This month, President Trump declared a national emergency, which will allow him to move forward with building a wall along the southern border. Other recent (and still active) declarations of national emergencies include blocking property of people threatening peace, security or the stability of Yemen, declaration of national emergency by reason of certain terrorist attacks, and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. On this episode, we’ll discuss the precedent setting of this national emergency, in comparison to others declared by presidents over the last couple decades.
Historically, the United States has been a beacon of hope, and the symbol of opportunity and the chance for a new life to immigrants. From Pilgrims seeking religious freedom in the 1600s, to those seeking opportunity during the early 19th century, and most recently, those seeking asylum from war and violence-stricken countries. Over the last several months, we have seen acts at our executive level of government, which have been interpreted as anti-immigrant. On this episode, we discuss some of the social implications of the current administration’s actions, including cancellation of Temporary Protective Status, construction of the wall on the southern border and banning visitors from certain countries and religions.
Walls have been built around the world for the last millennia for many reasons. Some of those reasons include to keep people from coming in, keep people from leaving, to mark boundaries and for military purposes. In Hungary, the country has experienced thousands of migrants from Syria. Then in the U.S., of course, the hot political debate is around the border between it and Mexico. It appears that for every argument against the border wall, there’s also an argument for having them. On today’s episode, we take a step back and look at what folks at both sides of the argument are saying about building, or dismantling, walls that divide us from our neighbors.
We all hate it. Arriving to the airport only to get into the TSA security line, in what seems to be a purposeless and irritating process. According to the TSA, in 2015, 2,653 firearms we confiscated at security checkpoints in the US. In light of new mandates to forbid laptops from 10 airports into the US, and controversy around president Trump’s travel ban, is the TSA making us safer?