Nightly Rundown: Transgender Rights, Betsy DeVos, And More

Good evening, here’s what happened today

  • Trump sets his policy for transgender rights

President Donald Trump, as well as his attorney general and secretary of education, have today officially stated their policy for transgender students in public schools. In an obvious pander to social conservatives who voted for him and facing pressure from a very conservative attorney general, Trump’s new policy rolls back Obama administration policy that allowed transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

To read our full article about it, click here

  • New immigration policy will deport millions

The new Trump administration policy outlined by the Department of Homeland Security (HHS) will greatly expand the immigration force and greatly increase the number of undocumented immigrants who are deported. The new policy will turn state and local law enforcement into de facto immigration agents, and expand the legal term for what constitutes an undocumented immigrant. The new policy will also start allowing immigrants who are charged with (not convicted of) minor offenses to high crime, to be deported.

  • Tillerson visits Mexico

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to visit Mexico, a country that currently has tense relations with us amid President Donald Trump ordering the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The meeting will be a test of the skills of Tillerson, who has not held government office before or been a formal diplomat.

  • Dakota Access Pipeline moves forward

Most of the protesters for the Dakota Access pipeline left their place near the construction that has been their place of protest for a long time. The protesters have been camping out close to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota for months on end.

  • More troops in the Middle East would help, U.S. commander says

The United States commander for the Middle East said that more American troops would help with the military effort against the Islamic State in Syria. Recently the campaign to take back Mosul from the Islamic State has been advanced, and the liberation of the city of Mosul is on the horizon.

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