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Advocacy groups urge Charlotte to stand with immigrants

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Advocacy groups are urging leaders in Charlotte to take a stand on behalf of its immigrant population in light of recent rumors of arrests of undocumented people in the city and across the country. The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2l20lV2) Action NC, the Latin American Coalition, the …

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Betsy DeVos blocked by protesters from entering D.C. public school: ‘Shame! Shame!’

Protesters physically blocked newly-confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering a Washington, D.C., public school Friday morning. Mrs. DeVos eventually made it into Jefferson Middle School Academy, her first visit to a public school since her confirmation Tuesday, after she ran into a group of protesters that initially prevented her …

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Private prison firm sees Trump immigration push opportunity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The United States’ largest private prison operator said it can provide the additional detention facilities that will likely be needed under President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration. In an earnings call this week, CoreCivic President/CEO Damon Hininger identified the possible opportunity to grow its detention …

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Trump’s travel ban faces multiple legal challenges

left right Iranian citizen and U.S green card holder Cyrus Khosravi (L) greets his brother, Hamidreza Khosravi (C), and niece, Dena Khosravi (R), 2, after they were detained for additional screening following their arrival to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to visit Cyrus, during a pause in U.S. President Donald Trump's travel …

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Gere faults Trump for blurring meaning of ‘refugee’ and ‘terrorist’

Actor Richard Gere poses during a photocall to promote the movie 'The Dinner' at the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt By Sarah Mills | BERLIN BERLIN Actor and activist Richard Gere said on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump has managed to …

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Donald Trump: I’ll do ‘whatever’s necessary’ to fight terrorism; considers modifying order

President Trump said Friday he'll do "whatever's necessary" to protect the country from terrorism, including unspecified new executive action next week, in light of a federal appeals court ruling against his "extreme vetting" order. "We are going to keep our country safe," Mr. Trump said at a news conference, indicating …

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Trump nixes Abrams for No. 2 State Department job: sources

White House adviser Elliott Abrams is seen in a meeting in the West Bank town of Abu Dis, August 5, 2004. REUTERS/Ammar Awad WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump has nixed Elliott Abrams for the No. 2 position at the State Department after learning that the Republican foreign policy veteran had …

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Pardoned Chicago man says he felt abandoned by Pence

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago man who spent more than eight years in prison for a wrongful conviction said Friday he’s angry that his name wasn’t cleared by Vice President Mike Pence during his time as Indiana governor. Keith Cooper was surrounded by his wife, daughter, stepchildren, mother and other …

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Donald Trump: U.S. will ‘invest heavily’ in Japan’s security, wants ‘fair’ trade relationship

President Trump said Friday the U.S. is committed to Japan's security and "all areas" under its control, in a clear warning to China's expansionism in the Pacific region. "The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Pacific region," Mr. Trump said at a joint news conference …

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Phoenix officials advise council to deny ‘sanctuary’ measure

PHOENIX (AP) – Phoenix officials are advising the City Council to deny a resident’s petition for Arizona’s most populous city to adopt so-called “sanctuary” policies to shield immigrants and have come under fire from President Donald Trump. The council is scheduled to consider the petition during a meeting Wednesday. A …

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