Category: Politics

Trump’s GOP Chooses Racial Animus Over Family Values

Sitting in the Cabinet Room on Wednesday, surrounded by a largely white, male group of Republican lawmakers and administration officials, President Trump attempted to defuse a bomb of his own making. “We have compassion, we want to keep families together,” he said as he signed an executive order ending the family separations that commenced at his own administration’s directive. “It’s…

Pro and anti sides uncertain of rules as B.C. proportional representation campaign launch nears

VICTORIA — Groups on both sides of the proportional representation debate are struggling to prepare for the July 1 launch of the referendum campaign because the province has yet to set the rules to get public funding. The groups say they are frustrated that Attorney General David Eby has yet to sign regulations that spell out who can apply for…

The Immigrants Who Escape Family Separation

MCALLEN, Tex.—Angel Bonilla spent eight days in an immigrant-detention facility with his five-month-old daughter, Selene Alanis, after trekking for nearly a month through Mexico from his home in Honduras. Like so many others, he was caught by the Border Patrol crossing the Rio Grande in a raft. Right now, they’re in McAllen. Soon, they’ll be on their way to Dallas,…

Trump’s Katrina Moment

Some years ago, I met via fellowship a group of journalists from countries where the fates of citizens hinge on choices out of Washington: Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan. The idea was to get to know one another and our worlds, and so one afternoon we heard from an expert on federalism. “Americans,” he told us, looking mostly at the foreigners, “don’t…

The GOP’s Immigration Gamble

With his policy of systematically separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, Donald Trump finally extended his racially infused economic nationalism to a point that a critical mass of elected Republicans could not follow. But the fact that many Republicans drew the line only at a policy that experts have likened to child abuse is a powerful measure…

How America Treats Its Own Children

How could the United States do this? How could it separate 2,000 children from their parents, perhaps never to be reunited? How could it lose track of thousands more? How could it keep children in cages, in tents, in camps? This is a country that has assimilated wave after wave of immigrants and refugees, so that children might have a…

Trolls at the border

So this time the White House really lost a battle, right? In the wake of overwhelming public pushback against his deeply-unpopular policy of separating children from their migrant parents, President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to allow detained families to be housed together. Given how reluctant this administration is to ever admit error, backing down in this manner…