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Trump blocks Chinese purchase of US chipmaker over national security

Enlarge / Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, chairs the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Defense Secretary James Mattis, right, serves on the committee, which recommended that Trump block the Lattice deal. (credit: Joint Chiefs of Staff)

President Trump has blocked an investment firm owned by the Chinese government from acquiring Lattice Semiconductor, a maker of field-programmable gate arrays and other programmable logic devices. The decision follows a recommendation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a US government body that reviews deals for potential national security problems.

Chinese investors have been plowing money into American technology companies in recent years, and this has raised concerns that Chinese control could undermine American national security. That could happen because Chinese firms gain the knowhow to develop high-end technologies with military applications. Or deals could pose a more direct threat if they enable the Chinese government to infiltrate the supply chain for products purchased by the US government—thereby creating opportunities for surveillance or sabotage.

Lattice, a Portland-based company with around 1,000 employees, argued that the Trump administration had nothing to worry about. Lattice said it outsourced chip manufacturing to other companies, so there wasn't a risk of manufacturing facilities being infiltrated. Lattice also offered to transfer key intellectual property to the US government to ensure that it didn't fall into Chinese hands.

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Trump’s Dreamers decision wasn’t a hit with the late-night media

Trump DACA News

Between the Hurricane Harvey’s disaster and North Korea nuclear program advancements, you’d think Donald Trump has enough on his plate. But no, the president decided it’s time to give some people more things to worry about, so he went after Obama’s Dreamers program,  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. As it turns out, Trump timed his decision perfectly with the return of many late-night TV shows, which went after him in segments that didn't pull the punches.

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Tim Cook Says 250 Apple Employees Are ‘Dreamers’ as Donald Trump’s Decision on DACA Nears

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Sunday tweeted that Apple employs 250 so-called "dreamers," or individuals who were brought to the United States at a young age when their parents or guardians illegally immigrated to the country.

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"I stand with them," said Cook. "They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values."


Cook's tweet comes shortly before U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce whether he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program as he promised.

Last week, Cook and around 300 other business leaders signed an open letter urging Trump to preserve the program, and to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act or similar legislation as a permanent solution.

DACA allows many illegal immigrants, who entered the United States at age 16 or under, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit in the country.

The program was created by way of an executive order signed by former President Barack Obama in 2012.

Trump vowed to end DACA during his presidential campaign, but he later admitted it would be a tough decision. Trump said young individuals enrolled in the program will be treated with "great heart."

If the program is ended, nearly 800,000 undocumented young individuals that fall under its protections would have the right to work legally until their two-year work permits expire, according to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

"Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), also known as work permits, are generally valid until they expire or the government demands they be returned," it said in an advisory posted to its website last week.

It's unclear if U.S. immigration authorities would then target those individuals for deportation, but it's certainly the feared outcome among those protected. Trump's decision is expected to be announced by Tuesday.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook and Other Leaders Sign Letter Asking Trump to Protect DACA Program

Hundreds of chief executive officers, chief operating officers, chairmen, presidents, and other business leaders have added their signatures to an open letter asking President Trump to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The program protects young adults brought illegally into the U.S. -- called "Dreamers" -- and grants them the "basic opportunity to work and study without the threat of deportation," through the opportunity of gaining legal work permits (via Recode).


Signatories include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Emerson Collective President Laurene Powell Jobs, and many more.

Trump is expected to announce a policy change today in regards to DACA, where it's believed that under the new policy the government will cease granting work permits to new Dreamers entering the U.S. Current Dreamers will reportedly be able to stay in the country until their permits run out, but would then find themselves unable to renew their work authorizations.

That would allow the nearly 800,000 individuals currently protected under DACA to remain in the U.S. for around two years, but the new letter implores Trump and the U.S. government to preserve DACA entirely.
Unless we act now to preserve the DACA program, all 780,000 hardworking young people will lose their ability to work legally in this country, and every one of them will be at immediate risk of deportation. Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.
Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.
Immigration and work-visa programs have been a hot topic between technology companies and the new Trump administration throughout 2017. The new letter ends with a call on Congress to pass legislation that "provides these young people raised in our country the permanent solution they deserve." You can read the full letter right here.

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Alec Baldwin brings back his Trump impersonation for SNL’s Weekend Update

Alec Baldwin's Trump

You’re right, it’s too early for Saturday Night Live to be back on TV. But SNL has a spinoff to keep you entertained until the regular season arrives. That’s Weekend Update, which covers your daily news in SNL fashion. And that means Alec Baldwin’s Trump impersonation may be needed here and there.

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