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The craziest thing about President Trump’s ban on admitting people from seven countries to the United States is not the sheer irrationality of the blanket bans, the anti-Muslim racism that inspired it or even the cruelty and suffering it causes by keeping families apart. What’s most vexing about the policy is that there’s no clear way for the thousands of visa applicants who are related to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and who want to live with their family members in the United States to apply for a waiver.
Attorney General William Barr is facing intense pressure from congressional Democrats over his recent statement that U.S. government “spying did occur” against the Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign—and Trump said on Thursday he “absolutely” believes those unsubstantiated allegations. Trump told reporters he believes Barr’s allegations to Congress are “absolutely true.” “I’ll go a step further—in my opinion it was illegal spying, unprecedented spying,” he went on. Some of the strongest criticism of Barr’s comments came from Michigan Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence.
On the eve of the Capitol Hill Armenian Genocide Observance, Congressmen Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) on Monday were joined by more than 70 of their U.S. House colleagues in introducing a new Armenian Genocide Resolution aimed at establishing, as a matter of U.S. policy, 1) the rejection of Armenian Genocide denial, 2) ongoing official U.S. government recognition and remembrance of this crime, and 3) the importance of education about the Armenian Genocide in preventing modern-day atrocities, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
Michigan politicians are reacting to the findings of the Mueller report and the sentiment in the state of Michigan is the same in Washington D.C. – Democrats are calling for the disclosure of the report while Republicans say it is time to move on. “I’m looking for the full report,” Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence told 7 Action News. The congresswoman says the four-page summary of the report from Attorney General William Barr is not enough after a two-year investigation.
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), released a statement calling for the Mueller report and findings to be fully released.
“As a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, I am troubled by the lack of transparency from Attorney General Barr’s summary of Special Counsel Mueller’s report. Congress has a duty to conduct independent investigations and oversight within its jurisdiction, and this summary falls short of availing the American public of vital information critical to the leadership of this nation.
Several hundred people packed the Islamic Center of America here on Sunday, coming together in a show of unity, condemnation and defiance of the growing threat of terrorism and mass killings worldwide. The death toll in this past Friday’s terrorist attack on two mosques in Chirstchurch, New Zealand has risen to 50, leaving many in immigrant, Muslim, and other communities feeling threatened worldwide.
Memorials are growing for the 50 people killed when a shooter opened fire in two mosques in New Zealand. A white supremacist, believed to have acted alone, attacked the mosques. More than 30 people are in the hospital still, some in critical condition. Local lawmakers gathered Sunday to condemn the attacks at the Islamic Center of America on Ford Road in Dearborn and at the Muslim Unity Center on Square Lake Road in Bloomfield Hills. Reps. Brenda Lawrence and Rashida Tlaib also voiced their frustration.
Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) re-introduced the bipartisan Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act of 2019 – H.R. 1714 – that would place restrictions and transparency measures on the Department of Defense (DOD) Program that transfers excess military equipment to federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement agencies. “Before another small town is transformed into a warzone with gifts of grenade launchers and high-caliber rifles, we must rein in this program and revisit our view of the future safety of American cities and towns,” said Johnson. Cosponsors (66): Rep.
Five senior House Democrats are demanding that the Trump administration fork over documents regarding the decision to scrap the plan to relocate the FBI headquarters from downtown Washington, D.C., to the suburbs. The Democrats — U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Gerry Connolly of Virginia, Dina Titus of Nevada, Peter DeFazio of Oregon and Mike Quigley of Illinois — sent letters to federal agencies asking for more information about the government’s “abrupt” decision to pursue a “more costly plan” to keep the FBI’s current location across the street from the Trump International Hotel.
TRY TO IMAGINE for a moment a declaration from Congress to the effect that safeguarding the environment is important, that the effects of pollution on the environment ought to be monitored, and that special care should be taken to protect particularly vulnerable and marginalized communities from toxic waste. So far, so good! Now imagine this resolution is enthusiastically endorsed by ExxonMobil and the American Coal Council. You would have good reason to be suspicious. Keep that in mind while you consider the newly announced House Resolution 153.