By Daniel Cotter* The Office of the Attorney General was established in 1789 as part of The Judiciary Act of 1789. The Act, among other things, established the makeup of the Supreme Court and its exclusive jurisdiction and also the lower court structure. One of the powers the Act gave to the Supreme Court, writs of mandamus, was the subject of the famous Supreme Court case, … [Read more...] about The Attorney General Should Be Separate
By Amien Kacou* The Trump administration has made fighting illegal immigration a top law enforcement priority. But, despite the President’s frequent displays of availability bias—if not vicious cynicism—on this issue, it is well-established that immigrants, regardless of legal status or origins, are on average less likely than citizens to commit most crimes. In fact, their … [Read more...] about Trump’s Flailing Ratchet: From “Bad Hombres” to “Zero Tolerance”
By Nicolas Deising* & Nihal Dsouza** The Dodd Frank Act is considered to be the most ambitious and far reaching legislation regulating the financial sector since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. On the surface, it instills confidence in the financial system. At a deeper level, it is aimed at preventing similar occurrences to the 2008 financial crisis, in which … [Read more...] about Repeal of Dodd Frank Act-Heralding a new financial crisis?
By Angela D. Morrison* The administration’s revised travel ban represents only the most visible part of the administration’s discriminatory immigration policy. The U.S. immigration system has a sexist and racist history. The travel ban, along with many of the administration’s other immigration policies, builds on that legacy. Because the administration has been so … [Read more...] about The Travel Ban is Just for Show—The Real Threat is from Individual Officials Who Can Act on its Discriminatory Message
By Eddie Nasser* In Executive Order No. 13768 issued January 25th, President Trump attempted to follow through on a major campaign promise to cut all federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.” Not only is the order bad policy, it also seems unlikely to withstand a challenge in court. Section 9(a) of the order mandates that jurisdictions “that fail to … [Read more...] about President Trump Overstepped his Authority on Sanctuary Cities
By Jessica Huey* It was the worst day of his life. That was all he would ever say about it. Looking at black and white photos of my great-grandfather, the stoicism etched in his expression is impossible to ignore. But to understand his story—that of a quiet, Japanese merchant who came to America with his wife to start a new life in the early 1900s—it becomes clear the … [Read more...] about Executive Order 9066: #NeverForget
By William Denn* Like many Americans, I was deeply troubled by Hameed Khalid Darweesh’s detention at New York’s JFK airport on January 28th. Darweesh, a former U.S. military interpreter from Iraq, who received a special immigrant visa (SIV) on January 20th, was detained due to the recent travel ban affecting seven Muslim-majority countries. The action bans travel for 90 days … [Read more...] about Problems of Perception: Unintended Effects of the Immigration Ban on Military Recruitment
I remember well how I felt as dawn broke the morning after Barack Obama’s election as president in 2008. My hopes were boundless, my expectations unrealistic. That President Obama did not succeed in mobilizing the deeply transformative political dynamic I dared to anticipate is no doubt true, especially in light of this year’s election results. But looking back, I remain … [Read more...] about LAURENCE TRIBE: The Trumpet Summons Us Again: A Post-Election Call To Action