Led by President Donald Trump’s xenophobic top adviser Stephen Miller, the White House reportedly spent months attempting to devise a way to stop undocumented immigrant children from attending public schools in the United States.
According to Bloomberg, which first reported on the effort on Saturday, top Trump aides sought to hand states the “power to block undocumented immigrant children from enrolling in public schools.”
“Using children like this as political pawns is another low point for the Trump administration.”
—Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers
Though the effort was eventually abandoned after Trump officials were “told repeatedly that any such effort ran afoul of a 1982 Supreme Court case guaranteeing access to public schools,” Bloomberg reported, “the consideration of denying hundreds of thousands of children access to education illustrates the breadth of the White House’s push to crack down on undocumented immigrants.”
News of the White House’s effort comes just days after the Trump administration unveiled a so-called “public charge” rule that aims to deny permanent residency—or green cards—to immigrants who have used public programs such as Medicaid or housing assistance.
The rule, which is set to take effect in October, sparked widespread outrage and legal action, with advocates warning the measure would force people to choose between public assistance and the security of permanent residency.
“The Trump administration has deliberately designed this policy to target families of color, which is part of its overall blueprint to change the face of what we look like as a nation and who is considered worthy of being an American,” said the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), which filed suit against the Trump administration over the rule on Friday.
“It threatens immigrants of color with exclusion and Americans of color with deprivation or family separation,” NILC said.
Critics reacted with similar outrage to reports that Trump officials worked to block immigrant kids from attending public schools.
“Their racist, anti-immigration crusade knows no bounds,” tweeted Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. “Using children like this as political pawns is another low point for the Trump administration.”
“Let me be very clear: America’s teachers and school staff will not stand for this,” Weingarten added. “If they try to block students from attending our schools, they will hear from us. Immigrants are welcome here.”
Fox News reporter and right-wing conspiracy theorists planned to wiretap family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich: report
The Daily Beast on Monday evening broke a bombshell report on a secret 2017 meeting in Texas on a right-wing conspiracy theory where espionage was discussed.
"One of their topics was responding to online critics of wealthy Texas businessman Ed Butowsky, who had recently been outed as a driving force behind a retracted Fox News story about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich," The Beast reported. "The group that gathered at Butowsky’s home included a conspiracy theorist, a Fox reporter fighting for her career, a former private intelligence contractor married to star journalist Lara Logan, and a Democratic PR operative who lost his business in the face of sexual assault allegations."
Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.
The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.
"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.
Congress still has one big tool left to rein in Trump’s corruption: Oversight Committee Democrat
Senate Republicans may have managed to quash the impeachment trial without calling forth any new witnesses or seriously considering the evidence against President Donald Trump. And the president may feel vindicated and largely invulnerable as a result.
But, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, that doesn't mean Democrats don't have one last big play to rein in the president's abuses of power. They can use the first and strongest authority delegated to them: the power of the purse.
"What can Democrats really do when it comes to oversight of the president?" asked Cooper. "I mean, now that impeachment is over, does seem like there are fewer and fewer guardrails, if any."