Each week we will provide you with a rundown of top news stories and must-read articles.
Justice for Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria, a 10-year old undocumented girl with cerebral palsy, has been detained by immigration officers and may face deportation. Last week, Rosa Maria received emergency surgery while armed immigration agents waited outside to take her into custody. The ACLU sued the government, arguing that the immigration officers illegally detailed Rosa Maria.
Many of the undocumented immigrants detained in the United States have mental or physical disabilities. Rosa Maria’s treatment is a reminder that fighting for disability rights also means fighting for immigrant rights.
Six weeks after Hurricane Maria became the second major hurricane to pummel Puerto Rico, the island is still in desperate need of aid. This week, the United Nations raised concerns over the United States slow response to the disaster as much of the island is without potable water or electricity.
This week, Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, John Kelly, claimed that the Civil War was caused by a “lack of ability to compromise”. The Civil War was caused by slavery and there should have been no compromise on slavery. John Kelly’s claims were inaccurate and ignorant.