Are the Courts Finally Ready to Deem the Religious or Racial Exclusion of Immigrants Unconstitutional?
Stanford scholars predict that President Trump's new immigration order will still meet with legal questions in the courts. His first executive order on immigration in January was thwarted by a three-judge panel of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which unanimously ruled that the initial order offered "no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States." The main purpose of the new order was to modify the original order in ways that would make it acceptable to the courts – notably by exempting holders of green cards and valid visas and by removing the original priority given to "religious minorities." more »
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Jan. 25 promising to punish any "sanctuary jurisdictions" that "attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States." The order threatened cuts to federal funding and public shaming of "any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers." But the new administration in Washington hasn’t altered the legal landscape — at least not yet. Court rulings over the past several years have dissuaded even red-state sheriffs from honoring detainers, fearing that doing so would make them vulnerable to civil rights lawsuits. more »
CFPB and NY Attorney Generation Sue RD Legal for Scamming 9/11 Heroes Out of Millions of Dollars in Compensation Funds
"The alleged actions by RD Legal — scamming 9/11 heroes and former NFL players struggling with severe injuries — are simply shameful. RD Legal used deceptive tactics to charge unlawfully high interest rates for advances on settlement and compensation funds, allowing them to profit off the backs of these unsuspecting individuals," said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. more »
In its first few days in session, Congress has used a backdoor tactic known as the Congressional Review Act to eviscerate a clean water protection that took years of scientific research and public engagement to create. The Stream Protection Rule was a common sense safeguard that provided the monitoring of streams near coal mining operations — many of which feed into drinking water sources — for pollutants such as lead, arsenic, selenium, and manganese. more »