This week on CounterSpin: One would hope that all those who side-eyed Donald Trump’s assertion back in January that recipients of the immigration program DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) “shouldn’t be very worried. I do have a big heart,” would greet with equal incredulity the administration’s line, as they terminated the program, that they did so after carefully evaluating its constitutionality, and determining that it conflicted with existing immigration laws. But while plenty of coverage is skeptical of Trump, are media really understanding what the program does—and doesn’t—mean for recipients? Tina Vasquez is immigration reporter for Rewire. We’ll talk with her about DACA.
Also on the show: As we record, Hurricane Irma has battered the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and is currently coming down on the Dominican Republic and Haiti. This while Texas continues to reel from Harvey. Both hurricanes made more destructive by climate disruption. Amid the questions, one thing seems clear: Corporate media have to move beyond asking what “America has learned from” Harvey. Or Irma. Or whatever comes next. Because America is not univocal. Some have learned, at tremendous cost; some already knew. And some are thoroughly invested in preventing others from acting on what they learn. Harvey revealed another aspect of the oil industry role here—adding toxic chemicals to the air and water during perhaps unprecedented, but not unpredictable, weather events. We’ll talk about that with Shaye Wolf, climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity.