In the past few weeks, we've written about not panicking, why you should absolutely panic, and just about everything in between when it comes to the Trump presidency. One thing we haven't quite touched on yet is how real life actual people will be affected by the changes he promised to make during his campaign.
One thing Trump already promised to do is repeal an Obama executive order called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. DACA allows children who were brought here illegally (keyword: children) to gain somewhat-legal status; protection from deportation, a social security card, in exchange for staying out of trouble and being an active part of the workforce. These are law-abiding, tax-paying young adults whose home country for all intents and purposes is America. A lot of them don't even know the know the language spoken in their country of origin. The shittiest thing is these people might be the first to be deported because they had the unmitigated gall to actively try to live in the United States legally.
Robert Evans and Tom Reimann grab the reigns of the podcast this week and have conversations with a potential victim of the removal of DACA, a transgender woman whose medications may no longer be covered, and an army vet whose parents are immigrants to talk about the scary world they've been suddenly thrust into. Later a British journalist joins to talk about the parallels to Brexit and why we might soon see fascist vs. anti-fascist fighting in the streets, and how it could look.
If your life has been concretely or irrevocably changed by the new administration, we want to hear your story. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYT: Former Head of Homeland Security on DACA: https://goo.gl/kUt7GP
Complex: Trans People Rushing to get Gender-Affirming Surgery Before Trump: https://goo.gl/4Ie3M6
The Guardian: Fascist/Anti-Fascist Fight in Dover: https://goo.gl/HWOd8b
VICE: More Fascist/Anti-Fascist Fighting: https://goo.gl/uNWTZO
Southern Poverty Law Center: Hate & Extremism Statistics: https://goo.gl/5OPBdj
Also make sure to buy tickets to our next LIVE podcast taping on Saturday, December 10th at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Jack and the crew will be giving a much needed, "good riddance" to the year 2016 with our annual Year In Review In Review. The Cracked staff and some special guests will fill in the gaps where most of of the other 'Years In Review' leave out half of the story. Tickets are only $5 and available here: https://goo.gl/zMwKua