On March 21, 2017, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil M. Goruch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, began his second day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. On the second day of testimony, the members of the Judiciary Committee questioned Judge Gorsuch directly. I look forward to providing analysis of Judge Gorsuch’s testimony once it is completed. For now, I would like to quote a passage from Judge Gorsuch’s testimony that he delivered in response to questions from Dianne Feinstein of California regarding his position on Chevron deference.
On March 21, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a document titled “Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States.” In the document, the DHS announced that it will require that passengers traveling to the United States from the following 10 airports will be required to place all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone in checked baggage.
From March 7-9, C-Span polled Americans on several issues regarding the Supreme Court. The results showed that a majority of survey respondents could not identify a single Supreme Court Justice or name Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, the nominee to fill a vacant seat on the bench. In this article, I examine the poll results and explain ways that readers can become better educated about the Supreme Court and other important issues.
On March 9, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) issued the Visa Bulletin for April 2017. The April 2017 Visa Bulletin contains application final action dates and dates for filing visas in both the family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visa preference categories. The dates will be effective throughout April of 2017. On March 16, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued information on when immigrant visa applicants seeking adjustment of status in the family-sponsored or employment-based preference categories may file for adjustment of status. The USCIS determined that family-sponsored adjustment of status applicants must use the dates for filing in April of 2017, whereas employment-based applicants must use the application final action dates.
On March 6, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order titled “Executive Order Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” (“Travel Order”). This Executive Order revokes and replaces an Executive Order of the same name issued by President Trump on January 27, 2017. In this post, I will examine President Trump’s justification for the new Travel Order as stated in the text of the Order itself and, more generally, the provisions in the Travel Order for subsequent changes to the vetting of visa applicants and the immigration system. To this effect, and with an eye towards the implementation of the Travel Order going forward, I will also examine a March 6 Memorandum issued by President Trump to the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security titled “Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits, Ensuring Enforcement of All Laws for Entry into the United States, and Increasing Transparency among Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government and for the American People.”
On March 13, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13781, titled “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.” Although this Executive Order does not deal with immigration policy specifically, its directives may affect executive branch agencies charged with administering the immigration laws. In this post, I will examine the Executive Order in brief and note how it may affect executive branch agencies involved in immigration policy and enforcement.