A bus company forced to change its policies after a ground-breaking Supreme Court access case has been accused of treating disabled peple and the legal system with contempt, after it revealed the measures it has taken to comply with the judgment. Last month, disabled activist Doug Paulley and other campaigners celebrated after the Supreme Court ruled that First Bus had breached its duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people under the Equality Act through its “first come, first served” policy on the use of wheelchair spaces. It was the first case of disability discrimination in service provision to be heard by the country’s highest court. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that disabled passengers have a right to priority access over the wheelchair space on a bus, and that a driver must do more than simply ask a non-disabled passenger to move. Until yesterday (Wednesday), First Bus had not revealed what action it would take to comply with that ruling. But First Bus has now
Source: First Bus response to Supreme Court ruling ‘treats disabled people with contempt’ | DisabledGo News and Blog
We begin today’s roundup with a summary by Matt Zapotosky of Donald Trump’s huge lose in court yesterday:
The ruling, though, is critically important — as Trump’s ban on refugees lasts only 120 days, and his ban on visitors from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen lasts only 90 days. The judges also said that while the states of Washington and Minnesota had made serious allegations — and the impact of the order was “immediate and widespread” — the government had not pointed to any substantive evidence to support its need for the ban.
“The Government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States,” the judges wrote. “Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order, the Government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all.” […]
Hillary Clinton, who lost the presidency to Trump in November, posted on Twitter simply, “3-0.”
Robert Barnes at The Washington Post:
President Trump, meet the judicial branch.
Source: Abbreviated pundit roundup: Trump loses big in court
Trump’s program of increased deportation of immigrants cranked up on Wednesday when an Arizona woman was taken away in front of her crying children and put in a van for Mexico after more than two decades of living peacefully in the United States.
An ICE spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday evening that Garcia had been detained. It’s the first public sign in Arizona of President Donald Trump’s executive order expanding his priorities for deportation.
Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos is a convicted felon, but her felony was being caught in a workplace raid more than a decade ago and being charged with “working in the country illegally” — not exactly what most people had in mind when Trump said he would first go after “criminal” immigrants.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” he said in the interview, to air on “60 Minutes” on CBS.
That’s what Donald Trump said. But that’s not the instructions that have been given to ICE. What’s happening in the world outside Donald Trump’s speeches is that good people voluntarily reporting their status, are being punished for their cooperation.
Source: Trump kicks off program of deporting dangerous lawbreakers—by tearing Arizona mom from family
Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim-American Olympian to medal for the United States, said on Tuesday that she was detained at an airport for two hours.
Source: US Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad says she was held at airport – Business Insider
Many more disabled people have come forward to describe how the healthcare professionals who assessed them for the government’s new disability benefit lied in the reports they compiled. Their evidence further confirms the results of a two-month Disability News Service (DNS) investigation, which revealed last week how assessors working for the outsourcing companies Capita and Atos – most of them nurses – had repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence, and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations. Having read last week’s articles, more personal independence payment (PIP) claimants have come forward with their own evidence of dishonest assessors. One PIP claimant, David*, who has impairments including ME, fibromyalgia and a heart condition, has described how his disability living allowance (DLA) award of the higher rates for both care and mobility was lost after his PIP assessment left him with zero points (a claimant needs eight for the PIP standard rate and 12 for the
Source: PIP investigation: ‘Lie after lie after lie’ | DisabledGo News and Blog
It would appear that some of the folks who were hoping that Donald Trump was actually an isolationist “jobs” president, rather than the authoritarian white nationalist with imperial ambitions that he clearly showed himself to be on the stump, are now being forced to face reality. Everything he has done since his inauguration proves he is dead serious about unleashing the military and the police to enact his agenda, and he wants the other branches of government to understand that if they obstruct him he’s going to make sure his rabid followers know whom to blame.
According to Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker, legal scholars of all stripes, even the torture advocate John Yoo, whom I wrote about on Tuesday, are disturbed by Trump’s executive actions and what he’s saying about them. Pretty much across the board, they anticipate that Trump will blame the courts, the media and the political opposition in the event of an attack. They believe he is anxious to use an attack as an excuse to “take the gloves off” in whatever way he deems necessary.
That could mean everything from registering and deporting Muslims to enhanced surveillance or an attack on a foreign country and the reinstatement of torture and “black site” prisons. (A draft executive order on the black sites has made the rounds already.) All we know at this point is that Trump is looking for an excuse, and odds are there will be one at some point.
Source: Donald Trump’s coming police state: We have a president who wants unlimited power and won’t respect the rule of law – Salon.com
When President Trump ordered a vast overhaul of immigration law enforcement during his first week in office, he stripped away most restrictions on who should be deported, opening the door for roundups and detentions on a scale not seen in nearly a decade.
Source: Not just ‘bad hombres’: Trump is targeting up to 8 million people for deportation – LA Times
People shining laser pens at pilots, train and bus drivers could face jail or heavy fines under new legislation in England and Wales.
Source: People shining lasers at pilots could face jail | Daily Mail Online