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Monday Memo, 06 November 2017
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In this week's brief, we've got a timely interview on Catalonia as well as the latest editions of our weekly columns. Also, read about Stanford's latest contribution to the battle over the future of DACA. And did you know George W. Bush was on campus a couple weeks ago? As always, catch up on news and commentary with our digest, and at the end of every Monday Memo you'll find links to the best Stanford-related stories you may have missed.

"The Catalan movement for independence has a long history. It’s easy to make a superficial interpretation, to say it’s a response to globalization, that it has to do with the recent economic crisis, and so on. The Catalan struggle for self-government goes way back to the early eighteenth century and even beyond."

Read our interview with Prof. Joan Ramon Resina here.

Read Ben Sorensen's latest 'Beyond the Beltway' column here.

And read the latest 'Cardinal Richelieu' column from the European Security Undergraduate Network here.

Stanford joins court brief against DACA repeal

Last Wednesday, Stanford and 18 other universities filed an amicus curiae brief in support of a motion for provisional relief in four cases that challenge the Department of Homeland Security's September Memorandum on the Rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The 19-page brief states:
  • Ending DACA forces future scholars, innovators, and leaders to choose between withdrawing to the margins of our society and national economy or returning to countries that they have never called home. Whatever they choose, their gifts and education are lost to this nation.
  • No student...should be forced to live in constant fear of losing the opportunities they earned, the communities they think of as home, and the nation they love. Nor should the nation lose the benefits of that student's full participation in our society.
  • DACA recipients are American in everything except immigration status. They have come of age in this country, excelling in our elementary, middle and high schools, praying in our houses of worship, playing on our little league teams, and celebrating our national holidays.
  • While DACA did not provide our students and alumni a path to citizenship, it did offer them a measure of security and access to opportunities for educational and professional development.
  • Rather than serving our country's interests, rescinding DACA will deprive our society of the many contributions these young people are prepared and eager to make.
The brief also offers several anecdotes of current and former DACA students who have made important and valuable contributions in research and public service.

In conclusion, it declares that rescinding DACA "impedes the ability of the undersigned institutions to advance their missions, imposes a direct harm on their current students and alumni, and deprives the United States of the benefit of DACA students’ considerable talents."

In addition to Stanford, the brief is signed by Brown University, California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University.

Bush: "Libertarianism undermines the notion of democracy."

George W. Bush's presence on campus two weeks ago practically went unnoticed. The former president seemingly flew under the radar of campus and local news media as he arrived at Stanford for the kickoff event of the Hoover Institution's 2017 retreat on Oct. 22. Though the Q&A between him and Stanford professor and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was officially off-the-record, one Hoover research fellow who was in attendance posted about it on his blog, saying that President Bush, among other things, decried nativism in American culture and drew parallels between nativism and attacks against free speech on college campuses. Bush also apparently criticized protectionism and defended NAFTA. Here are some other random quotations from Bush, albeit with no context, according to the Hoover fellow:

"Libertarianism undermines the notion of democracy."

"Houston's not going to get rebuilt without Mexican labor."


Stanford professor and former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who was also in attendance, tweeted that he found Bush's remarks overall to be extremely interesting, adding that he wishes the former president would speak more in public.

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