DHS outlines new immigration law enforcement
- New DHS memo to give CBP more power to deport illegal immigrants
- Under the new rules, the department would greatly expand the number of immigrants who are prioritized for removal. This includes a person in the country illegally who may have committed a crime but not been charged, who has “abused any program related to receipt of public benefits,” or who an immigration officer deems a risk to public safety or national security.
- Immigrant rights advocates say the rules are written so broadly that they make anyone in the country illegally a target for deportation — potentially, as many as eight to 11 million people.
- Homeland Security officials said the policies would not affect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama administration program that offered protection from deportation for so-called Dreamers who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Trump Administration Considering cutting funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities.
- Total cost savings 0.0625% of federal budget (projected $4 trillion, total $2.5 billion)
- The move is no doubt motivated the by Republicans’ well-known fiscal conservatism: Trump’s three consecutive weekend visits to Mar-a-Lago are a steal at just $10 million in taxpayer dollars, for instance, and the First Lady’s decision to live in Trump Tower rather than the White House is only estimated to cost twice the NEA’s budget per year
- PBS is $425 million a year, 0.01% of federal budget
GOP Politicians are facing angry constituents at townhall meetings
Trump Administration revokes Obama guidelines on Title IX
- .Title IX was interpreted by Obama Administration to protect LGBTQ students
- This protection was to allow, and force all schools, to allow students to use bathrooms of the gender they identify as, not biological gender
- Obama had instructed public schools last May to let transgender students use the bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity, threatening to withhold funding for schools that did not comply. Transgender people hailed the step as victory for their civil rights.
- Transgender legal advocates have criticized the “states’ rights” argument, saying federal law and civil rights are matters for the federal government to enforce, not the states.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the Obama guidelines “did not contain sufficient legal analysis or explain how the interpretation was consistent with the language of Title IX.”
- The courts are likely to have the final say over whether Title IX covers transgender students. The Supreme Court could pass on that question in the Virginia case and allow lower courts to weigh in, or go ahead and decide what the law means.
- The White House previously boasted of Trump’s support for LGBT rights, noting in a Jan. 31 statement that he was the first Republican presidential nominee to mention the community in his nomination acceptance speech.
- “Revoking the guidance shows that the president’s promise to protect LGBT rights was just empty rhetoric,” James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT project, said in a statement.
White House blocks CNN, New York Times, BBC, and several other traditional media outlets from today’s press briefing. AP and Time boycotted in protest.
- Sean Spicer changes normal televised Friday press conference to a “gaggle” or a gathering of members of the press in his office.
- Reportedly allowed conservative news outlets like Breitbart News in.
- New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, “Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties. We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.”
15 Democratic Congressmen submit letter to House Government Oversight Committee calling for an investigation into Trump Administration’s poor security practices.
- Alleged violations include:
- Trump’s use of an unsecured, consumer Android smartphone.
- Concerns phone could be used to listen in on sensitive conversations by foreign agents.
- Members of administration using personal email servers.
- Key left in lock for classified documents container while oval office was being visited by people without security clearance. https://twitter.com/MartinHeinrich/status/830159841335373826/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
- Trump’s use of an unsecured, consumer Android smartphone.
Fourth Circuit Appeals Court, “We have no power to extend second amendment protection to the weapons of war” – Rules that assault weapons are not covered by the 2nd amendment.
New National Security Advisor named: H.R. McMaster
- Army Lt. General
Leaked Trump tape “you are the special people”
- Invites people at his club to join interviews of generals and other staff members
Trump attacks the press (again)
- David Axelrod “no other president would call the press ‘the enemy of the people’
Trump double downs on ‘I inherited Mess” claim
- Calls Mar-A-Lago “southern whitehouse”
- Air Force One costs $206k per hour
- How much does it cost to keep the ‘southern whitehouse’ secure and operational?
Sweden has no idea what Trump meant when he said, ‘You look at what’s happening … in Sweden’
Trump has visited Mar-A-Lago for a third straight weekend
- His 3 visits have cost almost as much as Obama’s travel for one year
General Quarters – what can you do to help this week?
- Call your rep’s and Senators
- House Judiciary Committee voting on a resolution from Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to investigate POTUS ties to Russia
- Americans deserve to know about Trump’s ties to Russia and what he’s hiding in his tax returns. Please cosponsor Rep. Nadler’s demand that the Department of Justice turn over all relevant material on these conflicts.”