Progressive Briefing for Thursday, June 21, 2018


Trump signs executive order halting family separation policy he created

President Trump signed an executive order halting what has become a notorious family separation policy created by his own administration.

Trump felt he needed to add that, because of his decision, there would be “a lot of happy people” and painted the reversal as heroic. 

BUT there are some major problems with this new executive order supposedly stopping child separation, among them are it may turn family separation into family incarceration, it opens up military bases as detention centers, and it indicates an intention to re-open the Flores settlement.

‘Pretty pathetic’: Bernie Sanders on Trump’s immigration policies

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper to discuss the president’s actions on immigration policy that have they entire country in an uproar.

New investigation pins Koch brothers to ‘anti-transit canvassing campaigns’

The Koch billionaire brothers are looking out for their own special interests in their new “anti-transit canvassing campaigns” across the country. In a new investigation published by the New York Times, oil baron brothers, Charles and David Koch, are funding the efforts to kill public transit.

Fracking takes toll on communities of color and lower-income areas

A new report examines the environmental and economic impact of living near power plants in Pennsylvania.

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen resigns from RNC — says he’s ‘willing to give info’ on the President

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, has resigned from his position as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee’s Finance Committee as he considers cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller.

ICE carries out its largest immigration raid in recent history, arresting 146

Dozens of ICE agents descended on a major meat supplier in northeast Ohio on Tuesday, arresting 146 in the largest workplace raid in recent history — and second massive raid in the state this month.

New lawsuit claims immigrant children are being forcibly drugged with ‘powerful’ psychotropics at Texas ‘treatment center’

New affidavits released Wednesday claim that minors held at the Shiloh Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas were physically abused and given shots of  “powerful” psychiatric medications that “rendered them unable to walk, afraid of people and wanting to sleep constantly.”

This isn’t the first time that the “treatment center” has been under fire. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee previously called for to be shut down after a Houston Chronicle investigation revealed allegations of “physical violence, unreasonable and excessive use of physical restraints, administering emergency medications without notice to governmental authorities, and several deaths of minor children while in custody.”


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