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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The Supreme Court is giving the thumbs-up to a new immigration law. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

We’d like to intro you to the public charge rule. The public charge rule is a law that makes it harder for immigrants who need some form of gov cash assistance to get legal permanent status. Problem, since the Trump team’s looking to make some changes to this law. Think: expanding the rule to include other kinds of gov aid, like Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers. Which would make it even harder for immigrants to snag legal permanent status. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Surprise, surprise - the rule changes were met with some backlash. Aka lawsuits. And yesterday, the case made it all the way up to the Supreme Court. Their decision (5-4): the rule changes can stay. You read that right. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Massive. As of now, the changes can go into effect in every state except Illinois - which is working through another legal case. Meaning the legal immigration world is going to start looking very very different. Case in point: the law tries to keep low-income immigrants out of the US - and stats show a large number of migrants looking to move to the US are living in poverty. 

 

SO…?

These rule changes will have a huge impact on legal immigration. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: The Wuhan coronavirus is spreading faster and faster. Reminder: last month, a mysterious new virus popped up in the city of Wuhan, China. The virus - dubbed the Wuhan coronavirus - has pneumonia-like symptoms and is giving the world flashbacks to SARS (aka Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed 774 people and sickened thousands across Asia in 2002 and 2003. Already, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed 106 people, infected more than 4,500, and spread to 18 countries. In response, the stock market dropped around the world, with the Dow falling over 450 points. And over in Hong Kong, authorities are cutting off travelers from mainland China - while the US is warning Americans to stay away from China. 

 

USA: Everyone’s talking about John Bolton. We’ll remind you: a central part of the Dems’ bid to impeach Prez Trump is the fact that he withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine around the same time he asked the Ukranian gov to pretty please investigate the Bidens. A central part of Trump’s defense: he was only hoarding the aid because he was worried about corruption in Ukraine. But recently, a certain former national security advisor’s book draft was leaked (cough, John Bolton, cough) - revealing that Prez Trump wanted to keep freezing aid until Ukraine opened up an investigation. Now, it looks like some Republicans (see: Mitt Romney) may side with Dems and call for witnesses. Meanwhile, General Motors is going electric

 

POLITICS: A lot is going on in Israel. Quick refresher: over the past few years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s been accused of great things like corruption and bribery - leading the Israeli police to recommend indicting him. That left a huge question mark on whether Israel’s attorney general would take their advice. Fast forward to a few hours ago, and...the AG filed a formal indictment in court against Netanyahu. No word yet on what comes next. Speaking of which, Prez Trump’s set to unveil his Mideast peace deal with Netanyahu today. The deal’s expected to aim for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - but some say it favors Israel. Stay tuned. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Frank Sinatra’s golden toilets:” what are apparently up for thousands of dollars at an auction. Somethin’ Stupid. 


SAY WHAT?

“More Americans went to the library last year than to the movies” - an actual headline. According to who?

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