Comey – ‘“No Doubt’” Russian government interfered with presidential election

After nearly a month of speculation and waiting, former FBI Director James Comey appeared in a public hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday morning to answer questions on the investigation into possible Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. The committee started with both Chairman Richard Burr (R - N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D - VA) stressing the fact that the hearing was not about a political party. “This whole investigation is not about relitigating the election. It’s not about who won or lost. And it sure as heck is not about Democrats versus Republicans,” Warner said in his opening statement. “We’re here because a foreign adversary attacked us right here at home, plain and simple, not by guns or missiles, but by foreign operatives seeking to hijack our most important democratic process — our presidential election.” It didn’t take long for the questions swirling around the news cycle to get answered, with Burr opening by directly asking Comey if he had any doubts the Russian government attempted to interfere with the 2016 election, if the Russian government was responsible for the DNC and state file hack, and if any votes had been altered due to Russian

By | 2017-06-10T14:57:43+00:00 Jun 10, 2017 | 2:56 pm|Categories: 2016 Election, News|Tags: , , |

CSU issues statement condemning Trump immigration executive orders

In an email to students, faculty and staff, California State University Chancellor Timothy White and the Presidents of CSU campuses stated their opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration. “We are deeply troubled by President Trump's recent executive order that stands in stark contrast to the fundamental tenets of the California State University,” the statement said. “We believe in the free exchange of ideas globally, central to which is our ability to welcome and interact with those from around the world.” The statement goes on to ask that the president reconsider his policy that prevents citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The ban led to people being detained at airports in the U.S. and abroad, with some sent back to their home countries. “You sort of feel identified or sympathy to what they are going through, like thinking it could happen to me since I am an international student with a visa,” said Martin Oliva, an Aerospace Engineering student from Mexico. “It could happen any time if [Trump] decides to and you feel a little powerless.” Protests against the ban erupted at airports across the country, including one at Los Angeles International Airport on

By | 2017-01-30T21:21:29+00:00 Jan 30, 2017 | 9:21 pm|Categories: 2016 Election, CSU, News|

President Donald Trump’s first week in office leads to various executive actions and memorandums

Affordable Care Act repeal The Affordable Care Act , which was put into effect in 2013 and currently cover over 20 million Americans, is now in the early stages of being repealed. The executive order, which was signed on the first day of Trump’s presidency, would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the heads of other departments to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay implementation of any provision or requirement,” according to official signed document. While it is the process of being repealed, it was reported by the Washington Post that Trump promised a replacement that would include “insurance for everybody.” U.S. Border security An existing fence that has served as a separation point between the U.S. and Mexico for decades is now expected to get a maximum renovation. The executive action, which was one of the first signed orders, would include: The building of a new wall Hiring of 5,000 new border patrol officers, an end to the catch and release system (which allows immigrants to stay in the U.S while waiting for a hearing with an immigration judge) Allow local law enforcement to act as immigration officers Hiring of 10,000 new immigration officers Create

By | 2017-01-30T21:42:29+00:00 Jan 30, 2017 | 9:13 pm|Categories: 2016 Election, News|

Santa Ana declared a sanctuary city

Santa Ana declared itself a sanctuary city Tuesday, after city council members voted unanimously in favor of the protective move. According to a Los Angeles Time article, “Santa Ana declares itself a sanctuary city in defiance of Trump,” city council members want to make the declaration official as an ordinance and will follow major cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Rafael Topete, Director of Cal State Long Beach’s Dream Success Center, said there is no clear definition of what a sanctuary city is. Most have policies or laws that protect undocumented immigrants and usually prohibit police officers from questioning documentation. As a commuter school, CSULB hosts many students from surrounding cities, including Santa Ana. “I am 100 percent in support of the movement,” sophomore psychology major Eddie Le said. “I’m actually from Santa Ana and I have close friends [who] are undocumented. I’ve grown up with them and they belong in the community just as much as I do.” Topete said that although the act is good for residents’ morale and shows elected officials are supporting all citizens of Santa Ana, there is a downside of declaring a city a sanctuary – specifically, the mixed media attention

By | 2016-12-28T14:29:23+00:00 Dec 7, 2016 | 8:53 pm|Categories: 2016 Election, Campus, Features, News, Showcase|

CSU won’t question documentation

California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White declared in an open letter published Nov. 17 that CSU campuses will not cooperate with local, state or any federal department for the enforcement of federal immigration laws on campuses. “Our duty is to protect our students and enforce what we have coming down from the Chancellor’s office,” Director of the Dream Success Center Rafael Topete said. “Our duty is not to enforce immigration [laws]. This is a federal law and should involve federal officers.” This policy is similar to sanctuary cities, but the university cannot promise to declare itself as a “sanctuary” because the term does not have a solid legal definition and can be misleading. Sanctuary cities have laws or policies that protect undocumented immigrants and most prevent police from asking individuals about their immigration status. Elizabeth Chapin, manager of public affairs at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, said that there have not been any changes to immigration policies within the CSU and the use of the term “sanctuary” could lead to misplaced confidence among the school body. The letter states that CSUs will continue to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all faculty, staff and students and reinforces

By | 2016-11-29T20:48:52+00:00 Nov 29, 2016 | 8:48 pm|Categories: 2016 Election, Campus, Crime, CSU, News|

Trump’s cabinet selections: the short list

In the weeks following the November election, President-elect Donald Trump has been selecting the members for his White House cabinet. So far, Trump filled seven of the vacant cabinet positions with former news executives, lobbyists and high-ranking Republican officials. Here’s a breakdown of who has been appointed to what positions. Chief Strategist: Stephen Bannon Bannon is the former executive chairman of Breitbart, an alt-right news organization that has published controversial articles such as “Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy” and “Hoist it high and proud: The Confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage.” Bannon has been a leader of the alt-right nationalist movement, which has been likened to the Nazi party by critics for their white supremacist beliefs and attitudes. As chief strategist, Bannon will be the main advisor to Trump and the rest of his administration. Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus Priebus is the current chairman of the Republican National Convention and was an adviser to Trump during his campaign. Although he has never held an elected position, Priebus served as the chairman for the Wisconsin Republican Party before joining the RNC. During Trump’s campaign, Priebus worked with Trump to solidify his agenda and presidential politics. As chief of

By | 2016-12-12T09:25:40+00:00 Nov 27, 2016 | 6:14 pm|Categories: 2016 Election, News|

Trump’s proposed immigration policies threaten DREAMers

President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge of mass deportations and changes to the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals  has left hundreds of thousands of undocumented people with an uncertain future in the United States. DACA allows students, also known as DREAMers, who were brought to the United States  before June 2007 and under the age of 16 upon arrival to apply for a two-year renewable work permit. This allows them to obtain a social security number, attend college and grants them protection from deportation. However, since DACA is an executive order issued by President Barack Obama, the incoming Trump administration could overturn it. Executive orders have been reversed by incoming presidents. For instance, when Obama took office after George W. Bush, he repealed Bush’s ban on federal funding for stem cell research. According to a Los Angeles Time article, “Beneficiaries of Obama's immigration relief worry about future under Trump,” there are an estimated 742,000 recipients of DACA living in the United States, with about one third of them living in California. Approximately 650 undocumented students attended Cal State Long Beach last year, paying full tuition and student fees through DACA. “As much as it pains me to say, DACA amended students are

By | 2016-11-15T21:29:37+00:00 Nov 15, 2016 | 9:29 pm|Categories: 2016 Election, Campus, Crime, CSU, Long Beach, News, Showcase|

Long Beach protests Trump’s administration

Close to a thousand people showed up in Bixby Park in Long Beach Saturday night to protest President-elect Donald Trump’s plans and initiatives for his first 100 days in office. Some of those policies include the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the banning of Muslims entering the country and the reinvestment in coal mining.   Trump is proposing to federally defund sanctuary cities, which serve as a safe place for undocumented people to live without fear of being deported. He vowed to immediately begin deporting millions of undocumented immigrants on the Nov. 13 episode of CBS’s 60 Minutes. Protesters held signs saying “Love Trumps Hate” and “Pu**y Bites Back”. Others wore LGBT, Mexican or U.S. flags while beating on drums. The protest, organized by activist Maii Ware, started at 6 o’clock, with a few hundred protesters arriving in the park area next to Cherry Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. Protesters waved signs and chanted “we reject the president-elect!” and “this is what democracy looks like” as motorists honked their horns and revved their engines. Claudia Peña, a Buena Park resident, stood on the sidewalk while holding her baby and cheered on protesters as they passed by. “I attended a candlelight at Harvey

By | 2016-11-13T17:54:48+00:00 Nov 13, 2016 | 5:44 pm|Categories: 2016 Election, Events, Long Beach, News, Showcase|
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