It is ironic: the current shutdown is ostensibly about border security (insofar as a physical barrier relates to border security), and yet the shutdown specifically targets those employees charged with border security. Officers of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the US Coast Guard (USCG) are charged with securing the … More Quick Thoughts: The Shutdown and Border Security
Last year I made the following “resolutions:” – Advocate for civil rights and civil liberties for the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, women, immigrants, and any other group being disenfranchised. – Back law enforcement personnel, but call for strict accountability for those who violate the laws and principles they are sworn to … More Happy New Year!
Cutting to the chase: the legal function of citizenship granted at birth on the sole basis of being born within the boundaries of the US is based on the 14th Amendment to the constitution and 8 U.S.C § 1401, and has been upheld in judicial review at the SCOTUS level (US v. Wong). A sitting … More Birthright Citizenship (Jus Soli)
Once again, the era of Trump never ceases to offer some of the most polarizing moments on issues, processes and procedures the likes of which are unprecedented in the history of American politics. The confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh has officially entered into uncharted waters. This special hearing was supposed to be a venue … More A Confirmation Hearing for the Ages
It seems that “a lot of people are saying” that Trump is a traitor, and that his actions in Helsinki (and prior) constitute treason. That’s quite a statement. How well does it hold up? Well, here are some definitions: Merriam Webster definition of traitor: (1) one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an … More Treason Summit?
The immigration system as we know it today is only a little over 100 years old. When the quota system that we now have was first implemented, it was based on the proposals of the Dillingham Commission, which framed its research from the context of immigration as a problem. Today, we continue to look at … More Trump’s Immigration Policy: Lies and Racism
Per the count from CNN, we are up to 22 school shootings in 20 weeks in the US. What actions are we taking to prevent the next school shooting, or mass shooting, or to better limit or prevent gun violence in the US? Empty platitudes aren’t solving the problem. Unsupported claims about everything in the … More School Shootings Continue
Who does New Year’s resolutions? It’s not normally my thing, but in 2018 I resolve to continue to: – Advocate for civil rights and civil liberties for the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, women, immigrants, and any other group being disenfranchised. – Back law enforcement personnel, but call for strict accountability for … More Happy New Year!
As mentioned previously, there is no statute specifically against “collusion” in the context of whether the Trump campaign collaborated with Russians to influence the 2016 election. As stated in today’s “The Hill” article titled Trump lawyer: Collusion is not a crime: “For something to be a crime, there has to be a statute that you … More Collusion or Criminal Conspiracy?
I don’t have much to say that hasn’t been already said or written. BLUF: Flynn’s guilty plea to a single charge means that charges for other people are likely on the way. Click below for actual news on this development. Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI in Mueller probe Michael Flynn pleads guilty: … More Flynn Plea Deal