FROM Pedro Ramirez
One Last Push for the DREAM Act After the results of this month's elections, supporters think comprehensive immigration reform is a lost cause in the next Congress. But President Obama says a "down payment" would be passage of what's called the DREAM Act during the lame-duck session. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act would apply to some 2.1 million people brought to the US illegally by their parents when they were under the age of 16. They'd get "conditional green cards" allowing them to work and putting them on a path to citizenship. We hear several perspectives, including that of Pedro Ramirez, Student Body President at Cal State Fresno, who was recently exposed as being in the US illegally.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?