Progressive Briefing for Wednesday, July 4, 2018

New ICE policy gives immigrant families a cruel choice, two more government agencies ax climate change from their websites, a majority of Americans want Citizens United overturned, and more.

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It’s the Fourth of July, which means it’s time, once again, for patriotic displays of deep-rooted American traditions.
As per it’s own annual tradition, NPR last year tweeted out the Declaration of Independence line-by-line—a seemingly innocuous tribute to the nation’s founding document, which outlined the thirteen original colonies’ intention to separate from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Defenders of the president attacked NPR for “calling for a revolution” by tweeting phrases like “A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

A new ICE policy offers immigrants separated from their kids a cruel choice

A new report shows how little respect the Trump administration continues to have for immigrant families.

Released on Tuesday, the report revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has started issuing parents forms that require them to make a stark choice.

The forms, as first reported by NBC News, ask parents to agree to either reunite with their children in exchange for agreeing to return to their home countries, or to agree to leave the United States without their child at all.

Two more government agencies axed climate change mentions from reports and websites

The Treasury Department has removed mentions of climate change as well as a section on “climate change resilience” from a draft of a 2017 sustainability report obtained by E&E news.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) removed references to climate change from its National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) website.

70% of Democrats – and 67% of Republicans – want Supreme Court to overturn Citizens United

“The most galvanizing issue” for Americans of both parties is whether Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will curb the vast and corrupting influence of corporate money in politics.

According to the new survey, 70 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of Republicans, and 60 percent of independents oppose the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling.


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