FROM Dara Lind
Who loses when Dreamers get deported? Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, ends in six months. We look at what exactly today’s order contains, and what Congress could do to normalize the immigration status of some 800,000 Dreamers. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says this is an unconstitutional program.
DACA on uncertain ground as factions rush in defense President Trump faces a deadline of next Tuesday to terminate DACA—former President Obama’s program to protect undocumented people brought to this country as children from deportation. Fox News has reported his plans to kill it, but House Speaker Paul Ryan is just one Republican who says that’s up to Congress.
What should America look like? President Trump is supporting a new Senate bill on legal immigration, called the RAISE Act , standing for "Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment." Trump wants legal immigration based on high skills and earning potential — not on family ties — and he'd reduce it by half. But high-skilled workers may not show up if they can't bring their families, and the economy may need more low-wage workers than it can produce. Beyond economics, this "nation of immigrants" has welcomed newcomers from all over the world, with the goal of "diversity." Will that be replaced by "assimilation" — as America's existential question heats up again?
Jeff Sessions faces questions on Russia and the firing of FBI director Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. Sessions’ former colleagues wanted to know about his conversations with the President concerning Russia and former FBI director James Comey. And Senators also wanted to know why Sessions felt he could participate in firing Comey despite having recused himself from the Russia investigation.
Homeland Security memos broaden immigration enforcement New memos from the Department of Homeland Security outline the priorities for addressing undocumented immigrants crossing the border. They expand the category of people who are eligible for deportation to practically anyone who doesn’t have papers.
Deportation under Donald Trump Barack Obama was known as the "Deporter in Chief." How much have things changed for undocumented immigrants since Donald Trump took over the White House? Despite President Trump's promise to rid the country of undocumented immigrants, Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, says things have not really changed much. But Dara Lind, reports on immigration for Vox , says anecdotes from around the country suggest that there is a new and different story.
Phoenix woman becomes lightning rod for Trump's new policy on undocumented immigrants Garcia de Rayos was deported after showing up for a routine meeting with a local immigration officer. In past years, officials reviewed her case, then released her. But this time was different because we have a new president. And President Trump signed an executive order in January that expanded the definition of criminal aliens.
Supreme Court Deadlocked on Obama's Immigration Plan Today the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on President Obama’s immigration plan, effectively blocking it. Two years ago, Obama took executive action to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. That was challenged in court by Texas and about two dozen other states. Today’s tie means that a lower court ruling siding with the states still stands. What does all this mean for some 5 million undocumented immigrants who would’ve been affected by Obama’s order?
SCOTUS Hears Immigration Executive Action Case The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a potentially landmark immigration case, United States v. Texas. At the heart of the case are two executive orders issued a year and a half ago by President Obama, whose administration is being sued by Texas and 25 other states to stop them from taking effect. They won in lower courts and now the justices are deciding the issue. Their decision could affect the lives of 4 million undocumented immigrants, many who came to the U.S. as children, others are the parents of American citizens.
Democrats Divided on Social Media Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the two Democratic presidential nominees, debated last night in New Hampshire. The primary there is Tuesday . Time and again, Sanders depicted Clinton as part of the establishment and the Wall Street status quo. And Clinton hit back by painting Sanders as pushing unrealistic policies on health care, education and the economy, and pointing out his inexperience in foreign policy. As the race heats up between the two candidates, it also seems to be inflaming their supporters, who have been duking it out online. We look at the conflict on social media platforms.
SCOTUS Takes On Immigration Executive Actions The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether President Obama’s executive orders on immigration are constitutional. Twenty-six states have sued the White House, saying they are not, and a federal judge in Texas sided with the states a year ago. What’s the high court likely to say?
Will the SAFE Act Increase Security? The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act would require the FBI director and other top officials to personally approve every Syrian refugee. But would it actually increase security?
Ruling on Undocumented Children and Mothers in Detention Facilities Late on Friday a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that the Obama administration must release all undocumented children and their mothers from detention facilities as soon as possible. Judge Dolly Gee cited widespread and deplorable conditions, and said the ongoing detention of children violated a two-decade court settlement on the housing of immigrant children.
From Selma to Ferguson: Criminal Justice Reform Fifty years ago in Selma, Alabama, it was white sheriff's deputies and soldiers brutally attacking civil rights marchers. Today, in Ferguson and other cities, its systemic police abuse of black people, and the use of fees and fines to finance unequal judicial systems. The Department of Justice has issued a scathing report on systemic racism in Ferguson's police department and judicial system. It's negotiating with city officials for change — with the threat of federal court action. Now there's a movement for reform on the local and federal levels, from police stops to excessive prison sentences. Two billionaires, progressive George Soros and right winger Charles Koch, have joined forces against "over-criminalization."
Immigration Ruling Explainer President Obama’s executive actions on immigration just hit a big snag. A federal judge in Texas temporarily halted two programs that make up the heart of of the president’s actions. The programs would’ve protected millions of undocumented people from deportation, and one was set to start taking applications tomorrow. So, what happens now?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?