Mexican mother of four U.S.-born children could be sent out of the country today; Tribeca again shaped by politics; man convicted of killing former Saints star to be sentenced; and more headlines to start your Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
MOTHER OF FOUR SCHEDULED TO BE DEPORTED
CINCINNATI — Attorneys for a Mexican mother of four U.S.-born children living in Ohio say she has been scheduled for deportation Wednesday.
Maribel Trujillo Diaz was moved to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's LaSalle detention center near Jena, Louisiana, after a federal appeals court on April 11 dismissed her bid for an emergency order halting deportation.
Attorney Kathleen Kersh said Tuesday attorneys are urging ICE officials to allow her to remain, and they have asked the Board of Immigration Appeals to re-open her case. Trujillo Diaz has sought asylum, saying her family has been targeted by drug cartels.
Immigration officials say she entered the U.S. illegally in 2002 and has exhausted her appeals.
TRIBECA FILM FEST OPENS WEDNESDAY
NEW YORK — Political currents have always flowed through the Tribeca Film Festival, founded in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. But this year, the festival has a slightly pugnacious edge to counter the policies of its midtown neighbor, President Donald Trump. Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro, after all, has repeatedly said he'd like to punch Trump in the face.
Trump's 100th day in office will fall during the New York festival, which opens Wednesday with a Clive Davis documentary, "Soundtrack of Our Lives," and star-studded concert tribute to the legendary music producer. Tribeca, now in its 16th year, is the first big film festival to be programmed and substantially oriented in the political climate since last November's election.
Tribeca organizers acknowledge it has shaped this year's festival all the way down to its slogan: "See yourself in others." It recently trotted out an accompanying video in which New Yorkers walk the streets with mirrored cubes for heads: an intended message of empathy, it says, for "a very divisive year."
VOTE EXPECTED WEDNESDAY ON EARLY ELECTION
LONDON — President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May have spoken about her plans to call a general election in June.
The White House says May telephoned Trump regarding her plans and that Trump wished the British people the best of luck in the June 8 vote.
May's announcement Tuesday in London came as a surprise. She said Parliament will be asked to vote Wednesday in favor of allowing the election to go forward.
May became the first foreign leader to meet with Trump at the White House when she visited in late January.
SENTENCING FOR MAN WHO KILLED FORMER SAINTS STAR
NEW ORLEANS — It was a road-rage confrontation that cost former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith his life. Wednesday, more than a year later, the man who pumped eight bullets into Smith will learn his punishment.
Cardell Hayes, 29, appeared to have caught something of a break at his December trial when a jury rejected the prosecution's push for a second-degree murder verdict, which would have meant mandatory life in prison.
But New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said soon afterward that he believes Hayes deserves a 60-year sentence: the maximum 40 years for Smith's death, to be followed by another 20 for attempted manslaughter in the wounding of Smith's wife Racquel.