LOOP: Judge blocks attorney general’s asylum order

EDITOR’S NOTE There will be no Loop on July 4 and 5 as we celebrate Independence Day. See you on Monday! 
ASYLUM REFORM BLOCKED A federal judge blocked Attorney General Bill Barr’s order that stated certain asylum seekers can be detained indefinitely. According to the White House, only 12 out of 100 migrants who claim asylum will have their claim granted. READ
CNN HOST: TRUMP IS RIGHT CNN host Fareed Zakaria called President Trump “mean-spirited” but admitted that the president was right that people are abusing the asylum process in order to enter the United States. “He is right that the United States faces a crisis with its asylum system,” Zakaria said. “Democrats might hope that the out of control situation at the southern border undermines Trump’s image among his base as a tough guy who can tackle immigration. But they should be careful. It could actually work to the president’s advantage.”  READ
CENSUS TO PROCEED The Justice Department has decided to allow the printing of the 2020 Census without the citizenship question sought by the Trump administration, ending a protracted legal dispute.  READ 
PENCE CANCELS TRIP Vice President Mike Pence’s office didn’t provide many details after the VP canceled his trip to New Hampshire and returned to the White House. “It’s no cause for alarm,” said spokeswoman Alyssa Farah. “He looks forward to rescheduling the trip to New Hampshire very soon.”  READ 
TRUMP RAISES BIG MONEY  President Trump raised an eye-popping $105 million during the second quarter of 2019. In fact, President Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $20 million more than Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee did during the same time period. READ 
NIKE LOSES IN ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey, R-AZ, slammed Nike for pulling its patriotic flag sneakers and announced that the company would no longer receive financial incentives for relocating to the state. “It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it,” said Ducey.  READ 
DEMOCRATS SUE FOR TAX RETURNS  House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-MA, has filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department and the IRS in an attempt to gain access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Republicans claim the request is just a politically motivated attack. In 1957, the Supreme Court declared: “There is no general authority to expose the private affairs of individuals without justification in terms of the functions of the Congress.”  READ 
NAVY SEAL NOT GUILTYA jury found Special Warfare Chief Edward Gallagher, 40, not guilty of murder and attempted murder. He was accused of stabbing an injured teenage ISIS fighter to death and of shooting at civilians in Iraq in 2017.  READ 
CORPORATE ACTIVISM More than 200 businesses claim that adding sexual orientation and gender identity to anti-discrimination protections is good for the economy. The corporations signed on to a legal brief asking the Supreme Court to add these protections. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act expressly forbids employment discrimination on basis of race, color, religion, national origin, and sex, but does not mention sexual orientation or gender identity.  READ 
CORPORATIONS LOVE “PRIDE” Sohrab Ahmari writes that we shouldn’t be surprised that corporations have taken over the LGBT Pride parades. “Pride’s demands for radical sexual autonomy are perfectly attuned to the cultural aims of large corporations and the liberal-technocratic order,” he said.  READ 
20 YEARS OF EVANGELIZING “Catholics Come Home” celebrates two decades of bringing Catholics back home to the Church.  READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  We don’t know a lot about Saint Thomas the Apostle, but tradition has it that he traveled to and preached the gospel in India, where he was eventually martyred. His name means “twin,” and due to his skepticism, he is also known as “Doubting Thomas.” READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.” (Ps 117:1)  READ 
PATRIOTISM   How Catholics got the words “Under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance. SHARE 

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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