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January 2020
  • “A federal judge (January 15) temporarily suspended a new (Trump) administration policy that allowed state and local authorities to opt out of receiving refugees, concluding that the policy would most likely be found to be illegal.” – The New York Times, January 16, 2020
    • “Many parts of America would be shrinking if not for the arrival of residents from other countries,” The New York Times reported January 10, based on state-by-state “population estimates recently released by the Census Bureau.”
    • Mexico says it will not grant transit visas or free passage for hundreds of migrants who have left Honduras in an attempt to reach the US border.” – BBC News, January 16, 2020
  • Julian Castro, the former housing secretary and sole Hispanic candidate running for president, dropped his bid endorsing Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, four days later. – The New York Times, January 7, 2020
  • Puerto Rico’s top emergencies manager has been sacked after video emerged of a warehouse full of supplies dating back to the devastating Hurricane Maria,” BBC News reported January 19. “There are thousands of people who have made sacrifices to help those in the south, and it is unforgiveable that resources were kept in the warehouse,’ said Puerto Rico’s Governor Vázquez Garcel.
  • Congress (January 16) gave final approval to President Trump’s revised North American Free trade Agreement, handing the president his second trade victory of the week as the Senate prepared to try him for high crimes and misdemeanors.” – The New York Times, January 16, 2020
  • In Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia and Chile, “Russia-linked (Twitter) accounts posted strikingly similar messages within 90 minutes of one another. State Department analysts concluded that an influence campaign was underway, the latest evidence of a global disinformation war.” – The New York Times, January 16, 2020
  • Juan Guaidó, Venezuela’s main opposition leader, arrived in Spain as part of “an international tour to bolster support for his U.S.-backed effort to remove (President Nicolás) Maduro and lead the country until a presidential election deemed to be transparent can be held.” – Associated Press, January 25, 2020
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