Monday, July 06, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Now that the justices of the Supreme Court have adjourned for their summer vacation, liberals and progressives can release a collective sigh of relief and start feeling pretty good about the just-completed term.  As a result of this past term the Nation now has Marriage Equality, Affordable Health Care, and our civil rights laws were left largely intact, but according to Ian Millhiser, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Editor of ThinkProgress Justice, and the author of Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted we will not feel the same way about the next Supreme Court term as we will most likely see the revenge of the Supreme Court’s Conservatives as they take on three major cases concerning Abortion, Affirmative Action in Universities, and Unions.  Ian joins me today to talk all about the upcoming term and how the Conservative Justices’ will strike back. You can also follow Ian on twitter.

Back on November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration aimed at reducing deportations for people who pose no threat to the US and have close family relationships or long term residence here. In announcing these actions, the President used the phrase "families not felons" to explain his plan to prioritize immigration enforcement against some people over others, and while many conservative called this action “Executive Amnesty” this type of prioritization has been a feature of U.S. immigration law for quite some time and was even famously used by Beatles star John Lennon when he faced deportation from the U.S. in the 1970s.  Joining me today to talk all about the history, theory, and application of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law is Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, a Professor of Law, and the Director of the Center for Immigrants' Rights at Pennsylvania State University Dickenson School of Law whose new book Beyond Deportation: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases details the role of prosecutorial discretion in the immigration system and shows the powerful role it plays in protecting individuals from deportation and saving the government resources.  

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