The "Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018," legislation introduced in the House, carries a potential 15-year prison sentence for those caught engaging in behaviors typically associated with the "antifa" movement of anti-fascist activists. Under the act, anyone "wearing a mask" or in disguise who "injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person ... in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege" would be subject to a fine or up to 15 years in prison. The bill was introduced in the House last month but received renewed attention on Tuesday after alt-right personality Mike Cernovich encouraged his followers to call their representatives and "let them know what you think" about the legislation.
A government lawyer reportedly told a federal judge on Friday that her "dog-sitting responsibilities" would prevent her from appearing at a weekend meeting on the status of 100 children under the age of five who were separated from their parents at the border, NBC News reports. When lawyers were asked where they would be over the weekend, the government attorney reportedly told Judge Dana Sabraw that she would "have to leave" San Diego for Colorado to dog-sit, and could not meet on Saturday to give an update in person. The judge agreed to meet Monday. This comes as NBC News also reports that government lawyers said they cannot locate the parents of 38 of the 100 young migrant children.
A police union in South Carolina has challenged the inclusion of Angie Thomas's multiple award-winning novel about police brutality, The Hate U Give, on a school's summer reading list, describing it as "almost an indoctrination of distrust of police". The intervention from the Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3 came after Wando high school's ninth-grade class was asked to read one of eight novels over the summer holidays. read more
The H-2B visa program allows seasonal, non-agricultural employers -- like hotels and ski resorts -- to hire foreign workers when they can't find American ones. The Trump administration temporarily expanded this guest-worker program in 2017 while restricting other avenues of legal immigration, including the H-1B program for high-skilled workers. The Trump Organization is exactly the kind of company that relies on the H-2B visa program for low-skilled workers.
On Friday, dumped out with the least desirable news of the week came word that a lawsuit arguing that Detroit students were being denied an education had been dismissed. Perhaps you remember the case. MT presented a cover story about it last year. With the help of a public interest law firm, a handful of Detroit students charged in federal court that educational officials in Michigan -- including Gov. Rick Snyder -- denied them access to an education of any quality.