Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the White House Monday for the first time since Donald Trump took office. In a joint news conference, Trump and Trudeau discussed trade, national security and immigration policy. During a White House press conference, neither talked about oil pipelines, despite their joint support for building new ones. Last month, Trudeau welcomed the decision by Donald Trump to move ahead on the Keystone XL pipeline project. Trudeau has also come under fire by environmental activists for approving two major pipelines: Kinder Morgan’s $5 billion Trans Mountain pipeline and the $7.5 billion Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. Amy and Juan spoke with Clayton Thomas-Muller, a leading organizer and writer on environmental justice and indigenous rights. He is a campaigner at 350.org and a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, Canada.
Also on today’s show:
Crossing the Northern Border: Immigrants in U.S. Flee into Canada Seeking Refuge from Trump
A growing number of asylum seekers are braving freezing temperatures in an attempt to cross from the United States into Canada. Several refugees have suffered frostbite after trekking for hours in sub-zero weather, and aid organizations are overwhelmed. Many of those seeking refuge in areas including Manitoba come from one of the seven countries targeted by Donald Trump’s anti-immigration executive order.
Clayton Thomas-Muller: Rising Fascism in U.S. Is Emboldening White Supremacists in Canada
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Washington came just weeks after a Canadian man shot dead six people at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City. The shooter, Alexandre Bissonnette, was a supporter of Donald Trump and far-right-wing French politician Marine Le Pen. Trudeau condemned the massacre as an act of terrorism. Donald Trump, however, made no comment about the attack.
FCC Under Trump: Net Neutrality & Internet Freedom Face New Attack
Donald Trump’s newly appointed chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has begun to attack net neutrality rules and other consumer protections. In a series of actions earlier this month, Pai blocked nine companies from providing affordable high-speed internet to low-income families, and withdrew the FCC’s support from an effort to curb the exorbitant cost of phone calls from prison. He has also said he disagrees with the 2015 decision to regulate the internet like a public utility.
Criminalization & Trump’s ICE Raids: Two Immigrant Rights Organizers Facing Deportation Speak Out
The Department of Homeland Security is saying the number of immigrants arrested over the past week has risen to 680. Raids were reported in at 11 states, including California, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin. To talk more about who is being targeted, this segment features two prominent immigrant rights advocates in New York. Both of them are also immigrants whose criminal records put them at risk of deportation. Abraham Paulos is executive director of Families for Freedom. Ravi Ragbir is executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City. Ragbir faces deportation when he goes to his ICE check-in on March 9.
Web Exclusive: The Predatory Mindset of Donald Trump: An Interview With Eve Ensler & Christine Schuler Deschryver
Today is V-Day, a global day of action to end violence against women and girls. Amy Goodman spoke with V-Day founder Eve Ensler and Congolese activist Christine Schuler Deschryver about V-Day, conflict minerals, the City of Joy as well as Donald Trump and the other domestic abusers in the White House. “We haven’t really gotten to the root of rape culture in America,” Ensler said. “But I also think that predatory mindset is affecting everything. Right? We’re gutting regulations on air, on water and on the earth. We’re escalating extraction. We’re seeing the ransacking of laws, a disparaging of immigrants.”