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Update on Enforcement of Trump Executive Order (Jan. 31, 2017)

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On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The hasty implementation of the EO and the ensuing aftermath created much controversy and confusion regarding the status of affected individuals. Fortunately, both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State (DOS) have issued statements clarifying key aspects of the EO. In this article, we will examine the updates from the DHS and DOS and what these updates mean going forward.

White House Issues Insufficient Statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day

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On January 27, 2017, the White House released a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The statement has drawn controversy and ire because of its failure to specifically mention the Jewish people, the primary victims and targets of the Holocaust. I join those who find the President’s remarks gravely insufficient at best, and the explanations of Hicks and Priebus more troubling than less.

Changes to Answers on Naturalization Test as a Result of the November Elections

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On January 23, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a document titled “Civics Test Answer Updates” for those currently studying for the naturalization test. The update addresses questions to which the answers have changed due to the results of the November elections.

No Moves to End DACA In the Early Days of the Trump Administration

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During his Presidential campaign, now-President Donald Trump stated that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and the currently enjoined Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) Program on his first day in office. However, President Trump’s first day in office has come and gone, and his administration has yet to make any moves toward terminating DACA or rescinding the DAPA Memorandum. In this article, I examine what has happened and what this may mean going forward.

Senator Jeff Flake Plans to Propose Legislation to Break Up the Ninth Circuit

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On February 1, 2016, I posted a blog addressing concerns presented by Doug Ducey, the Governor of Arizona, about his state being in the appellate jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Nearly one year later, The Hill reports that Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona plans to propose legislation in Congress to break up the Ninth Circuit.

Potential Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch on Chevron Deference

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President Donald Trump is expected to reveal his nominee for the current Supreme Court vacancy in the coming weeks. CBS Chief Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford stated that her sources have indicated that the current frontrunner for the vacancy is Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit. In this article, we will examine Judge Gorsuch's views on Chevron deference through a couple of his immigration decisions.

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