REFUGEE ORDER // President Trump signed an executive order which placed a 90-day moratorium on entry to the U.S. from the seven countries named in a 2015 law that have been overrun by jihadist violence. The policy instantly created a backlash with protests at major airports. Misinformation also spread just as quickly. Whether you support or oppose this executive order, please read this no-nonsense explanation of what it is, and what it isn’t. http://cvote.it/2jHMgLx
REFUGEE ORDER // One change has already been made: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly issued a statement stating that entry of lawful permanent residents was in the ‘national interest.’ http://cvote.it/2jHPWN9
REFUGEE ORDER// Immigrants rights groups were jubilant after winning some quick court cases against Trump’s executive order. But these rulings were very narrow, and dealt only with persons already in transit. The executive order remains in effect, and future court decisions might be very different because courts have rarely accorded constitutional rights to foreigners outside the United States. http://cvote.it/2jHQfYj
MIDEAST CHRISTIANS // President Trump said in an interview Friday that Christians seeking asylum in the United States will be given priority when they apply for refugee status. Trump later tweeted: “Christians in the Middle-East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue!” http://cvote.it/2jHWz2h
SUPREME COURT // President Trump might move up the announcement of his Supreme Court nominee to Tuesday, or even today. Last week, Trump said the announcement would happen on Thursday. Multiple sources have suggested that Trump has narrowed the selection down to two federal appeals court judges: Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit and Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit. http://cvote.it/2jHVTd3
CULTURE OF DEATH // The D.C. Council legalized physician-assisted suicide in the District last year. “Now it is Congress’s duty and constitutional obligation to ensure the act does not stand,” writes Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. http://cvote.it/2jHWVFX
MARCH FOR LIFE // A pro-life group from Fort Worth, TX, visiting D.C. for the March for Life were attacked by a group of teens. Injuries included a broken nose and a fractured eye socket. Despite the scare, these pro-lifers still participated in the March. God bless them! http://cvote.it/2jHUdQW
WORD OF THE DAY // Executive order – The President of the United States issues an official statement about how the federal agencies he oversees are to use their resources. It is not considered a new law, but instructing the government how it is to work within the parameters that are already set by Congress and the Constitution.