`We are only following the law’

`We are only following the law’ doesn’t explain immigration policy during Nazi era or now Holocaust historians’ first impulse is to reject comparisons between those dark decades and our present. We don’t want to be perceived as abusing history for political purposes, or engaging in overly emotional analyses. But then comes a moment when it’s not … Continue reading `We are only following the law’

Surveillance by the United States Government

Throughout 2017, the US continued to carry out large-scale warrantless intelligence surveillance programs without transparency or oversight. Authorities used Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to target non-citizens (except lawful permanent residents) outside the country for warrantless communications monitoring and to “incidentally” gather large numbers of communications to or from people in the … Continue reading Surveillance by the United States Government

Racial Disparities, Drug Policy, and Policing in the United States

Racial disparities permeate every part of the US criminal justice system, including in the enforcement of drug laws. Black people make up 13 percent of the population and 13 percent of all adults who use drugs, but 27 percent of all drug arrests. Black men are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of white … Continue reading Racial Disparities, Drug Policy, and Policing in the United States

Trump’s Anti-Immigration Struggles

Maybe it’s not so easy after all. President Donald Trump’s struggles to push immigration legislation through Congress and his about-face on breaking up immigrant families are putting a spotlight on his competence in carrying out his policies. The fallout from Trump’s handling of the separation of immigrant children from their families, which led to a … Continue reading Trump’s Anti-Immigration Struggles

Virginia’s Republican Primary – A “ruthless” and “vicious” Campaign

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A conservative provocateur and supporter of President Donald Trump won Virginia's Republican primary Tuesday in the U.S. Senate race, and he has promised to run a "vicious" campaign against incumbent Tim Kaine. Republican Corey Stewart beat state lawmaker Nick Freitas and Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson. Stewart - who favors keeping Confederate … Continue reading Virginia’s Republican Primary – A “ruthless” and “vicious” Campaign

‘Dollar a Day’ Forced Labor Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against CoreCivic

Project South, Apr. 17, 2018 - "A private prison company under contract with Stewart County to house individual’s detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is forcing detained immigrants at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia to work for as little as $1 a day to clean, cook, and maintain the detention center in a … Continue reading ‘Dollar a Day’ Forced Labor Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against CoreCivic

Immigration Judges Knowingly Depriving Children of Right To Apply Asylum

Bryan Johnson, Apr. 20, 2018 - FOIA results: evidence of Immigration Judge V. Stuart Couch’s shocking prejudgment of all domestic violence asylum claims "At the bottom, readers will find the all of the decisions of Immigration Judge V. Stuart Couch that resulted in BIA remands for the Fiscal Year of 2017. Time and time again, IJ Couch’s … Continue reading Immigration Judges Knowingly Depriving Children of Right To Apply Asylum

U.S. Border Patrol Continues to Exaggerate Danger to Agents to Justify Violence Against Immigrants

Debbie Nathan, The Intercept, June 1, 2018 - "[A]ccording to the FBI, only 397 agents were assaulted in 2016, compared with the CBP’s inflated claim to the public of 454. The Intercept attempted to obtain numbers from the FBI for 2017, to compare that data with CBP’s claim of 786 assaults, but the FBI said it … Continue reading U.S. Border Patrol Continues to Exaggerate Danger to Agents to Justify Violence Against Immigrants

Expert: ICE Uses Green Card Appointments at USCIS to Arrest ‘Low Hanging Fruit’

Simon Montlake, CSMonitor, June 1, 2018 - "Immigrants married to US citizens who petition for them to stay present an easy target since they have declared themselves to US immigration services. Self-reporting immigrants make tempting targets for enforcement, says Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, NY. “If you want to increase … Continue reading Expert: ICE Uses Green Card Appointments at USCIS to Arrest ‘Low Hanging Fruit’