THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: JULY 5, 2019
SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2019: PRES. TRUMP APPEALS JUDGE’S BORDER WALL RULING
A federal judge had recently blocked the Trump administration from using $2.5 million to construct a wall along the southern border of Mexico. On Saturday, Pres. Trump announced that they will be appealing that decision and believe that they will win the appeal since the border wall is “an immediate need for this country. Pres. Trump has been unable to receive congressional approval for the project.
SUNDAY JUNE 30, 2019: KIM JONG UN AND DONALD TRUMP MEET AT THE D.M.Z.
Pres. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the Demilitarized Zone (D.M.Z.) on Sunday, which is the border that separates North and South Korea. The two leaders shook hands on the North Korean side, making Trump the first U.S. president to cross the border into North Korea. Pres. Trump also invited Kim Jong Un to the White House and both leaders agreed to visit each other’s countries “at the right time”.
MONDAY JULY 1, 2019: PRES. TRUMP SIGNS HUMANITARIAN AID PACKAGE FOR MIGRANT CARE
Pres. Trump signed a $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package that is meant to assist the federal government cope with the immigrants coming to the U.S.- Mexico border. However, the package is not meant to help the conditions of the facilities migrants are being kept at. The bill is supposed to help support the care of migrants taken into custody and sets guidelines of how the Trump administration must handle the situation.
TUESDAY JULY 2, 2019: INSPECTOR REPORT SHOWS DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AT FACILITIES
A new inspector report shows dangerous overcrowding conditions at detention facilities migrants are being held at. The report also showed that around 30% of minors were being held for longer than the 72 hours permitted, some more than two weeks while awaiting trial.
Earlier in the week, Democratic lawmakers had visited the detention facilities in Texas and are calling this a “human rights crisis” because of the inhumane and unsanitary conditions experienced at these facilities.
WEDNESDAY JULY 3, 2019: FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS OHIO ABORTION LAW
A federal judge temporarily blocked the Ohio law that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat could be detected, which can be as early as six weeks when most women do not know yet they are pregnant.This temporary block will allow clinics to continue to provide the procedure in Ohio, even though a legal faceoff will continue in the courts.
THURSDAY JULY 4, 2019: TRUMP’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION COULD HAVE COSTED $92 MILLION
The Trump administration has not yet disclosed how much their Fourth of July celebration in Washington D.C. fully costed. Only the National Park Service cost was $2.5 million in taxpayer money. The aircraft show was another major cost, which most likely cost over $2 million. The administration was thinking about a military parade again in 2018, but defense officials had estimated the costtwould have been around $92 million. A Pentagon spokesman mentioned that the finalized costs of the parade will be finalized after the event is over.
FRIDAY JULY 5, 2019: PRES. TRUMP CONSIDERING EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR CENSUS QUESTION
After federal courts challenged the administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, Pres. Trump said on Friday that he is considering issuing an executive order. The reason for the executive order would be to add a citizenship question onto the 2020 census, which federal courts blocked. Lawyers and the administration have a court-ordered Friday afternoon deadline to provide a reason as to why the question should be including in the 2020 census.
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