Shows: July 2, 2018

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Fighting the Muslim Ban

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In a decision that was not a surprise but still came as a horrible shock, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold Trump's Muslim travel ban. The Executive Order enables a broad ban on travel from eight countries – Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela and North Korea – most of them predominantly Muslim, with the aim of supposedly guarding against terrorism. The order has become the target of many months of protests, petitions, and seemingly endless litigation. Many activists draw comparisons to the infamous Supreme Court case of Korematsu, which upheld the Roosevelt administration's policy of placing Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II. The latest ruling effectively overturns that decision, but many fear it's simply being replaced with Trump's new blank check to wage a global war on Muslims. Annie Wang staff attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) explains the ramifications of the ruling.

Also, Rama Issa-Ibrahim executive director of the Arab American Association of New York speaks out at the June 30 rally against Trump's immigration policy, connecting the Muslim ban with the family separations now happening at the border.

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South Asian ICE Detainees on Hunger Strike

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While chaos erupts at the border and the Trump administration carries out massive immigration raids nationwide, horrors are going on day-to-day in U.S. detention centers. One grim reminder was the recent hunger strike by detainees from South Asia at a detention center in Atlanta. They are seeking asylum for religious and political persecution, and their protest is their desperate attempt to plea for release on bond so they can continue their legal cases in the community and reunite with family members. They complain of cruel and punitive conditions inside the detention center, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice is now taking legal action against Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the administration for violating their rights and holding them without due process. Van Huynh, supervising immigration attorney at Advancing Justice-Atlanta, explains.

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A Leftist Critique of Identity Politics

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Asad Haider discusses his new book "Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump" which offers a powerful challenge to today's identity politics – by examining the rich legacies of the black freedom struggle and its revolutionary theorists, while also calling for a renewal of the collective struggle for social and economic justice.

From the publisher, Verso Books: "Weaving together autobiographical reflection, historical analysis, theoretical exegesis, and protest reportage, Mistaken Identity is a passionate call for a new practice of politics beyond colorblind chauvinism and 'the ideology of race.'"

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Economic Toll of Mass Deportations

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A new report from New Jersey Policy Perspective puts into stark relief the consequences of the horrific zero tolerance proposal on immigration promoted by President Trump. As more immigrants, documented and undocumented, are arrested and detained by federal authorities, the economic costs to families, communities, and whole sectors of the economy are massive. Erika Nava of NJPP discusses the economic and social toll of mass incarceration and deportation under Trump.

Click here for more on NJPP's findings.

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