A new report shows how legalizing marijuana nationally would likely be much more effective at curbing drug smuggling than building a border wall.
- The report uses recent government data to examine the effects that marijuana legalization has had on drug and human smuggling by Mexican cartels.
- Overall, it appears that marijuana legalization has led to decreases in not only marijuana smuggling, but also smuggling of all drugs across the border.
- The report suggests that the benefits of marijuana legalization might also serve as a model for how legalizing more immigration for workers might curb illegal border crossings.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas shares the books that shaped his life.
- These books, from authors like Toni Morrison and John F. Kennedy, open up a whole new perspective on the American landscape.
- Read Jose Antonio Vargas' groundbreaking essay on life as an undocumented migrant in The New York Times Magazine.
- Jose shared his list of 4 books on race in America everyone should read at a recent ScribdChat in San Francisco
- Vargas' memoir, Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, is out now.
In an extraordinary claim of presidential power, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Friday that will restrict asylum for migrants for 90 days.
- The proclamation will bar migrants who cross the border illegally from making asylum claims.
- In the past, anyone who crossed the border—legally or illegally—was able to apply for asylum in the U.S.
- The new measures will almost surely be challenged in court.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions often found himself at odds with the president during his nearly two-year tenure.
- Matthew G. Whitaker, the former chief of staff to Sessions, will take over as acting attorney general.
- President Donald Trump requested Sessions to resign one day after the midterm elections.
- Sessions was often brutally criticized by Trump, primarily for recusing himself from the Russia probe.
Fox News, NBC, Facebook and CNN have all stopped airing the commercial, which some critics have labelled as inflammatory and racist.
- The 30-second ad shows Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant who killed two policemen, and footage of the migrant caravan.
- Critics say the ad is racially charged and is meant to conjure fear before the midterm elections.
- Fox News, typically the most pro-Trump news channel, took some by surprise when it announced it would no longer air the commercial.
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