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Sunday News: First Latino Leader of DNC Says He Will Be Trump’s “Worst Nightmare”; Good Riddance VA Gen. ASSembly

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, February 26.

  • Quizzical

    EPA delays rule requiring mining companies to have financial means to clean up their mining sites
    http://www.voanews.com/a/epa-delays-rule-on-funding-for-mine-pollution-cleanup/3739522.html

    “From 2010 to 2014, the EPA spent $1.1 billion on cleanup work at abandoned hard-rock mining and processing sites across the U.S.”

    Sounds like corporate welfare to me.

  • Quizzical
  • CONNOLLY ANNOUNCES GUEST TO JOINT SESSION:
    Will Bring the Sister of Iraqi Interpreter Who Was Refused Entry Due to Trump Immigration EO

    Fairfax, VA: Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly announced he will bring Farah Alkhafaji as his guest to President Trump’s joint session of Congress address. Farah’s brother, Ali, an Iraqi interpreter, was initially refused entry into the U.S. due to Trump’s immigration executive order. Farah’s husband was killed earlier for working with the U.S. military. She has since resettled in Northern Virginia and has remarried a Lieutenant Commander in the US navy. Just last month she passed her U.S. citizenship test.

    “Trump’s Executive Order would ban heroes like Farah and her brother from entering our country,” said Connolly. “They served side-by-side with American soldiers. Their service should be honored, not second guessed. They are patriots.”

    Farah and her brother’s story follows:

    Earlier this month, No One Left Behind picked up an Iraqi family of three at Dulles airport. Ali, the father, previously worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and was kidnapped and ransomed in Iraq in 2006. His sister, Farah, was, at one point, tied up and left in their home while their father was kidnapped for his work with the US. Farah’s husband was murdered for working for the US military as well.

    Farah’s family’s arrival has been especially stressful as their first flight to the US was canceled 24 hours after the EO. For their second flight to the US, they were not allowed to board despite possessing valid visas. The embassy in Jordan actually called the airlines and told the airline that the family had valid visas and were cleared for travel, but the airline told the family that DHS/CBP were not allowing the family to travel. No One Left Behind called CBP and the family was cleared for travel, and left Jordan early Friday morning last week.