A New York City man convicted in an extortion scheme that involved kidnapping immigrants at a bus station has been sentenced in Connecticut to eight years in prison.
A federal judge in Bridgeport handed down the punishment Monday to 56-year-old Carlos Hernandez, who was one of four people convicted in the case.
Prosecutors say the defendants targeted immigrants after they got off buses in New York City, coerced them into vehicles and refused to let them go until relatives paid a ransom, usually around $1,000.
The victims included men, women and children from Central American countries who did not speak English and were seeking asylum in the U.S.
Some of them were headed to Connecticut.
Two other defendants have been sentenced to prison and another awaits sentencing.
An independent expert working with the U.N. human rights office estimates that over 100,000 children are being held in migration-related detention in the United States.
Human rights lawyer Manfred Nowak said Monday the U.S. is holding "far more" than are other countries for which he has reliable figures. About 60 out of every 100,000 children in the U.S. are deprived of liberty, versus about five on average in Western Europe.
Nowak said country-specific figures for the U.N. Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, a version of which was released in July, will be published Tuesday. Data came from government and advocacy group statistics.
The U.S. government didn't respond to his team's questionnaire. The U.S. is the only country not to have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
German authorities have arrested a man and raided his apartment over suspicions he was planning an attack.
The country's federal prosecutor said in a statement that the man was arrested Tuesday in Berlin. His identity was not given but he was described as a "radical Islamist," who was planning an attack in Germany to "kill and injure a maximum number of people."
Berlin prosecutors told the dpa news agency that the suspect is a 26-year-old Syrian who got information online on how to build bombs and talked about planning an attack in internet chats.
In January, the suspect allegedly started procuring material and chemicals, including acetone and hydrogen peroxide, to build an explosive device.
It was not clear when and where exactly the attack was going to happen.
Elizabeth Warren has released a proposal to combat white nationalism that includes making prosecuting crimes committed by hate groups a top priority for the departments of Justice and Homeland Security.
The Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate promises to use both agencies to prosecute white nationalist crimes involving threats to life as well as ones linked to broader, previously violent organizations.
Warren said Tuesday she'll direct the FBI to investigate significant hate crimes and improve law enforcement training while ordering state and local governments to collect better data on bias-motivated crimes.
Warren also says she'll direct federal prosecutors to seek similar penalties for similar crimes, including consistently designating hate crimes as domestic terrorism.
And Warren's proposal calls for overhauling police work nationwide, seeking to ensure investigators use evidence effectively without violating individual rights.
Thousands of teachers wearing red have surrounded the Indiana Statehouse for a rally calling for further increasing teacher pay in the biggest such protest in the state amid a wave of educator activism across the country.
Teacher unions says about half of Indiana's nearly 300 school districts are closed while their teachers attend Tuesday's rally while legislators gather for 2020 session organization meetings.
Math teacher Angela Cooper says she traveled with more than 40 teachers from far southern Indiana for the rally. Cooper says she's worried that low pay is causing many new teachers to leave for other jobs.
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and leaders of the GOP-dominated Legislature have avoided direct criticism of teachers, but don't expect to take action on further boosting school funding until at least 2021.