The latest episode of our podcast, “A is for America”, is set in Brownsville, Texas, where advocates led by the ACLU held a mass rally this week outside of a courthouse where migrants are being prosecuted. (Interviews start at 7:00.)
So much continued to happen in immigration news this week. Here are just some of the major notes:
- The Supreme Court decided to uphold Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, ruling that presidential powers on national security trump even explicit references to racial discrimination. We think that “this decision will go down in history as one that disgraces the Court and sullies the American creed.”
- A federal judge has ruled that all the families Trump separated must be reunited with 30 days. The judge’s ruling was scathing, noting that “under the present system, migrant children are not accounted for with the same efficiency and accuracy as property”, “the separations at issue have been agonizing for the parents”, “irreparable injury” would result from the continued practice of separations, and assessed that it was “startling” that there “was no reunification plan in place.”
- Paul Ryan’s immigration bill, backed by “GOP moderates”, went down to a flaming defeat this week as 301 House members voted against it. Leaders of this effort continue to preen and posture as heroes, but their ineptitude set the cause back.
“A is for America” is a podcast which tells stories from the front lines of a changing America. Each week, we’ll be talking to advocates and experts working in immigration reform, immigrants’ rights, immigration politics, and the forefront of what it means to be a new American. Tune in next week for more.