Wednesday News: Families belong together


NC AG JOSH STEIN JOINS LAWSUIT AGAINST TRUMP ON SEPARATING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES: North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein joined a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the Trump administration's policy that has forced the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents along the southwestern border. Stein also sent a letter to the Homeland Security secretary asking for a list of any parents or children being housed in North Carolina because of this policy and the facilities where they are placed if that is the case. "Like millions of North Carolinians, I watched in horror as the Trump Administration stripped thousands of children away from their parents,” Stein said in a statement announcing the legal action.

ACTIVISTS STAGE RALEIGH PROTEST OF TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION POLICIES: Several dozen protesters gathered in North Carolina's capital to demand that President Donald Trump's administration swiftly reunite immigrant families separated at the border. Organizers of the protest Tuesday at the Terry Sanford Federal Building in Raleigh say they also want to get the attention of elected officials such as U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis. They want North Carolina politicians to push back on Trump administration immigration policies. The protesters gathered on the sidewalk to chant and sing around lunchtime. The building houses federal courtrooms and one of Tillis's offices. Demonstrators held signs with messages including "Dreamers Make America Great" and "Oust GOP Trump Enablers."

TRUMP'S BOY MCMASTER SQUEAKS BY IN SC REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY: McMaster won his primary runoff Tuesday night against John Warren, 52-48 percent with 85 percent of precincts reporting, according to early numbers reported by the Associated Press – in large part thanks to Trump’s endorsement, which brought the president to the state on the eve of the election. Trump holds an 80 percent approval rating among South Carolina Republicans, according to a Winthrop University poll from April. Now McMaster has until November 6 to make the case that South Carolina benefits from that friendship, too. It won’t be an easy case to make. For all the fights McMaster has taken to Washington on behalf of the state, the incumbent Republican has relatively little to show for his effort.

ANGRY AT HARLEY-DAVIDSON, TRUMP MAKES WILD ACCUSATIONS AND EMPTY THREATS: President Donald Trump accused Harley-Davidson Inc. of using his trade war with the European Union as an excuse to move production overseas. But his latest attacks on Twitter were factually incorrect about the motorcycle maker’s plans. A day after Harley said it would shift output of bikes destined for EU markets out of the U.S. to avoid 31 percent tariffs, Trump cited two earlier decisions Harley made to open a new plant in Thailand and close one in Missouri. Trump incorrectly said Harley was moving production to Asia from the U.S., when in fact the expansion in Thailand was unrelated to the closing in Missouri. Trump also threatened to tax any motorcycles the company ships into the U.S. That’s an empty threat because Harley sells motorcycles in the U.S. from American factories and is unlikely to import additional two-wheelers.

THE GORSUCH EFFECT: SUPREME COURT GIVES THUMB'S UP TO TRUMP MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN: A Syrian refugee who had been tapped for possible resettlement to the United States says his hopes have been squashed for good by the Supreme Court decision to uphold a Trump administration travel ban for Syria and four other Muslim-majority countries. Mahmoud Mansour, 44, a father of four, said Wednesday that "this is a decision against humanity." The Mansours, who were undergoing security vetting as part of resettlement efforts at one point, had once hoped to reunite with other family members in the U.S. They fled Syria in 2012, and now feel trapped in Jordan, their overburdened host country. Even before the Supreme Court ruling, the Trump administration had reduced the maximum global number of refugees the U.S. is willing to absorb in 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000.