▪ Deportations from the U.S. are actually down this year compared with the last year of the Obama administration, from an average of 20,000 deportations per month in 2016 to an average of 16,900 over the first five months of Trump’s presidency. Arrests of undocumented immigrants have risen by nearly 4,000 a month, but immigration courts are so backlogged with cases, it takes an average of 19 months between an arrest and deportation.
▪ For the first time, more Americans are being cremated than having traditional burials, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. The cremation rate in 2016 achieved a milestone, edging past 50_percent to 50.2_percent, up from 48.5_percent in 2015. The association is predicting that by 2035, nearly 80_percent of people who die will be cremated.
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▪ Forty years after Elvis Presley’s death, his Grace- land home in Memphis remains the secondmost- visited house in the U.S., after the White House. More than 600,000 people visit Graceland every year.
▪ Republican campaigns, political committees, and President Trump’s own campaign committee have spent $1.3_million at Trump-owned businesses this year, including his golf courses, his Mar-a-Lago resort, and his h otels. Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel, which has the most expensive room rates in the city, has become the go-to place for Republicans and foreign diplomats, and generated $2 million in profit in the first four months of the year.
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