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September 1, 2017

In a Facebook post, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday deemed it "unconscionable to repeal" the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program without a legislative solution in hand. With President Trump toying with doing exactly that, Bush emphasized the importance of providing DREAMers with "certainty."

"Congress must act urgently to provide DREAMers certainty, through the BRIDGE Act and other legislative options that provide a path to legal status for children brought to the United States illegally," Bush wrote. The BRIDGE Act, which has not been passed into law, is a bipartisan measure that proposes allowing those who have received work authorization "temporary relief from deportation."

Bush is one of many to weigh in as Trump is rumored to be contemplating the end of DACA, which has granted temporary work and residency status to roughly 780,000 DREAMers, or undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before age 16. A group of 300 corporate executives is publicly pushing to save the program, and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have both indicated they would disagree with Trump if he were to end the program.

Trump's final decision on DACA will be announced Tuesday. Becca Stanek

November 18, 2016

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Friday condemned President-elect Donald Trump's decision to appoint Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general. NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. President Sherrilyn Ifill released a statement Friday citing Sessions' "decades-long record ... of opposing civil rights and equality," saying it was "unimaginable that he could be entrusted to serve as the chief law enforcement officer for this nation's civil rights laws." Ifill called Sessions' appointment "yet another signal" Trump's administration "is actively working to continue to sow division."

Trump transition team spokesman Jason Miller defended the Sessions decision, pointing to the desegregation lawsuits Sessions filed while Alabama attorney general, his vote in favor of the "30-year extension of the Civil Rights Act," and his involvement in awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to civil rights activist Rosa Parks. "[W]e feel very confident that Sen. Sessions has the background and the support to receive confirmation," Miller said.

Ifill's statement is available to read in full below. Becca Stanek

November 1, 2016

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said Tuesday he doesn't think the FBI should be talking about its investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server until the case is closed. "I don't want an update on the status of the email investigation. I am not entitled to an update on the status of the email investigation," Gowdy, who once worked at the Justice Department, said during an interview on CNN's New Day. "They should not be discussing the facts of an investigation until the investigation is over."

But while Gowdy doesn't want updates, he said he does agree with FBI Director James Comey's initial decision to inform Congress that more emails were discovered that could be pertinent to the previous investigation of Clinton's private email server. "I don't view his letter as an update on the facts of the investigation. I view it as a notice document," Gowdy said.

A handful of Gowdy's Republican colleagues don't even agree with Comey's decision to send out the "notice document," as Gowdy called it. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) slammed the FBI disclosure as "vague" and said it "failed to give ... enough context to evaluate the significance or full meaning of this development," while Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said the FBI director's letter to Congress was "probably not the right thing for Comey to do." Becca Stanek

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