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

Expert: Anne Frank Analogy Appropriate to DOJ Prosecution Proposal

Stuart Anderson, May 9, 2018 - "Imagine your child faces death or enslavement at the hands of predators and all legal avenues of escape and refuge have been blocked. Would you attempt to enter another country unlawfully and seek asylum? Found hiding in an attic, Anne Frank died in the Holocaust after her father exhausted all … Continue reading Expert: Anne Frank Analogy Appropriate to DOJ Prosecution Proposal

Two New AAO I-601 Hardship Waiver Victories

Alan Lee writes: "The law firm won two recent non-precedential decisions at the U.S.C.I.S. Administrative Appeals Office which sided with us in our appeals of I-601 denials.  An I-601 approval is required to waive grounds of inadmissibility, which in these cases involved fraud or misrepresentation.  The standard required for waiver approval is the establishment of … Continue reading Two New AAO I-601 Hardship Waiver Victories