In the days since President Trump’s inauguration, a cycle has formed. He acts, protesters react and it all repeats. Rallies and marches popped up around the country this weekend after Trump signed executive orders that banned travel from seven majority Muslim nations for at least 90 days, and stopped refugees from Syria's civil war from settling in the United States. The order created confusion at airports here and abroad, as travelers, many of whom held legitimate papers, were detained and questioned for hours. Federal judges in Boston and New York temporarily blocked the order but that didn't stop the outrage, even among some Republicans, that Trump had acted without fully considering the constitutional consequences. Jim Braude (@JimBraude) talks with the director of policy studies at the Center of Immigration Studies, Jessica Vaughan (@JessicaV_CIS), Cambridge City Councilor Nadeen Mazen (@nadeemtron) – the first Muslim-American to ever be elected to a government position in Massachusetts, and Kade Crockford (@ACLU_Mass) from the ACLU about the push and pull between fighting terror and upholding the Constitution.
The debate in Massachusetts over marijuana legalization continues. The voters said “yes” – and lawmakers keep slowing down. Since that vote, a handful of state lawmakers postponed retail sales by an additional six months – to the middle of 2018. And on earlier this month state senators filed a slate of bills that would tighten regulations. Senator Jason Lewis (D) (@SenJasonLewis) Winchester filed 14 of them. He and Will Luzier (@hubjp), who was the campaign manager for “Yes on 4” – the campaign to Tax and Regulate Marijuana – both join Jim to debate the proposed regulations.
With marches, rallies and lawsuits in response to President Trump’s latest executive order on immigration, Jim explains why he thinks the situation just might have a silver lining.