Jul 17, 2017

Trump admin. approves additional temporary work visas

AP

The Trump administration will give out an extra 15,000 temporary H-2B work visas before September 30, per AP. The visas will be used for seasonal, non-agriculture workers and be granted to businesses who argue they need foreign workers to succeed. The Trump Organization is among the businesses that uses H-2B visas, including for workers at Mar-a-Lago.

  • A few months ago, Congress voted to let Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly offer more visas than the allotted 66,000 per year. Kelly celebrated the decision as a "demonstration of the administration's commitment to supporting American businesses."
  • Kelly has faced backlash from Washington lawmakers for failing to act more rapidly on the decision. Last week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) placed a hold on Lee Francis Cissna's nomination within DHS as a result of Kelly's inaction.
  • Expect more criticism from Congress and the Senate, since the administration is only giving out 15,000 of the 70,000 additional visas approved by Congress.

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NYPD commissioner: "I'm extremely proud" of officers' response to protests

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in February. Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a public statement Sunday that he is "extremely proud" of the New York City Police Department's response to protests over the death of George Floyd Saturday night, writing: "What we saw in New York City last night and the night before was not about peaceful protest of any kind."

Why it matters: New York City residents captured several instances of police officers using excessive force against demonstrators. In one video, two NYPD SUVs are seen ramming into protesters who were blocking a road and throwing traffic cones at the vehicles.

SpaceX capsule carrying astronauts docks with space station

The Crew Dragon just before docking on Sunday. Photo: NASA TV

SpaceX's Crew Dragon safely delivered two NASA astronauts — Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken — to the International Space Station on Sunday after the company's historic launch Saturday.

Why it matters: This marks the first time a private company has delivered people to the space station, and it signals the beginning of the end of NASA's reliance on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft for flights to orbit.

Minnesota AG: Prosecution of officer in George Floyd case shouldn't be rushed

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison cautioned in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that the case against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer involved in the death of George Floyd, is "very early in the process" and that charges could be amended or added.

Why it matters: Chauvin was arrested last week and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, which implies that he did not intend to kill Floyd. Some protestors have demanded more severe charges, and Floyd's family has asked Ellison to serve as a special prosecutor in the case.