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Pitt submits document opposing proposed DHS visa rules

Provost Ann Cudd and seven other provosts at Pennsylvania universities signed a document last Tuesday saying the new visa rules proposed by the Department of Homeland Security  rules are “unnecessary” and “harmful.”
November 11, 2020
Pitt submitted comments on Oct. 27 opposing new visa requirements proposed by the Trump administration. The document, signed by Provost Ann Cudd, said the rules are “unnecessary” and “harmful” and called on the federal government to immediately withdraw them.

Trump threatens to challenge Pa. ballots arriving before Friday deadline

President Donald Trump during a news conference at the White House.
November 2, 2020
President Donald Trump said Sunday that he and his campaign would be “going in with our lawyers” to try to halt the count of ballots arriving after polls close on Election Day this Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Pennsylvania.

‘A perpetual state of fear’: International students criticize latest round of proposed student visa changes

New rules proposed by the Trump administration seek to create fixed terms of up to four years for student visas, as well as create new applications for international students to extend their stay in the United States, among other changes.
October 14, 2020
The new rules published on Sept. 25 by the Department of Homeland Security — which would affect many of Pitt’s more than 3,100 international students — seek to create fixed terms of up to four years for student visas, as well as new applications for international students to extend their stay in the United States.

Editorial: Democrats can’t stall impeachment any longer

President Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border, east of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, on Sept. 18.
September 23, 2019
If Trump’s behavior was corrupt and constitutes an impeachable offense, not impeaching him would be accepting the president’s power to seek foreign interference in our democracy.

Editorial: Inciting violence against politicians hurts everyone

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., walking from her new office in the Longworth House Office Building to the U.S. Capitol, a few hours before being sworn in as a member of Congress.
April 15, 2019
It is natural to disagree with politicians, but no matter how opposed one is to their values, inciting violence against them through misinformation — as Trump did with his video — is never OK.

Editorial: Trump fundamentally misunderstands role of justice system

The Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to bypass the lower courts and take the president’s military ban for transgender citizens upon itself.
November 27, 2018
The Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court Friday to fast-track the case of the President Donald Trump’s military ban for transgender citizens, an obvious overstep by the executive branch — and it’s not the first time the Trump administration has crossed this line.

Editorial: Troops not necessary to welcome migrant caravan

Eulalia Dalila Pojoy Cuyuch, 33, of Guatemala (far right) and her family say goodbye to a friend as they wait along the border fence to turn themselves into U.S. Customs on June 14, asking for asylum in Tijuana, Mexico.
November 26, 2018
An order from the White House gives these troops permission to use lethal force against migrants to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel. This is yet another example of the Trump administration’s inability to humanely and intelligently deal with immigration.

Editorial: Trump wrongly blames forest management for fires

An El Dorado County search and rescue team looks for the remains of a body in Magalia's West Park Drive on Thursday after the Camp Fire burned many homes in the area.
November 18, 2018
Unsurprisingly, President Donald Trump has once again proven himself incapable of appropriately responding to tragedy, resorting to victim-blaming and threats rather than promising to help with disaster relief.

Trump’s inadequate response to the Tree of Life shooting

Trump's inadequate response to the Tree of Life shooting
November 16, 2018
Trump’s initial response to the Pittsburgh shooting was to suggest the addition of armed guards in places of worship and a stricter implementation of the death penalty. Both of Trump’s suggestions model the behavior that they seek to prevent — the addition of more violence and death to society.

Trump’s transgender policies disregard science, human rights

Trump's transgender policies disregard science, human rights
November 14, 2018
The transgender community won’t be silenced by the Trump administration's transphobic policies.
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