▪ Gaining refugee status in the U.S. takes an average of 18 to 24 months—most of it conducted abroad. It involves screening by the United Nations and eight different federal government agencies, as well as three face-to-face interviews, biometric security checks, background checks, and security database checks. CNN.com
▪ About half of U.S. startups that are estimated to be worth more than $1 billion were founded by immigrants, according to the National Foundation for American Policy, a think tank. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian immigrant, and Google co-founder Sergey Brin is a refugee from the former Soviet Union.
▪ In his first two weeks in office, President Trump attacked at least 23 people, places, and things on his Twitter account, including Women’s March protesters; Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Chuck Schumer; Mexico; Iran; and the “failing” media.
▪ Gun sales have slowed in the wake of President Trump’s victory, apparently because of reduced fears that guns will be banned. Background checks on gun purchases fell 20 percent in January from a year ago, according to FBI data.
▪ U.S. imports made up just 15 percent of our gross domestic product in 2015—which makes us less reliant on imports than almost any other country. Less than 3 percent of U.S. spending is on Chinese imports.
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