On January 30, 2017, President Donald Trump relieved Acting Attorney General Sally Yates of her duties after she ordered the Department of Justice to not defend his immigration Executive Order in court. The President replaced Yates with the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virgina, Dana Boente. In this post, I offer my analysis of what transpired.
On January 31, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to the United States Supreme Court. In so doing, President Trump fulfilled his campaign promise to pick a well-qualified conservative jurist from his list of twenty-one potential nominees.
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.
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.
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.