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Immigration, Deportations

Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders And The Demise Of Due Process

As a result of Trump’s executive orders on immigration, the government is taking a hard-line approach to immigration enforcement — without explicit consideration for a person’s circumstances.

March 7, 2017
Travel Ban

Challenge To Trump Travel Ban Moves Forward In Two Courts

The most consequential legal challenge to President Trump’s travel ban will proceed on two tracks in the next few days, including a U.S. appeals court vote that could reveal some judges who disagree with their colleagues on the bench and support the arguments behind the new president’s most controversial executive order.

February 14, 2017
Trump

While We Are Distracted By Tweets, Trump Is Building A Corporate State

The destructive toll of Donald Trump’s presidency is beginning to emerge, foreshadowing what’s likely to come as the White House and congressional Republicans begin to reverse, repeal, and replace federal laws and regulations. While Trump’s red-state supporters may be cheering now, they’ll soon feel the consequences.

February 7, 2017
Danziger on the judicial system under Trump

Danziger: Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Trumped

What will happen, wonders Danziger, if too many so-called judges interfere with the unconstitutional whims of President Trump? He may try to restore the political culture of his Queens boyhood — when landlords rented and even owned the judiciary, just like property.

February 6, 2017
Muslim Ban

The Right Way To Oppose The Muslim Ban

Americans concerned with national security can’t help but see dangers in the amateurish nature of this policy rollout, now frozen by the courts. Some may have found comic relief in Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway’s reference to the nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre.” But such dumb statements from top administration officials have turned America into an international laughingstock.

February 6, 2017
Immigration, Muslim Ban

Travelers Rush To Board U.S. Flights While Trump Ban Blocked

The judge’s order and the appeal ruling have created what may be a short-lived opportunity for travelers from the seven affected countries to get into the United States while the legal uncertainty continues. The U.S. State Department and Department of Homeland Security said they were complying with Robart’s order and many visitors are expected to start arriving on Sunday.

February 5, 2017
Immigration

White House Will Appeal Seattle Judge’s Order Blocking Immigration Ban

Judge James Robart, a Bush appointee, said no attacks had been carried out on U.S. soil by individuals from the seven countries affected by the travel ban since that assault. For Trump’s order to be constitutional, he said, it had to be “based in fact, as opposed to fiction.”

February 4, 2017
Senate Democratic leader Schumer warns against Obamacare repeal

The ‘Coastal Elites’ Are Reclaiming The Mantle Of God And Country

Democrats, liberals, and other “coastal elites” have begun taking back the mantle of God and country that has been denied them since 1980. With Ronald Reagan’s ascent, no one could be more patriotic than a Republican, according to Republicans. But with an authoritarian’s ascent, the Republicans are forfeiting, eagerly, the exclusive claim they once had to “restoring” the Constitution.

February 2, 2017
Students, Visas, State Department, Trump Muslim Ban

A New State Department Order To Revoke Visas Could Have Far-Reaching Effects

The Trump travel ban could have far wider effects than previously understood for foreigners who waited years as State Department officials reviewed their immigrant visa applications. The new policy, disclosed yesterday, means that immigrants hoping to join their families in the U.S. from the affected countries may have to start the lengthy process all over again.

February 2, 2017
Travel Ban

U.S. Watchdog Agency To Review Implementation Of Trump Travel Ban

A watchdog agency at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it is planning to review how Trump’s immigration executive order to temporarily suspend travel from seven majority-Muslim nations was implemented. The review of the order was being planned “in response to congressional request and whistleblower and hotline complaints,” the DHS’s Office of Inspector General said in a statement.

February 2, 2017
Muslim ban protest

Trump Ban Leaves 12-Year-Old Girl Facing Return To War-Torn Yemen

The Trump order, which bars citizens from Yemen and six other countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, has left a 12- year-old girl in what amounts to a stateless limbo in Djibouti. She cannot join her American-citizen parents and family in the United States, and she has no roots or family in Djibouti.

January 30, 2017
Bannon

Twitter Users Plead: ‘Stop President Bannon’

The #StopPresidentBannon hashtag flooded Twitter Sunday, targeting the protectionist former chairman of alt-right news site Breitbart who reportedly has been drafting Trump’s executive orders with Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior adviser for policy, with little to no consultation with affected agencies.

January 30, 2017
Trump, Executive Orders

Why Trump’s Executive Orders Worry Some Conservatives

The half dozen or so formal executive orders Trump’s issued in his first week in the Oval Office surpass the total number that President Thomas Jefferson issued over eight years. Many more are on the way, some consequential, some symbolic, and some that are sure to end up in court.

January 28, 2017

The Puppet Presidency Begins As Bannon Takes The Reins

Whatever the eventual costs, the current reality seems to be that Bannon—not his White House rivals, chief of staff Reince Priebus or Vice President Mike Pence—decides what piece of paper gets put in front of Donald Trump’s pen. Under Bannon’s watchful eye, the Washington establishment is being routed, and the “normal” administration of the American government has officially ended.

January 27, 2017
Executive Orders, Trump, Immigrant

Trump’s Executive Orders: More Symbol Than Substance

President Donald Trump has signed a flurry of executive orders since his swearing in—a sign of “bold action,” according to his White House. Yet despite the pomp and circumstance of the signing ceremonies and the accompanying headlines, they do little, on their own, to advance Trump’s main policy goals.

January 27, 2017
Hawaii, Trump, Congress, Executive Orders

Trump Looks More And More Like A Rubber Stamp For A Radical Congress

The pattern of Trump’s relationship with the GOP-controlled Congress can be summed up in two words: rubber stamp. Congress proposes and Trump disposes, even if the actual details of how these different areas of government, law, and regulation—and eventually the real-life impacts—have yet to be defined, articulated, worked out, or implemented.

January 26, 2017
Obama, Executive Orders, Trump

Will Trump Undo Obama’s Executive Actions In His First 100 Days?

For years, progressives have wrung their hands over President Obama’s reluctance to more aggressively use executive authority to overcome congressional gridlock. Nonetheless, Obama’s steps will likely soon be imperiled by the incoming Trump administration and radical right-wing Republicans in Congress.

December 26, 2016
ouse Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) (Photo: House GOP via Flickr)

Republicans Pressed To Block Obama Housing Actions

Add affordable housing to the list of issues over which Republicans are going to war with the White House.

February 5, 2015

Obama Administration Rules Target For-Profit Colleges

Find out how the Obama administration is protecting vulnerable students.

October 30, 2014

Does Rand Paul Want To Repeal All Executive Orders? Depends When You Ask

Does Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) want to repeal the Emancipation Proclamation? It depends on when you ask him. Senator Paul raised the subject during a Thursday night appearance in Manchester, New Hampshire. During a question-and-answer session with Republican activists, a young man reportedly asked Paul, “If you were to receive the presidency, would you repeal […]

September 15, 2014

Democrats’ Warnings Of GOP Government Shutdown Aren’t Backed By Facts

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Democrats are accusing Republicans of planning to shut down the federal government, though the charge is based largely on a fight over immigration that’s now very unlikely to happen this month and though no leading Republican is talking seriously about seeking to shutter the government. The Democrats’ […]

September 4, 2014

Would Immigration Action Help Or Hurt Obama’s Party This Fall?

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — One question that Washington appears unable to easily answer is whether President Barack Obama’s intention to use executive action to change immigration law would help or hurt his party in the midterm election. At the moment, the conventional wisdom is of two minds. On one hand is […]

September 1, 2014

Obama’s Executive Order Rights A Wrong

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times Little noticed in coverage of President Barack Obama’s signing of the Fair Play and Safe Workplaces executive order July 31 was a provision that has been called “one of the most important positive steps for civil rights in the last 20 years.” The statement comes from Paul Bland of […]

August 14, 2014

There Isn’t That Much Action In Obama’s ‘Year Of Action’

By Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama boasts about his “year of action,” the 40-plus executive actions he’s taken this year to push past a gridlocked Congress in order to help struggling Americans. But for all his strong rhetoric — not to mention the reaction of the right, warning of an […]

July 21, 2014

President To Advance Pay Equity Through Executive Orders

Advancing the fight for pay equity, President Barack Obama will sign two executive orders this week meant to close the persistent wage gap between women and men. The first measure would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries with each other. The executive action would protect employees – usually women – who discover […]

April 7, 2014