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mercoledì 29 marzo 2017

SCIALPI..... Insultato, offeso e aggredito per strada perché omosessuale: Il cantante Scialpi ha denunciato sui social un bruttissimo episodio di violenza e omofobia di cui è stato protagonista ieri per le strade di Roma. «Un ragazzo camminando per strada mi ha riconosciuto e ha detto sottovoce "frocio" - racconta l'artista - poi mi ha sputato addosso». Scialpi ha manifestato il trauma subito chiedendo a gran voce subito «una legge contro l'omofobia».......


Veronica Cursi per www.ilmessaggero.it

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Insultato, offeso e aggredito per strada perché omosessuale: Il cantante Scialpi ha denunciato sui social un bruttissimo episodio di violenza e omofobia di cui è stato protagonista ieri per le strade di Roma. «Un ragazzo camminando per strada mi ha riconosciuto e ha detto sottovoce "frocio" - racconta l'artista - poi mi ha sputato addosso». Scialpi ha manifestato il trauma subito chiedendo a gran voce subito «una legge contro l'omofobia».

Il cantante di "Pregherei", 55 anni, è sempre stato in prima linea nella battaglia per i diritti degli omosessuali. Nel 2015, dopo sei anni di convivenza, si è sposato a new York con il suo compagno e manager Roberto Blasi. I due sono diventati il simbolo della lotta alle unioni civili in Italia e al riconoscimento dei diritti della comunità GLBT.

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Centinaia i commenti di solidarietà arrivati sui sui profili Facebook e Instagram: «Sii superiore, è gente piccola di cervello», hanno scritto i fan. «E' più difficile a farsi - risponde il cantante - La gente è matta, ho quasi paura ad uscire di casa. Non mi sento più sicuro».
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ANTONIO DE CURTIS IN ARTE TOTO'...... Quando non fu più in grado di difendere tutta la solitudine fieramente sventolata per decenni: «Mangio più volentieri con un cane che con un uomo» Antonio De Curtis dovette arrendersi all’affetto. 15 aprile 1967, giorno del funerale, in piazza scese un intero Maracanà. Trentamila persone a Roma, centocinquantamila a Napoli, solo 48 ore più tardi. Il feretro oscillante, la bombetta in precario equilibrio sulla bara, la gente con il naso all’insù ad aspettare un segno, a inseguire un sogno. Quel giorno il sangue di San Gennaro, proprio come il legame dell’Italia con Totò non si sciolse........



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Malcom Pagani per ‘Il Messaggero

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Quando non fu più in grado di difendere tutta la solitudine fieramente sventolata per decenni: «Mangio più volentieri con un cane che con un uomo» Antonio De Curtis dovette arrendersi all’affetto. 15 aprile 1967, giorno del funerale, in piazza scese un intero Maracanà. Trentamila persone a Roma, centocinquantamila a Napoli, solo 48 ore più tardi. Il feretro oscillante, la bombetta in precario equilibrio sulla bara, la gente con il naso all’insù ad aspettare un segno, a inseguire un sogno. Quel giorno il sangue di San Gennaro, proprio come il legame dell’Italia con Totò non si sciolse.
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E il miracolo, a cinquant’anni dalla dipartita del principe della risata, ha qualcosa di regale. Senza eredi, senza epigoni e senza discendenti, Totò, ha fatto scuola dimenticando però di rivelare agli alunni il segreto che permettesse di veder tramandata la lezione. Abbiamo avuto interpreti grandissimi dell’italianità sullo schermo e sul palco (Gassman, Mastroianni, Sordi, Troisi), ma nessuno che come Totò ricordasse Chaplin.

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Un Chaplin di retroguardia, un parente considerato a lungo e con pieno torto, povero di talento e contenuti. Dopo, a lacrime già asciugate, la riconsiderazione critica è più facile e in vita, come in patria, profeti non si è mai. Quindi in attesa delle celebrazioni previste per omaggiarlo, ricordare l’accanimento di una certa critica, la stessa che considerava Sergio Leone un regista di serie B e che all’attore imputava troppi film “sciatti e alimentari”, non è inutile. Il Totò che si spense a 69 anni nella sua casa romana di Via Monti Parioli, era stanco, malato e avvilito.
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Poche ore prima di andarsene, aveva confessato al suo autista, Carlo Cafiero di sentirsi: «Una vera schifezza». Sull’afflizione pesava anche un bilancio ferocemente autocritico, la sensazione di non aver sfruttato fino in fondo il proprio talento, una certa misantropia di fondo: «A me non piace andare nei night, non mi è mai piaciuto. Quando vedo quel divertimento falso non posso fare a meno di pensare che dietro a ciascuna di quelle persone si nasconda un dramma: il pianista magari ha le scarpe rotte, l’industriale ha le cambiali che scadono, l’entraineuse ha il figlio ammalato».

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Non c’è grande spirito comico che non abbia avuto indulgenza per la malinconia e non c’è grandissimo attore (basti pensare al Gassman disperato degli ultimi anni, chiuso in camera a graffiare la porta della propria stanza) che per dirla con Bergman, non abbia fatto i conti con la depressione, con l’ora del lupo, con il buio che all’improvviso viene a farti visita. Ma con Totò, la mancata aderenza tra messa in scena e vita vera, creava un corto circuito.

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C’era scetticismo, pigrizia, consapevolezza profonda e sorprendente del peso dell’esistenza. Anche pigrizia, forse: «Viaggiare? Che m’importa di viaggiare?- disse a Oriana Fallaci- un po’ più bianchi, un po’ più neri, un po’ più freddi, un po’ più caldi, gli uomini sono tutti uguali, i caporali sono tutti uguali». In mancanza di uomini maiuscoli, meglio i suoi duecentoventi cani da sfamare.

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In assenza di passione per la velocità, meglio la lentezza: «Io ho l’automobile, ma ho un autista pieno di figli: così pensa alla pelle e non corre. Andiamo pianissimo, non superiamo mai i 40 all’ora, non prendiamo mai l’autostrada. A me piacerebbe avere una carrozza, un cavallo: per dargli lo zuccherino...» Perché Totò in fondo era questo. Un buono e un puro a cavallo di un’epoca che iniziava a diventare molto cattiva. Un genio che raccontava la propria epoca e a quell’epoca, era totalmente estraneo.
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Non gli piacevano le ostentazioni (meglio le invenzioni, anche quella molto dibattuta sulla veridicità dei natali nobiliari) e men che mai apprezzava la protervia: «Caporali sono quelli che vogliono essere capi. C’è un partito e sono capi. C’è la guerra e sono capi. C’è la pace e sono capi. Sempre gli stessi. Io odio i capi come le dittature, le botte, la malacreanza, la sciatteria nel vestire, la villania nel parlare e mangiare, la mancanza di puntualità, la mancanza di disciplina, l’adulazione, i ringraziamenti...». Chissà cosa avrebbe detto oggi, Totò.
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Adesso che nessuno osa più mettere in discussione la luce abbagliante delle sue smorfie, l’unanimità si confonde con la melassa e neanche i filosofi dell’inscindibilità tra privato e politico del personaggio pubblico, si azzarderebbero mai a rinfacciargli- forse per sospetto di anacronismo- la frase pronunciata di fronte alla figlia Liliana nell’imminenza dell’addio: «Ricordatevi che sono Cattolico, Apostolico e Romano».

Quando gli domandarono se si apprezzasse, se si riconoscesse un ruolo, fu definitivo: «Totò mi sta antipatico. Quando mi vedo, il che capita assai raramente perché ho sempre detestato guardarmi allo specchio o sullo schermo, penso: Gesù, quanto è antipatico, quello”. Mentiva, ma anche se avesse detto il vero, non gli avrebbe creduto nessuno.
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has given final approval of Montenegro's bid to join NATO, an enlargement of the alliance that is likely to further anger Russia. Senators voted 97-2 on March 28 to back the Balkan country's accession to the 28-member alliance. Two more alliance members -- Spain and the Netherlands -- must still vote on the membership bid, but the U.S. vote is by far the most significant....

"With a nearly unanimous vote, the Senate has sent a clear message that it stands firmly with Montenegro and against the Kremlin's bullying," Senator Jeanne Shaheen said.
"With a nearly unanimous vote, the Senate has sent a clear message that it stands firmly with Montenegro and against the Kremlin's bullying," Senator Jeanne Shaheen said.


WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has given final approval of Montenegro's bid to join NATO, an enlargement of the alliance that is likely to further anger Russia. 
Senators voted 97-2 on March 28 to back the Balkan country's accession to the 28-member alliance. 
Two more alliance members -- Spain and the Netherlands -- must still vote on the membership bid, but the U.S. vote is by far the most significant.
Long averse to any eastward expansion by NATO, Moscow has signaled deep opposition to Montenegro’s efforts to join the alliance.
As with neighboring Serbia, Montenegro shares linguistic and cultural roots with Russia, and Russians, including Kremlin-connected billionaire Oleg Deripaska, have made substantial investments in the country in recent years.

Even before the Senate vote, Moscow signaled strong opposition to Montenegro’s efforts. An alleged coup attempt last year that some Montenegrin lawmakers blamed on Moscow was seen as a possible effort by Moscow to undermine the NATO push.

U.S. support for the Montenegro's bid has been mostly strong, though some observers have speculated that President Donald Trump's conciliatory rhetoric toward Russia might result in weaker support for NATO expansion.
Even though the Senate has voted to approve the accession, Trump must still sign the final document and do what is called "depositing the instrument of ratification."

However, ahead of the vote, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote Senate leaders, saying approval should come ahead of a key NATO summit scheduled for May.
"Montenegro is trying to do everything that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin hates, where you actually can vote for your own leaders," said Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina), one of the party's leading foreign policy voices.
"With a nearly unanimous vote, the Senate has sent a clear message that it stands firmly with Montenegro and against the Kremlin's bullying," said Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Republican Senator Susan Collins said she was "very happy that the Russian campaign to try to dissuade the people of Montenegro from joining NATO, and the disinformation that Russia disseminated, was not successful."
Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Montenegro's membership sent "a strong message of resolve to Russia as it invades its neighbors and seeks to upend the international order."
The only two "no" votes on March 28 came from Republican Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee. 
Last week, the top U.S. military commander in Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti, told a Senate committee that turning away Montenegro’s bid would send the wrong signal to other countries interested in joining the alliance.

That would include ex-Soviet republics who have faced Russia’s military aggression: either outright invasion, in the case of Georgia, or a separatist insurgency backed by Moscow, in the case of Ukraine.

"If we were to lose this, it would set back many of the other countries and peoples, particularly in Eastern Europe, who are looking forward to and have their eyes set on the West,” Scaparrotti said.
Russia’s strongest ally in the Balkans, Serbia, has also moved gradually toward closer integration with the European Union, though not with NATO.

Moscow appeared to send a signal to both Serbia and others that it remained fully engaged in influencing Balkans politics by hosting Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, to Moscow -- a day before the vote and a week before Belgrade holds a presidential election.

Vucic, who is the favorite in the April 2 vote, has said he wants to bring Serbia closer to the EU but also improve ties with Moscow.


di Mike Eckel per "Radio Free Liberty"

MOSCOW -- Following large protests led by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny over the weekend, Russian authorities quickly moved to shut down his anticorruption foundation, sealing off its offices, seizing equipment, and jailing the Kremlin opponent and eight key staff members. But despite the arrests, analysts note the activists were brought up on misdemeanor charges and handed jail sentences ranging from one week to 25 days, suggesting the Kremlin is carefully weighing whether to crack down further with just under a year until a presidential election.....

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny attends a court hearing after being detained at a protest rally against corruption in Moscow on March 27.
Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny attends a court hearing after being detained at a protest rally against corruption in Moscow on March 27.


MOSCOW -- Following large protests led by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny over the weekend, Russian authorities quickly moved to shut down his anticorruption foundation, sealing off its offices, seizing equipment, and jailing the Kremlin opponent and eight key staff members.
But despite the arrests, analysts note the activists were brought up on misdemeanor charges and handed jail sentences ranging from one week to 25 days, suggesting the Kremlin is carefully weighing whether to crack down further with just under a year until a presidential election.
"The situation is up in the air," says Andrei Kolesnikov, head of the Moscow Carnegie Center. "There is no political decision yet. This political decision is not going to be taken by law enforcement, but somewhere in the Kremlin."
The March 26 rallies caught many by surprise with their scale, reach, and youthful demographic. A rally was even held in Daghestan, a tightly controlled southern region that during the 2012 presidential election handed President Vladimir Putin more than 92 percent of the vote, according to official results.
The protests in Moscow saw a record number of arrests -- more than 1,000, according to a respected independent monitor -- and indicated strong currents of discontent. This has called into question the narrative that Putin will coast easily to a new term in the Kremlin, becoming Russia's longest-serving ruler since Josef Stalin.
Although modest in a country of 142 million, the numbers Navalny drew across dozens of regions -- around 60,000, according to liberal radio station Ekho Moskvy -- were significant, as many took to the streets in defiance of police bans.
WATCH: RFE/RL's Russian Service asked people in Moscow what they knew about the Sunday protests: 
Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said this week that organizers had "provoked" participants into joining "illegal" protests.
The last time opposition protests resulted in comparable mass arrests was in May 2012 on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square, where liberal activists had been protesting for months -- first against federal elections marred by fraud allegations, and then against Putin's return to the Kremlin after a four-year stint as prime minister.
The police investigation and the jailing of activists became known as the Bolotnaya Affair and dealt a final blow to a protest movement that was already fizzling out.
After Putin's reelection, he tightened regulations on street protests and also pivoted politically to the conservative working class. Two years later, in March 2014, Putin decisively struck the opposition from the political agenda as he annexed Ukraine's Crimea, triggering a powerful wave of patriotic euphoria.
'Bolotnaya 2.0'
With Navalny appearing to have galvanized protest energy as the country struggles to emerge from its longest recession in two decades, it remains unclear how the government will respond.
"If they open criminal cases, as they did with Bolotnaya, and launch Bolotnaya 2.0, it will mean that authorities are preparing for repressive scenarios," Kolesnikov says. "I think for the time being they are inclined to use misdemeanor charges rather than criminal. It's another matter that if this happens again, there could be harsh repressions."
In a sign that the authorities are already taking precautions, Moscow's Pushkin Square -- the epicenter of the weekend protests -- was sealed off on March 28 for apparent renovations until the end of the summer. Such closures are widely seen as a common tactic to prevent demonstrators from gathering at protest hotspots.
Meanwhile, Roman Rubanov, the director of Navalny's anticorruption foundation, told RFE/RL that he believed the authorities are trying to paralyze the organization's work.
"We're working in emergency mode," he said. "We're working in a situation when our organization is under threat. Of course we have a plan for such events, but the normal work of our organization has been interrupted, and for the time being it is hard to imagine how it is going to continue. We don't know when we are going to get our building back and what they've taken. In material terms, they may have taken away a lot."
In a slickly produced video published the day after the rally, activists said police had arrived with sniffer dogs at the organization's office on March 26 and ordered them out of the building over a supposed bomb threat.
Activists said electricity was then cut to the offices where they had been broadcasting coverage of nationwide rallies to what they said was an audience of 3.7 million. All staff in the office were detained, and the following day courts confirmed the arrest of eight staff members and five technical staff involved in the broadcast, jailing them for between seven and 25 days.
Rubanov said on March 28 that the office remained under the control of security services and that equipment had been removed from the premises.
"For the third day now some kind of activity is taking place in our office, and we're not allowed in. It's being guarded by police. In general, this looks very much more like robbery or theft than legal action," he said.


di Tom Balmforth per "Radio Free Liberty"

BUCAREST - L'appariscente ex parlamentare indipendente ed ex ministro del turismo regionale Elena Udrea, ieri è stata condannata dalla Corte Suprema di Bucarest a sei anni di reclusione da scontare e all'equivalente di complessivi 2,9 milioni di franchi di risarcimento (8,1 milioni di RON e altri 900 mila euro) nell'ambito del processo riguardante il caso di corruzione "Gala Bute"..........

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Elena Udrea durante l'intervista rilasciata al Corriere del Ticino nel 2015.


BUCAREST - L'appariscente ex parlamentare indipendente ed ex ministro del turismo regionale Elena Udrea, ieri è stata condannata dalla Corte Suprema di Bucarest a sei anni di reclusione da scontare e all'equivalente di complessivi 2,9 milioni di franchi di risarcimento (8,1 milioni di RON e altri 900 mila euro) nell'ambito del processo riguardante il caso di corruzione "Gala Bute", una riunione internazionale di pugilato in cui più di un organizzatore, all'apparenza, riuscì ad arricchirsi in modo illegale a scapito degli organizzatori e dell'Autorità nazionale del turismo (ANT), che si è costituita parte lesa.
Il pentolone fu scoperto dal Dipartimento nazionale anticorruzione (DNA) e dalla Procura, tanto che Udrea, platealmente ammanettata, finì prima in carcere e poi a domiciliari, per poi poter tornare a casa in attesa di sentenza. In virtù del suo ruolo istituzionale di ministro, secondo l'accusa, Elena Udrea avrebbe ottenuto lauti compensi pecuniari: una tesi neanche a dirlo, da lei sempre contestata con fermezza. Il caso fece molto clamore, anche perché Udrea, tuttora una delle donne più chiacchierate del Paese (le sue vicissitudini personali hanno di fatto bloccato la sua carriera politica alle recenti elezioni e la bionda ex deputata non è stata rieletta), contro i suoi accusatori ingaggiò una battaglia mediatica a tutto campo che ha diviso l'opinione pubblica.
In un'intervista esclusiva rilasciata al "Corriere del Ticino" (VD SUGGERITI) la bionda "sexy ministra" aveva dichiarato che in Romania sarebbe in atto un attacco senza precedenti al mondo politico in base alla logica del giustizialismo. Un dibattito di sempre stretta attualità e che continua ad animare l'opinione pubblica rumena. Ad alcune settimane dalla fine delle proteste di piazza contro il Governo Grindeanu seguite alla proposta di introdurre il famigerato decreto "salva corrotti" (ritirato, non a caso, proprio per le forti pressioni esercitate dai manifestanti, che avevano trovato anche il sostegno del presidente Klaus Iohannis), la stampa rumena è dunque tornata a focalizzare il caso Udrea.
Quest'ultima, ora, dal profilo legale, potrà appellarsi alla Corte di Cassazione per far valere i propri diritti contro la sentenza. Il suo ricorso è scontato. Ciò che non stupisce affatto, nel frattempo, è che l'ex ministra, subito dopo aver appreso della condanna, ha promesso rivelazioni a 360 gradi, incluso alcune non meglio precisate questioni riguardanti il suo difensore pubblico numero uno: l'ex presidente Traian Basescu. C'è da scommettere che non saranno esclusi altri colpi di scena.

da "corrieredelticino.ch"

martedì 28 marzo 2017

The Austrian government plans to pull out from the EU resettlement program which obliges it to accept more refugees under the quota assigned to it by Brussels as it has already taken in more than its fair share of asylum seekers.....


Austria seeks to withdraw from EU mandatory refugee quota system


The Austrian government plans to pull out from the EU resettlement program which obliges it to accept more refugees under the quota assigned to it by Brussels as it has already taken in more than its fair share of asylum seekers.
"We believe an exception is necessary for Austria for having already fulfilled its obligation. We will discuss that with the European Commission," the Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern told journalists following a weekly cabinet meeting.
"We will send a letter [to Brussels] as quickly as possible and then begin discussions," he added, as cited by Reuters. The Chancellor also said Austria would like to quit the program without any legal confrontation with Brussels, which could lead to it being accused of violating its obligations under the agreement. “We are not the agent provocateur," Kern said.
Under the EU refugee resettlement and relocation program agreed in 2015, Austria has to take in some 460 asylum seekers from Italy and about 1,400 refugees from Greece. However, after Austria accepted around 90,000 refugees in 2015, it was granted a temporary exemption from the relocation program. That brief reprieve expired on March 11, 2017.
The government’s decision comes a bit unexpectedly as, just on Monday, the Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka announced that Austria has begun the process of relocation, preparing to accept the first group consisting of 50 underage asylum seekers from Italy.
The minister said he personally regards “the process of relocation as wrong” but admitted that Austria “has to fulfill its obligations” as there are no objective reasons to extend the exemption.
However, later the same day, the Austrian Defense Minister Hans-Peter Doskozil introduced a proposal envisaging the withdrawal from the EU relocation program at the cabinet meeting, arguing that Austria had already “exceeded” its refugee quota.
Austria should “pull out” from the program, as it is already “one of the countries that bear the heaviest [refugee] burden,” Doskozil said, pointing out that the number of asylum seekers per capita in Austria amounts to 4,587 people per one million Austrians. He added that Vienna's figures are higher than that in Italy, where it actually accounts for only 1,998 asylum requests per one million citizens, as reported by the Austrian APA news agency.
The interior ministry then expressed its support for Doskozil’s proposal and said that it “absolutely agrees with the content [of the proposal] and approves” it. However, later, Sobotka emphasized that he would support the move only if Kern would discuss the issue with Brussels and the proposal itself would undergo a legal review.
However, Austria’s move has already provoked an angry reaction in Brussels, which urged Vienna to comply with its commitments under the program, adding that no country can withdraw from the refugee quota system without consequences.
"Austria is now expected to fulfill its legal obligation under the council decision to start relocating,” EU spokesperson Natasha Bertraud said, as cited by the German dpa news agency. She also added that Vienna “can only choose to act outside the law, which we would find both deeply regrettable and not without consequences.”
Austria’s withdrawal could be another blow to the EU resettlement and relocation program that has not been particularly successful so far.
In February, it was reported that EU member states only relocated slightly more than 15,000 asylum seekers from Italy, Greece, and Turkey out of 160,000 the EU initially pledged to resettle under its controversial refugee quota system.
Apart from Austria that enjoyed its exemption from the program until recently, Hungary and Poland also did not accept any refugees under this system, while Slovakia took in only nine people out of 902 asylum seekers allocated to it under the scheme.
In October 2016, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that his country is ready to sue the European Commission over mandatory refugee resettlement quotas, warning that if Brussels does not take the issue off the table, Budapest will wage “a big battle” and initiate “a serious legal debate.”
Meanwhile, some 26,600 new refugees reached Europe in the first three months of 2017, dpa reports, adding that 164,000 asylum seekers came to Europe over the same period in 2016.

da "rt.com"

Federal immigration agents have detained the father of the 18-year-old Guatemalan, who is accused of violently raping a high school classmate in Rockville, Maryland, for being in the US illegally. ....

Father of accused Rockville rapist detained by immigration authorities


Federal immigration agents have detained the father of the 18-year-old Guatemalan, who is accused of violently raping a high school classmate in Rockville, Maryland, for being in the US illegally. 
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed on Monday that Adolfo Sanchez-Reyes, 43, was arrested on Friday at his home in Rockville, “after a review of his immigration history revealed he was unlawfully present in the United States.”
“He was issued a notice to appear in immigration court, and is currently detained at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup, Maryland,” ICE said in a statement, quoted by WUSA-TV.
Attorney Himedes Chicas told reporters that Sanchez-Reyes surrendered peacefully. No court date has been set as of yet.
Sanchez-Reyes is the father of Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, one of two suspects in the recent rape of a female student at Rockville High School that brought the issue of criminal acts committed by illegal immigrants into the national spotlight. The other suspect was identified as Jose Montano, 17.
According to the police report, the female student was approached by the two suspects in a hallway and propositioned for sex. When she refused, she was forcibly taken to a boys’ restroom, where the two suspects raped her inside a cubicle. Both Sanchez and Montano are charged with first-degree rape and will be tried as adults. They have pleaded not guilty.
David Wooten, attorney for Montano, argued in a court filing that the sex was consensual and “preplanned,” and that the female student sent “explicitly compromising images of herself” to his client.
Sanchez-Milian’s defense attorney, Andrew Jezic, confirmed that his client was stopped at the US-Mexican border last year, and later released by ICE.
“He was detained for 12 days, but then ICE made the discretionary decision to simply let him go,” Jezic told WTTG-TV“They put him on a plane in Texas, and his father had to pay for the ticket. His father picked him up at BWI Airport, and he’s been in this country with the full awareness of ICE.”
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) called the Rockville rape a failure of the Obama administration to protect Americans from crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
“It’s an absolute failure of the US government, no question about it,” Goodlatte told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday.“This is a totally preventable crime.” 
Safety audit at Rockville High School underway after 1 girl was beaten, and another said she was raped by classmates http://bit.ly/2ouFzfn 
Meanwhile, Rockville High School is conducting a safety audit to address both the rape and a March 7 incident when another female student was brutally beaten.  One of the measures proposed by Montgomery County Public Schools superintendent Jack Smith is to remodel the bathrooms to not have front doors, “so that something like this couldn’t happen behind a closed door.”
“Nerves are frayed,” Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner told WTOP“People are on edge, people are angry.”

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