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United Kingdom Suffers Fatal Terrorist Attack Near Parliament

London, England was struck by a deadly terrorist attack outside the perimeter of the Parliament this past Wednesday. The perpetrator, fifty-two year-old Khalid Masood, drove his vehicle into police officers and civilians on the Westminster Bridge.  ABC News reports that after the perpetrator “crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament,” he proceeded to assault  “an officer who was standing guard” with a knife (Winsor, Kutsch, & Jacobo, 2017, para. 13). The officer, forty-eight year old Keith Palmer, died of his injuries. The attack’s perpetrator was fatally shot on…

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Secretary of State Discusses North Korea’s Missile Threat During Trip to Asia

On Sunday, March 19, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson concluded a diplomatic trip to the countries of China, Japan and South Korea.  During his visit to Asia, Tillerson addressed the increasing threat North Korea poses to not only its neighboring countries, but also to the United States. The New York Times reported on March 18 that the country of North Korea has “conducted a ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust missile engine” (Sang-Hun, 2017, para. 1).  Due to their steady enhancement of their missile systems, North Korea could…

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President Trump Issues a Revised Travel Ban

On Monday, March 6, President Trump issued a revised travel ban in order to remedy the legal issues that have befallen his original executive order. The order maintains a ninety-day restriction on the admission of nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen into the United States. The revised order, however, lifts the travel restriction on Iraqi nationals. While the executive order requires that “additional scrutiny” should be allocated for Iraqi nationals before they are permitted to enter the United States, the order purports that “Iraq’s commitment to combat…

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President Trump Delivers First Address to Congress

On Tuesday, February 28, President Trump addressed both Congress and the nation in his Joint Address to Congress. Within his hour long speech, the President covered an expansive range of policy areas. Seeking to “deliver a message of unity and strength,” President Trump opened his address by praising the “renewal of the American spirit.” Speaking on the controversial issue of immigration policy, President Trump reiterated his promise to build a wall across the Southern border and to “remov[e] gang members, drug dealers, and criminals” from the country. The President also…

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Trump Administration May Make Adjustments to Controversial Executive Order

During an address at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany this weekend, U.S.  Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly revealed that there may be changes made to President Trump’s Executive Order 13769. Formally titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” the executive order is commonly referred to as President Trump’s travel ban. The order restricts entry into the United States by individuals from seven countries. Soon after the order was issued, the states of Washington and Minnesota requested a temporary restraining order to prohibit…

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President Trump Announces Nomination for the Supreme Court

On Tuesday, January 31, President Donald Trump announced his nomination for the next judge of the United States Supreme Court. The President nominated 49 year-old Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals to fill the post. If confirmed by the Senate, Gorsuch will fill the vacancy left by the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia last February. Making the announcement at the White House, President Trump praised his nominee’s “outstanding legal skills” and “tremendous discipline.” President Trump also noted that Gorsuch had “earned bi-partisan support”…

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Presidential Statement Concerning Executive Order on Immigration

On February 3, President Jim Reynolds sent an email to the Wilmington College students, faculty and staff concerning the recent Executive Orders and his concerns and reflections on the the issue using the frame of the institution’s history. Dear Wilmington Students, Faculty and Staff: Over the past several days, I have spent much time in introspection concerning our College, its connection to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the values we hold important, and the recent events surrounding Executive Orders issued by the President that will curtail the immigration of…

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Women’s March Includes WC Students and Faculty

The day after Trump’s inauguration, it was planned to have a Women’s March in Washington D.C. Over the past year, Trump has made different comments towards women, Muslims, Mexicans, and more groups.  People have decided to fight back and speak up against Trump’s ideas about how America should be. Several students and faculty of Wilmington College participated on campus and in Washington D.C. Students Sarah Holtzclaw, Hayley Zornes, and Emma Marks protested in Wilmington with a local women’s group modeled after the National Pantsuit Organization (now called: ACT, Alliance for Compassion…

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President Trump Signs Refugee Vetting Order

Concluding his first week in office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that restricts entry into the United States of foreign nationals. The order calls for the “suspension of issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of countries of particular concern” (whitehouse.gov). Joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Trump announced the implementing of “new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.” Trump stated that the order seeks to keep “the very threats our soldiers…

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Amnesty International Continues to Advocate for Immigration Reform

With the changes in the U.S. Presidential administration, the addition of the Latino Student Association (LSA) onto campus, and the work of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) through student Mathew Hursey, WC’s Amnesty International has taken a stance on immigration reform throughout the week of January 23. Members of WC Amnesty have tabled in Pyle with three participation options for students: Sign a petition that states that you value immigrants Take a picture with a white board sharing how immigrants have blessed you, along with the hashtag #blessingnotburden Contact…

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