Briefs

Trump’s rally in Council Bluffs
President Trump delivered a harrowing campaign pitch to voters in Council
Bluffs, IA, Tuesday, October 9, four weeks ahead of the midterm elections.
Trump’s 76-minute stem-winder before a roaring crowd of Iowans and
Nebraskans in this border town along the Missouri River was a preview not only
of his campaign blitz over the next 28 days, but also of his own reelection push
that will begin in earnest soon after the midterms.
Trump claimed victory throughout — not only for the confirmation of Supreme
Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh after a bruising nomination fight, but also for
new trade deals, the falling unemployment rate and December’s tax cuts.
Tuesday night’s event was the first of several “Make America Great Again”
campaign rallies scheduled for this week. Trump plans to visit Erie, Pa., on
Wednesday and then rally supporters in Ohio and Kentucky on Friday and
Saturday, respectively. Last week, he headlined rallies in Tennessee, Mississippi,
Minnesota and Kansas.
Trump used the event to announce that his administration will press forward with
plans to promote the use of ethanol, in a move that could boost Republicans on
the ballot across the Midwest.
The announcement paves the way for year-round sales of E15, or fuel that is 15
percent ethanol by volume. Currently, such sales are prohibited during the
summer months because of air pollution concerns.
For a complete copy of Philip Rucker and Felicia Sonmez, published by the
Washington Post on October 9, go to the website www.whashingtonpost.com.

Opposition of the Public Charge Proposal
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the public charge
proposal in the Federal Register on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, with the
opportunity for the public to submit comments by December 10, 2018.
The current definition of “public charge” is an individual who has become or is
likely to become primarily dependent on the use of federal public assistance
programs. For immigrants, if the government determines that the individual is
likely to become a “public charge,” it can deny the individual from entering the
United States or obtaining lawful permanent residence (green card status).
This would make it more difficult for immigrants to maintain or obtain legal
permanent residence in the U.S.
For over a century, the U.S. government has recognized that assistance
programs for nutrition, health care, and housing empower families. A few
decades ago, the government clarified that immigrants and their families can
seek these benefits without fear that it will harm their immigration cases. If this
rule is finalized, we can no longer assure this.
Immigrant Legal Center, formerly Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska, is a
nonprofit immigration legal services agency that provides free, professional legal
consultation, clinics and court representation to immigrants who have incomes at
or below 150% of the federal poverty level. The Omaha-based Immigrant Legal
Center (ILC) remains an affiliate of the Justice For Our Neighbors Network of 16
Sites offering more than 40 legal clinics for immigration services across the
country.

HWC Candidate profile for Douglas County
Be informed when you cast your vote on November 6. Read where candidates
on the Douglas County Ballot stand on issues like health care, immigration and
education. Go to the website www.heartlandworkerscenter.org/2018-candidates.
For a free hard copy go to the offices of the Heartland Workers Center, 4923
South 24th Street, Suite 3A, Omaha, NE 68107.

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