U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says his department will not detain undocumented immigrants at "sensitive locations" such as churches. His comments last week came as congregations across the United States have mounted a grassroots movement to oppose the Trump administration’s immigration policies and to offer sanctuary to illegal immigrants threatened with immediate deportation. VOA’s Bill Rodgers visited one church at the heart of Washington’s immigrant community.
When President Donald Trump asked an African American reporter during a press conference last month to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, caucus members were dismayed by the appearance of racial insensitivity. Trump’s office later reached out to the group and a meeting is set for Wednesday.
The University of Southern California each year hosts the African Economic and Development Summit, bringing delegations of African business leaders, government officials and others to network with their counterparts in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Michelle Quinn reports from Los Angeles.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is hosting the first full meeting since 2014 of foreign ministers and senior officials from the 68 countries and international organizations that are part of the U.S.-led coalition to fight Islamic State. The State Department says the goal of the conference is to accelerate international efforts to defeat ISIS in the remaining areas it holds in Iraq and Syria, and maximize pressure on its branches, affiliates and networks.
Controversy over President Trump’s bombshell accusation President Obama wiretapped him during the 2016 election took a new turn Monday, as FBI Director Comey shot down the President’s Tweeted claims and revealed the long-suspected existence of an FBI investigation into Russian election interference during the House Intelligence Committee’s first public hearing on the issue. VOA’s Katherine Gypson has more from Capitol Hill.