News Roundup 11/1/18



By: Raylene Camerano

1. More Troops Than Expected Sent to the Border

President Donald Trump has openly argued against immigration and recently made a decision to deploy 15,000 troops to halt immigration from the Mexican border. The president's views of illegal immigration have been accused of "fearmongering" and used threats to immigrants and future asylum seekers for political attention. Officials have denied the release of 15,000 deployments on the troops and national guard. The number of soldiers could rise from 7,000 to 8,000. If the amount of deployments reaches 15,000 like predicted, the stance on the Mexican border would be of the same war-stance there is in Afghanistan.

Source: AP News

2. President Trump Dismisses Birthright Citizenship

President Trump criticized House representative, Paul Ryan, about his views on the children of immigrants and their birthright citizenship. "Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about!" Trump tweeted on Oct 31st, 9:43 AM. The President has rushed to the location of the synagogue shooting to speak and give a statement, in which he addressed illegal immigration into the United States.

Source: The New York Times

3. Khashoggi's Body Gone Without a Trace

In the month of October, Jamal Khashoggi went missing after entering a Saudi building. Believed to be murdered by a 15-man hit team, seconds after entering the complex. His wife stood outside the building awaiting his return, but she never saw her fiancé again. Turkish authorities have stated that Saudi Arabia officials have not been very cooperative in the ongoing investigation. Khashoggi's Apple Watch was reportedly on during his assassination and recent reports state that his body was dismembered and investigative officials have no word on the whereabouts of his remains.

Source: The Washington Post, Quartz

4. China Charged With Stealing US Trade Secrets

A company in China controlled by the government has been charged for stealing US trade secrets. The individual charged is Chen Zhengkun, who works for United Microelectronics Corporation, or UMC. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated,"China—like any advanced nation—must decide whether it wants to be a trusted partner on the world stage, or whether it wants to be known around the world as a dishonest regime running a corrupt economy founded on fraud, theft and strong-arm tactics." The Chinese embassy did not immediately respond for comments. The secrets stolen are worth up to $8.75 billion. The US and China currently have billions of dollars of tariffs upon each other.

Source: ABC News

5. Synagogue Shooter Filed With 29 Charges Against Him

Robert Bowers opened fire on the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill. 11 people are pronounced dead and several wounded, police officers included. The federal courts have charged Bowers with, "...11 counts of criminal , along with six counts of attempted homicide; six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation," as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Officials stated they had no recognition of the shooter before the attack and later searched his home and interviewed neighbors who stated that he was a quiet man who kept to himself.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette