Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who launched her presidential bid at a snow-covered address in Minneapolis on Sunday, told Fox News on Tuesday that the "Green New Deal" proposal is merely "aspirational" and that she would likely oppose specific elements of the plan if they came up for a vote. Klobuchar's comments made her one of the only 2020 Democratic presidential contenders to openly cast doubt on the Green New Deal's viability. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., all co-sponosored the Green New Deal resolution. "The Green New Deal? I see it as aspirational. I see it as a jump-start," Klobuchair said on "Special Report with Bret Baier." "So I would vote yes [on the Green New Deal resolution], but I would also -- if it got down to the nitty-gritty of an actual legislation, as opposed to, 'Oh, here's some goals we have' -- uh, that would be different for me." Separately, Klobuchar responded to multiple reports … [Read more...] about Klobuchar downplays Green New Deal as ‘aspirational,’ addresses binder-tossing report
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I've used my H-4 visa to invest in my community and open an art studio. But a proposed rollback in employment access will keep my doors shut forever. On the main street of downtown Frisco, Texas, the storefront space I have rented since September has yet to open for business. Along with my husband, Chandan Gaddam, I have purchased furniture and supplies for my art studio, and I’ve interviewed five U.S. citizens whom I’d like to hire. All together, Chandan and I have sunk $20,000 into the business. But it remains shuttered — and in fact may never open. The problem: The Trump administration says it plans to revoke the visa that permits me to run a business. I came to Texas from India in May 2014 to join Chandan, an information technology expert who is also from India. Because Chandan has specialized skills, his employer hired him using a high-skill visa called the H-1B. Read more commentary: Dumb job tips to unpaid federal workers could ruin careers … [Read more...] about My immigrant-owned small business would hire Americans. Trump’s proposal would keep it closed.
Government shutdown: Trump not attending economic conference The White House announced that its U.S. delegation would not attend a high-profile economic conference in Davos, Switzerland, due to the partial government shutdown, which is now is in its fifth week. The 2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which started Tuesday, has become an annual happening for politicians seeking to burnish their global credentials, entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses and various celebrities seeking to promote their charities. Last week, President Donald Trump apologized and blamed his cancellation on Democrats, who he's been battling over $5.7 billion to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Over the weekend, Trump offered to extend protections for some young immigrants in exchange for border wall funding, but Democrats denounced the offer, saying it wasn't enough to end the historic shutdown. And the (Oscar) nominees … [Read more...] about Academy Award nominations, Baseball Hall of Fame: 5 things to know Tuesday
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Friday that his administration was planning an overhaul of U.S. policies for specialty visa holders from other countries working in the United States. "H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship," Trump tweeted. He did not supply specifics. While Trump said "we want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.," critics have been concerned that he might try to crack down on the number of highly skilled workers coming into the U.S. However, his Friday tweets suggested he was weighing policies that might be more favorable to such workers. Administration officials have been working at overhauling a number of immigration rules, including the H-1B work-visa program that technology companies and others use to bring top foreign engineering talent … [Read more...] about Trump says will unveil overhaul ‘soon’ of visa rules for skilled workers ‘including a path to citizenship’
Rafia Zakaria is the author of "The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan" (Beacon 2015) and "Veil" (Bloomsbury 2017). She is a columnist for Dawn newspaper in Pakistan and The Baffler. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)It is Miller time in America -- and what a dismal time it is. Rafia Zakaria Stephen Miller, Donald Trump's 33-year old senior policy adviser, is rumored to have written a good bit of the speech that the President delivered last night from the Oval Office. Taken by itself, the speech and its horror-heavy rhetoric would suggest that the Trump administration and Miller take issue only with illegal immigration to the United States, the sort they believe authorities could stem with a physical barrier. This is not true. For Stephen Miller, advocating for the border wall and railing against illegal immigrants is but one part of the transformation he envisions for the United States and its immigration … [Read more...] about Stephen Miller is making America hostile to immigrants