In a shift, President Donald Trump agreed to honor the “one China” policy during a phone call with China’s leader Xi Jinping. Trump angered Bejing in December by talking to the president of Taiwan and saying that the United States did not have to stick to the policy. The conversation comes after diplomatic sources in Bejing said China had been nervous about Xi being humiliated in the event that a call with Trump went wrong.
Thursday evening, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate Trump’s executive order temporarily banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The three-judge panel unanimously ruled that the Trump administration failed to offer any evidence that national security concerns justified immediately restoring the order.
Trump responded on Twitter:
And it isn’t over. The White House has 14 days to ask the 9th Circuit to have a larger panel of judges review the decision “en banc,” or appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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That’s how much an internal Department of Homeland Security report says Trump’s “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border would cost. The report’s estimated price tag is much higher than a $12 billion figure cited by Trump during his campaign and $15 billion from top Republican leaders in Congress.
Meanwhile, protests broke out in Phoenix after an Arizona mother of two who lived in the United States for more than 20 years was deported to Mexico. Her attorney and family said Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, has become one of the first to be swept up in the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigrants in the United States.
“What have we come to as a society when we allow our government to rip a mother away from her two children?”
-Attorney Ray Ybarra-Maldonado said at a news conference outside a Phoenix Immigration and Customs Enforcement office