Staff members inside the White House are usually heavily scrutinized and checked before they are allowed to hold any kind of position inside the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. However, reports have revealed that a new set of FBI background checks was apparently [more]
SANTA FE, N.M. - An amended version of the New Mexico extended background check bill is now heading to the house floor. The House Consumer and Public Affairs recently voted 3-1 to approve the new house bill, HB 50, which seeks to extend the requirement of background checks for gun [more]
President Donald Trump's executive order to deny refugees and immigrants from entering the United States sent shockwaves around the country and sparked protest from Muslim and Non-Muslim American citizens. Over the weekend, protest erupted in various locations around the country including several rallies in large airports in New York, Denver, [more]
Gun rights advocates have reportedly now lobbied for the incoming Trump administration to do away with a recently finalized ruling that would collate information gathered from the Social Security System into the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database. The ruling was originally submitted as part of the [more]
The National Rifle Association (NRA) seems to be quite happy with how 2016 had turned out as the organization tweeted the record breaking number of last year's background checks on its official Twitter account. The organization expressed its delight on how Americans are apparently embracing their right to bear arms [more]
Background checks have always been reserved as an added security measure for high-profile or high risk situations such as firearm purchases, security-related job applications, and safety-related fields. However, a South Carolina State representative seems to want to make it as a requirement for people who want to apply for a [more]
President Donald Trump’s executive order to deny refugees and immigrants from entering the United States sent shockwaves around the country and sparked protest from Muslim and Non-Muslim American citizens. Over the weekend, protest erupted in various locations around the country including several rallies in large airports in New York, Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.
Trump’s recently signed executive order has outright denied entry for anyone coming from seven Muslim-majority countries in the next 90 days. The countries affected are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen. According to the 2013 World Bank Census data, this would affect more than 134 million people living in those countries.
The executive order is of course a big issue for those who have already acquired a valid visa, for those who are in transit, and for those who have already landed in the country just before the order was put in place. Fortunately, a federal judge has issued a ruling that grants emergency stay for those who are in limbo. Over the weekend, reports have revealed that the Department of Homeland Security has managed to flag down over 100 travelers from different airports across the country. 173 people have also been stopped from boarding flights headed to the United States.
As stipulated in Trump’s orders, those who are already legal permanent residents and holders of special visas are being allowed entry into the country, but only after their undergo a full background check and an extensive interview process.
So far, 81 people have made it through the entire process and have been allowed to enter the United States. There is still of course a lot of legal turmoil to sift through as those who have been denied entry, even those with green cards, are now taking legal action. Meanwhile, more than a thousand people have gathered at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to denounce Trump’s move.