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  1. Trump's travel ban legally sound, defensible all the way to SCOTUS. By Nolan Rappaport

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    The Trump administration released Monday a revised version of its immigration Executive Order to address the concerns raised in an appeals court decision, but those criticisms were always fundamentally irrational and not based in the text of the Order.

    President Donald Trump’s original Executive Order (EO), Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, was challenged by two states in a U.S. District Court. The District Court preliminarily ruled in the states’ favor and temporarily ordered the government to stop enforcing the EO.

    The government appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and moved for an emergency stay to reinstate the EO pending the outcome of its appeal. The Circuit Court was not convinced that the government was likely to prevail on the merits of its appeal, so it denied the government’s motion for a stay.

    If Trump had appealed the Circuit Court’s decision to the Supreme Court, he would have been a shoo-in to win. He opted instead to replace the EO with a revised version that, although it responds to the Circuit Court’s decision, is still battered by virtually the same criticism.


    Published originally on The Hill.

    About the author.
    Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an Executive Branch Immigration Law Expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. He also has been a policy advisor for the DHS Office of Information Sharing and Collaboration under a contract with TKC Communications, and he has been in private practice as an immigration lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson.

  2. Trump Admin Considering Separating Refugee Children from their Mothers at the Border

    by , 03-07-2017 at 08:36 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    President Obama spent the last two years of his Presidency jailing refugee mothers and children in deportation internment camps. It appears President Trump is willing to go one step further by tearing refugee children from their mother's arms at the border. This is simply unconscionable.

    Remember when Trump said that Christian refugees would be given special consideration and prioritized? Trump said "If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair -- everybody was persecuted, in all fairness -- but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them."

    Well, President Trump, these Central American refugees are Christian, and they need our help. And if you think this new policy will serve as a deterrent think again. These mothers are fleeing Central America to save the lives of their children, not for jobs, and if this new policy is enacted you are creating little more than a Sophie's choice.

    We must do better.

    From The Daily Beast:

    Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly confirmed today that he is considering separating the children of undocumented immigrants from their parents if they are apprehended while illegally crossing the border.

    “Yes, I am considering, in order to deter more movement along this terribly dangerous network, I am considering exactly that,” Kelly told CNN host Wolf Blitzer.
    “They will be well cared for as we deal with their parents.”

    Kelly said he thought the change might deter mothers and children from making the dangerous journey from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to the United States.

    Click here for the entire article, with a quote from yours truly.

    Updated 03-08-2017 at 05:10 AM by MKolken

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