New Orleans, Louisiana, is considered the birthplace of American jazz, a genre of music that originated among African Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. National parks traveler Mikah Meyer spent some time in the vibrant city before setting out to visit several national parks spread out across the state. He shared highlights of his experiences with VOA’s Julie Taboh.
As President Donald Trump and U.S. courts wrestle over his revised travel order, some Syrians fleeing their homeland have been entering the United States. At least one Syrian family says what they expected in the U.S. and what they experienced were very different. VOA's Elizabeth Lee has the family's story as they resettle in Southern California.
Foreign tourism to the United States, which supports millions of American jobs, is slowing, possibly because President Donald Trump sought controversial travel restrictions on some Muslim-majority nations. Online searches for flights to the United States are down in most major nations, not just those hit by restrictions. Jim Randle reports some travel experts say the push to restrict immigration is making some foreign tourists and students wary of visiting.
The 2018 budget proposal unveiled Thursday has drawn reaction from home and abroad. President Donald Trump intends to boost military and law enforcement spending, while slashing foreign aid and U.S. contributions to international organizations. The administration also wants to cut spending on environmental protection, foreign affairs, arts, humanities and public broadcasting. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports on the plan
The White House is criticizing two U.S. federal courts for blocking President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from six Muslim majority countries. Trump's executive order had been scheduled to go into effect Thursday. Details from VOA White House Bureau Chief Correspondent Steve Herman.