U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose)
On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order ending the practice of separating immigrant children from parents at the border. In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a zero-tolerance policy to criminally prosecute all illegal border crossings, even for those traveling with children and claiming asylum. Since then, more than 2,300 immigrant children have been separated from their parents and held in government-run shelters.
We get reaction from U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), a former immigration attorney and the ranking member of the House subcommittee on immigration.
Separating Immigrant Families
President Trump’s executive order calls for the indefinite detention of immigrant children and their families apprehended for illegal border crossings. That contradicts a 1997 federal court settlement barring children from being detained for more than 20 days. Meanwhile, child welfare advocates have been raising concerns about the damaging effects of forced separation on children.
- Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune immigration and border security reporter
- Spencer Amdur, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project attorney
- Chandra Ghosh Ippen, UCSF child psychologist
A new documentary offers a sobering look at factory farming, where animals live in cramped conditions and are pumped with antibiotics to grow quickly and uniformly. A group of farmers is fighting this trend by sharing their methods to raise livestock more sustainably and humanely. They’re reviving so-called heritage breeds of poultry and pigs that have been largely forgotten for decades as factory farming took over.