New Farm Bill Signed Into Law; Hungry Americans Remain

Hunger-fighting groups applaud the new 2019 Farm Bill signed by President Donald Trump, for not including more work requirements in order for adults to be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Farmers Group Ramps Up Advertising Campaign Against Tariffs

China recently announced additional terrifies on U.S. imports, on the same day Farmers for Free Trade said it’s stepping up its campaign to encourage farmers to let President Donald Trump know that tariffs are hurting the agriculture industry. Farmers for Free Trade will spend $800,000 on radio, print, online and television ads across the heartland, including in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, South Dakota and other states. The bipartisan association’s Tariffs Hurt the Heartland campaign also will include town hall events in various states. Matt McAlvanah, policy analyst with Farmers for Free Trade, said the group is at the Minnesota Farmfest this week to collect stories from farmers that will appear in the advertising campaign. “Because right now there’s just this wave of anecdotes of pain, job loss and plummeting prices,” McAlvanah said.

Undocumented immigrants, if not deported, are set to contribute nearly $5 trillion in U.S. economic output over the next decade.

Study: Undocumented Immigrants Contribute More Than Wealthy

New research from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows undocumented immigrants pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than America’s wealthiest citizens. If not deported, they are set to contribute $5 trillion to US economic output over the next decade.

Funding for programs that work with fishermen to keep invasive species out of the Great Lakes is threatened.

Great Lakes Restoration Funds May be Cut

A program that has made huge progress in cleaning up the Great Lakes would be essentially defunded under a budget proposal from the Trump administration.

Citizenship clinics are drawing large crowds as many immigrants fear for their future.

As Immigrant Fears Rise, Rush to Citizenship Under Way

Citing concerns about their future and safety of their families under the current administration, many immigrants in Florida say they are accelerating plans to become United States citizens.

The order requires regulations to only consider cost, not the value of protections.

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Order on Regulations

Public-interest, environmental and labor groups have joined in filing a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of President Trump’s executive order requiring federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new one enacted.

5,000 March Against Trump Immigrant Travel Ban In Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis was jammed Tuesday night with thousands of people opposed to President Donald Trump’s executive orders preventing immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

530 refugees, more than half from Syria, were resettled in Connecticut last year.

Ban on New Refugees Affects Those Already Here

A refugee resettlement organization that helped more than 500 resettle in Connecticut last year says the executive order signed by President Trump to stop the arrival of new refugees for 120 days affects those already here awaiting family members and could greatly extend the process for those hoping to come.

Vetting of refugees involves three government agencies and takes 18 to 24 months.

Executive Order Leaves Refugees in Danger, Advocates Say

Refugee resettlement advocates say the executive order signed Friday by President Trump to halt resettlement of any refugees in the United States for 120 days leaves tens of thousands of refugees already in the process with few options