Citing coronavirus threats, the U.S. government has canceled all deportation hearings for immigrants not in detention after immigration judges and government prosecutors complained busy courts were putting them at risk of infection. This follows announcement that the Customs and Border authorities are pushing new asylum seekers back into Mexico – and now Canada – to forestall disease spread from migrants. As such, these moves happen to fit nicely into Trump administration policies aimed at halting immigration of all sort.
The closures of courts in Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, New York City, Newark, Sacramento and Los Angeles, took effect today. The court in Seattle was already closed. Cases of immigrants stuck in detention will be heard as scheduled. The decision came after unions representing immigration judges and prosecutors from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement called for the shutdown. (3/18)
‘If they’re so smart why are they broke?’ Corporate CEOs looking for bailout funds flunk basic personal finance
Before Mitch McConnell, his Radical Republican Senate conference and Steve Mnuchin hand over billions of dollars to a ragtag collection of corporations—gamblers, bankers, airline executives and whoever else is saddled up at the trough—here’s a suggestion: Make Every CEO take a basic family-finance class.
Yes, they probably know how to balance a checkbook or know the difference between an APR and a nominal interest rate. They can probably tell you it’s smarter to pay off a 15% credit card before paying off a 7% college loan.
But one lesson they’ve clearly missed: Have sufficient savings to get you through at least three-to-six months without a paycheck.
A pandemic is no time to dismantle regulatory safeguards
As much of the economy melts down amid the coronavirus pandemic, many large corporations are lining up for financial bailouts from the federal government.
Assuming the right safeguards are put in place, these payments may be justified.
Yet there is a risk that big business may also seek another kind of assistance whose benefit is more dubious: relief from regulations.
Some loosening of restrictions make sense in a crisis. Federal regulators are already taking steps to address immediate needs. The FDA is changing rules so that private labs and state health departments can more readily use COVID-19 tests developed outside of the agency. HHS is allowing healthcare providers to bill Medicare for telemedicine sessions.
Investigative reporter explains why Trump and the radical Republicans are calling it the ‘Chinese virus’
In early March, an angry, longtime Republican source contacted me to vent. He was a dedicated conservative, but was furious not only Trump Administration’s bumbling in dealing with COVID-19, but also the endless lies told by his fellow GOPers to persuade the party faithful that the scientific warnings about the outbreak were a scam.
Now, he fumed, as the infection rate and death toll rose, his colleagues realized they could not maintain the “COVID-19 is a fictional thing being used to hurt Trump” charade. Rather than backing off and consulting with scientists, their decision of what to do was horrific: Reach out to a political consultant to find a spin that would allow them to attack Democrats and the media, distracting everyone from Trump’s abject failure to protect the country.