Just when you thought the refugee-bashing had stopped, along comes South Carolina bill S. 997, which passed the state Senate a few weeks back and now awaits action by the state House. S. 997 would create that dreaded "refugee registry" contemplated by Donald Trump not long ago, and would mandate state law enforcement officials to "confirm" that refugees placed in South Carolina "do not pose a public safety risk" and then report back to the state legislature about that matter. As if vetting by the FBI, DHS, and the State Department weren't enough! I doubt S. 997 proves South Carolina legislators really care about preventing risks to safety and security -- refugees already get upwards of 18 months of vetting by our federal government, and they have perpetrated exactly zero terrorist attacks in American history. The fact that refugees are generally running from terrorism in their home country might have something to do with that. The ACLU helps you tell South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to veto S. 997, and thus prevent the state from persecuting refugees.
Meanwhile, three states now automatically register people to vote at the moment they get drivers' licenses. Now you may well ask: didn't the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 require voter registration at the same time you got a driver's license? Actually, no -- that law required states to allow you to opt in to voter registration at the DMV, whereas the laws lately passed in Oregon, California, and West Virginia require you to opt out if you don't want to register to vote while you're at the DMV. Voter registration was, once upon a time, a way to get more people to vote (and, not insignificantly, a way to avoid rioting when voters got turned away on Election Day), but now it's become more of a hindrance to voting than a help. And no it doesn't "cause voter fraud," particularly when you actually need more paperwork to get a driver's license. (The three aforementioned state laws keep traditional voter registration available.) Hence Roots Action helps you tell your state legislators to support automatic voter registration.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to leave a public comment on the Bureau of Land Management's proposed rules limiting methane emissions from gas drilling projects on public lands, then the Environmental Defense Fund still helps you do that. This is your last chance to comment on this matter, though, because the deadline for comments is tomorrow. The BLM rules address venting, flaring, and leaks, and really, who would justify deliberately allowing methane gas into the air, or burning off gas to put more toxins into the air, or, you know, having leaky equipment? No reasonable person would, that's who. Of course, the unreasonable go to some lengths to appear reasonable, by complaining about Big Gummint interference (as if your government doesn't belong to you!) and hurting small businesses (which would suffer more from pollution than from increased utility bills) and suchlike. But if we don't have clean water to drink or clean air to breathe, we'll be in no position to celebrate the pristine purity of anyone's ideology.