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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The Supreme Court made another big ruling. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Meet Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam. He’s a member of Sri Lanka’s Tamil ethnic minority - a group known to face persecution. He was caught near the US-Mexico border while seeking asylum, allegedly because he had been abducted and beaten back in Sri Lanka. He was ultimately denied asylum (usually awarded to people if there’s a serious fear of persecution of some other kind of danger)...and couldn’t fight the decision in court. See: this 1996 law that speeds up asylum applications for people caught near the border - plus blocks courts from taking a magnifying glass to these kinds of cases. Cue a petition against this law. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday, the Supreme Court weighed in. Andddd ruled 7-2 that asylum seekers who are rejected...can’t fight the decision in court. You read that right. 

 

THE REACTION.

ICYMI, one of Prez Trump’s biggest campaign promises was to crack down on illegal immigration. See: building a wall along the US-Mexico border, trying to punish sanctuary cities, working to put an end to DACA...you get the idea. So this latest move marks a big big win for the Trump team, especially since the Supreme Court has handed them some equally big losses lately. Cough, DACA, cough. 

 

SO…?

This decision is expected to impact thousands of immigrants. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

PEOPLE: Recently, a video came out showing the death of a 27 year old Latino man, Carlos Ingram Lopez, in police custody. Officers handcuffed Lopez, who said he couldn’t breathe and plead for water and his grandmother, and left him in what’s considered to be a prone position - face down - for about 12 minutes. He eventually went into cardiac arrest and died - sparking nationwide outrage. Now, it looks like Tucson’s police chief is offering to step down. Meanwhile, the House of Reps just nodded their heads to Dems’ police reform bill, which trashes qualified immunity and cuts back on the use of lethal force. Expect Senate Republicans to shut it down. And in other news, bizes like Unilever and Johnson & Johnson are responding to growing criticism over skin-lightening creams. 

 

CORONAVIRUS: The director of the CDC has some big news. Spoiler: he says the US likely has at least 16 million coronavirus cases. 16 million. That’s a whole lot more than the 2.3 million cases currently confirmed there - and could amount to between 5 and 8 percent of Americans being infected, according to the CDC. Not a typo. Texas also has its mind on the virus. There, cases have been skyrocketing - with the governor urging residents to stay indoors. Now, it looks like he’s taking things a step further and hitting the pause button on its reopening. In other news, this week’s US jobless claims are now out. And it looks like another 1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment - marking the 14th week in a row that over a million claims were filed. 

 

WORLD: Recently, a large explosion was seen near a military base outside the Iranian capital of Tehran. Hint: that base is largely thought to have played a role in Iran’s past nuclear testing activities. Now, Iran’s gov is apparently investigating - and alleging that the blast actually took place at a gas storage facility near the base, causing a fire but not leading to any casualties. In other news, the Trump team’s got its eyes on foreign arms sales. ICYDK, Congress has the ability to block weapons sales to foreign govs. Because, humanitarian concerns. But lately, there have been reports that the Trump team is looking to ax this process. Stay tuned. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Zero-emissions trucks:” what California will require at least half of all truck sales to be by 2035. A trucking great idea. 


SAY WHAT?

“When 300-Pound Wombats Roamed Australia” - an actual headline. Jurassic Park what?

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