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August 2017
  • President Trump embraced a proposal (August 2) to slash legal immigration to the Unites States in half within a decade by sharply curtailing the ability of American citizens and legal residents to bring family members into the country. The New York Times, August 3, 2017
    • Trumps administration said the move would preserve jobs and lead to higher wages. Economists, however, see no clear connection between less immigration and more jobs for Americans. Rather, their prevailing view is that immigration increases economic growth, improving the lives of the immigrants and the lives of the people who are already here. The New York Times, August 4, 2017
    • The political defiance that made Joe Arpaio popular and seemingly untouchable as metro Phoenixs sheriff of 24 years ultimately led to his downfall as he was convicted of a crime for ignoring a U.S. court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. Associated Press, August 1, 2017
  • Environmental laws will be waived by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in order to expedite building security-related barriers and roads along the nations border with Mexico near San Diego. Reuters, August 1, 2017
  • A hedge fund sued on (August 7) to have Puerto Ricos bankruptcy case thrown out, arguing that the federal oversight board guiding the islands financial affairs was unconstitutionally established. The New York Times, August 8, 2017
  • During a whirlwind trip to four Latin American countries this week, Vice President Mike Pence sought to soften the edges of the America first worldview the administrations first major effort to mend fences with a region rattled by President Trumps election. The New York Times, August 17, 2017
  • The chaotic situation in Venezuela makes it tough to predict whether the threat of a coup is real or whether (President Nicols) Madura and his allies will be able to cling to power for years. But there is fear an armed struggle could lead to civil war. Time, August 21, 2017
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