United States President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address on Tuesday (Feb 5) (Wednesday, Feb 6, Singapore time). Traditionally, the President and the First Lady invite special guests to attend the speech. Guests in the First Lady's box are people who exemplify policies the President highlights in his remarks. This year, the Trumps invited 13 guests, including a 10-year-old cancer patient and a middle-schooler bullied because of his name. Members of Congress also invite guests to the address to make a statement on an issue they wish to highlight. Undocumented immigrants and transgender service members were among their guests invited to the speech. Here's a look at some of the invitees from both sides: Guests of the Trumps: According to the White House, "no matter their background, each one has something important in common: They represent the very best of America". 1. Joshua Trump The 11-year-old is a sixth-grader from Delaware who is not related to the first … [Read more...] about From Joshua Trump to undocumented immigrants: A look at the invitees at State of the Union speech
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DELAWARE: About 1,400 children of some 2,500 separated from their parents at the US-Mexican border have been reunited with their families, the US government said in a court filing on Thursday (Jul 26).Government lawyers said 711 other children were not eligible for reunification with their parents by Thursday's deadline, which was set by a federal judge in San Diego. In 431 of these cases, the families could not be reunited because the parents were no longer in the United States.The parents and children were separated as part of President Donald Trump’s "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal immigration. Many of them had crossed the border illegally, while others had sought asylum at a border crossing.The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case against the government, said in Thursday's court filing that data showed "dozens of separated children still have not been matched to a parent".ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt accused the government in a statement of "picking … [Read more...] about Most children, parents separated at US-Mexican border reunited: Court filing
By Anne Flaherty The Associated Press Tues., July 3, 2018 WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices so far. Who are they? Amul Thapar Thapar, 49, is a federal appeals court judge from Kentucky who is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He was Trump’s first judicial nomination to a district or appeals court, and on Trump’s short list to replace Scalia last year, losing out to Gorsuch. In one of his more interesting court cases, Thapar in 2014 as a district court judge in Kentucky sentenced an elderly nun to almost three years in prison for breaking into a U.S. storehouse for bomb-grade uranium and splashing blood on the walls of the bunker. She argued she was acting as a follower of Jesus Christ; Thapar said that provided no excuse for breaching the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. (An appeals court later threw out the sabotage charge, leaving the lesser charge of … [Read more...] about Who are the U.S. Supreme Court candidates who have met with Donald Trump?
WASHINGTON: Thousands of demonstrators marched in cities across the United States on Saturday against President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policy and to demand the immediate reunification of families separated at the border with Mexico. Directly across from the White House, demonstrators filled Lafayette Square park in an atmosphere of both indignation and sadness, before marching toward the Capitol. Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Portland also saw crowds of protesters turn out, with celebrities including Alicia Keys and Lin-Manuel Miranda present in Washington and John Legend in Los Angeles. "We don't believe in borders, we don't believe in walls," Sebastian Medina-Tayac, of the Piscataway Indian Nation, declared in English and Spanish at the start of the rally dubbed "Families Belong Together". Loudspeakers broadcast the cries of a child split from relatives, as a Brazilian mother told of being separated from her own son. "I missed nine months of his life and it … [Read more...] about Thousands march against US immigration policy
By Martha Irvine The Associated Press Julie Watson Thu., June 28, 2018 CHICAGO — When Lidia Karine Souza would call her 9-year-old son — allowed just 20 minutes per week — he would beg his mom though tears to do everything in her power to get him out of U.S. government custody and back to her. The 27-year-old Brazilian mother, who is seeking asylum, has been trying with all her might. She searched for weeks to find Diogo after the two were separated at the border in late May. When she was released June 9 from a Texas facility, she filled out nearly 40 pages of documents that U.S. officials told her were required to regain custody. Then they told her that the rules had changed and that she needed any family members living with her in the United States to be fingerprinted and still more documents. This was not the safety she had sought for herself and her son. This was not the American dream. “This ... is a nightmare,” she said, … [Read more...] about Immigrant mom sues Trump administration to get her 9-year-old son back