5 Things for Thursday
A revised version of the President’s travel ban will take effect today. The Supreme Court said earlier this week that the U.S. cannot ban residents from those six majority-Muslim countries from getting visas if they have a relative, a job, or are a student here. If not, they will have to wait 90 days (120 if the person is a refugee).
This is willing to change though, just not immediately- the Court allowed these new guidelines until they hear the official oral arguments this fall.
President Trump is fulfilling his campaign promise of addressing illegal immigration by fully supporting a couple of bills cracking down on immigration. Today the House will consider “Kate’s Law”, which would increase penalties from immigrants deported for crime if they re-enter the U.S. and the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act”, which would defund sanctuary cities.
Mr. Trump highlighted his push for these bills by hosting a meeting for family members who lost loved ones to crimes committed by illegal immigrants at the White House. Among many strong statements said by the President- this one sticks out:
“For years, the pundits, journalists, politicians in Washington refused to hear your voices, but on Election Day 2016, your voices were heard all across the entire world. No one died in vain — I can tell you that."
Vatican Treasurer Cardinal George Pell has to leave Vatican City to go back home to Australia to face charges for “multiple historic sexual offenses”. The 76-year-old was appointed by Pope Francis in 2014 and if the highest ranking Vatican official to be charged with sexual abuse.
Pell maintains his innocence and said he’s the victim of “character assassination”.
Today the President will meet with the new President of South Korea, Moon Jae-In. Among the many things to be discussed, there will be a particularly strong emphasis on trade, specifically cars- Mr. Trump wants to open up the possibility of decreasing trade barriers so U.S. automobiles can be sold in South Korea.
Somewhat off-topic, but a particularly beautiful moment, when President Moon entered the U.S. yesterday, he offered a particularly emotional tribute to the Marines. As it turns out Marines that helped in the Korean War saved his parents by taking them out of North Korea.
To finish out this long list of news concerning the President today, Mr. Trump has announced that he will visit France in July. He’s going there for Bastille Day, which is also the anniversary of the attack on Nice, France just a year ago.