Protests Took Place At Airports Across The Country, Including In St. Louis After President Trump Issued An Executive Order On Immigration
United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order at 3:42 pm CST Friday afternoon specifically addressing immigration. The order, titled Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States (full text), suspends the refugee resettlement program for four months and prohibits non-U.S. citizens from seven countries from entering the United States for 30 days while the vetting process is examined. The EO allows for the reinstatement of the resettlement program for most of the countries after 120 days if specific steps are met, while the program is completely suspended pertaining to Syria until further notice.
Protests against Trump’s order and the President in general erupted at airports across the country, including at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis. Reports of people affected by the EO being detained at airports emerged from throughout the country. President Trump took to Twitter to say that only 109 people were detained throughout the country.
A federal judge ruled against the White House on at least part of the order. The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit, reported that it received $24 million in donations over the weekend. Michael Bradley, the captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team, spoke out against President Trump and the order in an interview with Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) January 29, 2017
Google announced that it has created an emergency fund to fight the immigration policy. Parent company Alphabet will put $2 million into the fund, while another $2 million will come from company employee donations.
Budweiser Super Bowl Ad Will Focus On Immigration
Budweiser has released a trailer for an ad that will be shown during the 2017 Super Bowl. The ad, titled “Born The Hard Way”, will focus on the immigration to the United States of Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch and Budweiser’s birth in St. Louis. Unfortunately and unbelievably, the ad was filmed in New Orleans.
Budweiser Super Bowl 51 ad trailer
Split Again Takes Weekend Box Office Crown
Split took the weekend box office crown for the second consecutive weekend, bringing in an estimated $26.7 million. The M. Night Shyamalan film beat out out the estimated $18.4 million debut of A Dog’s Purpose. Hidden Figures, which is excellent by the way, dropped just 11 percent week-over-week while dropping out of 65 theaters nationwide. It’s $14 million put the film over $104 million domestically in six weeks of release.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter brought in an estimated $13.9 million in its debut, while Gold brought in an estimated $3.5 million.
Be sure to check back with RealLifeSTL on Thursday for my Weekend Movie Guide. The Space Between Us and Rings debut in movie theaters across the country this weekend.
Emma Watson & Miles Teller Reportedly Turned Down Roles In La La Land
La La Land has been a darling of the awards season this year for director Damian Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Reports are coming out that Emma Watson and Miles Teller, who were originally slated to appear in the film, aren’t very happy they missed out. Watson reportedly made some rather outlandish demands and ultimately decided to take the role of Belle in the live-action Beauty and the Beast. Teller, who starred in Chazelle’s Whiplash, reportedly wanted $6 million to play the role.
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