THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: JULY 12, 2019
SATURDAY JULY 6, 2019: I.C.E. RAIDS TO START “FAIRLY SOON”
Pres. Trump announced that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) raids in communities would begin “fairly soon”, which is as soon as the upcoming weekend. During interviews he told reporters that he doesn’t consider them as raids, but I.C.E. will be “removing people, all of these people who have come in over the years illegally”. Last month I.C.E. said the raids would target newly arrived migrants in order to discourage future migrants and refugees from coming in the United States.
SUNDAY JULY 7, 2019: TOM STEYER WILL BE JOINING THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE
The billionaire environmental activist who is known for running the “Need to Impeach” campaign, Tom Steyer, will be joining the 2020 Presidential race in the upcoming days. Steyer will be joining the already crowded Democratic primary field with over 20 candidates. His campaign will most likely be mainly focused on economics, the environment and holding Pres. Trump accountable. Steyer has previously spend millions in midterm and general elections and on his campaign “Need to Impeach” which is focused on impeaching Pres. Trump.
MONDAY JULY 8, 2019: FIRST 2020 CANDIDATE DROPS OUT OF RACE
U.S. Congressman from California, Eric Swalwell, announced that he will be dropping out of the Presidential race and will instead run for his fifth term in the House of Representatives. Swalwell entered the race in April but has not had significant improvements in his polling numbers since then, which resulted in him staying at the bottom. Swalwell’s priorities for running were tackling gun violence and fixing the student debt crisis. Swalwell was one of the youngest candidates in the race, alongside Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
TUESDAY JULY 9, 2019: U.S. IS SENDING ASYLUM SEEKERS TO MEXICO
The Trump administration has started a new program called “Migrant Protection Protocols” whose purpose is to reduce the number of migrants who live and work in the U.S. while waiting for their asylum hearings. Due to the new program, the U.S. has started sending migrants seeking asylum to the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. It’s a part of Mexico that the U.S. State Department warns against all travel, because it is known for high crime and kidnapping rates. In most cases, many asylum seekers are not warned that they will be taken back to Mexico where they may have to wait for months, with no food or a place to sleep at unless they can afford it for themselves.
WEDNESDAY JULY 10, 2019: FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS LAWYERS FROM QUITTING CENSUS FIGHT
A federal judge had received a notification by the Justice Department that there may be a possible replacement of lawyers in the 2020 Census fight and that it “won’t cause any disruption in the matter”. The judge blocked that decision, because there was not a reason provided as to why judges would be replaced. After the citizenship question on the 2020 Census was blocked by a federal judge, the Justice Department announced they would not continue the fight to have it but Pres. Trump reversed that decision. He is now fighting to keep the question on the census, which shows an urgency to keep the same lawyers in order to resolve those legal claims once again.
THURSDAY JULY 11, 2019: HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AUTHORIZES SUBPOENAS
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee authorized subpoenas for 12 current and former members of the Trump administration regarding matters of Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential election and the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. The committee will be seeking testimony and documents relating to ” the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy and other family separation policies and practices; detention of children and families; and discussions about or offers of presidential pardons to Department of Homeland Security officials or employees” .
FRIDAY JULY 12, 2019: SECRETARY OF LABOR ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION
Labor Secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, has announced he will be resigning from his position after continued question about his handling of a sex crimes case involving financier Jeffrey Epstein. In 2008, Acosta had agreed to a plea deal which would give Jeffrey Epstein 13 months in jail after being accused of sexually abusing dozens of young women and girls. Acosta’s resignation will come into effect on July 19 and his Deputy, Patrick Pizzella, will serve as the acting Labor Secretary.
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