2017 Year in Review from ProCon.org
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2017 controversial issues included marijuana, immigration, gun control, Cuba embargo, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
climate change, national anthem protests, and physician-assisted suicide.
Since 2004 ProCon.org has researched the pros and cons of controversial issues, many of which have been in the news this past year. We present our 2017 Year in Review to remind our readers about some events from 2017 that related to our topics.
West Virginia Becomes 29th US State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
On Apr. 19, 2017, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (D) signed SB 386 into law, making West Virginia the 29th state to legalize medical marijuana.
President Trump Signs Immigration Executive Orders
On Jan. 25, 2017 Trump signed two executive orders, one to increase border patrol forces and the other to build more of the US-Mexico border wall. On Jan. 27, 2017 he signed an order that suspended the entry of all refugees and people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. On Sep. 25, 2017, President Trump announced new travel restrictions that added Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen to the original list of seven countries (Sudan was removed from the list).
Trump Administration Announces End to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
On Sep. 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to the program, with a 6-month grace period for current DACA enrollees.
Gun Control Debate Reignites after Las Vegas Shooting
In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, in which more than 50 people were killed and over 500 injured in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, the debate over gun control was reignited in Congress.
President Trump Announces New Cuba Policy
On June 16, 2017, Trump announced that he was canceling previous policies that relaxed restrictions on travel and trade with the island nation, but said the US embassy in Cuba would remain open as the United States enforced the Cuba embargo.
President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Orders US Embassy to Move
On Dec. 6, 2017, President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced that the American embassy in Tel Aviv will be moved to Jerusalem.
President Trump Withdraws United States from Paris Agreement
On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The 2015 agreement between 195 countries was designed to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
National Anthem Protests
Refusing to Stand for the National Anthem: Top 3 Pros and Cons
The 2017 NFL pre-season began with players from the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, and Philadelphia Eagles kneeling or sitting during the national anthem. These acts of protest became common throughout the NFL season.
Euthanasia & Physician-Assisted Suicide
DC Joins Six States to Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide
On Feb. 18, 2017, DC became the seventh jurisdiction in the United States to legalize physician-assisted suicide, joining California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
Nine State Medical Associations Drop Opposition to Physician-Assisted Suicide
In 2017, Massachusetts and Vermont joined medical societies in California, Colorado, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon and DC in dropping opposition to medical aid-in-dying.