5 things for Wednesday, February 22, 2017: Trump travel ban, anti-Semitism, Dakota protesters

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1. Travel ban and immigration

Donald Trump's rise to the presidency was fueled by his hardline stance on immigration. The next couple of days could be crucial to turn his ideas into reality. Take 2 on his travel ban is expected this week. It's due to be a scaled-down version of his executive order to temporarily keep out citizens from seven nations he says pose a terrorism risk. Families split up by the first version of the ban are racing to reunite before the second one kicks in. Many more undocumented immigrants would be subject to deportation under plans released by Homeland Security -- except so-called Dreamers. Trump says he'll continue to protect young immigrants who were brought here as children, though fear among the community remains.

    2. Anti-Semitism

    Trump finally spoke out forcefully against growing anti-Semitism, but was it enough? Trump said the recent rash of threats against Jewish community centers is "horrible" and "painful" and he'd work to end it. Jewish leaders and Democrats had been urging him to speak out, especially after he passed up a chance during last week's epic news conference. Still, the Anne Frank Center says Trump's administration is "infected" with anti-Semitism. This all goes down as symbols of hate are evolving. But a glimmer of hope: after nearly 200 headstones were toppled at a Jewish cemetery, the local Muslim community launched a fundraiser to help fix the damage.

    3. Human rights

    Amnesty International usually goes after dictators, tyrants and warlords. The target of its latest annual report? The American President. The group comes down hard on Donald Trump, saying his policies on immigration dehumanize entire groups of people. Trump was lumped in with world leaders like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. The human rights group said their "divisive fear-mongering" was a danger to the world. Former President Obama didn't escape Amnesty's wrath, either. The group also smacked his human rights record, labeling his legacy of mass surveillance and drone strikes as a human rights failure.

    4. Venezuelan food crisis

    Here's the clearest sign yet that Venezuela's food crisis is taking its toll -- people are losing weight, and not in a healthy way. We're talking 19 pounds, on average, per person in just the past year. A national survey finds that the number of people who say they eat two or fewer meals a day rose from 11% in 2015 to 33% in 2016. That's now an estimated 9.6 million people. Goods of all kinds are in short supply in a crisis fueled by years of financial mismanagement by the government. President Nicolas Maduro, who in the past wouldn't even admit to a problem, just announced an increase in food vouchers.

    5. Dakota Access Pipeline

    It's D-Day in North Dakota. The governor set today as the deadline for all protesters to leave the Standing Rock camp site. But a few hundred die-hards say they aren't going anywhere. It's unclear whether the governor will use force to push them out. The protesters -- 10,000 strong at one point -- have been there for months fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline. But the controversial project is closer to completion now that the Army Corps of Engineers granted an easement for the final stretch. The project gained new life after President Trump signed executive orders advancing its approval.


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