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(Donald Trump announces his executive order on immigration on January 27th. Photo: Carlos Barria/ Reuters.)
On his 7th day in Office, Donald Trump gave the American people one of the most controversial executive orders they had ever seen. Although Trump was known for his unusually blunt remarks during the campaign season, many did not believe he would act exactly on those issues as he had stated in the heat of the moment.
On January 27th, 2017, an executive order from the White House was released suspending individuals from entering the United States from the following Muslim- majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan and Libya. (All pictures are courtesy of NPR http://www.npr.org/2017/01/31/512439121/trumps-executive-order-on-immigration-annotated
In the first section of his executive order, Trump mentions this needs to be enacted to protect Americans from foreign terrorists. By limiting the list of countries for entry to the US, Trump believes this will protect us from terrorists that have attacked in the past. However oddly enough, the countries which the 9/11 terrorists originated from (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt) are not apart of his list.
The next part of the executive order is where the “ban” is actually stated. It suspends the entry of US by immigrants and nonimmigrants of people from the 7 countries listed above. The dictionary definition of a ban is It states, “the act of forbidding something, in this case persons from those countries entering the US, especially when linked to the law. ” Though this seems to be exactly what the order is doing. Trump's Administration's press secretary Sean Spicer has denied the term and refuses to categorize the order in such a way.
This is the only part of the executive order that makes an exception. “Prioritizing refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution” means any refugee which is of a religion that is not the majority, which is Islam in all 7 countries, can have some kind of entry into the US. Although it is not said here, it can be inferred that religions such as Christianity and Judaism are favored over Islam due to this circumstance.
On February 9th, 2017 the 9th circuit court of appeals from Washington state ruled against Trump. With a 3-judge panel, the court ruled entirely against the executive order. Below are excerpts from the ruling explaining why his executive order unconstitutional. (Courtesy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)
The U.S. Constitution protects the undocumented, green card holders, and citizens of the United States. As ruled in 1896, the Supreme Court stated that the 14th Amendment is not limited to protecting citizens. The 14th Amendment is also known as equal protection clause. Because illegal immigrants are protected under the Constitution, they are also entitled to due process which is fair treatment through the judicial system. The court has stated that this executive order does not follow the equal protection clause.
This enforces the fact that persons who are living here illegally have Constitutional rights. The first Amendment states, “ Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” The freedom of religion is a core value of the founders and is one of the biggest reasons why the colonies wanted to break away from England.
Having a list of countries to specifically limit entry to isn’t the only issue with Trump’s case. He runs into another precedent that was set from a previous case. The court is referring to Texas v. United States where Texas argued that Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents Program (DAPA), which was apart of President Obama’s executive order to grant more illegal immigrants legal status, violated the Take Care clause of the constitution which states where the President must “Take Care” that all laws a faithfully executed. This is cited in Trump’s ruling because of the temporary restraining order (TRO) set on Washington and Minnesota, who both sued to block Trump’s immigration order. In Texas v. United States the court ruled saying there isn’t a need for nationwide injunction against Obama’s executive order which is a judicial order which prevents the states from beginning or continuing an act of threatening, however in Trump’s case the opposite is true. The need for the TRO to be lifted is great because the executive order directly affects the employment, education, business, family relations, and freedom to travel or residents from those respective states.
Although Trump wishes to comply with promises he made throughout his campaign, like any politician wants to do, he must make sure of the legal consequences that may spring up during the rest of this presidency.
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(Pictured is Katie Stadler (‘18) and her homestay Katherine from Guamin High School in Shanghai, China)
7,370 miles away in Shanghai China, lives 16 year-old Qiao Yan . On February 1st she embarked on a 16+ hour journey to New York where she would stay in the home of an American teenager for 4 days.
Katie Stadler (‘18) is one of the many students in CGS who decided to take part in this year’s exchange program with Guamin High from Shanghai, China. Wishing to practice her language skills, Stadler took the opportunity not only to meet a Chinese tutor, but soon to be long life friend.
“You are able to build special relationships with people half-way across the world. I have made a wonderful friend who I was able to connect with instantly.” Although this might seem like a rare situation, to get along with a stranger, a majority of homestays is quite common among. Finding the similarities instead of focusing on the differences is something CGS students have grown to learn.
Due to the Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese programs, the study tours along with an exchange program is apart of the overall curriculum. By having this exchange program, students are able to challenge themselves, and leave their comfort zone to experience a cultural immersion.
This was the 11th Anniversary of exchanging with the Chinese school and Julie Parham, CGS director explained why it’s continued to stick around: “ We get all kinds of different exposure. We get to learn what teenagers are like from different countries, it’s surprising and delightful to find that they are very similar to teenagers in the United States. Students get to learn little nuances of culture that we didn’t know they had even though we study their language.”
This type of opportunity is a rare one and should be taken when possible. Although many public schools offer foreign language programs, adding an exchange program allows for further culture enrichment.
“Now I see her as a sister to me and I never imagined us to ever be so close.”
By Celina Mori
In this day and age news comes to us in different ways such as phones, tv, or newspaper. Whether it’s on the tv or through a phone, the news is always there. But what if the information you were reading wasn’t a hundred percent correct? Here are the top three topics that the media misrepresents.
2. Police Brutality- The media always presents police officers in a negative way. In fact this happens very often that people overlook that cops can die in the line of duty. According to FBI data, African Americans are more likely to kill cops than be killed by them. About 40% of the people who have killed cops are African American. Officer Lt. Debra Clayton was killed by an African American man.Clayton was shot outside a Walmart in Orlando, Florida after trying to confront, Markeith Loyd for killing his ex-pregnant girlfriend. Loyd left the scene of the crime and was spotted by another officer, that was also shot by him, a manhunt went underway. Loyd was captured on January 17th, eight days after killing Clayton.
3. Mental Illness- Mental illness is already hard enough to deal with as it is, but the media can cause myths on what it’s truly about. Many news reports depict people with as criminals or violent. Yet, studies from usnews, prove that people with mental illnesses are less likely to commit crimes and are more likely to be victimize. People with mental illnesses are also stereotyped as being unpredictable. A focus group was held by psychcentral.com, that included individuals who affect the lives of people with mental illness. As they were asked what they thought about people with mental illness, half of the individuals answered that they were afraid that they would go berserk or go attack someone. Well that’s not what happened after four teenagers tortured a mentally disabled boy, while broadcasting it on Facebook live. The four teenagers had beaten been beaten as well as having the boy drink water from a toilet.
In the end, even if some topics are still unclear or misrepresented research is always the key. There are many databases that can be found online. For instance, The Washington Post created a database of every fatal shooting caused by a police officer in the United States and gives basic information about each person that died, such as race, gender, etc. But how you want to interpret the information is all that matters.
By William Lopez
High School the last step in your 13 year journey of Public Education. This is the point where you're finally being treated like an adult and so much is expected of you. This is why so many students are relying on the school system to prepare them for life. Whether you plan on pursuing a higher education or going right into the workforce you need to know some stuff to survive in today's world. How to do taxes, how your credit score works, maybe even how to get a college loan if you so choose to, are all important things we need to do. This is why many school superintendents are focusing on life skills for their seniors in their high schools. The Washington Post reports many School directors and superintendents such as Maril Jackson, supervisor of school counseling for the Loudoun County Public Schools are teaching the skills to do with loans and account management. They quote her saying “ It’s important for teens to know how interest works and how to track their bank accounts online”. Neale Godfrey Chairman of the Children's Financial Network also supports this development who as Washington Post reports says, “ Make sure your teen has his own bank account, and if he doesn't, take him to the bank to open it”. But unfortunately there are schools who don't make these types of classes or skills a required course to graduate. Brien McMahon doesn't require you to take certain life skill courses to graduate. It hasn't always been like this at one point there was a math course that was required for Seniors to take. One of the teachers who taught this class is Ms.Witkikatz who has been teaching for almost 30 years. She stated that in her class she would teach students about the life skills using mathematics, like taxes, credit and college loans. This class was also a required course for students to take to graduate. But as she states do to board of education's decision the course was given to the business department and the class was removed from the courses required to graduate. This class is called personal finance and as of the 2016 / 2017 school year is not a required class. But there is hope because teachers in the business department are pushing for this course to be required to graduate. There is also a lot of political pressure to make personal finance education a required course to graduate. As ctbythenumbers.info reports CT Senator Scott Frantz have pushed several bills that would add personal finance as a required course to graduate statewide. But unfortunately all of his bills have been shut down and Connecticut remains to be one of many other states that does not require this class to graduate. In fact only 5 states require a personal finance type course for graduation. This issue is one that remains quiet in today's society because unfortunately public education is not a top priority for news outlets. But many politicians hope with time they can get to a point where they can get one of these bills to pass.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 1.5 tons of illegal ivory was seized from a suburban home in Kampala, Uganda.
Elephants tusks are an poachers dream, the ivory can sell for up to $1,000 a pound on the streets in China according to The African Wildlife Foundation. Approximately 35,000 Elephants have been killed in Africa alone. However elephants aren’t the only animal desired.Rhinos, lions, tigers, zebras, hippos, leopards, turtles, and gorillas are also among poacher’s favorite.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, have launched the United for Wildlife program, whose mission is to unite all of the top wildlife charities and create a global movement. Prince William said, “I believe passionately that we have a duty to prevent critically endangered species from being wiped out. If we get together, everywhere, we can preserve these animals so that they share our world with future generations.”
Many people look at the products of endangered animals as luxuries, like ivory and skinned rugs. Others find it appalling, like Tori Casolo (18’), “It is not morally right, people are killing an animal for something that they have that's considered valuable. They take the lives of parents leaving the young ones to fend for themselves. They don’t realize that in the process of killing these harmless animals, they’re making them endangered.” Ivory is used to make jewelry, religious figures, trinkets, and utensils. When asked if she would buy goods made from endangered animals, Chrissy Kirst (18’) said, “If I knew a product was from an illegally poached animal I would not buy it. By doing so it is only saying that it is okay to harm animals for your own benefit. The animals didn’t ask to be killed, their fate was not to be turned into jewelry.”
What can be done to stop the vicious poaching cycle? Drone technology and biotagging are two of the ways researchers have proposed dealing with this crisis. By using biotagging, officials can place sensors on the animals which can track heart rate, and can be used to see if an animal has been shot, allowing authorities to get to the scene in time. Drone technology when combined with biotagging can be used to guide authorities to the poaching scene while also gathering photo and video evidence.
By Melissa Burnham
A lot of our school has been in awe at some of the stuff Trump has done in the past year, the direction our country is going in, and some of the things people have come out and said. Whether your awe is more on the side of incredulous, or pleased, here’s a list of some things that have happened in the past century that are even more jaw dropping and incredible.
As a publicity stunt Putin had media follow him around while camping, primarily shirtless, out in Siberia. Primarily the media snapped photos of his bare torso as he fishes, ride horses, even as he starts a fire. Clearly they believed nothing would inspire more confidence than their country than their 57-year-old leader prowling out in the wild.
If you were airing on the side of worry, it could be worse, as it seems Italy has had their own Trump, Prime Minister Berlusconi. He has a net worth of 7 billion dollars, compared to Trumps 3.7 billion. He even amassed more conflicts of interests in his days. Most commonly he was put on trials because his businesses were being blatantly favored by some of his policies. His relationship with the media was even worse. It reached the point where Italy and Turkey were the only ones in 2005 who received a rating on media of “free to partly free” by the International Federation of Journalists. Trump might blast the New York Times all he wants, but at least he hasn’t shut them down.
One poor women called up the Prime Minister during a Q&A, she spoke about how the recent changes in healthcare would make it impossible for her to cover her life threatening illness. She explained how after rent and utilities she only would have 400 dollars left a month, and now it’ll cost around 850 dollars to treat her illness. When she mentions that she doesn’t have healthcare provided to her because she’s a sex worker, the Australian P.M. actually has the audacity to wink. For those of us a little put back by Trump’s previous comments about women, we’re not the first country.
Sir Pearce George a military leader in Australia at the time decided that one of Australia’s biggest threats were birds. World War I veterans had taken to farming in Australia, but as the Great Depression rolled around, most of these farmers were almost starving to death. Draughts combined with the horrific economy had many Farmers desperate. To make matters worse, Emu’s were eating all of their crops. They asked for assistance and Sir George decided to declare war on the birds. The most incredible part, equipped with machine guns and soldiers, the Australians actually gave up and retreated, effectively loosing to a bunch of birds.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is the president of the Equatorial Guinea, a country with one of the highest GDP’s in the world due to their lucrative oil supplies. . The high GDP makes sense when you look at his lavish lifestyle, a Malibu mansion vacation house, a private jet. He seems like a rich prince. The craziest part is that the country has one of the highest child mortality rates, 20% of children die before they turn 5. The quality of life is absolutely horrific, and the government is seemingly useless. Useless at everything, except funding the Presidents lavish lifestyle, or maybe the President is just good at sneaking some extra cash into his bank account.
We might be feeling as if this is a time of drastic change, but just remember, there have been countries going through much more, much faster, and admittedly, much more ridiculously. Until we’ve waged and lost a war against birds, or seen Trump shirtless, we should be fine.