Migrant Asylum Cap in Austria, Minimum Wage Hike Bill in Oregon


Migrant Crisis: Austria Asylum Cap Begins Despite EU Anger-BBC News

Austria has announced that on the country’s southern border only 80 asylum applications will be accepted each day upsetting the EU’s Migrant Commissioner that views this decision as “plainly incompatible” with European Union law. Additionally, the EU is pledging $3.3bn to Turkey to help them house migrants so they do not need to seek asylum in Germany, which they enter via Austria. Austrian officials argue that the country needs the daily cap because the EU’s plan to control the number of migrants leaving Turkey is not working. “We are very sympathetic to the situation of Austria but the fact is that the system in Europe at the moment is dysfunctional and as a result some countries have started to take unilateral decisions,” William Spindler, the spokesman for the United Nations Refugee Agency said.

Landmark Minimum Wage Hike Bill Passes in Oregon-CBS News

Oregon’s legislature has passed a bill that increases the state’s minimum wage for all workers to the highest rank in the United States. Oregon joins 14 other states that have already raised their minimum wage rates over the past two years. This new bill increases the state minimum wage gradually over six years to $14.50 in the Portland metropolitan area by 2022. “Trust me, were not solving all the problems, but we are making a substantial debt in it by pushing up from the bottom some wage equality…from the huge disparity we have in incomes,” Rep. Paul Holvey, a Democrat from Eugene said.

How Tim Cook, in iPhone Battle, Became a Bulwark for Digital Privacy-NY Times

The F.B.I. asked Apple to bypass the security functions on the iPhone of one of the gunmen in the San Bernandino, Calif. mass shooting so the federal government could access the suspect’s iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to provide the federal government with a new tool that would allow investigators to get past the iPhone’s password and into the device. Cook wrote a letter he released to Apple customers saying, “Ultimately we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.” Cook has been outspoken as the Apple CEO including revealing he was gay in 2014 and has argued that businesses and their leaders should see themselves as important members of civic society. “Tim is currently dealing with a very difficult situation and he knows the decision he has made has lots of ramifications, good or bad. But he wants to do the right thing,” Don Logan, former chairman of Time Warner Cable said.