The Obama-era program, DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals) has been repealed, decided by current president Donald Trump. DACA allows certain illegal immigrants, who came into the country as minors, to get a work permit and prohibit them from getting deported. This is a 2 year program that can be renewed. Trump believes that allowing DACA to proceed will allow illegal immigrants to come into our country and commit felonies. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions argue that “those in the country illegally are lawbreakers who hurt native-born Americans by usurping their jobs and putting down wages.” Former President Barack Obama says Trump’s decision is “ wrong” “self- defeating” and “cruel”.
The program has around 800,000 recipients. The group is called “DREAMers”. They are planning on cancelling the program in 6 months. So what happens to those “DREAMers” now? “The recipients with permits, whose renewables are going to expire between now and March 5, will be able to re-apply as long as they are turned in by March 5.” The recipients could be deported if congress does not do something about it. What do you think about this decision?
Story by Hallie Dodd
On August 26, 2017 Michael Bennett, a professional football player, got harassed by white police officers. He was in Las Vegas on his off day for the Mcgregor-Mayweather fight. He was leaving the fight when he heard what sounded like gunshots. Like everyone else, he ran away from it. Las Vegas police officers singled him out and ordered him to the ground. Many think that they did it just because he was black. They handcuffed him until his fingers went numb. They shoved him into a police car and realized it was Michael Bennett. “This is a great example of why I sit for the National anthem at every game,” Michael said.
Lots of people have been abused just because of their skin color. It happens daily yet only gets talked about if it’s someone famous or if someone dies. Football at Asheville Middle School started last Thursday. The cheer squad is mostly black and the football team is a mix of black and white. It’s important not to judge people just because of their color because it’s wrong. Most people have friends of all different races so it doesn't make sense to judge. “On the football team we are family, so it would be wrong to judge your family just because of race.” Ethan said, a captain on the football team. Who knows, someone might sit for the anthem at a game to stand against racism. Here at AMS, we have to make sure we are leading by example and treating people the right way!
Story by Winston Sloan
On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast. Little did America know it would become one of the worst storms in history. By August 31st, the storm had left Houston and the world began to learn of the damage that Houston had sustained. In some places the water was 10 feet deep - fully submerging 1 story homes. Citizens with boats took it upon themselves to rescue their neighbors from the rising flood waters. The city of New Orleans took in Harvey survivors, returning the favor Houston had done in taking in Hurricane Katrina survivors 12 years ago. While most survived the storm, that's only half the battle. The city of Houston must still rebuild.
The waters in Houston have receded but it leaves almost 100,000 homes damaged and 30 million in damages to public buildings. The governor of Texas has estimated that Hurricane Harvey has left 180 billion in damages. However, congress has only put down an intail 8 billion. That leaves a 172 billion dollar deficit. While congress plans to send more money overtime, Houston residents question if it will be enough. With more than 200,000 people displaced in Texas, it's unclear where these people will stay and when they can return home. The government agency, FEMA, is scrambling to offer relief to hurricane victims. Until residents receive money from FEMA, many will not be able to rebuild. Houston struggles to rebuild with their limited funds, but its residents seem optimistic about the long road ahead. With an attitude like that, it's only a matter of time till Houston gets back on its feet.
Story by Franklin Bester-Sproul
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Reuters. "Hurricane Harvey Damages Could Cost up to $180 Billion." Fortune.com
Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico and a small line of northern Caribbean islands on Wednesday, September 3rd; around 3 people were killed. Hurricane Irma is currently category five (the highest possible on the hurricane scale). It is also the first hurricane to hit the south east coast of the US since Wilma in 2005. The winds on September 3rd were around 185 mph, making it one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, got hit with winds of 100 mph. The outer parts of the storm hit a small line of islands.
On September 8th, Hurricane Irma battled the Caribbean, hurtling to Florida at category 4 with winds of 155 mph. It left devastation and destruction in its path. How people started to prep for this storm was they got airports and shelters ready with food and water and beds, people started to put up shutters on their windows and sandbag on their doors, taking flights to evacuate if they could, driving hours away to big supermarkets like Costco and Sam's club to get food and water to be ready. Unfortunately, they drove almost 3 hours away to get gas and food, but there was nothing left. Some people ended up staying overnight at places like Costco, Sam's Club, and grocery stores. At all of the gas stations it got so bad police have to stay and watch over the people getting gas. People waited at Home Depot for plywood to put it on their house for extra protection.
Even if you live close to Hurricane Irma’s path, you may not be evacuated but you will for the most part be affected and should prepare for the worst. Some of the people that live in Florida since 2005 were already partially pre-prepared because of Hurricane Wilma. Most of the people that have died because of hurricanes is because of flooding, and issues that it causes. People that owned big signs (like billboards) changed what they said to "start prepping for Irma" and “Go Away Irma”.
If you did end up staying, people got prepared by packing a suitcase/bag with some of these things: cash, clothes, food and water, phone with chargers and batteries, medications, important papers/cards. The all around best way to be prepared would be to get a airplane ticket before the hurricane is close, or to drive far away. Some people that are poor and don't have enough money to buy a ticket, or enough gas to drive away, or couldn’t get a ticket because it was full, had to stay and brave the storm. How these people prepared was by fixing their houses up to go through the hurricane enough for them to be alive, and they got the most food/water that they could, also by buying gas. Some people also went to family or friends house for more protection or double story houses because of flooding. People also have gone to hotels because they have driven far away because of flight issues.
Unfortunately, Irma was not the last hurricane of this season. Others that will hit the the Caribbean islands and the US are Jose and Maria. There might be more, too. Hopefully, people will be able to prepare for the storm the best they can!
Story by Olivia Crosson
From California to Washington, what look like lakes of lava are actually massive wildfires. Welcome to wildfire season. In many towns close to the fire, a thick cloud of wildfire smoke covers the area. The smoke here prevents people coming out more than a short period of time and the smoke is making potential bans to football games and other activities.
Some of the biggest wildfires will start this month, which prompts a bigger scare for the people of these towns scattered along the wildfire area. There is some good news though, in the upcoming weeks the fires will start to wind down. In Idaho, Kim Johno said, “you look outside and it's like a thick fog. It’s definitely impacting our sports, football and everything.” Her sister was hospitalized from respiratory failure from wildfire smoke last year.
Abcnews.go.com said “a wet winter and spring in the western U.S brought predictions that the 2017 wildfire season would be wild.” But now it's turned out to be the worst wildfire in U.S history for most land burned. “How much land?” you might ask, well close to two million acres of land. This fire almost stacks up to the Miramichi fire, the third worst fire in U.S history. Now the 2017 fire on the west coast, the 4th worst fire in U.S history. It hasn't been reported on much due to Irma and the other upcoming hurricanes. What a time on the Western side!
Story by Graham Brooks