Jul 13, 2017

Trumpworld's plan to cut back legal immigration

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The Trump administration is working behind the scenes with Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue to radically cut back on the amount of legal immigration to the U.S. According to Politico, the senators, with backing from Trump's policy advisor Stephen Miller and chief strategist Steve Bannon, are introducing a bill this summer that, by 2027, would cut the number of legal immigrants accepted each year in half, from 1 million immigrants annually to 500,000.

At the heart of the bill is a move away from the current immigration system centered on familial ties to one more focused on merit, ultimately resulting in an uptick in green cards for foreigners possessing desired skills.

Why it matters: It's no secret that Trump wants to scale back illegal immigration, and many lawmakers understand that stricter laws are needed. But legal immigration is a different story, and one that is sure to spark backlash in Washington, from Republicans included.

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Protesters on Tuesday evening by the metal fence recently erected outside the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday night across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day — prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: Protesters were still out en masse for mostly after curfews were in force in cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and Portland — where police used pepper spray and flash bangs on a group throwing projectiles at them during an "unlawful assembly," per KATU. Portland police said this group was separate to the thousands of demonstrators who protested peacefully elsewhere in the city.

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Election official at a polling place at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the midst of a global pandemic and national protests over the death of George Floyd, eight states and the District of Columbia held primary elections on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, needs to win 425 of the 479 delegates up for grabs in order to officially clinch the nomination. There are a number of key down-ballot races throughout the country as well, including a primary in Iowa that could determine the fate of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

Iowa Rep. Steve King defeated in GOP primary

Rep. Steve King. Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

State Sen. Randy Feenstra defeated incumbent Rep. Steve King in Tuesday's Republican primary for Iowa's 4th congressional district, according to the Cook Political Report.

Why it matters: King's history of racist remarks has made him one of the most controversial politicians in the country and a pariah within the Republican Party.