News of the Week: Trump sues California over sanctuary laws

March 7th, 2018

Each week we share articles on subjects that are important to NUHW and its members. Here are several must-read stories over the past seven days:

Donald Trump’s Justice Department has filed a lawsuit that represents an aggressive new push by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to go after “sanctuary jurisdictions,” Buzzfeed reports. Sanctuary laws have earned the immigration hardliner’s ire for seeking to protect undocumented immigrants and make it harder for federal immigration agents to find and deport them.

More than 1,500 immigrants and their supporters marched through downtown Santa Rosa on Monday as part of a national campaign calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to bring permanent relief to undocumented immigrants, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

A coalition of unions that represent workers at the Disneyland Resort is proposing a ballot measure that would force the theme park and other Anaheim employers that receive city subsidies to pay workers at least $15 an hour starting in 2019, according to the Los Angeles Times. The proposal was unveiled at a crowded town hall meeting in Anaheim last week, when Disney workers discussed a survey that concluded that 73% of union workers questioned said they don’t earn enough to pay for basic necessities, such as rent and food.

A group of eight senators last week unveiled bipartisan legislation that would increase funding for addiction treatment and prevention by roughly $1 billion and impose a sweeping three-day limit on opioid prescriptions for initial pain treatment, according to STAT. The CARA 2.0 Act, billed as the sequel to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of late 2016, would be the most substantive action Congress has taken to address the opioid crisis since President Trump took office.

An investigation by Kaiser Health News and the USA TODAY Network has discovered that more than 260 patients have died since 2013 after in-and-out procedures at surgery centers across the country. Dozens — some as young as 2 — have perished after routine operations, such as colonoscopies and tonsillectomies.