5 things to know: Tuesday

5 things to know: Tuesday

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Uncertainty looms for migrant families at the U.S. southern border

BROWNSVILLE, Texas -The federal government has until Thursday, July 26 to reunite more than 2,500 children with their parents. They've identified about 1,600 who are eligible. The rest are being vetted. Some of these families are asylum seekers, fleeing danger and death in their native countries.

"There aren't enough jobs, if there is any it's only seasonal," said Ernesto Lopez Ramirez, a Guatemalan migrant. "You will only work a day or two, another thing is that there are a lot of gangs in Guatemala."

Risking his life, Ramirez left his native country, leaving behind his wife and four children, traveling with his oldest son. They're both hoping to find a job that will provide for their family back home.

Once on American soil Ramirez and his son were detained and separated by Immigration and Custom Enforcement. They got the chance to see each other for twenty minutes a day, before being released.

Ramirez and his son are now in North Carolina with family and friends where they will face a series of hearings in front of an immigration judge.

Summer job offers real life experience for special needs students

LUBBOCK, Texas - If you're a parent, you know it's tough keeping kids occupied. It's especially tough for children with special needs during the summer break. 

Bruce Bussell opened a shaved ice truck in June. He employs three Lubbock ISD students with special needs including his son Nick.

"When he was about 2 or 3 years old we realized, with his functioning level, that he doesn't communicate real well and he wasn't going to work when he graduated so it was probably going to be up to us," Bussell said. 

The business has really taken off, and the employees have a lot of responsibilities.  

"They have to get the ice ready for me. There's cleaning out the trailer before and after and helping me get the flavors," Bussell said.

Ex-NTSB chairman: Duck boats prone to accidents

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - A former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says duck boats aren't designed for commercial recreational use.

James Hall said Saturday that the boat's design makes the World War II-era vessels prone to the kind of accidents that led to the sinking of a duck boat Thursday on a Missouri lake. The sinking killed 17 people.

Hall says the amphibious vessel should be banned from such use. He says he doesn't believe there's a way to make the vehicles safe, particularly in bad weather conditions.

He says ducks boats are an amphibious vehicle designed for an assault on beaches.

Most oversight for the vessels is provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, but Hall says the Coast Guard isn't staffed properly to provide the type of strict oversight necessary to ensure such operations are safe.

Hall was appointed chairman of the NTSB in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. He served as its chairman from 1994 to 2001

Wilkie confirmed as Veterans Affairs secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to be secretary of Veterans Affairs.

The vote Monday was 86-9.

He'll lead the government's second-largest department, with 360,000 employees serving 9 million veterans. The department has been paralyzed by infighting over the role of private care for veterans.

Wilkie takes on the task of fulfilling President Donald Trump's promises to fire bad VA employees and steer more patients to the private sector. While pledging to "shake up complacency" at VA, the Air Force and Navy veteran has also assured Democrats he will not privatize the department and will keep VA health care "fully funded."

Trump selected Wilkie for the post in May after firing David Shulkin. Trump's initial replacement choice, White House doctor Ronny Jackson, withdrew after allegations of workplace misconduct surfaced.

Trump considering pulling security clearances of critics

WASHINGTON (AP) - Six former national security officials are being targeted by President Donald Trump for their criticism of his administration. In an unprecedented move, the president is considering revoking their security clearances, making them ineligible for access to the nation's closely held secrets.

The six have served in both Republican and Democratic administration, including Trump's. They are former CIA Directors John Brennan and Michael Hayden; former FBI Director Jim Comey; former director of national intelligence James Clapper; former national security adviser Susan Rice; and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has accused the former officials of having politicized and in some cases made money from their public service and security clearances with what she calls "baseless accusations" about the Trump administration and Russia.

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