Prime Minister missteps, ongoing conflict between the U.S. and Iran, and climate change strikes around the world are big news stories this week.
This week, the Trump administration announced it will terminate the Flores agreement — a decades-old immigration regulation that protects migrant families from indefinite detention. Many are calling it the administration’s most aggressive attempt yet to bypass legal protections for migrants.
Here’s more from The Daily Beast:
Under the new regulations, set to go into effect 60 days from this Friday pending the approval of a federal judge, the Trump administration would formally abolish the Flores agreement’s key standard of care: a 20-day limit on holding children in immigration detention. While [Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan] stated that “there is no intent to hold families for a long period of time,” the rule change would allow for families to be held in detention indefinitely, pending a final ruling on their case.
Will the administration face legal challenges over these new measures?
We’re also following growing fears over an impending economic recession, and whether the Federal Reserve can — and will — do anything to stop it. President Trump maintains that the economy is healthy, and that the Fed is to blame for stagnating economic growth. Meanwhile, the federal budget deficit is set to reach $1 trillion next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
We also bring you the latest on the backlash against President Trump over his comments accusing American Jews who vote for Democrats of “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
It’s unclear who @POTUS is claiming Jews would be “disloyal” to, but charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack Jews. As we’ve said before, it’s possible to engage in the democratic process w/o these claims. It’s long overdue to stop using Jews as a political football.
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) August 20, 2019
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