News Briefs: Feb. 15

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A Republican Kansas congresswoman introduced a bill to fight a Lawrence man’s deportation Tuesday. According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, Lynn Jenkins introduced the bill in hopes of bringing Syed Ahmed Jamal back to the Kansas City area. Jamal entered the U.S. legally in 1987 to attend college at the University of Kansas, but his visa expired while he was completing his doctorate. In 2011, he was ordered to be deported. Although authorities allowed him to stay, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested him last month. Jamal was on a plane en route to his home country of Bangladesh earlier this week, but an immigration panel ordered a temporary stay on his case.

The Senate is evaluating immigration bills and hoping to finish debate by the end of this week. The pressure is on, as the expiration date for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program approaches on March 5. CBS News reports that any one of the bills will require strong bipartisan support before reaching President Trump’s desk, who has said he will not sign a new immigration bill unless it conforms to his desired immigration policies, including a wall along the southern border. Supporters of the Secure and Succeed Act say it is the most likely to be signed into law because it provides protection for almost two million immigrants and provides immigration agencies with more funding. However, the bill currently lacks the bipartisan support it needs to be passed.

Intelligence agencies claim that Russia is determined to interfere with the 2018 midterm elections, possibly more aggressively than in the 2016 presidential election. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said there is no sign that Russia will change its antics during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Tuesday, according to ABC News. Other officials from the CIA, FBI, National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency agreed. The committee’s chairman, Richard Burr, said there has been electronic activity directed at state officials. “So we assume that there’s still the intent and we certainly know there’s the capability,” Burr said to ABC News.

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Rachel Hogan
Hey, hi, hello! I’m Rachel Hogan, the copy chief for The Collegian. I’m a senior in journalism from Olathe, Kansas. When I’m not at work in the newsroom, I like to spend my time cuddling with my dog, working as a barista and laughing with my friends.