This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Feb. 1, 2017 for week ending Feb. 10, 2017


"It was signed Friday night, Saturday morning we awoke to reports of people being pulled off planes abroad. Families being separated at airports. Hundreds of people being detained."

– Pardiss Kebriaei, senior staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, on the ensuing chaos from President Donald Trump's executive order regarding a Muslim travel ban

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Legal Challenge Temporarily Blocks Trump Muslim Ban

MP3 Interview with Pardiss Kebriaei, senior staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, conducted by Scott Harris


The first week of Donald Trump’s presidency has seen a succession of controversial changes to U.S. policy that have triggered protests across the nation. However, Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order, titled "Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States," provoked tens of thousands of people to demonstrate their opposition at airports from coast to coast. The executive order suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days and bans travel from seven Muslim majority nations for 90 days, including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. The order also blocks all refugees from Syria indefinitely, and reduces the total number of refugees admitted into the U.S. during the 2017 fiscal year to 50,000, down from the previous number of 110,000.  Story continues

Do Massive Anti-Trump Protests Signal Rebirth of a U.S. Progressive Movement?

MP3 Interview with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink Women for Peace, conducted by Scott Harris


From the very first day of the Trump presidency, massive numbers of protesters took to the streets to declare unyielding opposition to the real estate billionaire’s extreme right-wing agenda. The historic Women’s March on Washington in conjunction with hundreds of other cities across the U.S. and abroad, was the largest political protest in modern American history, challenging Trump’s positions on a wide array of issues as well as his Cabinet nominees.  Story continues

Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Efforts Likely to Suffer Under Trump

MP3 Interview with Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Criminal justice issues have so far taken a back seat to the Trump administration’s early executive orders restricting the entry of immigrants and refugees, building the Mexican border wall – and the president’s nomination of conservative judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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