Tariffs Loom as Border Arrests Surge
President Trump is threatening to hit Mexico with tariffs starting Monday as Customs and Border Protection officials announced that arrests at the border had surged to a 13-year-high. It’s also the fourth straight month the agency has broken its record for family arrests. Meanwhile, Mexican officials are trying to avert the tariffs by agreeing to increased immigration enforcement and changing asylum rules to make it easier for the Trump administration to deport migrants from Central America. Also, House Democrats passed a bill on Tuesday that would protect more than 2 million undocumented migrants in the U.S. from deportation, including hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers,” who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The Republican-controlled Senate, however, is unlikely to take up the measure, which does not contain any funding for a border wall.
- Professor Deep Gulasekaram, Santa Clara University School of Law
- Sean Walsh, Republican strategist, Wilson Walsh Consulting
California Assemblyman Rob Bonta
In 2012, Rob Bonta became the first Filipino-American elected to the California State Legislature. Since then the East Bay assemblyman has tackled a number of issues, including housing, regulating the cannabis industry and advocating for criminal justice reforms. This session, he is sponsoring a bill that would require landlords to show just cause before they evict renters living in units that are more than 10 years old. Another bill he introduced would phase out the state’s use of private, for-profit prison facilities by 2028. Former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar measure Bonta had authored that passed with bipartisan support last year.
- California Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland
Julian Guthrie’s “Alpha Girls”
From gender pay gaps at tech giants such as Google and Amazon to sexual harassment and gender discrimination to raising venture capital for their startups, the struggles of women in Silicon Valley are well-documented. A new book, “Alpha Girls,” profiles four fearless females who years ago succeeded in shattering stereotypes and barriers in the tech industry, helping to launch businesses and platforms that revolutionized how we work and socialize online.