De Anza CivicsWatch

Our country is sharply divided over issues of civil rights, the environment, economic policy and the direction we're heading. The president derides what he calls "fake news," but he frequently makes statements that are demonstrably untrue. In times like these, it's more important than ever to understand how democracy operates and how our government makes decisions that affect our lives.

These webpages will provide tools – including real news – for building that understanding

  • Fact Watch fact-checking the statements made by politicians

  • News & Issues reports from credible news outlets

  • Civics 101 foundational documents and an interactive quiz

  • Get Involved resources for engagement on campus and in the community

Latest Articles


Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Hurricane Irma Linked to Climate Change? For Some, a Very ‘Insensitive’ Question

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says it is insensitive to discuss climate change in the midst of deadly storms. Tomás Regalado, the Republican mayor of Miami whose citizens raced to evacuate before Hurricane Irma, says if not now, when?

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Surrounded by religious leaders, President Trump signed an executive order in the Rose Garden in May

Where Trump's Hands-Off Approach to Governing Doesn't Apply

The Trump administration opened the door to allowing more firearms on federal lands. It scrubbed references to “L.G.B.T.Q. youth” from the description of a federal program for victims of sex trafficking. And, on the advice of religious leaders, it eliminated funding to international groups that provide abortion. The aggressive regulatory effort, which runs counter to the Trump administration’s less-is-more credo about government meddling, has led to policy changes related to gun ownership, gay rights, reproductive choices, immigration and other divisive political issues.

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Three DACA recipients — Sofia Ruales, left; her sister Erica Ruales; and their cousin Marlon Ruales — listened to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s announcement.

Why Common Critiques of DACA Are Misleading

Defenders of President Trump’s decision to rescind an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded young immigrants from deportation have offered misleading critiques of the program. They say the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, known as DACA, led to a humanitarian crisis on the border, put native-born Americans out of work and conferred legal status to recipients. Here’s an assessment.

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A Facebook post, by someone claiming to be Melvin Redick, promoting a website linked to the Russian military intelligence agency G.R.U.

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

The Russian information attack on the election did not stop with the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails or the fire hose of stories, true, false and in between, that battered Mrs. Clinton on Russian web outlets like RT and Sputnik. Far less splashy, and far more difficult to trace, was Russia’s experimentation on Facebook and Twitter, the American companies that essentially invented the tools of social media and, in this case, did not stop them from being turned into engines of deception and propaganda.

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President Trump waving

President Trump's DACA Statement, Annotated

The Trump administration has announced that it will be rescinding the DACA program, which has protected 800,000 young adults from deportation. For context, the Southern Poverty Law Center has annotated the president's statement.

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People demonstrating support for DACA

What's Next for DACA and the DREAMers?

What happens now to the estimated 800,000 so-called DREAMers, who were brought to this country by their parents and have built their lives here? Here are several possible paths forward.

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