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THE HIGHLIGHTS

A judge just ruled on a case concerning immigration and coronavirus. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Spring 2020 sort of marked the start of the pandemic in the US. You can probably remember how a lot of things were happening all at once (or you’re probably trying to forget). In case you haaave forgotten, one of those things was an emergency decree (courtesy of Trump) that’s effectively sealed the US-Mexico border to immigrants. Any immigrants who’ve tried to cross were quickly sent back to Central America without ever even getting the chance to claim asylum to authorities. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

When we say any immigrants, we mean any immigrants - including unaccompanied migrant kids. You read that right. For months, the Trump team’s used the, you know, widespread public health crisis as an excuse, but yesterday, a federal judge ruled that public health emergency decrees don’t have the authority to expel thousands of migrant kids without due process. 

 

THE DEETS. 

The judge says that the decree totally doesss have the authority to prevent the “introduction” of foreigners into the US. But the rules are always always always different for unaccompanied migrant kids who show up at the border. Typically, they’re placed in shelters and given the chance to have an asylum claim heard. Now, this judge says those same rules must apply, even amidst a pandemic. 

 

THE TAKE. 

This marks a big win for immigration rights activists. TBD on if Trump will appeal. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: New York City public schools are shutting back down. Yes, really. The school district is the nation’s largest, with around 1 million students. This comes as the US surpassed 250,000 coronavirus deaths yesterday. Meaning coronavirus has now killed more people in ten months than strokes, suicides, and car crashes combined do in a full year. Enter: new restrictions, including lots of new mask mandates. In Iowa, the Republican governor is intro’ing a statewide mask mandate - not long after completely dismissing them. In other news, a new study says that millions of kids have missed routine vaccinations this year due to the pandemic. Very very bad, since this could lead to a “severe immunization crisis” among kids. 

 

ELECTION: All eyes are on Georgia and Wisconsin. ICYMI, in the days following the election, Trump demanded recounts in those two states, where Biden holds pretty narrow leads. And last night, Georgia finished recounting 5 million votes...by hand. Officials say they’ll release a report on the recount sometime today, but they’ve already said that they expect Biden to keep his lead. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin recount is just getting started. This recount will only take place in a few counties. Cue controversy. Speaking of which, since Trump still hasn’t conceded, the transition to a Biden presidency still hasn’t kicked off. Now, it looks like some Trump team officials are quietly reaching out to Biden to get him caught up to speed. 

 

DISASTERS: Over the past few days, Central America has been facing Hurricane Iota (and then Tropical Storm Iota) - not even two weeks after being hit with Hurricane Eta. The two storms have left places like Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, and Guatemala devastated, with dozens of people dead and countless buildings destroyed. 99.5 percent of properties on the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast are without electricity. Now, even as wind speeds drop, there are growing fears about floods and mudslides. Stay tuned. In other news, a Florida sheriff just released a dashcam video of the fatal law enforcement shooting of two Black teenagers. This comes after the deaths caused outrage amidst this Florida community. 


WHAT TO KNOW

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