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AP News — Wednesday as was reported on The News Blender’s Post It Note, Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) will not recuse himself from the recount effort that might be launched in light of the only two-hundred vites that separate the current Governor, Jeff Colyer (R) and himself. Or at least it was two-hundred or so votes that separated the two R’s hoping to be the parties nominee for November. On Thursday the AP reported that county officials noticed an error in reporting of their numbers on the Secretary of States website, the county in question Thomas County, was shown as 466 for Kobach while Coyler had 422, but the Thomas County clerk office show Colyer with 522 votes, the Thomas County’s clerk office confirmed with AP the numbers. Thomas County Clerk official Sally Harms said it was just her handwriting that was the problem, and simply misread, “They just misread it.”
The New York Times — First Lady Melania Trump’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs were sworn in today as citizens in New York City, the ceremony lasted about twenties minutes and was private due to security concerns. The couples lawyer, Michael Wildes, spoke outside to the press thanking everyone for their attention to immigration, “We just thank everybody for their attention to this very important dialogue that we’re having on immigration.” In a phone call to The New York Times after the event, Wildes ended months of speculation as to how Melania’s parents originally from Slovenia, came to be in the U.S., “They had gotten sponsored by their daughter and then once they had the green card, they then applied for citizenship when they were eligible.” Asked to clarify, that yes, they did become citizens using the much debated “chain migration,” program, the lawyer said, “I suppose. It’s a dirty — a dirtier word. It stands for a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification.” By law an immigrate must be in the country for five years on a green card before they can apply for citizenship.
As a reminder much of the immigration debate from President Trump and Republican’s includes ending chain migration.