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5 things for February 22: Will America listen to the students?

It's been more than a week since the horrifying school shooting at a South Florida high school. The victims and their...

Posted: Feb. 22, 2018 1:09 PM
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018 1:09 PM

It's been more than a week since the horrifying school shooting at a South Florida high school. The victims and their families still need your help. Here's how you can. And here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. Gun debate

They made their voices-heard. From city streets, to a CNN town hall, to the White House.-Survivors of last week's Florida high school shooting and their supporters demanded something -- anything -- be done on guns to help stop the unimaginable kind of violence that visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Students brought a simple-but powerful-message Wednesday night to a CNN town hall on guns that was aimed at Washington and the National Rifle Association: Guns are the problem, so do something about it. They wondered aloud why it seemed like they had to do all the work to make sure they were safe at school: "Why do we have to march on Washington, just to save innocent lives?" one student asked Sen. Marco Rubio. And a grieving father of one of the victims blasted the senator, saying his response to the shooting was "pathetically weak."-Rubio said he supported raising the age requirement for rifles and is open to reconsidering the size of gun magazines.

President Donald Trump got an earful from survivors, too, during his "listening" event at the White House. It was raw and emotional as students and parents affected by school shootings told Trump their stories and discussed solutions. Trump suggested arming teachers and school staff as a way to keep schools safe, which was met with support from some of the attendees, but was criticized by other groups, such as teachers' unions.

And students across the country took part in the debate, too, marching in solidarity with the Florida students after walking out of school in protest in-Washington, Phoenix,-Minneapolis,-Colorado-and-Illinois.

They hope you remember what they'll never forget

Survivors of the Florida high school shooting speak out. (Click to view.)

2. Immigration

Trump has repeatedly railed against so-called chain migration, but now people are wondering if his Slovenian in-laws are living in the United States-by the very means he has criticized and fought to end.-Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of Melania Trump, are legal permanent residents and live in the US on green cards, the couple's immigration attorney says. But the attorney didn't explain how they got those cards, raising the prospect they were sponsored based on what Donald Trump has called "chain migration." More commonly called family-based migration, it allows-a number of ways for US citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor family members to come to the United States permanently.

3. Nigeria

Boko Haram struck again, kidnapping about 80 girls during a raid on a school in the northeastern part of Nigeria. But thankfully the Nigerian army later rescued the girls at a border town after the military got a tip. There's still some confusion if all of the school's students are accounted for. The raid and kidnapping sparked memories of 2014-when the militant Islamic group-kidnapped nearly 300 girls from a school in Chibok, setting off global outrage. Many of those girls were freed, but about 100 remain in captivity, and no one knows where they are.

4. China and India

China's strengthening its air defenses, and India's not thrilled about it. A report in Chinese state media says the country is building up its air defense capabilities close to its mountainous western border "to confront any threat from India." India has been importing new fighter jets. The two countries were involved in a months-long border standoff in the Himalayas last year, and the relationship between them has been on a steady decline over the years.

5. Billy Graham

One of the most famous preachers in American history is no longer with us. Billy Graham died at his home in North Carolina at age 99. He prayed with presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, preached to people around the globe and converted millions to Christianity. Historian Timothy Stanley said the gap Graham leaves behind is tremendous. Graham's family will hold a private prayer service Saturday, and he'll be buried in Charlotte on March 2 at the Billy Graham Library.


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