Alan Gomez USA TODAY Published 3:51 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 During a 2016 campaign stop in Illinois, then-candidate Donald Trump invited to the stage a man wearing a shirt that read: "Legal Immigrant For Trump." Asked to say a few words to the crowd, the man chastised the media for missing a fundamental aspect of Trump's candidacy: that he was opposed to illegal immigration, not legal immigration. Trump repeatedly patted the man on the back and told him, "I totally support it." "People are going to come into our country," Trump said. "We want people to come in. But they've got to come in, like you, legally. My man." Despite his campaign rhetoric, President Trump has acted very differently since moving into the White House. His administration has granted fewer visas, approved fewer refugees, ordered the removal of hundreds of thousands of legal residents whose home countries have been hit by war and natural disasters and pushed Congress to pass laws to dramatically cut … [Read more...] about All the ways President Trump is cutting legal immigration
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Gregory Korte USA TODAY Published 11:07 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 WASHINGTON — Jack Johnson, the former heavyweight champion of the world and the first African-American boxer to hold that title, was serving a 10-month stint at Leavenworth prison in 1921 when he sent President Woodrow Wilson a letter. On Thursday, President Trump finally answered that letter, granting Johnson a full and unconditional pardon for his 1913 conviction of a crime that amounted to traveling with a white woman. Along the way, Johnson's 97-year road to a presidential pardon was paved by biographers, boxing champions, senators, journalists, historians, musicians — and ultimately the actor Sylvester Stallone, whose conversation with Trump about the Johnson case led to just the third posthumous pardon knowingly granted by a president. Johnson was finally vindicated, but vindication wasn't what he wanted. He wanted his freedom. More: Trump grants posthumous pardon to former heavyweight … [Read more...] about ‘It’s about time:’ The 97-year history of Jack Johnson’s quest for a pardon
Nashville police officers have arrested the man suspected of opening fire at a Waffle House, ending a methodical day-and-half manhunt. The Nashville police department said early in the afternoon that Travis Reinking was in custody after being apprehended in a wooded area, releasing an image of the suspect with his short torn, his jeans muddied and scratches visible on his shoulder. Four people died after a gunman believed to be Mr Reinking strode into a Waffle House in the early hours of Sunday morning and opened fire. In the hours leading up to Mr Reinking’s capture, some 160 police officers fanned out to search, joined by agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Read more 'I'm no Superman', insists man who seized gun from Waffle House killer Four dead after naked gunman opens fire on Waffle House in Nashville As the search unfolded, authorities in multiple jurisdictions released details depicting Mr Reinking, who is 29, as a … [Read more...] about Nashville Waffle House shooting: Man suspected of fatally shooting four people arrested
President Donald Trump’s turbulent first year in office begs an important question for Republican congressmen defending their seats in November: Is anyone safe? In the swath of rural northern Illinois between DeKalb, Kane and McHenry counties, there is a trio of incumbent U.S. representatives – Adam Kinzinger, D-16, Peter Roskam, D-6, and Randy Hultgren, D-14 – who vote with Trump more than 90 percent of the time. They now face three Democratic opponents posing threats to their seats in an election that may be primed for a "blue wave." It's typical for the sitting president's party to lose seats in Congress during midterms, but talks of the wave also stem from Democrat Conor Lamb’s victory last month in a Pennsylvania House district that President Donald Trump won by almost 20 points in 2016. Democrats are now eyeing their chance to retake Congress. "We’re seeing enthusiasm for change and having a voice in congress that reflects our values," said Lauren … [Read more...] about Are Illinois Congressmen safe in wake of Donald Trump?
His move protects healthcare workers who refuse to perform abortions and other medical procedures 0SHARES Share Tweet Email PHOTO: REUTERS UNITED STATES: The Trump administration’s move on Thursday to protect healthcare workers who refuse to perform abortions and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds is raising fears among some civil rights and medical groups that it will provide legal cover for otherwise unlawful discrimination. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within its Office of Civil Rights to enforce the rights of doctors, nurses and others who invoke such objections. James Blumstein, a professor at Vanderbilt Law School in Tennessee, said the administration’s plan could remedy what he described as years of overreach by the federal government fighting discrimination against patients at the expense of the religious freedom … [Read more...] about Trump move on healthcare religious freedom prompts discrimination fears