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  1. sorethumb

     /  April 12, 2018

    The Economist explains: Why America’s next census is controversial

    The census is technically anonymous and people can elect to skip the citizenship question. But civil-rights groups and politicians in blue states insist that a question about citizenship will dissuade undocumented immigrants from participating, for fear of being targeted for deportation. Dale Ho of the American Civil Liberties Union wrote: “The Trump administration’s decision to include a question on citizenship in the 2020 census is disastrous. It will severely undermine the accuracy of the census count, particularly in communities of colour, which will lose representation and federal resources as a result.” California is estimated to have over 3m undocumented residents, so the impact on its funding of reduced participation in the census could be severe. New York, with an estimated 850,000 undocumented residents, would also be severely affected. Mr Schneiderman said New York stood to lose “billions”. 
    States have long used litigation to resist federal policies. In 2007 a cohort of 12 Democratic attorneys general sued George W. Bush’s administration with the aim of forcing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases. Analysis by the Texas Tribune suggests Texas sued the Obama administration at least 48 times during his presidency. But the combination of a Republican-dominated Congress and a belligerent Republican president has spurred Democratic attorneys general to even more activity. Since Mr Trump assumed the presidency, California’s Mr Becerra has sued the administration over 25 times on issues ranging from birth control to the border wall. Mr Schneiderman of New York has been even more litigious: by the end of 2017, he had already sued the administration 100 times. While the future of the census count is uncertain, one statistic is clear: the number of lawsuits against Mr Trump will continue to rise. 
    https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2018/04/economist-explains-0?

    • sorethumb

       /  April 12, 2018

      Essay
      Compare and Contrast Trumps approach to immigration with the New Zealand Labour Parties

  2. Missy

     /  April 12, 2018

    Trump announces Military action via Twitter…

    • Gezza

       /  April 12, 2018

      Obviously he prefers being friends with a military of his own, who wrongfully – and illegally – invade the countries of other people and kill their people instead of their own.

  3. sorethumb

     /  April 12, 2018

    Peter Dutton has confirmed reports he discussed cutting Australia’s immigration rate, contradicting Malcolm Turnbull’s repeated denials that the conversations took place.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/11/peter-dutton-contradicts-turnbull-on-immigration

    • Gezza

       /  April 12, 2018

      Well, to be fair, these could have just been general personal chit chat during chance meetings at coffee shops.