THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: JULY 19, 2019
SATURDAY JULY 13, 2019: ATTACK ON MIGRANT DETENTION CENTER
A man in the early morning on Sunday armed with a rifle, threw bombing devices at a migrant detention center in Tacoma, Washington. The man also caused a vehicle to catch on fire, attempted to ignite a large propane tank and set buildings on fire. The man died a few moments after shots were fired by the police that was at the scene.
SUNDAY JULY 14, 2019: CHILDREN COULD BE SEPARATED FROM PARENTS DURING I.C.E. RAIDS
The acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, said that he could not say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to whether or not kids would be separated from their parents when I.C.E. raids were to be conducted. The reason why he says is because people “could easily find a loophole through that system”. Cuccinelli did not mention specifics when it came to the operation of these I.C.E. raids.
MONDAY JULY 15, 2019: REGULATION TO PREVENT REFUGEES FROM SEEKING ASYLUM
A new regulation is to go into effect on Tuesday that would prevent refugees from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they pass first through another country and do not apply for protection in that state. This regulation will cut off asylum protections to Central American migrants who travel to the U.S.-Mexico border from their home country. Migrants who enter the U.S. before the effective date, will not be subject to the new standard.
TUESDAY JULY 16, 2019: HOUSES VOTES TO CONDEMN PRES. TRUMP’S RACIST REMARKS
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution which condmened Pres. Trump’s racist comments regarding four Congresswomen of color. The resolution passed 240-187, with four Republicans voting in favor of the resolution. The resolution ” strongly condemns President Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.” The tweets targeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ayana Pressley, Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
WEDNESDAY JULY 17, 2019: HOUSE APPROVES TO BLOCK WEAPONS SALE TO SAUDI ARABIA
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to block the Trump administration from selling billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia. There are 3 resolutions that are on their way to the Oval office, with each one having the support of four Republican Representatives. Pres. Trump has pledged to veto the resolutions, since he has been trying to have closer ties with Saudi Arabia and specifically its capital, Riyadh.
THURSDAY JULY 18, 2019: HOUSE PASSES $15 MINIMUM WAGE BILL
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Raise the Wage Act”, which would double the national minimum wage over the next 6 years and would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees to the same level, which will be $2.13 an hour. The bill passed in a 231-199 vote, with three Republicans for it and six Democrats against it. The bill is expected to face opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate.
FRIDAY JULY 19, 2019: SEN. RAND PAUL TO ASSIST WITH IRAN NEGOTIATIONS
It was confirmed by Pres. Trump that Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is involved in diplomatic talks with Iran. Paul earlier in the week had asked of Pres. Trump’s blessing to arrange a meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif. Paul has been known for being a strong opponent of U.S. intervention in Iran.
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