Does the Administration have a Syria policy?

What you heard: After a missile strike on a Syrian airfield in response to Assad’s deployment of chemical weapons against civilians, the Administration is taking on Syria’s ruling regime. Or maybe not. Or maybe Russia will do it? What it is: Last Thursday, April 6, the US military launched 59 Tomahawk missiles from Mediterranean-based destroyers USS Porter…

Demonizing unauthorized immigrants

What you heard: Trump announced the creation of VOICE (Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement) at his speech on Tuesday night. What it is: Since we’re on acronyms today, Trump is a Truly Revolting dUngheap of Mammoth Proportion. The VOICE program will create an office to identify victims of crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants. This supplements the…

Mass Deportation: bad for everyone

What you heard: ICE has been carrying out raids around the country as the Trump administration expands deportation efforts. What it is: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) focuses on two things: Homeland Security (identifying things that make us less safe) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (arresting and deporting the people who make us less safe).…

the Refugee Ban 2: the Stay

What you heard: A federal judge granted an emergency stay against the recent executive order that banned entry to the US by refugees and people born in certain countries. What it is: Federal judges are appointed by the President (fancy!), confirmed by the Senate, and exercise the powers given to the judicial branch in Article…

the Refugee Ban

What you heard: President Trump signed an executive order (yeah, I’m really fucking tired of those words too) banning refugees with the purported purpose of “protection from radical Islamic terrorists“. What it is: Read all about executive orders here. Refugees are people who are forced to leave their home to escape war, persecution, or national disaster. These people…