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Dozens fired after ‘Day without Immigrants’

(Fox News)

(Fox News)

Ya-Marie Sesay | Staff Writer

Some protestors that participated in the “A Day Without Immigrants” boycott and march returned to work the following day without a job. Employees that did not show up to work last Thursday in states such as Tennessee, Florida, New York, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Colorado were fired from their jobs.

Employees at Bradley Coatings Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee were warned not to participate in the event or their jobs would be terminated, according to NBC4. Eighteen employees were laid off according.

The company’s attorney Robert Peal wrote a statement saying, “Regretfully, and consistent with its prior communication to all its employees, BCI had no choice but to terminate these individuals. The reason these employees missed work—to engage in peaceful demonstrations—had nothing to do with BCI’s decision to terminate them.”

In the state of Florida, Grace Community School in Bonita Springs, two employees claimed to have been fired. According to the school, no employees were terminated due to the immigration protests.

Ben Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant and Caterers in New York fired 25 employees according to Telemundo 47. Many of the fired employees were undocumented citizens that have worked for the restaurant for years. However, when they returned to work on Friday, they were escorted from the restaurant. The “Day Without Immigrants” boycott across the nation in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Detroit and other cities.

Protesters did not attend school, or work, and many restaurants owned by immigrants were closed for the day.

The protests showed how much of an impact immigrants have on the U.S. economy due to President Donald Trump’s immigration act. Organizers of the protests in Philadelphia told CBS “Our goal is to highlight the need for Philadelphia to expand policies that stop criminalizing communities of color,” said Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos, a nonprofit group that works with the Latino immigrant community.

“What would happen if massive raids did happen? What would the city look like?” “People also do not realize how much of an impact immigrants play in the economy, I completely support the cause and I hope it has a great affect. It’s sad that people were fired for standing up for what they believe in. It just shows the countries true colors,” said Fatmata Kamara, a sophomore nursing major from Maryland.

Protests continued throughout the weekend, with a Free the People Immigration March in Los Angeles last Friday and President’s Day Weekend March and Rally in support of immigrants and refugees in Dallas on Friday.

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12 Actions Taken By Trump Since His Inauguration

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(Daily Mail)

Amanda Jones | Staff Writer

Executive order banning citizens of seven Muslim majority countries

Trump executive order bans citizens, permanent residents and those who hold visas from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Border Security and Immigration Enforcement

In an Executive order, Trump has expressed the purpose of this decision to promote the security of the Mexican border as well as accelerate visa and citizenship determinations. Along with this , it is also intended to remove and deny illegal immigrants denied permission into the United States detain individuals suspected of violating Immigration laws.

Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

The purpose of this order is to secure public safety through the enforcement of immigration laws and through defunding sanctuary jurisdictions that do not comply with Federal Law. Sanctuary jurisdictions are locations in opposition to or who are questioning the governments approach towards immigrants.

Streamline Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing

In this memorandum, the government will support manufacturing in the United States along with ensuring swift actions towards permitting and notifying of approvals for manufacturing agency expansion.

Dakota Access Pipeline

In this memorandum, policy towards construction and operation of the DAPL are approved as a means of disseminating oil supply for the national market.

Keystone XL Pipeline

In this memorandum, efforts by TransCanada to expand the pipeline through the United States are made permissible.

Expedite on Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects

This executive order is designed to increase projects designed to promote the national infrastructure as well as the federal infrastructure through actions such as repairing the economy and developing the United States interior infrastructure; bridges, pipelines, airports etc.

American Pipelines

This memorandum confirms the efforts of the government to repair, modify, and expand pre-existing pipelines in the United States

Hiring Freeze

This memorandum establishes a freeze in the hiring of federal civilian employees with the exception of military personnel

Withdrawal of U.S from Trans-Pacific Partnership

In this memorandum, the United States withdraws as a member of TPP negotiations and agreements.

Mexico City Policy

Through the rejection of this policy, federal funding will be denied to all organizations and facilities in support of or providing coercive abortion services

Affordable Care Act

In this executive decision, actions will be taken to repeal the provisions and freedoms supplied through the ACA

China sees increase amid child policy changes

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(CNN)

Ya-marie Sesay | Staff Writer

China’s one child policy has had a great effect on the scarcity of young people and gender imbalance, according to government estimates China’s birth rate has fallen short.

China’s one child policy ended in late 2015, and since then china’s birth rate last year was the highest this century. In 2016 births increased by 7.9 percent to 17.86 million according to China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, 45 percent of those children were born to families that already had one child.

The one child policy was a population planning policy established in the 1980’s in order to restrict the population growth. The need for stabilization of water supply, food, and individual prosperity led to the end of the birth rate of four children per family.

Only families with females as their first child in the western area were allowed to have a second child. The goal of the one child policy is to ensure the population remains below 1.2 billion at the end of the 20th centuries.

Women must be regularly checked, and were forced to have an abortion or be sterilized if found pregnant. Families with other children had to pay, usually a multiple of the average income in the city where the child is born, designed to cover the cost of education and healthcare.

“I understand the reason for the one child policy but I do not believe that it was fair, and now they are facing the consequences of not having enough children to continue the next generation. I’m glad they uplifted the law but it’s going to take time for them to catch up to their expectations.”

Harris went on to say, “ Also people are so used to the one child policy that they may not even want to have any more kids because that’s all they can afford. Maybe the government should develop a form of government assistance to encourage people to have more children. When people feel financially secure they will have more children,” Alexis Harris, a junior Kinesiology major from Chicago.

Since the law has been uplifted the family planning commission expects 17 to 20 million births a year until the year 2020. The number of childbearing women will decline by 5 million due to age according to officials.

By 2020 the population is estimated to be 1.42 billion from 1.37 billion at the end of 2015.

Majority of families have adjusted to the one child policy therefore 75% of families do not want to have a second child due to economic reasons based on surveys taken by the family planning commission.

Immigration ban effects Syrian teen

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Amanda Jones | Staff Writer

Mahmoud Hassan is an 18-year-old from Damascus, Syria who this year received an acceptance letter to attend the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology next fall. However on Jan. 28, President Trump signed an executive order calling for an immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

NPR reported, “The ban of people traveling from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia is slated to last for 90 days. In addition, new refugee admissions are suspended for 120 days and Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.”

Nycole White, a freshman Criminal Justice major from St. Louis, said, “I definitely think [the ban] is a detriment to the protection of foreigners.”

The ban, one of numerous orders and memorandums issued by Trump following his late January inauguration, calls for a suspension of the U. S Refugees Admissions Program, which initially was instituted to provide referrals for admission for refugees into the United States.

In terms of the ban, President Trump in Section 2 of the order states, “It is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the United States; and to prevent the admission of foreign nationals who intend to exploit United States immigration laws for malevolent purposes.”

Qur’Annah Jones a freshman psychology major from Chicago, said, “It is not fair and seeing how domestic terrorism is prevalent/ ongoing, the ban is stupid.” The ban is effecting more than malevolent terrorists.

Students, families and universities have come out expressing their concern for the new order. Carnegie Mellon University and MIT are among the two universities that have addressed the immigration ban.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif and Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh are both immigrants. Reif writes, “The Statue of Liberty is the ‘Mother of Exiles,’ how can we slam the door on desperate refugees,” Reif said, “Religious liberty is a founding American value; how can our government discriminate against people of any religion.”

Both presidents are currently fighting to prevent the effects the ban may have on students, faculty, and the universities.

This ban also effects many U.S immigrant citizens and visa holders. With the limitations of the order, there is no release of what Hassan plans to do next.

Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugess in 5 year span

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Amirrah Watson | Contributing Writer

As a contribution to its pledge to unabashedly social and political opinions, the billion-dollar coffee franchise Starbucks, has vowed to hire 10,000 refugees over the course of the next five years.

Starbucks CEO Corporation Howard Schultz announced the effort in both a press hearing and a corporate letter available to all Starbucks employees, as well as to the public. The letter comes in light of three executive orders issued last week by U.S. President Donald J. Trump, intended to block accessibility of people entering the country from Muslim majority nations Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

The ban is supported by the insistence that people fleeing the war-torn countries are undiscernible from possible terrorists attempting to gain access to U.S. border and harm American citizens. In the open letter, which can be found on the Starbucks Newsroom website, the company outlines its humanitarian efforts, and states that its progressive five-year plan will be upheld in all of the 75 countries in which Starbucks operates.

Moreover, the plan specifically outlines the role that the company will play in regards to the recent executive orders charged at Latin American and global refugee immigration.

Reaching out for the sociopolitical assistance of senior senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Richard Durbin, D-Ill., the initiative begins first with the continued support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) federal immigration policy allowing children who illegally immigrated to the U.S. before their 16th birthday to avoid deportation in two-year renewal periods.

Starbucks pledges to continue providing funding to go towards the waiving of DACA membership fees for young immigrants, and emphasizing DACA-related resources at hiring fairs for the company.

Offering further condolences to those directly affected by the travel ban initiated last week, the company recognizes the more than 65 million refugees existing worldwide, and makes the commitment to increase hiring efforts towards refugees, beginning by assisting migrants who served as translators and guides to U.S. military personnel.

In opposition to a Trump executive order curtailing the federal funding of “sanctuary cities,” initiating funding allocation for a U.S.-Mexican border, and the hiring of 10,000 border protection agencies, Starbucks has strengthened its partnership with coffee growers in rural Mexican towns and employees in sixty cities throughout Mexico. Conclusively, Schultz guarantees benefit-eligible coverage to its U.S. employees in the event that their Affordable Health Care coverage is repealed by a senate majority.

Senate confirms President Trump’s nominations

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Leondra Head | Local and World Editor

With a Trump presidency already underway, the nation is anxious to find out who will join his cabinet. The Senate confirmed President Trump’s first cabinet members Friday, January 20, formally approving his defense secretary and the secretary for homeland security.

The final vote to confirm retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to run the Department of Defense was 98-1. New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the only senator to vote against him. Mattis becomes the first senior military officer to serve as defense secretary since President Truman nominated Army Gen. George C. Marshall in 1950. Trump signed a bill clearing the way for Mattis to be confirmed on inauguration day. Congress passed the waiver, making an exception to a law requiring defense secretaries be out of the military at least seven years before serving earlier this month.

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly was confirmed at 88-11. Kelly, who retired last year as head of the U.S. Southern Command, will take over a department with more than 240,000 employees to oversee border security, protecting the president and America’s electrical grid. The two national security nominees were considered the least controversial of the picks. In order to be confirmed quickly by voice vote, the Senate must be unanimous.

The U.S. Senate is still in the process of confirming President Trump’s cabinet nominations. From Exxon CEO, Rex Tillerson for the Secretary of State nomination to controversial Jeff Sessions for the Attorney General nomination. Tillerson was nominated by Trump in November as the U.S. secretary of state. If the millionaire businessman is confirmed, he will be the richest Secretary of State without any political experience.

If Sessions is confirmed, he will be the most unprecedented US Attorney General. According to the Huffington Post, Sessions was once rejected as a federal judge over allegations he called a Black attorney “boy,” suggested a white lawyer working for black clients was a race traitor and joked that the only issue he had with the Ku Klux Klan was their drug use in the 1980’s. During this time period, Sessions also referred to civil rights groups as “un-American.”

“I disagree with Sessions statement regarding civil rights groups. The NAACP stood in the gap for all minorities who felt disenfranchised by the American government and society,” said Anasa Dixon, a junior political science major.Dixon went on to say, “America was founded on the sentiment of liberty and justice for all. The NAACP and other equal opportunity seeking organizations epitome that sentiment as well.”

The Senate still has to confirm: Former Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue as Trump’s Secretary of agriculture and Ben Carson, former Republican candidate for Secretary of housing and Urban Development Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The other appointments the U.S. Senate has to confirm is the Director of National Intelligence, Secretary of Education, Secretary of the Army, Secretary of the Interior, Energy secretary, Labor secretary, Treasury Secretary, Secretary of Commerce and the Transportation Secretary.

“Trump’s cabinet appointments will ultimately promote Trump’s agenda. I hope the Senate does their research on all of Trump’s cabinet nominations in order to ensure that equal rights for the American people while upholding the law,” Brittany Smith, a sophomore political science major from New York City said.

Who the repeal of ‘ObamaCare’ will affect

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Amanda Jones | Staff Writer

The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, is at risk of being repealed by Congress. Since its institution on March 23, 2010, the act has provided for numerous benefits, rights and protections for the American people. CNN Money reports, “Under Obamacare, senior citizens pay less for Medicare coverage and for their prescription drugs.

Many Americans have received free contraceptives, mammograms, colonoscopies and cholesterol tests. And small business employers with older and sicker workers have not been slapped with super high premiums.” Since 2010, the rate for healthcare recipients in the United States has increased, reaching more than 20 million people.

Not only is Obamacare beneficial for small businesses but it is a significant factor in the production of jobs for the economy. The Obama administration has sought to increase the number of jobs in the economy through the health care act by utilizing tax dollars and adhering to the financial needs of small businesses in order to provide the necessary health coverage for their employees.

Forbes magazine supports this position stating, “the economy has added 7.7 million jobs since March 2010”. With this, efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have in some areas been extremely unpopular. Professor Robertson-Jones of the Nursing Department elaborates on the effects of the decision saying, “The people that it was designed to benefit are the same ones that are going to be effected the most.

When you think about other countries, typically is are universal health care and coverage for all. I think that is extremely important because that is a privilege that shouldn’t be limited to the ones that are wealthy.

As of 2017, the Trump administration has made a commitment to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, discarding parts of the act deemed detrimental and keeping aspects of the act seen as harmless. As of January, the Senate, reported by NPR News, “approved a budget resolution that sets the stage for broad swaths of the Affordable Care Act to be repealed through a process known as budget reconciliation.”

Congress intends to initially defund provisions of Obamacare through budget reconciliation, which would begin to limit the supply and efficacy of the care provided. When asked about her position on Congress defunding necessary freedoms of Obamacare, Amirrah Watson a freshman nursing student replied, “I strongly stand against efforts unless there is an effectively transferable and immediate replacement of equal or better value to the American people.”

The defunding of Obamacare will have large effects on minority populations as well as areas with mostly rural communities.

Trump’s business ties lead to lawsuit

GRAND JUNCTION, CO - OCTOBER 18: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump approaches the podium to speak at a rally on October 18, 2016 in Grand Junction Colorado. Trump is on his way to Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

GRAND JUNCTION, CO – OCTOBER 18: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump approaches the podium to speak at a rally on October 18, 2016 in Grand Junction Colorado. Trump is on his way to Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Ya-Marie Sesay | Staff Writer

Donald Trump officially become the 45th President of the United States, but he cannot seem to let go of his strong ties within his company. A watchdog group called the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics is accusing President Trump of allegedly violating the Constitution by allowing his business to accept payments from foreign governments.

According to the lawsuit filed against him on Monday, a constitutional clause prevents the President from receiving money from diplomats for stays at his hotels, or foreign governments for leases of office space in his buildings. Trump called the lawsuit “without merit, totally without merit.”

“He’s a hustler honestly, but I don’t like him,” said Marcus Pearson, a junior kinesiology major from Virginia.

The Washington based group filed a complaint on Friday to the overseeing leasing company, General Services Administration. They argued the government owned building where Trump’s Washington hotel resides is allowing Trump, an elected official from benefitting from it, which is against the constitution. The GSA announced they will take action after President Trump has entered the White House, but have yet to make any comment in regards to the issue.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics group are represented by former White House chief ethics lawyers Norman Eisen and Richard Painter. Eisen and Painter advised the new president to sell his holdings and place the cash in a blind trust like former presidents. Trump refused, leading to the lawyers taking legal action.

Legal expert Edwin Williamson presumes there is not enough evidence to make the case a suit. Executive Director of CREW, Noah Bookbinder suspects otherwise. According to a conference report from ABC News earlier this month, Trump’s organizational lawyer Sheri Dillon the so-called emoluments clause of the Constitution isn’t meant to ban fair-value exchanges. They didn’t think “paying your hotel bill was an emolument,” she said.

President Donald Trump announced one month ago he will not sell ownership, but will offer management control of his companies to his sons. He will end all new international deals, and donate foreign government profits from leases to the U.S. treasury. This left many critics to believe its unprecedented conflicts with his business and presidency.

Government ethics experts state that foreign countries will use investments in his businesses to intervene in U.S. policy.

Michael Scott, a junior from Delaware shared his opinion on the topic. “I have an issue with it but if he’s putting it back into the treasury then it’s ok. My thing is that it’s highly unlikely than an foreign secretary, ambassador they know better than to go into a Trump business. I can trust him that the money that’s went into the Trump hotel will then go into the treasurer.”

Ohio State stabbing incident leaves 11 injured

Leondra Head | Local & World Editor

Ohio State University student, Abdul Razak Ali Artan was shot dead by police after driving through a crowd of students and then stabbing multiple people with a butcher’s knife on the university’s campus.

According to ABC News, Sophomore Jacob Bowers, 20, had been sitting on a bench listening to music before class when he saw a man pull “a large knife” and start “chasing people around trying to attack them.” Bowers went on to say, “Luckily there were so many people he couldn’t focus on one target.”

Eleven people were taken to hospitals after the incident, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.  The incident was initially reported as an “active shooter.”

The university identified the officer who took down Artan as Alan Harujko, who has been on the force for two years.

According to a press conference by officials, the incident was first reported at 9:52am Monday morning when the suspect struck pedestrians with a car. When the active shooter warning was sent out, some students barricaded themselves in classrooms.

Artan, an 18 year-old student at the university. Arten was a Somalian refugee who left Somalia with his family in 2007 and moved to Pakistan. He came to the US as a legal permanent resident of the United States, officials said.

Just three months ago, Artan was quoted in OSU’s college newspaper, The Lantern, as he discussed his troubles finding a place to pray on his new campus.

“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be,” he is quoted in the paper as saying. “If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads, so they’re just going to have it, and it — it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable.”

In The Lantern, Artan said he is a transfer from Columbus State, presumably Columbus State Community College. Online records from that school said he graduated from there in May with an associate of arts degree.

According to NBC News, Nicole Kreinbrink, a student who was walking down the street when she saw the car hit people who had evacuated an academic building during a fire alarm. Kreinbrink said, “This car just swerved and ran into a whole group of people. All these people were running and screaming and yelling.”

A campus lockdown was lifted about 11:30 a.m., some 90 minutes after the violence unfolded on the Columbus, Ohio, campus, where 60,000 students are enrolled.  After 11:30am, all classes for that day were canceled.

Stock Prices Soar Under President-Elect Trump

Amanda Jones | Staff Writer

Following the election, the stock market became the center focus of the economy. With the hopes that Trump’s term in the White House would, “ramp up public spending, as well as cut personal and corporate taxes,” as reported by CBS News, many financial companies rose their investments on Wall Street.

The stock market is infamous for its crash in the 1930’s during the Great Depression and since then has found its success and growth in the subsequent decades. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, also simplified as the DJIA, has been the leading indicator for the condition of the market since the 1980s. With daily fluctuations in the stock market, “the Dow” follows the sporadic changes in the finances of the most influential 30 companies in the U.S stock market.

With the stock markets surging after the election, the phrase “Trumpflation” has become widely used to refer to the possible increase in the price of goods. When asked about her perspective on the direction of the economy, Amirrah Watson, a freshman nursing major from Jackson, Mississippi responded, “I think the economy is still in recovery at this moment and in the future, it is going to get a little worse because all three branches of the white house are held by the same party.” Many Republicans and Democrats are skeptical about the future of the economy; however, some are hopeful.

A Gallup poll traced the attitudes of people from both Democrat and Republican sides evaluating a significant difference in attitudes towards the economy before and after the election with majority of the people supporting the direction of the economy after the election.

Since the election, many financial companies have seen record highs. The S&P 500, a collection of several economic institutions, the Dow and NASDAQ are just a few of companies that have benefited much from the outcome of the election. As reported by CNN, after the election, investors are encouraged that,” the president-elect will unleash the U.S. economy by cutting taxes, rolling back regulation, and ramping up infrastructure spending.” Not only are stock prices increasing now, they are predicted to remain at a constant level for the duration of Trump’s presidency.