Every other Thursday, Equal Voice News will track the latest from the Trump administration and whether its policies are creating poverty or wealth, with reports from families and grassroots organizations working on those issues around the country.
The other shoe drops.
It’s hard to keep track of all the immigration news coming from the Trump administration, but here are the major highlights:
Big Plans. Tuesday, the administration unveiled its aggressive plan to expand deportation and enforcement of immigration laws – a major escalation, The New York Times says. Take your time with this new plan. There is a lot there.
In a twist, DREAMer students won’t lose their protections under the new plan, at least for now, CNN reports. That’s because the administration didn’t repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which offers protections to undocumented immigrants who came here as children, the cable news channel adds. (The president didn’t alter a similar program for parents either, but that one has been suspended by actions in the courts.)
As if that weren’t enough, here is a little food for thought as you digest the latest: “If You Care About Food, You Need to Care About Immigration Policy.” (Eater.com)
Transgender fight moves to DC.
In a high-profile move, President Donald Trump decided to scrap much of his predecessor’s directive on transgender bathrooms, which told public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that fit their chosen identity, The Washington Post reports.
The change didn’t happen without a fight, The New York Times adds.
More than the bare minimum.
Efforts to raise the minimum wage remain a breaking story outside Washington, DC, with news popping up around the country.
• “Nevada Lawmakers Seek To Increase Hourly Minimum Wage To $11”
• “Chicago’s lax enforcement of minimum wage hike leaves workers in the lurch”
• “Minimum wage question aiming for August ballot in Kansas City”
• “Flagstaff holds public meeting on $15 minimum wage”
Waiting to leave.
Democrats and Republicans both want to make it easier for parents to take family leave, but mom and dad are still waiting for a formal plan from the new administration. “What’s Changed – and What Hasn’t – Since Both Presidential Candidates Said We Need Paid Leave” (Inc.)
Want evidence of this bipartisan support? “This Republican Senator Wants to Make Paid Leave A Republican Issue.” (Cosmopolitan) But, don’t get too excited, because “There’s Superficial Agreement in Congress on Paid Family Leave,” The Atlantic says.
Meanwhile, there is confusion about whether Trump’s nominee to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services thinks health insurance plans should cover maternity and newborns, Time found in “President Trump’s Health Pick Says Maternity Coverage Should Be Optional”
Speaking of health care, check out this special Equal Voice News report on how this issue is much more than political theater for an Alabama farmer in an area that supported Trump in November.
What we’re reading.
Big debates are brewing about the size and role of the federal safety net. It might be a good time to read a recent story – “The biggest beneficiaries of the government safety net: working-class whites” – from The Washington Post.
(Sources: Jobs With Justice digest; Amazon.com daily, Twitter, Associated Press (AP), news outlets, The Aspen Institute, and, of course, our neighbors. Material from AP was used in this report, which has been updated since it was posted.)