What We’re Following
Students’ Futures: As President Trump prepares to announce on Tuesday his decision on whether to revoke DACA, several university presidents have written personal appeals on behalf of undocumented students who arrived in the U.S. as children and are protected from deportation under the program. The letters argue that DACA beneficiaries bring valuable contributions to their communities—including, for example, the research and patient care performed by undocumented medical students, who likely will not get to practice medicine if DACA is revoked.
Tax Talk: When Trump gave a speech about the need for tax reform earlier this week, Republicans in Congress still hadn’t figured out the details of their plan. On the whole, it’s expected to provide a major tax break for the richest Americans, but that policy may not be in the country’s best interest. Instead, Derek Thompson makes the case for a millionaire tax—a policy supported not only by Massachusetts liberals, but also by Trump’s erstwhile adviser Steve Bannon.
Prison Problems: It can be all but impossible for prisoners to carry out civil proceedings like divorcing abusive spouses. But one Chicago court is working to solve these legal obstacles and smooth the way for inmates to get their lives on track after release. And an expert on prison reform argues that parole boards’ reluctance to release former violent offenders is keeping people in jail long after they could have been rehabilitated.