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"'Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.’"
Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, revised the iconic poem on the Statue of Liberty's pedestal to suggest that only immigrants who can "stand on their own two feet" are welcome in the country.
Cuccinelli was speaking with NPR about a new Trump administration "public chare" rule that would make it easier to deny green cards to immigrants who are likely to use public benefit programs.
Mark Krikorian, with the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington think tank that seeks to reduce immigration levels, applauded the move.
“There are hundreds of millions of people who want to move to the United States, and this rule ensures that we allow in only those who will be able to pay their own bills," Krikorian said.
But Rebecca Sanin, CEO of the Health & Welfare Council, said that "Folks are going to be forced to make the decision of whether or not they're going to feed their families or remain in this country. The message is very clearly that people who are not wanted here are people of color.”
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On the Radar
On Monday, a team of scientists and doctors from the World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that drug trials for a pair of experimental treatments for the Ebola virus appear to significantly improve survival rates for people suffering from the virus.
An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has infected more than 2,800 people since last August, and there have been 1,794 confirmed deaths from the hemorrhagic fever. The new treatments lower mortality rates to 29% or 34%, with even lower death rates reported for patients who receive them soon after becoming sick.
Before the Senate left the Capitol for its summer recess, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced an agreement to bring the Ebola Eradication Act (S. 1340) to the floor for a vote when the chamber returns in September. The bill, which passed the Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote in June and is supported by five bipartisan cosponsors, would allow the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide certain assistance to the DRC to address the Ebola outbreak that’s subject to restrictions under current law.
Under the Radar
Atlanta Bans E-Scooters at Night
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) has called for a ban on electric scooters and bikes from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. The restrictions were brought in response to the death of four riders of the shared vehicles since May.
“Sadly, we have seen a pattern in the recent and tragic fatalities involving scooters – they all occurred after sunset,” Bottoms said in a statement. “This nighttime ban, while we continue to develop further long-term measures, will ensure the safest street conditions for scooter riders, motorists, cyclists, those in wheelchairs and pedestrians.”
Bird, one of the largest e-scooter companies, said it will comply with the curfew. Anyone trying to rent a Bird scooter past curfew will receive a message saying “After Hours, try again in the morning.”
Bird added that it is “exploring long term solutions that more effectively meet the needs of all transit users—in particular, those who require access to transportation in the evening hours. Access to equitable transit options should not be restricted to residents based on their work or class schedule."
Social Security Anniversary
On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating the Social Security system that still provides federal assistance to the elderly today. The legislation was originally designed to offer vulnerable groups - such as the elderly and the unemployed - protection from poverty through funding obtained from payroll taxes.
The last 83 years have seen Social Security survive challenges from the Supreme Court and has become such a vital component of America’s social safety net that it was expanded 30 years after its creation. Its future is uncertain, however: Social Security - a program that provided benefits to over 50 million retirees in 2016 according to our partners at USAFacts - will face drastic benefit cuts by 2034 if no action is taken by Congress.
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The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- The president is in Bedminster, New Jersey and will have no public schedule.
The House of Representatives: Out
- The House will return Monday, September 9th.
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It's Diné bikéyah Diné Bizaad yee Nidaazbaaʼígíí jį́.
That's (a very rough translation) of it's National Navajo Code Talkers Day.
The Navajo Code Talkers were Native Americans who helped the Marines send secret messages across the Pacific during World War II.
Navajo, like most Native American languages, has no alphabet and there were no written materials for the enemy to use to try and decode what was being said.
Working with the Marines, the Navajo Code Talkers used their language to develop a dictionary and words for certain military terminology.
Chester Nez, who helped create the code, told the story of the first message he sent while serving at Guadalcanal: "Enemy machine gun nest on your right. Destroy." What Nez transmitted, however, was: “Anaai (Enemy) naatsosi (Japanese) beeldooh alhaa dildoni (machine gun) nishnaajigo nahdikadgo (on your right flank). Diiltaah (Destroy).”
The Navajo Code Talker program wasn’t fully declassified until 1968. It remains the only oral military code that has never been broken.
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