Situational awareness – June 19, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns don’t think “dreamers” should be deported. The LDS Church calls for a sensible solution to immigration. Heartbreaking audio of immigrant children separated from their parents surfaces.

The 2018 Utah primary elections are one week from today.


  • The final day to register to vote online or in person before the primary election is today. You can still register to vote at the polls on election day (6/19/2018)
  • 3 days until in-person early primary voting ends (6/22/2018)
  • 7 days until the 2018 Primary Election (6/26/2018)
  • 140 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 223 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
  • 868 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)


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Utahns say “dreamers” should be allowed to stay

Our new public opinion poll shows most Utahns think children who were brought into the country illegally should be allowed to stay, but there is a sharply partisan and religious divide on the question [Utah Policy].

Romney raises big bucks

Mitt Romney has pulled in more than $2.6 million in donations for his U.S. Senate campaign [Utah Policy].

Herrod’s fundraising fizzles

Chris Herrod has only raised a little more than $7,500 for his rematch in the 3rd CD against Rep. John Curtis [Utah Policy].


  • The LDS Church issues a statement calling for a “rational, compassionate” solution to immigration [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Mia Love, Sen. Orrin Hatch, and Gov. Gary Herbert are urging a fix for the Trump administration policy of separating families at the border [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The first meeting of the Inland Port Authority ended abruptly over worries that members hadn’t all submitted their required conflict-of-interest forms [Deseret News, Fox 13, Tribune].
  • State officials are warning if the proposed medical marijuana ballot initiative passes, Utah residents would be able to grow their own plants because the state would not be ready to open licensed dispensaries in time [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert comes out against the nomination of Utahn Ronald Mortensen to head up a State Department program that deals with refugees [Tribune].
  • Evanston, Wyoming leaders approved a plan to possibly build an ICE detention center in that city [KUTV].


  • Heartbreaking audio of children being held in detention centers along the border is made public for the first time. Many of the children in the recording are crying so hard they can barely breathe [Pro Publica].
  • The Trump administration is pushing back against a growing chorus calling for an end to the policy of separating migrant families at the border [New York Times].
  • Top aides to President Trump are planning a fresh crackdown on immigration just before the November midterm elections [Politico].
  • Officials say the Department of Homeland Security could have up to 30,000 immigrant children in custody by August [Washington Examiner].
  • The government has no protocols in place to reunite immigrant children with their parents once they are separated at the border [New Yorker].
  • President Trump will meet with Congressional Republicans on Tuesday evening to discuss immigration [Reuters].
  • President Trump made a false and misleading claim that crime is on the rise in Germany because of immigration [New York Times].
  • President Trump ordered additional tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods as the trade war with that country intensifies [Politico]. China vows to retaliate for the latest round of tariffs [Bloomberg].
  • An ex-CIA engineer has been charged with providing Wikileaks with U.S. government hacking tools [Politico].
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China on Tuesday and Wednesday [CNN].
  • President Trump’s plan to claw back billions of dollars in previously approved spending will likely die in the Senate this week [The Hill].
  • President Trump directs the creation of a “space force” as the sixth branch of the military [ABC News].
  • President Trump’s weekly approval rating is the highest it’s been since he took office in 2017 [Gallup].
  • Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is now the wealthiest person in the world, worth an estimated $141 billion [CNBC].


  • 1586 – English colonists leave Roanoke Island, after failing to establish England’s first permanent settlement in North America.
  • 1846 – The first officially recorded, organized baseball game is played under Alexander Cartwright’s rules on Hoboken, New Jersey’s Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1.
  • 1856 – The first Republican national convention ended in Philadelphia with the nomination of explorer John Fremont of California for president. James Buchanan, a Federalist nominated by the Democrats, was elected.
  • 1862 – Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.
  • 1953 – Convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by electric chair at Sing Sing Correctional facility in New York.
  • 1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the Senate.
  • 1987 – The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring schools to teach the creationist theory of human origin espoused by fundamentalist Christians.
  • 1991 – Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrendered to police. 
  • 2000 – The Supreme Court ruled prayers led by students at public high school football games aren’t permitted under the constitutional separation of church and state.