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This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Trump’s long-contested travel ban. The travel ban blocks people from six majority Muslim countries from entering the country. The Justices will now decide if the ban amounts to religious discrimination.
Four years ago, this week, the water crisis in Flint began. In 2014 and 2015, it was revealed that the water supply in flint contained extremely dangerous levels of lead that was harming the city’s residents. The contaminated water largely affected people of color and represented the often-overlooked issue of environmental racism. Four years later, Flint still lacks clean water.
Washington State is working to combat racial discrimination within the American justice system. Racial bias has always been a concerning part of jury selection. Washington is making this process fairer by adding independent observers who can raise concerns of racial bias in the process.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection releases data annually on the number of assaults their agents face in a given year. In the last year, the agency has started using a new method to tally these assaults. This resulted in a dramatic increase in attacks that misrepresents actual levels of violence along the border.