In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Friday September 1st 2017
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Monsoon season devastated South East Asia with worst floods in years.
As Texas copes with catastrophic flooding, more than 1,000 die in India monsoon. India’s monsoon season runs from June through September, and since it began this year, devastating floods have killed more than 1,000 people across South Asia and affected close to 40 million in northern India, southern Nepal and northern Bangladesh. Google on Thursday pledged $1 million relief to flood-hit areas of India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
President Donald Trump pledged during the campaign to kill DACA, which allows hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to secure work permits and remain in the United States without the threat of deportation.
An immigration reform group founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is gathering signatures from tech CEOs for a letter urging President Donald Trump to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era policy that offers leniency to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. “With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage,” the draft letter states.
A police officer told a woman ‘we only kill black people’ on camera.
The Georgia police officer who was captured on camera telling a woman during a traffic stop that law enforcement personnel “only kill black people” says he’ll retire amid the backlash. The police chief of the Atlanta police department said, “No matter what the context, statements like these are unacceptable and are not indicative of the type of culture we are trying to facilitate here in the police department, as well as within the county,” in a statement.
L.A. City Council replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day on city calendar.
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to eliminate Columbus Day from the city calendar, siding with activists who view the explorer as a symbol of genocide for native peoples in North America and elsewhere. Italian Americans voiced anguish over the proposal, telling council members it would erase a portion of their heritage. Some said they supported the creation of Indigenous Peoples Day as long as it is held on a different date.
Trump administration picks former official at for-profit DeVry University to head student aid enforcement unit.
The Trump administration announced Thursday that it had picked a former official at for-profit DeVry University to head an Education Department unit that polices colleges for student aid fraud. Last year, DeVry paid $100 million to settle federal claims it misled students. The move drew criticism given DeVry’s troubles and the Trump administration’s efforts to reverse an Obama administration crackdown on for-profit colleges.
President Trump ran a for-profit school, the now-defunct Trump University, and paid $25 million to settle a class-action suit that alleged fraud at the operation. And DeVos is an advocate of for-profit schools; her government ethics forms showed she has investments in companies connected to the industry.