The Current

The Current for Sept. 23, 2021

Today on The Current: Biden using Trump-era policy to deport Haitian migrants without chance to claim asylum; finding ways to connect over the climate crisis; tensions rise as vaccination rate remains low in Winkler, Man.; and millions of Afghan girls shut out of education.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Haitian migrants trying to cross the Rio Grande river were chased by U.S. border agents on horseback this past week. Some will be deported back to Haiti, a country many say they haven't been to in years, because President Joe Biden has kept a Trump-era policy that allows them to be deported without the chance to seek asylum. Matt Galloway speaks with Arelis Hernandez, Texas correspondent for the Washington Post, who has been covering the situation from the Mexico-Texas border; and Lee Gelernt, a lawyer and deputy director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. 

Plus, debates about climate change can often become heated, but Katharine Hayhoe says that most people who are labelled as climate change deniers aren't actually deniers at all — they just have questions. Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist, and professor in the department of political science at Texas Tech University. She wants people to change the conversation and focus on connection, rather than division

Then, the city of Winkler, Man., has low vaccination rates, and heightened tensions over COVID-19 restrictions. The situation has become so acrimonious that the city's police chief has called for civility on Facebook. We talk to Winkler's mayor, Martin Harder, about the divisions.

And millions of girls in Afghanistan have not been allowed to return to school, though the boys have. We discuss the delay, and whether the Taliban's earlier promises were all talk, with Pashtana Durrani, a teacher and the founder and executive director of LEARN Afghanistan, a charity focused on education. 

Audio will be uploaded after broadcast on Sept. 23, 2021.