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Newsfeatures Budget for Sunday, October 6, 2019

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^Is ICE trying to deport this US citizen? Francisco Galicia remains in limbo 2 months after release<

CITIZEN-DETAINED:DA — Francisco Erwin Galicia is trying to get his life back to normal.

The U.S. citizen who spent almost a month in custody of U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement has started his high school senior year.

He's back on the soccer team at Edinburg's Johnny Economedes High School in the Rio Grande Valley, and he's waiting to hear back about a job at a grocery store.

But a dark cloud hangs over Galicia. About two months after his release from ICE custody, the U.S. government is still processing him for deportation — even after his story made national news and his attorney provided his Dallas County birth certificate to immigration authorities.

1350 by Obed Manuel in Dallas. MOVED



^For some Native Americans, no home address might mean no voting<

NATIVEAMERICANS-CENSUS:SH — At the end of a labyrinth of red dirt roads and surrounded by the rusty cliffs of nearby mesas, Marthleen and Shuan Stephenson live on an isolated desert homestead on the sprawling Navajo Nation.

Until last month, you couldn't find their home using a traditional address. Instead, the directions went like this: "Turn off U.S. Highway 191 between mile markers 1 and 2. It's a blue house with a tan roof."

The couple felt like they were living in the dark, separated from modern times.

Like the Stephensons', most homes on the Navajo Nation in southeastern Utah lack street addresses.

The impact on voting has many indigenous rights advocates deeply concerned.

2150 (with trims) by Matt Vasilogambros in San Juan County, Utah. MOVED


^The next big California vs. Trump fight is over water and endangered species<

ENV-CALIF-TRUMP-ENVIRONMENT:LA — Just how far will California Gov. Gavin Newsom go in his high-profile fight with the Trump administration over environmental protections?

The next few months will provide an answer, as Newsom is forced to take a stand on Trump rollbacks in a long-contested battleground — the Northern California delta that helps supply more than half the state's population with drinking water and fills irrigation canals on millions of acres of farmland.

1300 (with trims) by Bettina Boxall in Los Angeles. MOVED


^'I can't believe I'm here': Iranian couple reunite after years separated by travel ban<

COUPLE-TRAVELBAN:SE — Iranian art historian Samira Mohammadkani arrived in Seattle to join her husband, a tech worker, bringing only a purse and carry-on luggage.

It had taken her more than four years to be allowed into the United States, partly because of President Donald Trump's travel ban, which restricted visas for nationals of seven countries including Iran. A waiver to the ban is often required — even for spouses, children and parents of legal immigrants in the United States.

But in the end, as the Trump administration said it was speeding up processing of thousands of applications left in limbo, Mohammadkani's visa came suddenly. She moved quickly.

850 by Nina Shapiro in Seattle. MOVED



^Death of Iran's 'Blue Girl' casts spotlight on lives of Iranian women<

IRAN-BLUEGIRL:LA — Sahar Khodayari understood the law: Women in Iran are forbidden to enter sports stadiums. But the 29-year-old wanted to watch a soccer match — a benign activity hundreds of thousands of women around the world enjoy.

So, in March when her favorite team was playing, Khodayari did what other Iranian women have done in order to watch live sports events: She disguised herself as a man. Donning a blue wig and long overcoat, Khodayari made her way toward Tehran's Azadi Stadium, but she never made it inside. A security guard caught her and arrested her. When she found out in early September that she faced six months in prison, Khodayari set herself on fire outside the courthouse where she had been summoned. She died in a Tehran hospital less than two weeks later.

Khodayari's death has made her the face of a social media campaign pressuring authorities to officially end their long-running ban on females entering stadiums. To many, the young woman has also become a symbol of the Islamic Republic's restrictive laws governing women.

1450 by Ramin Mostaghim and Melissa Etehad in Tehran, Iran. MOVED




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