Sept. 8, 2017: What to Know 

  • Island paradises have been left in ruins as Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida, The New York Times reports. The Category 5 storm left 60 percent of households in Puerto Rico without electricity, 95 percent of St. Martin "destroyed" and half of the population of Barbuda homeless. By Thursday night, the storm had contributed to the deaths of seven people. Along the southeastern seaboard of the United States, government officials are urging people who live in areas likely to be affected by the storm to evacuate, causing a rush for water, food, gasoline and other essentials. Hurricane Irma is expected to reach the southernmost tip of Florida sometime Saturday evening.

  • A massive earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico has left at least 32 people dead, Al Jazeera reports. The United States Geological Service registered the quake at magnitude 8.1, but Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said it was 8.2. It left one million people without power across the southernmost part of the country, but electricity has already been restored to 800,000. There have already been half a dozen aftershocks measuring magnitude 5.0 or greater. Off the pacific coast, tsunami waves were recorded—one meter, or approximately three feet, above the tide level.

  • A rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and "Dreamers" is set to take place at the Idaho State Capitol Saturday, Sept. 9, starting at 10 a.m. The demonstration is directed 
    • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    toward members of Congress and attorneys general across the country who have called for the end to the program that protects the children of undocumented immigrants who have grown up in the United States from deportation. President Donald Trump ordered the Obama-era program Tuesday, describing it as an "amnesty-first approach." The fate of the program, which will phase out over the next six months, is now in the hands of Congress. In all, 800,000 young people are shielded by the program—more than 3,000 of whom live in Idaho. In a press release, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden wrote, "DACA was created through an unconstitutional executive order," and like Trump, urged Congress to take action. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter also supports the phaseout of the program.

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