PUBLISHED AUG 14, 2019

Skimm This: Green Cards, Abuse Victims, and Berlin Bees

It’s August 14th. Today, we Skimm’d This: 


  • The Trump administration is making it more difficult for immigrants who rely on welfare benefits to get green cards. Opponents of the rule change say it’s part of a bigger push to restrict legal immigration.

  • New York State is preparing for thousands of civil lawsuits after giving victims of child sex abuse a one-year window to sue their abusers. That has institutions like the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church worried.  

  • A new Federal Reserve report finds America’s student loan problem is getting bigger, as more people slide toward default. 

  • Swarms of thousands of bees are buzzing around Berlin. The culprit? Well-intentioned amateur beekeepers who don’t know what they’re doing. 



theSkimm: The Trump administration is changing immigration rules to make it more difficult for welfare recipients to obtain green cards. We’ll break down the new rules and the arguments being used to defend them. Then: New York is opening a one-year window for survivors of child sex abuse to bring civil lawsuits against their alleged abusers – no matter how long ago the abuse occured. We’ll look at the possible consequences for institutions linked to abuse. Also on today’s show: people are struggling to keep up with massive student loan debt, and amateur beekeepers are causing a buzz in Berlin.  

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