`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

Rights of Non-Citizens in the United States

One week after his January 20, 2017 inauguration, President Trump issued an executive order to suspend the US refugee program, cut the number of refugees who could be resettled into the US in 2017, and temporarily ban entry of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. This and later versions of the order banning entry from various … Continue reading Rights of Non-Citizens in the United States

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

The “American Dream” is a Fallacy

Americans continue to kid themselves that if you work hard you can climb the ladder. But the perception and reality are moving farther apart. Economists at Harvard University recently published research on actual and perceived economic mobility in the United States and four European countries. They found an American public in denial. The data show that Americans … Continue reading The “American Dream” is a Fallacy

BIA to Downgrade New Staff Attorney Hires

Eugene Kiely and D'Angelo Gore, May 30, 2018 - "The claim: “Think of it, a lottery. You pick people. Now, let me ask you. So these countries that are sending people in — do you think they are sending us their finest?” The facts: Trump is again distorting the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which uses a … Continue reading BIA to Downgrade New Staff Attorney Hires

BIA to Downgrade New Staff Attorney Hires

Jeffrey S. Chase, May 27, 2018 - "In another employment-related development that has drawn little public notice, the Department of Justice on May 17 posted a hiring ad for 38 vacant staff attorney positions at the BIA. The twist is that for the first time, the positions were advertised as being entry level grade positions … Continue reading BIA to Downgrade New Staff Attorney Hires