Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Today’s Supreme Court Ruling on Religious Schools
We celebrate today’s Supreme Court decision on religious schools, which removes one of the biggest obstacles to better educational opportunities for all children. States may no longer hide behind rules motivated by insidious bias against Catholics, known as Blaine Amendments, to exclude religious schools from public benefits. Laws that condition public benefits, like need-based academic scholarships, on religious status demonstrate state-sanctioned hostility to religion, pressure people and institutions to censor their religious views, and stigmatize disfavored religions. The Trump Administration believes that school choice is a civil rights issue, and that no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school. President Donald J. Trump will fight for school choice, and he will always defend our first freedom: the free exercise of religion.
If Democrats Want Criminal Justice Reform, They Should Work with Republicans
A year and a half ago, President Trump signed historic prison reform into law. Now, once again, he is looking to work across the aisle in bipartisan fashion to “increase public safety for all communities, particularly Black Americans,” White House advisor Ja’Ron Smith writes in The Hill.
“But congressional Democrats are, sadly, playing politics with police reform.”
During the first 3 weeks of June, 75 people were shot in Atlanta. Eleven have died. “These are not police shootings. They’re civilians shooting civilians. They don’t carry the outrage and notoriety that a cop shooting someone will. But the victims are just as dead,” Bill Torpy writes in The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
President Trump’s recent action to suspend certain foreign guest worker visas will not hurt the U.S. economy, Matthew Tragesser writes. “The influx of foreign labor, largely via the suspended visa programs, has stagnated and depressed wages for Americans for decades.” Read more in The Daily Caller.
Since April, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than 4.7 million loans totaling over half a trillion dollars. “SBA worked with 5,500 lenders of all sizes, including 4,000 community banks, 1,000 credit unions, 302 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), 170 Minority Depository Institutions, [and] 54 farm credit institutions,” SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza writesin the Orlando Sentinel.
Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Today’s Supreme Court Denial of Appeal from Four Death Row Inmates
The Supreme Court today rightly rejected yet another attempt by four death row inmates to escape justice. These four men each stand convicted of horrendous acts of violence — including the brutal rape and murder of children. Each criminal was first convicted and sentenced for their offenses more than fifteen years ago. Thanks to the leadership of Attorney General Barr, the families and communities of the victims will finally receive some long-overdue justice.