In brief: I am always delighted to have Tina Vasquez, immigration reporter for Rewire.News on the show. Her journalistic integrity is unparalleled; she centers stories, rooting her reporting in the real outcomes for those whose lives about which she writes. And it is definitely emotional labor above and beyond the call.
For us this time around she explains Trump’s use of “angel moms” during the SOTU, details just how much control over life, death, and deportation individual ICE agents have (spoiler: it’s so much worse than you think), and why the push to normalize self-managed abortion in the U.S. needs an asterisk for undocumented folx: procuring the misoprostol required to miscarry at home will likely have to be procured illegally. And undocumented people, communities of color, and low-income folx are also likely to be targeted by police. So, a millennial-old tradition of self-regulating menstruation now comes with legal risks that individuals should weigh.
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