Afternoon links: It is now U.S. immigration policy to forcibly separate families who are seeking refuge from violence

Originally published by The Washington Post

  • Mother and child come to the United States fleeing violence in Congo. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents forcibly separate them, then detain the mother. This wasn’t an anomaly. These weren’t rogue agents. This is U.S. immigration policy.
  • School shootings are incredibly rare. We shouldn’t be making reactionary policies in response to events that rarely happen.
  • Much-hyped Democratic rising star Rep. Joe Kennedy (Mass.) opposes marijuana legalization, even for medical use. Fun quote: “If you smelled [marijuana] in a car, you could search a car. When it became decriminalized, you couldn’t do that.” Well, yes. And that isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.
  • Related: Here’s a Twitter thread debunking a new study that claims legalization is correlated with an increase in pedestrians struck and killed by vehicles.
  • The Nation makes the case for abolishing ICE.
  • Once again: The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act won’t stop sex trafficking. It will likely make sex trafficking worse.
  • Study shows no relationship between more lenient sentences for drug crimes, and problems associated with drug use.
  • Here’s another excellent Twitter thread, in which a public defender explains why the “victims’ rights” approach to crime policy is flawed. The main reason: The vast majority of prosecutions are for crimes in which no one was harmed.
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial calls for treating drug dealers like serial killers and “bury[ing] lawbreakers” under an “avalanche” of penalties. Would’ve fit right in with the unhinged editorials of the 1980s and 1990s.

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