While American politicians announced plans on immigration and low-income housing, one British MP had other ideas.

Happening in the World: Neil Parish, a now-former Member of Parliament in Britain’s Conservative Party, resigned after admitting to watching pornography in the House of Commons twice. Parish claims the first viewing came accidentally after he searched online for farm vehicles; the second, he claims, was deliberate. The resignation comes at a time of many scandals for Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, including Johnson’s receiving a fine for breaching his own COVID-19 lockdown rules. (CNN)

Happening in the US: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urged on Sunday that migrants on the US-Mexico border do not come to the US. Mayorkas claimed that the DHS is currently in the process of preparing to lift Title 42, a pandemic restriction on immigration put in place by the Trump administration. Mayorkas warned that migration prior to the end of the preparations could put undue strain on the system. (CNN)

Happening in NYC: On Sunday, Mayor Adams voiced his support for a state bill that would allow the city to convert unoccupied hotels into affordable housing for its unhoused population. The funding for such a plan already exists, officials say: the passage of last year’s Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act freed $100 million to pay for hotel-to-apartment conversions, alongside the possible $5 billion that Adams set aside in his budget. Other leaders of the New York community believe converting failing hotels will aid both in housing unhoused New Yorkers and in reducing crime. (Gothamist)

Happening in Our Community: On Thursday, May 5, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm, join the Environmental Sciences and Humanities Research Cluster in Fayerweather 513 for “A Discussion on Building a Climate and History Network.” The discussion will focus on the connections between climate science and history: how historical evidence can help anchor climate events in time, and how paleoclimatology can further our historical research. Registration for the event is required.

Britain’s sexiest seat of government via Pixabay