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Trump signs humanitarian assistance bill

By Chara President Trump recently signed a $4.6 billion bipartisan bill to support agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services in providing humanitarian aid to America’s southern border. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was among the lawmakers in Congress who supported the bill, which will support agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services. But …

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Lucas wins election to become next KCMO mayor

By Roberta Pardo Kansas City, Missouri, has elected a new mayor. Councilman Quinton Lucas defeated Councilwoman Jolie Justus in the mayoral election Tuesday (June 18), becoming the youngest person to win the mayoral office in more than a century. He succeeds Sly James, who served two terms, starting in 2011. Unofficial results showed Lucas capturing more than 58 percent of …

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U.S. and Mexico reach deal to avoid tariffs

By Chara Mexico and the United States have tentatively reached an agreement to avoid tariffs on imported goods, according to multiple media reports. “The tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday (June 10) against Mexico are hereby indefinitely suspended,” President Trump tweeted June 7. “Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide …

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Trump signs memo demanding immigrant sponsors to pay for welfare

By Chara President Trump recently signed a memorandum to include instructions for agencies to demand payment from immigration sponsors for welfare benefits used by immigrants. The memorandum is part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act, and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, two laws that were signed by President Clinton. “To protect benefits …

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Trump wants 5 percent tariff on imported goods from Mexico

By Chara On May 30, President Trump announced plans to impose a tariff on all imported goods from Mexico. “On June 10, the United States will impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods coming into our country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our country, stop,” Trump stated in a tweet. “The …

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Disaster relief bill passes the Senate, stalls in the House

By Roberta Pardo On May 23, the U.S. Senate passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill to help a number of states and Puerto Rico recover after a series of hurricanes, floods and wildfires. The legislation passed 85-8, according to the Associated Press (AP). The bill was held up for months, first by arguing over aid for Puerto Rico, then …

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Trump backs off his threats to Mexico

By Chara On April 4, President Trump backed off his threat to close America’s border with Mexico amid widespread opposition. In March, Trump issued an ultimatum to Mexico, threatening to shut down the southern border to trade and travel if Mexican authorities did not stop illegal immigration to the United States. He backed off after hearing several warnings from several …

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Trump fires DHS secretary, other leadership officials

By Roberta Pardo President Trump announced Sunday (April 7) that Kirstjen Nielsen had resigned as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), marking the exit of a second top immigration official in a matter of days. Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, will replace Nielsen on an acting basis. The announcement came after Trump and Nielsen …

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Justus, Lucas will face off in June mayoral election

By Roberta Pardo Tuesday (April 2) was a busy day for Kansas City, Missouri, voters. Residents headed to the polls to narrow the field of mayoral and city council candidates for the June 18 election. They also voted for school board candidates and weighed in on a plan to fund pre-kindergarten education. In the mayoral race, Councilwoman Jolie Justus and …

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Congressman Cleaver Receives the Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) last night was awarded the Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), a leading nonprofit dedicated to ensuring low-income Americans have affordable and sufficient housing. The award is named after the first black Senator popularly elected to office and was presented at NLIHC’s Annual Housing Leadership Awards Reception …

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