Trump's immigration ban: What to know

Published: Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 8:19 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 8:19 PM


            PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 26: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a luncheon at the Congress of Tomorrow Republican Member Retreat January 26, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Republican Congressional members gathered in Philadelphia to participate in the retreat. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 26: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a luncheon at the Congress of Tomorrow Republican Member Retreat January 26, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Republican Congressional members gathered in Philadelphia to participate in the retreat. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)(Alex Wong)

Protesters demonstrated, again, in cities across the country on Sunday as anger over President Donald Trump's executive order banning citizens from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States boiled over.

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Demonstrators rallied in New York, Washington, and Boston and in smaller cities across the U.S. Protests also converged on the nation's largest airports for a second straight day.

“I’ll be joining New Yorkers at Battery Park this afternoon to stand up for our city’s values,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. 

Trump signed an executive order on Friday that bans citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days. It also suspended the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.

White House officials clarified on Sunday that the order does not apply to certain people.

The action “doesn’t affect green card holders moving forward,” Priebus said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

What can states do?

The attorney generals of 15 states and the District of Columbia issued a joint statement Sunday condemning Trump's executive order as unconstitutional.

The Associated Press reported that the attorney generals said religious liberty has been a bedrock principle of the U.S. and that no president can change that truth.

Washington, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Virginia, Oregon, Connecticut, Vermont, Illinois, New Mexico, Iowa, Maine and Maryland signed onto the statment.

The attorney generals also predicted Trump's order will be struck down.

What about detainees?

There was no exact number on Sunday on how many people were still detained in the U.S. as a result of Trump’s travel ban, according to lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project deputy director Lee Gelernt told reporters on Sunday that there was still confusion over the status of detainees and the new rules for entering the country, according to the Associated Press.

Gelernt said the ACLU is waiting for a list of detainee names from the government to try to determine who has been detained.

Trump said Saturday the order is "not a Muslim ban."

"It's working out very nicely," he said. "We're going to have a very, very strict ban and we're going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years."

Reaction to the ban

Reaction to the executive order has been swift and varied, from thousands of protesters across the U.S. to politicians and international governments.

The University of Notre Dame, among others, is calling on Trump to rescind the restrictions on refugees entering the U.S.  The Rev. John Jenkins called Trump's action indiscriminate and abrupt and predicted it would diminish the country.

The executive order Trump signed on Friday suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days and barrs Syrians from entering the country indefinitely.

What is the “immigration ban?”

Any non-U.S. citizen from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen is now barred from entering the United States.

Legal permanent residents -- green card and visa-holders -- from those seven countries who were out of the United States after Friday cannot return to the U.S. for 90 days.

>>Read the executive order

The order also singled out Syrians for the most aggressive ban, indefinitely blocking entry for anyone from that country, including those fleeing civil war.

The order also directed U.S. officials to review information as needed to fully vet foreigners asking to come to the U.S. and draft a list of countries that don't provide that information. That left open the possibility that citizens of other countries could also face a travel ban.

Are there exceptions?

There's an exemption for immigrants and legal permanent residents whose entry is in the U.S. national interest.

Visa and green card holders already in the U.S. will be allowed to stay. Foreign government, United Nations, international organization and NATO visas are also exempt.

The U.S. may still admit refugees on a case-by-case basis during the freeze. Also officials would continue to process requests from people claiming religious persecution "provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual's country."

What happened to travelers as the order took effect?

The immediate fallout from Trump's order meant that an untold number of foreign-born U.S. residents now traveling outside the U.S. could be stuck overseas for at least 90 days — despite holding permanent residency "green cards" or other visas.

Foreign nationals who were allowed to board flights before the order was signed Friday were being detained at U.S. airports and told they were no longer welcome.

>>Read Protests erupt in response to Trump's executive order on immigration

This has prompted protests online and at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York where a crowd of protesters grew Saturday as word got out that up to a dozen travelers had been detained in connection with the executive order.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Boston, D.C. top contenders for Amazon's second headquarters, report says 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:31 PM

Amazon Announces Cities Still In Consideration For Second Headquarters

A new report says Boston is one of the top two finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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Twenty cities have been competing to become the location for the company’s second headquarters, and one study predicts two cities are better suited than the rest – and Boston is one of them.

The new study was conducted by an organization called The Conference Board.

It believes Washington, D.C., and Boston are most likely to beat out the competition.

The company analyzed the 20 cities vying to land HQ2.

The group studied the four job types most common in Amazon’s existing headquarters in Seattle, then looked at “real-time labor demand” and “online job vacancies” in all 20 cities vying for the headquarters.

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It found Boston and Washington, D.C. were most compatible.

Something else that was in the report but needs to be considered – Amazon already likes Boston.

The company is seeking up to 1 million square feet of office space in the Seaport. Amazon could hire up to 4,000 workers for two future offices separate from the second headquarters.

Landing HQ2 could mean 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment in the city, but that doesn’t appear to have people in Boston too excited.

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According to a recent poll by Elon University, only 34 percent of Bostonians strongly support the bid for the new headquarters. That’s the lowest among the finalist cities.

The following metropolitan areas are still in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters: 

- Atlanta, Georgia 

- Austin, Texas 

- Boston, Massachusetts 

- Chicago, Illinois 

- Columbus, Ohio 

- Dallas, Texas 

- Denver, Colorado 

- Indianapolis, Indiana 

- Los Angeles, California 

- Miami, Florida 

- Montgomery County, Maryland 

- Nashville, Tennessee 

- Newark, New Jersey 

- New York City, New York 

- Northern Virginia, Virginia 

- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

- Raleigh, North Carolina 

- Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

- Washington D.C.

Amazon expects to make a decision sometime this year.

An Amazon sign in Seattle outside the company’s grocery store in Seattle.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

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Waffle House shooting: How police captured Travis Reinking

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 3:17 AM

Waffle House Shooting: Who is Travis Reinking

Travis Reinking, the man suspected of killing four people during a shooting at a Waffle House outside Nashville, Tennessee, has been arrested.

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Reinking had been at the center of a statewide manhunt for 32 hours until he was caught Monday in the woods near his apartment. 

Nashville police confirmed the 29-year-old was taken into custody Monday afternoon. They tweeted these photos of him in the back of a cop car.

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In a news conference, police said they received a call about a man matching Reinking's description going into a wooded area. When officers arrived, nearby workers pointed them in the direction where the man was seen walking.

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Officers entered the wooded area and walked along pathways.

One of the detectives came across a man. When that man turned around, the detective realized it was Reinking.

Police said the detective drew his gun and ordered Reinking to get on the ground. Other officers quickly surrounded the suspect and he was taken into custody.

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The 29-year-old Reinking looked tired but had clothes, a backpack and identification when Nashville police caught him, authorities said. He surrendered without confrontation, police said.

“When they looked into the backpack they say a semi-automatic weapon with 45 caliber ammunition,” said Lt. Carlos Lara of the Nashville Police Department.

Reinking reportedly slipped through a law enforcement drag net of nearly 200 police, deputies and federal agents. He was able to walk back to his apartment to get clothes and other items, police said.

>> Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?

The reason why he allegedly opened fire at this Nashville area Waffle House is still under investigation

Reinking was wearing a backpack, which was cut off once he was handcuffed, authorities said. Inside, police said they found a Kimber semi-automatic handgun with .45 caliber ammunition.

A wallet was also inside the backpack, and police used the ID to confirm the man was Reinking, officers said.

“He immediately asked for a lawyer and refused to make a statement,” said Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron.

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For people who work and live near the mass shooting, the capture brought relief. 

Now begins the healing for a community caught in terror, the victims and their families. 

Acting Nashville Mayor David Briley said: “We need to move on as community and do what we can to curb this violence in the future.”

Reinking was taken to a hospital to be examined. From there, he will be taken to the Nashville jail to be booked on four murder charges, according to police.

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Two days after Barbara Bush's death, a granddaughter gives birth

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:16 PM

Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO and Founder of FEED Projects (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Visa, Inc. )
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Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO and Founder of FEED Projects (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Visa, Inc. )(Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Visa, Inc.)

Just two days after the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, her granddaughter Lauren Bush Lauren and her husband, David, welcomed Max Walker Lauren to the family.

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According to a Facebook post from Barbara’s Bush son Neil Bush, Max was born on Thursday. Arriving two weeks before his mom’s due date, the baby boy weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces.

Neil shared the news Friday morning and spoke about his mother’s passing as well as recognizing the moment as part of the circle of life:

“Maria and I were so blessed to spend lots of time with mom and dad during mom's last weeks and we are so grateful for the condolences and the outpouring of love expressed towards her by many, many friends. Barbara Bush was loved by everyone. She lived a remarkable life blessing family, friends, and total strangers around the world. Mom left on her own terms. In the final hours she was comfortable, loving, surrounded by family, holding hands with dad. Maria and I will always be grateful for being able to say a proper goodbye to our wonderful mother. And then two days later, yesterday morning, two weeks before her due date, Lauren Bush Lauren gave birth to a beautiful 7 lb 8 oz baby boy Max Walker Lauren. The circle of life. God is good.”

Bush’s daughter Lauren is married to the son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren. Lauren and David were married in 2011 and had their first son in 2015.

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George H.W. Bush: 9 things to know about the 41st president of the United States

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 2:13 AM

Biography of George H.W. Bush

Former President George Herbert Walker Bush was hospitalized Sunday in Houston after an infection spread to his blood, just days after the death of his wife, Barbara.

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"He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering," his spokesman, Jim McGrath, tweeted Monday.

Here are nine things you should know about Bush, who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993:

1. He has a form of Parkinson's disease. The former president uses a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around.

2. He is "the longest-living president in U.S. history," Time reported last November. The 93-year-old Bush, born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, is 111 days older than the second longest-living U.S. president, Jimmy Carter. 

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3. He and Barbara had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in U.S. history. The pair wed Jan. 6, 1945.

>> Barbara Bush: What you should know about the former first lady

4. He graduated from Yale in 1948. According to CNN, he earned his bachelor's degree in economics in just 2 1/2 years.

5. He has five living children: George W., John (known as Jeb), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. George W. Bush served two terms as president from 2001 to 2009. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ran for the Republican nomination in the run-up to November's election, but lost his bid to President Donald Trump.

Another child, Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush, died as a child in 1953 after being diagnosed with leukemia, The Washington Post reported.

>> PHOTOS: George H. W. Bush through the years

6. He served in the Navy during World War II. Bush, who reportedly enlisted on his 18th birthday in 1942, flew 58 combat missions during the war, including one that required he be rescued by a submarine after his plane was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. For his bravery, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

7. He launched his political career in 1963. He served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

8. In 1989, he became the first sitting vice president to win the presidency since 1837. According to CNN, he "offered his predecessors  Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan  secure telephones so he could reach them day or night."

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9. He "has parachuted eight times," CNN reported. His most recent skydive was a tandem jump in celebration of his 90th birthday.

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— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Biography of Barbara Pierce Bush(www.accessatlanta.com)

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