Links to today’s show transcripts:
Show Me Your Papers, Texas-Style: Lawmakers Condemn SB4 as Greatest Legislative Threat to Immigrants
Texas is facing growing criticism after the state’s Republican governor, Greg Abbott, signed into law one of the nation’s harshest immigration bills, SB 4. The state bans sanctuary cities and allows police officers to check the immigration status of anyone they detain. The law was opposed by many powerful forces in Texas, including the police chiefs of every big city in the state as well as major religious leaders.
Update: Carimer Andujar met with ICE officials today and was allowed to remain free.
Twenty-one-year-old Carimer Andujar came to the United States from the Dominican Republic with her family at the age of four. She is now in her third year studying chemical engineering at Rutgers University, where she has been an outspoken advocate for undocumented students. This morning, her future in this country is in limbo, as she’s reporting to an ICE check-in, where she could face possible deportation.
Pro-Trump Network Sinclair Set to Become Nation’s Biggest Broadcaster as FCC Weakens Ownership Rules
The Sinclair Broadcast Group is reportedly nearing a $4 billion deal to purchase Tribune Media, which would give it control of more than a third of the country’s local TV stations. The reported purchase comes after President Trump’s pick to head the FCC, Ajit Pai, dramatically rolled back limits capping the number of stations one corporation can control. Sinclair’s chair and former CEO, David Smith, is active in Republican politics and supported Donald Trump’s campaign.
Trump’s FCC Chair Declares New War on Net Neutrality After 10-Year Battle for Free & Open Internet
FCC head Ajit Pai has outlined a sweeping plan to dismantle net neutrality rules, which seek to keep the internet open and prevent corporate service providers from blocking access to websites, slowing down content or providing paid fast lanes for internet service.