheduled concerts, or can get a full refund at the point of purchase. Tickets for the Royal Albert Hall shows will go on sale on September 23.

The Who’s other announced 2016 concerts will go ahead as planned. These include a run of European dates in September, the band’s two appearances at the Desert Trip Festival with Roger Waters on October 9 and 16 in Indio, California, and performances that same month in Santa Barbabra, California, and Mexico City.

Here are all of The Who’s upcoming concerts:

9/10 — Oberhausen, Germany, Koenig Pilsener Arena
9/12 — Stuttgart, Germany, Schleyer-Halle
9/14 — Vienna, Austria — Wiener Stadhalle — Tickets
9/17 — Bologna, Italy, Unipol Arena
9/19 — Milan, Italy, Mediolanum Forum
10/6 — Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/9 — Indio, CA, Desert Trip
10/12 — Mexico City, Mexico, Palacio de los Deportes
10/16 — Indio, CA, Desert Trip
3/30/17 — London, U.K., Teenage Cancer Trust – Royal Albert Hall
4/1 — London, U.K., Teenage Cancer Trust – Royal Albert Hall
4/3 — Liverpool, U.K., Liverpool Echo Arena*
4/5 — Manchester, U.K., Manchester Arena*
4/7 — Glasgow, U.K., The SSE Hydro*
4/10 — Sheffield, U.K., Sheffield Arena*
4/12 — Birmingham, U.K., Barclaycard Arena*

* = rescheduled date.

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New Vinyl Box Set Featuring Most of Sting’s Solo Albums to Be Released in September

A&M/Interscope RecordsIn advance of Sting‘s recently announced studio album, 57th & 9th, the ex-Police frontman will release a career-spanning box set called Sting: The Studio Collection on September 30 that gathers together 180-gram vinyl editions of eight of his solo records.

The package spans from the singer/songwriter’s 1985 solo debut, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, through the 2013 companion album to his stage musical, The Last Ship.

The Studio Collection also features 1987’s …Nothing Like the Sun, 1991’s The Soul Cages, 1993’s Ten Summoner’s Tales, 1996’s Mercury Falling, 1999’s Brand New Day and 2003’s Sacred Love. The versions of …Nothing Like the Sun, Brand New Day and Sacred Love included in the box set are spread across two LPs, while the latter two albums have never before been available on vinyl.

Many of Sting’s biggest hits and best-known songs are featured in the compilation, including “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” “Fortress Around Your Heart,” “We’ll Be Together,” “Englishman in New York,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Fields of Gold” and “Desert Rose.”

Each album is housed in a sleeve that replicates the original artwork and packaging.

In a new video promoting the box set, Sting says he loves “the ritual of vinyl records,” recalling that when he was growing up he enjoyed looking at an LP’s cover art, reading the liner notes, pulling the disc out of the inner sleeve and placing it on a turntable.

“Music is too ephemeral in many ways,” adds Sting. “A record is something you can touch, and I think it’s more human.”

Sting: The Studio Collection is available for pre-order now. Meanwhile, 57th & 9th, as previously reported, will be released on November 11.

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Olé Stones! New Rolling Stones Tour Documentary Premiering at 2016 Toronto Film Festival

Courtesy of TIFFA new Rolling Stones documentary focusing on the band’s recent Olé America Latina tour will get its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 8 to September 18. The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America captures the British rock legends as they perform in various cities in South America and Mexico en route to their historic tour-closing free concert in Havana, Cuba.

The movie was directed by Paul Dugdale, whose previous credits include Sweet Summer Sun — Hyde Park Live, the concert film featuring footage from The Stones’ two July 2013 shows in the famed London park.

The band’s Olé America Latina trek kicked off on February 3 in Santiago, Chile, and finished in Havana on March 25. An estimated 1.2 million people were in attendance at the latter event.

The Rolling Stones’ next scheduled concerts are on October 7 and 14 in Indio, California, as part of the Desert Trip festival. Bob Dylan also will be performing at those shows. In addition, The Stones will play an October 19 gig in Las Vegas.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Panic in Shondaland: Relax, Gladiators, “Scandal” Isn’t Ending

ABC(NEW YORK) — Talk about a scandal! Fans of the ABC show of the same name flipped when they heard from Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer that Scandal‘s upcoming sixth go-’round would quote, “be the final season,” and cited show creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes as the source.  

One of those shocked by the news was Shonda herself.

Rhimes happened to be watching, and quickly took to Twitter to set the record straight. “Woah, @GMA,” the TV mogul posted.

“I never said this was the final season of #scandal. Way to make me spit out my coffee.”

Spencer later corrected the mistake online, thanking Rimes for the fix, and adding, “Yes, we can all breathe, because as you guys know, it is my absolute favorite show.”

Rhimes let it roll, posting back, “Thank you for the correction, @LaraSpencer — you have my back.”

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Company Cops to “The Force Awakens” Harrison Ford Set Accident

Harrison Ford as Han Solo in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”; Disney/Lucasfilm(LONDON) — You don’t break Han Solo’s leg on his own ship and get away with it.

A company has pleaded guilty in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens set accident that broke star Harrison Ford’s leg two years ago. The company, Foodles Production, a Disney subsidiary, admitted in court in London to health and safety breaches that led to the injury, The New York Times reports.

The accident occurred on the set of the Millenium Falcon, the smuggler’s ship Han Solo’s famously captains, when Ford was hit by a heavy hydraulic door.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens was filmed in and around London, England.

The court will hand down a penalty in the incident August 22.

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Apple Music to Take “Carpool Karaoke” Global

Michelle Obama and James Corden on “Carpool Karaoke”; CBS(NEW YORK) — Late Late Show host James Corden’s popular “Carpool Karaoke” is a huge hit, attracting A-list musical talents to appear.  Now it’s going global.

Apple has made a deal to distribute an unscripted series version of the segment to 100 countries via its Apple Music platform. The Late Late Show segment is “a perfect fit” for the platform, said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, Variety reports.

“Carpool Karaoke,” in which celebrities hitch a ride with the affable CBS host, has seen the likes of Adele, Elton John, Mariah Carey, and recently first lady Michelle Obama rocking along with the chat show host.  More telling for Apple and it’s iTunes music retail out, it’s also spiked sales for songs featured on the segment.

 

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NATIONAL NEWS

Charges Dismissed Against Baltimore Police Officers in Freddie Gray Case

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Prosecutors in Baltimore dropped all charges against the three remaining Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray despite holding firm in their belief that Gray’s death was a homicide.

“We do not believe that Gray killed himself. We stand by the medical examiner’s determination that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide,” Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby told reporters Wednesday morning, delivering a strong defense for her decision to prosecute six officers involved in Gray’s death.

At the motion’s hearing for State v Garrett Miller Wednesday morning, prosecutors announced they would not pursue the remaining cases related to the arrest and death of Gray, bringing to an end one of the most closely watched police prosecutions in the country. The gag order against all parties involved, including prosecutors and defense attorneys and their clients, has also been rescinded.

“After much thought and prayer it has become clear that without being able to work with an independent investigatory agency from the very start, without having a say in the election of whether cases proceed in front of a judge or jury, without communal oversight of police in this community, without substantive reforms to the current criminal justice system, we could try this case 100 times and cases just like it and we would still end up with the same result,” Mosby said, standing across the street from the location where Gray was arrested in April 2015.

Mosby charged six officers last year for their role in the arrest and death of Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died while in police custody after he suffered a fatal spinal injury while being transported in the back of a police transport van. Prosecutors aimed to show that the officers were criminally liable for failing to secure Gray with a seat belt after he was loaded into a police transport van.

Gray died seven days after sustaining injuries in police custody. On the day of Gray’s funeral, the city of Baltimore erupted into violent protests and riots, followed by looting and arson.

“Those that believe that I’m anti-police, that is simply not the case, I am anti-police brutality,” Mosby said, adding that she was elected as chief prosecutor for Baltimore City and took an oath to seek justice.

“I take my oath very seriously,” Mosby said.

But prosecutors failed to convict four officers who were tried in separate trials earlier this year. All three officers who were acquitted opted for a bench trial instead of a jury trial, meaning Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams decided the outcome of the trials.

Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty of all charges in May. Officer Caesar Goodson, who faced the most serious charge of second-degree depraved heart murder, was also found not guilty earlier this summer. And Lieutenant Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer involved with the case, was cleared of all charges just two weeks ago.

Officer William Porter stood trial first and had chosen a jury trial. His trial ended in a mistrial last December.

All of the officers involved in the case had pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors failed to prove in court that Nero, Goodson and Rice acted in a grossly negligent manner and that they were aware of the risks to Gray and acted unreasonably.

They were also unable to prove that the officers “corruptly” failed to carry out an act required of them. Throughout the trials, prosecutors tried honing in on each officer’s experience and training, suggesting that they should have known the consequences of failing to secure a shackled prisoner without a seat belt.

Williams was oftentimes incredulous throughout the officers’ trials, determining that prosecutors failed to bring any credible evidence into court that could prove that criminal wrongdoing had occurred when Gray was arrested and placed into the back of a police transport van.

During Nero’s case in May, Williams grilled prosecutors during closing arguments — questioning whether a crime was in fact committed.

“So, every time there’s an arrest without probable justification — it is a crime?” Williams asked. “I’m trying to make sure it was a criminal assault. Touching Freddie Gray is assault?”

“We believe that the search and arrest without justification are assault, your honor,” Deputy State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe responded. “There’s no question about that.”

Mosby said despite the acquittals from Williams, “We must respect the verdict rendered by the judge,” and that her goal all along was to “always seek justice over convictions.”

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Reagan Shooter John Hinckley Jr. Will Be Released to Homestay

The White House/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — John Hinckley, Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been granted “full-time convalescent leave” and will be released from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he has been in treatment.

A federal judge granted the leave, which will begin as early as Aug. 5, according to court documents. He is permitted to reside full-time in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his mother at her home.

While he lives full-time in Williamsburg, Hinckley is subject to certain conditions, and he will return for monthly outpatient therapy treatment in Washington. He will also be required to work or volunteer three times a week and participate in individual music therapy sessions at least one a month in Williamsburg.

Hinckley was ordered to stay out of contact with Jodie Foster, as it was said he shot Reagan as a way to impress the Hollywood actor. He must also stay away from the media and cannot make posts on the internet or access it. He is now allowed to contact his victims and their families, the president or vice president of the United States, and all members of Congress.

As part of the release, he is also required to abstain from alcohol and drugs. He is not allowed to own a weapon.

Whenever he is away from his mother’s residence, he must carry a GPS-enabled cell phone that is monitored by the Secret Service. He is not allowed to drive unaccompanied only within a 30-mile radius of Williamsburg, unless it is for the purpose of his monthly scheduled appointments in Washington, D.C.

Hinckley is also told he must complete a daily log of his activities while on leave that detail any of his work or volunteer hours, plus social interactions and treatments, and any errands or recreational activities.

After a full year to 18 months of his leave, his doctors will complete an updated risk assessment and will then adjust his treatment plans if it is warranted, according to court documents.

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Eight Hikers Led to Safety After California Fire Stranded Them for Days

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Eight hikers were led to safety after a raging wildfire in northern California stranded them for at least five days, officials said.

A Cal Fire spokesperson said this was not technically a “rescue” as the hikers, who had been near the massive Soberanes fire in Monterey County for at least five days, were given the option to stay or leave, and they chose to walk down from the fire with firefighters.

The hikers were not injured and in fine condition, the spokesperson said. Once they walked down they were were given food and water at a Boy Scouts camp.

The Soberanes fire in Monterey County started on July 22 and has since burned 23,500 acres. It’s 10 percent contained.

Meanwhile, a second massive blaze is raging in southern California; the Sand fire has covered 38,000 acres in the Los Angeles area and is 40 percent contained.

The two fires prompted states of emergency to be declared Tuesday in Monterey County and Los Angeles County.

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SPORTS NEWS

Aaron Rodgers Addresses Brother’s “Bachelorette” Involvement

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Aaron Rodgers has finally spoken out about his brother, Jordan, competing on The Bachelorette.

Jordan has said on the current season of the ABC reality series that he is estranged from the Green Bay Packers quarterback; Aaron was absent when Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher met his family.

At one point, Jordan told Fletcher he didn’t think Aaron even knew he’d signed up for the show.

When asked by reporters at Packers training camp Tuesday about his younger brother and The Bachelorette, Aaron commented, “I haven’t seen the show, to be honest with you, so it hasn’t really affected me a whole lot,” ABC affiliate WISN-TV in Milwaukee reported.

However, Aaron chose not to discuss the status of his relationship with his brother.

“As far as those kinds of things go, I’ve always found that it’s a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I’m just — I’m not going to speak on those things, but I wish him well in the competition,” he said.

Jordan Rodgers is one of two finalists on The Bachelorette, along with Robby Hayes. Fletcher is expected to choose one of them on next Monday night’s season finale.

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Former NFL Player Steve Gleason, Wife Open Up on His ALS Battle, Emotional “Gleason” Doc

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason remembers the moment well when he was hailed as an NFL hero.

It was September 2006 and the Saints were back in the Superdome for the first time since Hurricane Katrina had ravaged the city.

Early in the game, Gleason blocked a punt, helping to clinch the win for his team and uplifting the community that had lost so much.

But in 2011, five years after that historic game, the once powerful NFL player had lost his ability to move, to talk and eventually, to breathe. Gleason was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, it affects motor skills and has an average survival time of two to five years.

Then six weeks after the diagnosis, Gleason’s wife Michel Varisco found out she was pregnant with the couple’s son, Rivers.

“He had this terminal diagnosis, but we felt like we could walk on water,” Varisco told Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan. “I just remember it was one of the happiest moments of both of our lives. Just knowing … we were going to have a baby, and this is going to happen.”

From that day forward, Steve Gleason made it his mission to record hundreds of videos for their unborn son, sharing life lessons he had learned along the way, while Gleason still had the ability to speak.

“I had some soaring and incredible moments on the football field, but I’ve had even more uplifting moments off the field since diagnosis,” he told Strahan.

In the end, Gleason recorded more than 1,300 hours of touching, heart-wrenching video diaries that are now part of a new documentary called Gleason, directed by Clay Tweel.

“I’ve tried to share not only my memories and my looks, but also my self-doubts and my shortcomings,” Gleason said.

“We could have made a movie that kind of glosses over the hard parts and just showed the hero parts and the easy parts,” Varisco added. “I feel like we wanted to show the truth. If we’re going to do this, we’re going to go all out and show the truth of our lives.”

day, Gleason relies on a ventilator to stay alive and a computer to speak. His wife said he researched a place where he can “voice bank” his actual speaking voice so he can sound more like himself when speaking though the computer.

“Then it goes to eye technology where he talks with his eyes but he’s talking a letter at a time,” Varisco said.

Gleason and his family’s next mission is the non-profit they created, with the help of some of his former teammates, to make sure all ALS patients have access to technology that gives them back their voices and improves their quality of life.

Last year, President Obama signed the Gleason Act, which would make this technology available through Medicare and Medicaid.

“Most of what ALS takes away technology can give back,” Gleason said.

For Team Gleason, just surviving isn’t enough. Their non-profit also provides patients with opportunities to travel and go on adventures – a reflection of the way Michel and Steve has always lived.

Gleason marked the one year anniversary of his diagnosis with a skydiving trip, followed by a trip to Machu Picchu. He could no longer walk by then, so his former Saints teammate Scott Fujita helped Gleason make the climb.

“I said, ‘like, 9,000 feet.’” Fujita said. “And he says, ‘yes.’ I said, ‘all right, don’t know how we’re going to do it, but it’s booked, we’re doing it.’”

“My NFL brother… told me after my diagnosis he would go with me to the ends of the Earth if necessary,” Gleason said. “He’s done that literally and figuratively.”

But the physical complications aside, the Gleason documentary focuses on Gleason being a father to his young son while struggling with ALS.

“I often feel inadequate as a father,” Gleason said. “Fortunately, because of this … technology and an equally bad— care crew, I’m able to be very involved in Rivers’ life… I pick up Rivers every day from school. I’m at all of his practices. I get to help get him ready for bed at night.”

“He’s got to try harder than any other dad because he can’t talk,” Varisco added. “Rivers is fast. He’s slow. I mean, it’s just difficult. It’s easy to quit, and Steve is not a quitter.”

Although the film is full of emotional moments, the family shares a lot of laughter too.

“You’ve got to do something,” Varisco said. “And we’re both funny. We’re funny people I think. So laughing has been one of the best solutions to get through this.”

“I’d like to say I’m a naturally funny dude,” Gleason continued. “But in reality, I think I just have no choice. Humor is definitely healing. So I think we’ve tried to use it that way.”

Gleason director Clay Tweel watched all 1,300 hours of Gleason’s videos to choose moments for the documentary, which opened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and already has generated some Oscar buzz. Finding the balance between the humor and the raw, honest moments is something Tweel weaved together delicately, and not just for what Gleason was going through, but also his wife.

“I think the most surprising thing about making the film was the depths that we could explore Michel’s experience through all this,” Tweel said. “When I joined the project, I felt like the story was going to be about this guy who, through a set tragic set of circumstances, was finding his purpose and kind of this father and son story.”

“But what I really didn’t know was, and what nobody talked about, was Michel’s experience and the kind of complex series of emotions as a caretaker that she was going through, and how the disease affects everyone around Steve, as well,” he continued. “So I think that that, for me, took the movie to another level and allowed it to be not just a movie about ALS but, you know, is this a movie about family and about love and about the human spirit.”


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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/26/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Toronto 7, San Diego 6, 12 Innings
L.A. Dodgers 3, Tampa Bay 2
Colorado 6, Baltimore 3
Seattle 7, Pittsburgh 4
Chi White Sox 3, Chi Cubs 0
Cleveland 7, Washington 6
Atlanta 2, Minnesota 0  

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 9, Boston 8
Oakland 6, Texas 3
N-Y Yankees 6, Houston 3
L.A. Angels 13, Kansas City 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Milwaukee 9, Arizona 4
San Francisco 9, Cincinnati 7
St. Louis 3, N-Y Mets 2
Miami 5, Philadelphia 0

N-Y Mets 3, St. Louis 1

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WORLD NEWS

Pope Francis Arrives in Poland, Says ‘World Is at War’

JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images(KRAKOW, Poland) — Pope Francis was greeted by shouts of welcome and waving crowds Wednesday as he arrived in the Polish city of Krakow to celebrate the Catholic Church’s “World Youth Day.”

But on his flight there from Rome, a worried pope emerged.

“The world is at war,” he said in reference to recent terror attacks in Europe and elsewhere.

But this war is not one of religion, he clarified, instead one of interests, money, natural resources and to control people.

During the official welcoming ceremony with Poland’s leaders at the historic Wawel Castle, the pope urged them to welcome migrants fleeing wars and hunger.

Poland is one of the most Catholic countries in Europe. Ninety-eight percent of Poles have been baptized, and Poland has one of the highest church attendance rates in the Catholic world, with some 40 percent of people going to weekly mass.

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Donald Trump Says He’s ‘Never Spoken’ to Vladimir Putin

ABC News(DORAL, Fla.) — Donald Trump said he has “never spoken” to Vladimir Putin amid allegations that his campaign colluded with the Russian president to hack Democratic National Committee emails. But the Republican presidential nominee encouraged Putin to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.

“I’ve never spoken to him. I don’t know anything about him other than he will respect me,” Trump said during a press conference Wednesday morning in Doral, Florida. “I have nothing to do with Russia.”

“By the way, if they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do,” Trump continued. “They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted.”

A handful of cybersecurity firms have concluded that Russian hackers were the likely culprits of the DNC email release that was published by Wikileaks last week. An executive at Fidelis told ABC News on Monday that Russians were to blame “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that accusations that Moscow was responsible for the hack are “absurd.”

“If it is Russia,” Trump said at the press conference Wednesday, “It shows how little respect they have for our country.”

He added: “It’s probably not Russia.”

The real estate mogul said that, as president of the United States, he would be “so much better for U.S.-Russian relations.” But when asked if he would call on Putin to not meddle with the U.S. election, Trump said: “I’m not going to tell Putin what to do. Why should I tell Putin what to do?”

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Homeland Security Announces New Plan for Central American Refugees

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In an effort to stem the flow of undocumented children and families across the southwest border of the U.S. and provide a solution to humanitarian challenges like smuggling and trafficking, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday new measures to expand the United States’ Central American refugee processing program.

Since January of this year, about 26,000 unaccompanied alien children and almost 30,000 family units have tried to cross the southwest border, according to Customs and Border Protection. The majority of them were from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz called the humanitarian crisis in Central America “heartbreaking,” noting that refugee families in those countries often face violence as they seek to escape the region, which is why “it was important for us to take action.”

As part of this new initiative, the Central American Minors program will expand to include additional relationships to a child who qualifies for the refugee program, including siblings over the age of 21, the in-country biological parent if one parent is lawfully present in the U.S., and “caregivers” of the child. The United States has received over 9,200 applicants for this program so far and approved about 2,300.

“Through the Central American Minors program, the U.S. government offers an alternative, safe, and legal path to the United States for children seeking protection from harm or persecution in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson in official statement.

The announcement, which comes in the midst of the Democratic National Convention, is expected to generate sharp criticism from the Republican nominee who has advocated for closed borders.

DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on a call with reporters that one of the goals of the expanded Central American Minors programs is family unity.

In an effort to provide immediate protection for those in danger, Costa Rica has agreed to a protection transfer arrangement (PTA), in coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), allowing families facing threats to leave their home country while their application is processed.

Costa Rica plans to be capable of hosting around 200 individuals for a period of six months at a time.

For those who do not qualify for immediate transfer to Costa Rica, a new in-country referral program will allow applications for refugee protection, and claims will be evaluated through a vetting process by DHS officers in those home countries.

DHS also indicated that Mexico will play a greater role by increasing its capacity to screen asylum seekers from Central America. This agreement was a product of the meeting between President Obama and Mexican President Enrique Nieto last week.

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