(Washington, DC) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions is vowing to fight a judge’s order to restore DACA. A federal judge issued the ruling last Friday, saying the White House failed to lay out its justification for ending the Obama-era program protecting immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Sessions argues the Trump administration has the authority to rescind the policy because it was created by a presidential order. He adds that the judge’s ruling was improper because the changes DACA brought about should be made by Congress.
(West Palm Beach, FL) – President Trump is no longer willing to work with Democrats over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA . The President this morning tweeted that border agents can’t do their job properly because of “ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release.”
Trump urged Republicans in the Senate to utilize the nuclear option of a simple majority instead of the 60-vote rule to “pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL.” Trump also threatened Mexico for “doing very little, if not NOTHING” to stop drugs and people from flowing into the U.S. He claimed he will stop Mexico’s “cash cow” by ending NAFTA. He followed in all caps, “NEED WALL!”
A deal on DACA offered by Republicans to Democrats would allow hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers” to remain in the country. “Dreamers” are minors who entered the country illegally. Trump in September rescinded the DACA program and gave Congress a March 5th deadline to develop a new plan for those minors.
(Atlanta, GA) – The city of Atlanta continues to struggle with a massive cyber attack. In a news briefing yesterday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said response teams are working around the clock to fix the problem. The cyber attack hit city computer systems last week.The woman at the heart of a landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case that ended school segregation is dead. Linda Brown was just nine-years-old when her father tried to enroll her in an all-white elementary school near their home instead of an all-black school that was farther away. She was not allowed to attend the school, so he sued the Topeka Board of Education over its segregation policies. “Brown vs. Board of Education” went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 1954 unanimously ruled that having separate schools for black and white students was unconstitutional.The Louisiana attorney general is planning an update today on the Alton Sterling shooting investigation. The 37-year-old African-American man was shot and killed two years ago after he allegedly reached for a gun during an altercation with two white police officers in Baton Rouge. The Louisiana attorney general has to decide whether to bring criminal charges against the officers involved in the shooting.
UPDATE: Louisiana’s attorney general has ruled out criminal charges against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man whose death fueled widespread protests.
Attorney General Jeff Landry’s announcement Tuesday comes nearly 11 months after the Justice Department ruled out federal criminal charges in Alton Sterling’s July 2016 death.
President Trump maintains he never had an affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2006. So said White House spokesman Raj Shah in a briefing Monday. He also expressed skepticism on Daniels’ claim that she was pressured to remain silent and threatened by a man in a parking lot in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Daniels is suing President Trump’s lawyer for defamation. The day after her “60 Minutes” interview detailing the affair she says she had with Trump, Daniels filed a suit accusing lawyer Michael Cohen of portraying her as a liar. The new legal action is tagged onto Daniels’ previous suit to get out of an agreement to keep quiet about the alleged affair. The 2020 U.S. Census will include a question about citizenship status for the first time in decades. The Commerce Department announced the decision yesterday, even after critics warned that the move could result in a massive drop in response rate from immigrants fearing that they could be deported. In a statement, the Commerce Department said the data will, “permit more effective enforcement” of the Voting Rights Act.
(Washington, DC) – President Trump is threatening to veto the omnibus spending bill. In a tweet this morning, Trump said he is considering the veto because “DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats,” and because the “BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.”
Trump’s tweet comes just after the Senate passed the one-point-trillion dollar spending bill late last night. The measure funds the government through September and averts what would have been the third government shutdown of the year.
The bill includes an 80-billion-dollar increase in defense spending.
(Washington, DC) — President Trump is sounding pessimistic on the possibility of an immigration deal while claiming Democrats don’t really want to resolve the status of DACA and young “Dreamers.” Trump made his comments yesterday afternoon while touring the National Targeting Center run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The facility screens passengers and cargo for potential threats. The President used the visit to blast what he sees as weak immigration laws and uncooperative nations, especially in Latin America. He threatened to slap tariffs and reduce foreign aid on countries that don’t accept back their citizens deported by the U.S. And with Trump ordering an end to the DACA program on March 5th unless Congress passes new legislation, he claims Democrats are holding up a new deal.
The federal government is fast approaching another shutdown deadline, which is set for midnight on Thursday. Many Democrats are pressing for a DACA deal to accompany any funding extension.
(Washington, DC) – Vice President Mike Pence is sharing his thoughts on the government shutdown. While on his way to the Middle East, Pence said that Senate Democrats chose to put politics ahead of the national defense and ahead of meeting the obligations of the national government. He called it unacceptable and disappointing to millions of Americans. The Vice President is traveling to Egypt, Jordan and Israel for four days to discuss moving the U.S. Embassy. The government ran out of money at midnight, Eastern time after the Senate failed to advance a spending extension.
The House approved a one-month spending extension Thursday night. The effects of a shutdown will start being felt Monday morning when federal offices normally reopen. The shutdown occurs on the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration.
Amid the shutdown, Trump cancelled his trip to Florida this weekend. He woke up early tweeting that the Democrats care more about immigrants than they do the US Army.
A poll shows that Americans are putting the blame on Trump and the GOP’s shoulders. A “Washington Post”/ABC News poll says nearly 50-percent of Americans believe that Republicans in Congress are responsible for the shutdown; blaming them for a lack of compromise on issues like immigration laws, border security and alt-right agendas. Nearly 30-percent of Americans blame the Democrats for the shutdown, while some believe both parties are equally as responsible.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he spoke with President Trump before the vote Friday and agreed to compromise on a U.S.-Mexico border wall in exchange for strong protections for illegal immigrants covered by the DACA program. He said Trump backed off the deal, and is responsible for “the Trump shutdown.” Schumer said Republicans control the legislative process and it’s their job to keep the government open.
(Washington, DC) – House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is criticizing Republican efforts to avert a government shutdown. In a Capitol briefing today, Pelosi called it “amateur hour.” The government runs out of money late tomorrow night. Pelosi said the Republican-led Congress and White House should be able to craft a long term budget that can get passed. She insisted that it can happen if Republicans negotiate in good faith with Democrats. The House is expected to vote later today or tonight on a short-term continuing resolution, or CR, to keep the government open.
Pelosi noted that it would be the fourth CR that Republican leaders have put forth since last fall. Democrats are insisting on long term protections for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
(Detroit, MI) – A 39-year old father of two has been sent back to Mexico after living in the United States for 29 years.
Jorge Garcia was brought over to the United States by a relative when he was 10 years old. He’s been here ever since, married and has two kids. Past work includes gardening and he has NO arrest record.
His wife Cindy and their kids 12 and 15 had a tearful goodbye as their father was ordered to leave for no apparent reason outside of just being Mexican. Yes, technically, he’s still illegal but he and his wife have been working since 2005 to legalize his status.
He alerted himself to ICE and in 2009 he was told to expect deportation. However, the Obama Administration was lenient and gave them several extensions to become an American citizen. In November, under Trump’s administration he was told he had to go. And to add injury to insult, he could be banned from reentering the U.S. for 10 years.
Jorge doesn’t qualify for DACA as the age requirement means he would’ve had to have been under age 31 in June of 2012 to request permanent status. He was 32.
Protesters joined the family at the airport with signs that said “Stop tearing families apart.” Cindy Garcia says the whole scenario has been a nightmare.
Garcia was escorted through the checkout desk by two ICE agents. The agency hasn’t responded to inquiries about Garcia’s case.
(Washington, DC) – Doesn’t matter if it leaves American people susceptible to disease from polluted water and air, without healthcare, protection or basic civil rights…If President Obama put it in regulation, Donald Trump is going to try his hardest to erase it; even if it means standing alone with the rest of the world looking at you like you’re a lunatic (Paris Climate Agreement).
Signed in 2012, Obama’s executive order offering legal protections from deportation to children brought into the country by undocumented immigrant parents offered a legal respite for nearly 800,000 people. While it was not a permanent solution, many Republicans in Congress sided with Democrats in the view that children protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should ultimately be granted U.S. citizenship. But on Sept. 5, 2017, President Trump put that possibility in doubt. “Make no mistake, we are going to put the interest of AMERICAN CITIZENS FIRST!” Trump tweeted ahead of an announcement by his attorney general that he was rescinding Obama’s action. The matter now rests with Congress.
Transfer of surplus military equipment to local police
In 2015, in the wake of what some viewed as the outsize police response to the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., Obama issued an order banning the sale of surplus military equipment such as grenade launchers and armored vehicles to local police forces. On Aug. 28, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Trump was scrapping the restriction “to make it easier to protect yourselves and your communities.”
Normalizing relations with Cuba
Denouncing the Obama administration’s 2014 decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Trump announced on June 16, 2017, that he was putting travel and trade restrictions with the island nation back in place. “The previous administration’s easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people — they only enrich the Cuban regime,” Trump said in a Florida speech.
The Paris climate agreement
Trump has said he believes that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. His June 1, 2017, decision to walk away from the Paris climate agreement signed by his predecessor ultimately left the United States isolated as the only country in the world not onboard.
Offshore and Arctic oil drilling
Making good on the long-held Republican slogan “Drill, baby, drill,” Trump overturned a 2016 Obama executive order banning oil drilling in parts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic.
“This is a great day for American workers and families,” Trump said at a signing ceremony on April 28, 2017. “And today we’re unleashing American energy and clearing the way for thousands and thousands of high-paying American energy jobs.”
Obama’s rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet — aka net neutrality — were enshrined in 2015 with a vote from the Federal Communications Commission. But new FCC commissioners are appointed by whichever president is serving, and when Trump took office he installed new leadership, which voted on Dec. 14 to scrap the policy, opening up the internet to what critics fear will result in a tiered system of information and entertainment.
The Clean Water Rule
On Feb. 28, 2017, President Trump began his assault on Obama’s executive order that expanded federal oversight of pollution in the nation’s rivers, streams and lakes. Trump’s first step was to order the EPA to “review and reconsider” the restrictions. Then, in June, the administration officially rolled back the environmental protections for over half of the nation’s tributaries.
Caps on greenhouse gas emissions at power plants
Keeping a campaign promise to the coal industry, Trump signed an executive order on March 28, 2017, intended to begin dismantling Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which required power plants to reduce carbon emissions. Trump’s new “Energy Independence” order also reversed a ban on coal leasing on federal lands and loosened restrictions on methane emissions. Several states immediately filed a lawsuit against the administration, claiming the move endangered the health of citizens.
Scope of national monuments
Applauded by industry and decried by environmentalists, Trump signed an executive order on April 26, 2017, that swept away Obama’s use of the 1906 Antiquities Act to protect federal lands from oil drilling, mining and other development. “Today we’re putting the states back in charge,” he said at the signing. In December, the administration announced it would reduce the size of the Obama-created Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent, and the Bill Clinton-designated Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by 50 percent.
Bathroom protections for transgender students
One month into his term, Trump rescinded an Obama directive that allowed students to use school bathrooms that matched their self-identified gender. Trump’s rationale for the reversal was that states, rather than the federal government, should decide how to handle the question.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten decried the move, telling the Associated Press that it “tells trans kids that it’s OK with the Trump administration and the Department of Education for them to be abused and harassed at school for being trans.”
(SL) – NBC News reports, Fifteen states and the District of Columbia sued the U.S. government Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s plan to end protection against deportation for young immigrants, saying it was motivated by prejudice against Mexicans.
Legal experts, however, say the evidence of bias is not strong in the case involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
“It might be able to muck up the works, maybe push off the effective date of the repeal, but I don’t see litigation being successful in the same way as the travel ban,” Kari Hong, an immigration expert at Boston College Law School, said, referring to the lawsuit earlier this year that limited the Trump ban involving predominantly Muslim nations.
As indications of Trump’s bias, the suit filed Wednesday cited his previous statements referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and his decision to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt for ignoring a federal court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
“Ending DACA, whose participants are mostly of Mexican origin, is a culmination of President’s Trump’s oft-stated commitments — whether personally held, stated to appease some portion of his constituency, or some combination thereof — to punish and disparage people with Mexican roots,” the lawsuit filed in federal court in Brooklyn said.