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Liliana Cruz Mendez was working in a local restaurant and raising two U.S.-born children with her husband, Rene Bermudez. Born in El Salvador, Liliana came to the United States as a teenager. First stopped at the border in 2006, authorities issued her a deportation order before releasing her. She lived quietly in Northern Virginia with her family until a traffic violation in 2013 required her to begin regular check-ins with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. At her last check-in, which followed new Trump Administration immigration orders, she was detained by ICE, which initiated the final steps to deport her. Presidents Bush and Obama made it the policy of their Administrations to prioritize the deportation of violent criminals, but Trump’s policy will apparently make no distinction between a violent gang member and a mother who gets a ticket for driving a car with a broken tail light.
Falls Church High School (FCHS) Robotics Club hosted the Honorable Donald Beyer, US House of Representatives, 8th District, a staunch supporter of the Scientific and Engineering fields (Congressman Beyer is the Vice Ranking Member on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology). He is self-described as “the only automechanic who became a Congressperson.” Senior Danielle Kaldmaa and Junior Anhtuan Nguyen, Presidents of the Falls Church HS Robotics Club, and Mr. Bertha, Computer Science Teacher, have led the FCHS Robotics Club through a busy robotics competition season along with their coaches and mentors, Ralph Albrecht, Sokhom Kith, and Jeff Kelbick. The club and FCHS Principal Dr. Ben Nowak hosted Congressman Beyer along with FCPS School Board Representative Sandy Evans on Friday, April 21, 2017 afterschool for over an hour, demonstrating their FRC, FTC, and VEX robots at the school’s Innovation Lab. Representative Beyer even drove one of their robots. During his visit, the Congressman recommended to the Falls Church High School students a book named “The Existential Pleasures of Engineering,” by Samuel C. Florman, and noted that without science and engineering, our lives would be dramatically different today.
Multiple Democrats, including Washington’s delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Rep. Don Beyer (Va.), the former ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, called for the expulsion of the Turkish ambassador to Washington and other officials. The U.S. briefly held two members of Erdogan’s security detail, but later released them to return to Turkey due to diplomatic immunity.