Mark Morgan, our President's latest nominee to head Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, says he can look in the eyes of an unaccompanied minor at the border and decide right there whether or not he'll grow up to join the MS-13 gang. Where do we begin with that? That MS-13 isn't an existential threat, but something politicians throw around to justify racist immigration policies? That the science doesn't support the notion of unaccompanied minors (or, indeed, undocumented immigrants in general) committing more crimes than native-born Americans? That if you think you can tell someone's criminal future by "looking in their eyes," you're an arrogant drama hound who should be nowhere near any levers of power? Maybe that last one is the one you lead with, when you use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page to find phone numbers for your Senators, so you can tell them to reject this absurd nomination.
Meanwhile, CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass H.R. 2354/S. 1039, the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019. The bill would prevent war with Iran without express authorization from Congress, which is how it should be, even if far too many allegedly smart people tell you that such bills "hamstring the President." Hamstringing the President is how our Constitution wants it! It's a feature, not a bug! I'd love to add "and this President exemplifies the kind of person who should not have any sort of unilateral power," but I'd be afraid of calling someone into existence who's far worse. Don't believe reports that our President has told his acting Defense Secretary he doesn't want war with Iran -- and "since when do you trust this guy?" is really the wrong answer. The right answer is: since when do you trust your President? Americans don't just "trust their President" -- Americans check their President.
In other news, our EPA has decided to ban methylene chloride -- used in paint strippers, linked by scientists to liver and nervous system problems, and declared by our EPA to be a likely carcinogen -- so yay EPA, right? Not so fast: our EPA has, incredibly, exempted commercially-used methylene chloride from its ban, meaning that folks who work with paint strippers for a living will still be exposed to the chemical. I'll say it again: this Administration hates doing anything for anyone other than bosses. And this isn't even an example of "streamlining regulations," since our EPA specifically calls for input on a new system of training and certifying workers, because, why not put all the burden to do right on workers, and none of it on bosses? Our EPA's public commenting process on this matter closes this week, so the Environmental Defense Fund helps you tell our EPA to enact a real ban on methylene chloride.
Finally, the House passed the Taxpayer First Act earlier this year, and though the bill accomplishes many useful ends, it also prevents our IRS from ever offering a decent online tax-filing portal. Not impressed? Then consider that our IRS has a sort of gentleman's agreement with private tax prep corporations like H&R Block and Intuit, in which our IRS avoids offering free online tax-filing so that these corporations can do it -- but consider also that H&R Block and Intuit haven't just been forgetting to remind low-income Americans that they offer this service, they've been actively hiding this service! Thus we have yet another reminder that private corporations don't have to answer to you, but your government does. Hence Penn PIRG helps you tell your Senators to ensure that our IRS can offer free online tax-filing services to all Americans. They don't have to scuttle the whole bill to do that -- they only need to amend it. It ain't that tough.