I had the good fortune of spending a little time recently with the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. She was the guest of the Irish American Partnership at its annual women’s Christmas breakfast.
Ambassador Power was born in Ireland and her Irish heritage is very much a part of who she is today. Before she became President Obama’s U.N. ambassador, she was a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. She is now teaching at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ambassador Power was at the Partnership breakfast to talk about her latest book, The Education of an Idealist.
Her book (and the late night comedy of Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel) has helped me survive the daily atrocities of the Trump Administration. When you read about the forethought, diligence and planning that went into U.S. foreign policy during the Obama Administration as compared to the shoot from the hip, attention deflection policy now on display, you should be embarrassed as a U.S. citizen. I know I am.
The Education of an Idealist is going to be a fantastic movie. It will open in an Irish pub with a little girl kicking a soccer ball off a wall and end with that same little girl, now a woman, walking out of the United Nations building in New York with a son holding one hand and a daughter the other. It is simply a great and uplifting read and I couldn’t recommend it higher.
Good news for our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) immigrants! Today it was announced that the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling blocking the Trump Administration from ending President Obama’s 6-year old program that protects young undocumented immigrants, who came to the United States as children, from being deported.
It was only two months ago the Trump Administration announced plans to phase out DACA, but lower court judges have now blocked them from doing so. They have ruled that protection of recipients to continue until the appeals are resolved. New discussions are now being put on the table to extend DACA or provide them with a path to citizenship in exchange for funding for a wall along the US-Mexico border. While this is another blow to the Trump Administration, it is only a temporary one.
– Leanne Dolan, Legal Research Assistant