‘DACA Is Dead’

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Good Tuesday morning,
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • President Trump has begun a new push for legislation to crack down on illegal immigration and make it more difficult to obtain refuge in the United States, arguing that lax laws have drawn a flood of migrants to the country’s borders.

  • When Mr. Trump called President Vladimir V. Putin last month, he suggested that Mr. Putin visit the White House. The White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said the White House was among a number of potential venues discussed during the March 20 phone call.

  • As the United States prepares stiff trade measures and China retaliates, stock markets have plummeted, and some of America’s biggest companies are pushing back.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency signed off in March 2017 on a Canadian energy company’s pipeline-expansion plan at the same time that Scott Pruitt was renting a condominium linked to the company’s powerful Washington lobbying firm.
  • Republicans running for the Senate in states won by Mr. Trump are engaging in bruising primary fights. Party leaders worry that could leave them weakened in the fall.

— The First Draft Team

The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant

The Trump administration’s first year of immigration policy has relied on claims that immigrants bring crime into America. One of President Trump’s latest targets is sanctuary cities.
“Every day, sanctuary cities release illegal immigrants, drug dealers, traffickers, gang members back into our communities,” he said last week. “They’re safe havens for just some terrible people.”
As of 2017, according to Gallup polls, almost half of Americans agreed that immigrants make crime worse. But is it true that immigration drives crime? Many studies have shown that it does not.
Immigrant populations in the United States have been growing fast for decades now. Crime in the same period, however, has moved in the opposite direction, and the national rate of violent crime today is well below what it was in 1980.
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The Supreme Court building in Washington.

Supreme Court Rules for Police Officer in Excessive Force Case


Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an impassioned dissent, saying the court majority had told officers that they can “shoot first and think later.”

“Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think,” dozens of news anchors said last month, reading from a script provided by Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Sinclair Made Dozens of Local News Anchors Recite the Same Script


Last month, anchors at local news stations across the country made identical comments about media bias. The script came from their owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to roll back Obama-era rules.

Calling Car Pollution Standards ‘Too High,’ E.P.A. Confronts California


The agency announced a plan to relax Obama-era greenhouse gas rules and signaled that it aimed to make California, which sets its own standards, fall in line.

Alexander Kirillov and Anastasia Vashukevich in Bangkok, where they claim to be targets of a covert Russian effort to silence them for what they know about meddling in the 2016 election in the United States.

From Thai Jail, Sex Coaches Say They Want to Trade Russia Secrets for Safety


A Belarusian escort and her “seduction coach” fear deportation from Thailand, saying they know too much about Russian meddling in the 2016 American election.

Representative Elizabeth Esty, a Connecticut Democrat, at a news conference at the Capitol in 2016.

Democratic Lawmaker Won’t Run Again, Saying She Botched Abuse Claim


Representative Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut has been consumed by revelations that she waited three months to fire her chief of staff, accused of harassing and threatening to kill a co-worker.

Some rank-and-file agents call Brandon Judd a strong advocate for the Border Patrol. Others say that he has, on occasion, taken positions that some agents call bizarre.

A Border Patrol Agent (and Fox News Regular) Inspires Trump on Immigration


Brandon Judd, who has reiterated talking points that include pushing for a border wall, has earned President Trump’s praise for his television appearances.

Mick Mulvaney, the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in February. On Monday, he called on Congress to reduce the independence of his agency, which he said “is far too powerful.”

Consumer Bureau Chief Seeks to Weaken It in First Report to Congress


Mick Mulvaney, the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, wants to cripple the agency he has long criticized and been tasked to lead.

California leaders like Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Attorney General Xavier Becerra have emerged as vocal opponents of President Trump.

In Latest Clash With California, Justice Dept. Sues Over Land Use Law


The Trump administration’s second suit against the state called the statute unconstitutional, and the attorney general accused state leaders like Gov. Jerry Brown of acting as if they were “above the law.”