[Weekly Review] | September 15, 2017, by Joe Kloc | Harper's Magazine

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[Weekly Review]

Weekly Review


The Democratic leaders of Congress celebrated a verbal agreement made with U.S. president Donald Trump that would protect from deportation 800,000 undocumented U.S. residents known as Dreamers, Trump supporters burned Make America Great Again hats in protest, and an op-ed erroneously claiming that thousands of people in New Hampshire voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election was published by the vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, Kris Kobach, who argued as an undergraduate at Harvard University against efforts to divest from the apartheid government of South Africa while he was being mentored by a professor who claimed that the “Anglo-Protestant culture” was in jeopardy and that “Mexicans pose the problem”; gave a speech at a white-nationalist publishing house that has printed articles claiming that the “ethnic identity” of “Hispanic immigrants” is “militant,” that flying with people of Middle Eastern descent is like playing “Russian roulette,” and that Muslims are a “Borg-like” and “historic enemy”; helped create under the Bush Administration a fingerprint registry for Middle Eastern visa holders; drafted measures that would strip citizenship from Americans born to parents without documentation; supported a proposition in California to restrict health care benefits for undocumented immigrants; filed a lawsuit against the state of Kansas for granting in-state tuition to undocumented students; served as a paid consultant for the state of Arizona to defend a law he helped draft that allowed law-enforcement officials to jail residents who were not carrying papers proving their legal status; received a portion of the $400,000 in legal fees paid by Hazleton, Pennsylvania, to defend a law he helped write that made English the town’s official language; reportedly charged other towns a fee of $50,000 a year in expenses to defend from legal challenges ordinances he wrote; helped draft and defend a law in Nebraska that would ban undocumented immigrants from the town of Fremont, where property taxes were raised to fund an estimated $750,000 legal defense of the ordinance; hosted a radio show on which he was introduced as the “A.C.L.U.’s worst nightmare”; joked at a barbecue that what former president Barack Obama and God had in common was that neither had a birth certificate; and fought efforts in a neighborhood of Overland Park, Kansas, to open a stroke-rehabilitation center because he was concerned it would decrease the number of available parking spaces. “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?” Trump tweeted of the Dreamers. “Really!”[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

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