This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 6, 2017 for week ending Sept. 15, 2017

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"DACA is a testament to both that it's not a politically good decision for (Trump) to take away the program, and also a testament to the large amount of support that exists for it, both within and outside the immigrant community."

– Carolina Borotolleto, activist with the group United We Dream and co-founder of Connecticut Students for a Dream on the length of time that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has been in effect


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Dreamers Mobilize to Save DACA and Resist Trump

MP3 Interview with Carolina Borotolleto, activist with the group United We Dream and co-founder of Connecticut Students for a Dream, conducted by Scott Harris

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As long expected, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5 that the Trump administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The DACA program, initiated by President Obama with an executive order in 2012, benefited immigrants without serious criminal histories who were younger than 16 years old when they arrived in the U.S. before 2007. An estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, 91 percent of whom are now employed, currently benefit from DACA protections.  Story continues

Fight For $15 Labor Day Protests Demand Living Wage and a Union

MP3 Interview with Angel Candelario, a Burger King employee from Hartford, CT who marched for $15 an hour and union representation on Labor Day, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Along with more than 300 other cities across the U.S., Hartford, Connecticut, hosted a Fight For $15 march and rally on Labor Day. About 200 fast food workers, other low-paid workers and their allies rallied in front of a McDonald’s restaurant, then marched two miles past many more fast-food franchises and held a rally in front of a downtown church where workers from the food, day care and home care sectors talked about the need for a livable wage and a union.  Story continues

Unchecked Development and Deregulation Exacerbated Hurricane Harvey’s Destruction in Texas

MP3 Interview with Robert Buzzanco, professor of history at the University of Houston, conducted by Scott Harris

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Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane when it slammed the southeast Texas coast on Aug. 25. But when Harvey downgraded to a less powerful tropical storm, it then dumped torrential rains that flooded the region with a record 52 inches in some areas. After countless homes were flooded, more than 53,000 Texans were forced to seek shelter with the aid of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. According to news reports, FEMA expects nearly one million applications for aid stemming from Hurricane Harvey.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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