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Crosscurrents

The San Francisco-Based Court That Fights Against Trump Administration Policies

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has repeatedly blocked some of the most controversial immigration policies.

Last month, the Trump Administration argued before the Ninth Circuit that the government is not required to provide toothbrushes, soap or beds to the migrant children it detains. That argument was relentlessly criticized by the three-judge panel presiding over the case, and their comments quickly viral.The heated exchange has contributed to a national outcry over the Trump Administration’s treatment of detained children and highlights the Ninth Circuit’s role in checking Trump’s immigration policies.

Teresa Cotsirilos is a reporter at KALW, where she covers labor rights and public health in the Bay Area’s immigrant communities. A recipient of the IWMF Adelante Fellowship and the Center for Health Journalism's National Fellowship, she is currently investigating California wildfire cleanups and their impact on immigrant workers’ health and safety.