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During World War II U.S. Saw Italian-Americans as a Threat to Homeland Security

David A. Taylor – smithsonian.com – February 2, 2017: “The executive order that forced Japanese-Americans from their homes also put immigrants from Italy under the watchful eye of the government…The incarceration of Japanese-Americans is the best-known effect of Executive Order 9066, the rule signed by President Franklin Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. And for good… Continue Reading

9th Circuit refuses to reinstate travel ban

Follow up to previous postings and related primary, secondary sources and commentary on travel ban issues by Executive Order – Responses to immigrant ban include legal stay and legislation – see the following updates: New York Times – Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss: “The decision is the most stinging… Continue Reading

CRS – Supreme Court Appointment Process: President’s Selection of a Nominee

CRS Report via FAS – Supreme Court Appointment Process: President’s Selection of a Nominee, Barry J. McMillion, Analyst on the Federal Judiciary. February 6, 2017. “The appointment of a Supreme Court Justice is an event of major significance in American politics. Each appointment is of consequence because of the enormous judicial power the Supreme Court… Continue Reading

Tech Companies File Legal Brief Against Trump’s Immigration Order

Bloomberg – “More than 120 companies, from Apple to Zynga, filed an impassioned legal brief condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, stepping up the industry’s growing opposition to the policy. The amicus brief was filed late Sunday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco and emphasizes the importance of immigrants in… Continue Reading

WaPo – Federal appeals court decides to schedule a hearing on Trump travel order

Follow up to previous posting and related sources – Responses to immigrant ban include legal stay and legislation – via The Washington Post – “A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to restore President Trump’s controversial immigration order, marking a critical juncture for the president’s directive temporarily barring refugees and those from… Continue Reading

Reporters Committee releases report on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

February 2, 2017 – “U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch does not have an extensive history of cases involving free speech, free press, and freedom of information issues, but the opinions he authored or joined during his more than 10 years on the Tenth Circuit that do touch upon those issues reflect the application of… Continue Reading

Newsweek reporter records suit is focused Trump National-Security issues

Court House News: “A Newsweek reporter has brought a federal complaint to access records on President Donald Trump’s classified briefings, as well as details on how the government investigated the likes of Stephen Bannon for a security clearance. Jeffrey Stein’s Jan. 31 lawsuit comes just days after Trump announced that he would give the chief… Continue Reading

U.S. District Court Vacancies at Beginning and End of Obama Presidency: Overview and Comparative Analysis

CRS report via FAS – U.S. District Court Vacancies at the Beginning and End of the Obama Presidency: Overview and Comparative Analysis, Barry J. McMillion, Analyst in American National Government, January 31, 2017 (IN10570). “This Insight provides comparative historical data related to U.S. district court vacancies that existed at the beginning and end of the… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Appointment Process: President’s Selection of a Nominee

CRS report via FAS – Supreme Court Appointment Process: President’s Selection of a Nominee, Barry J. McMillion, Analyst on the Federal Judiciary, January 27, 2017. “The appointment of a Supreme Court Justice is an event of major significance in American politics. Each appointment is of consequence because of the enormous judicial power the Supreme Court… Continue Reading

Jury Decides Oculus Owes $500M in Copyright Case

FindLaw – “The reality may be virtual, but the jury’s verdict is very real. Oculus VR, makers of the Rift virtual reality headset, along with founders Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe, were found to have violated a nondisclosure agreement as well as copyright infringement and false designation in a legal rift with ZeniMax Media. And… Continue Reading

NYT – Supreme Court Pick Is Neil Gorsuch, an Echo of Scalia in Philosophy and Style

The New York Times – Solid Conservative; Not Seen as Divisive “President Trump summoned two front-runners to the capital and then revealed his choice of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch during a live television broadcast. Judge Gorsuch is a reliably conservative figure in the mold of Antonin Scalia, the former justice who died in February, but… Continue Reading

Statement of Linda A. Klein, ABA president, Re: Recent executive orders on immigration

Follow up to previous posting – Trump Refugee and Visa Order Generates Dissents from Diplomats, DOJ, Goldman Sachs, Silicon Valley – ABA, January 31, 2017: “Our nation has the right to protect its borders to keep our citizens safe. At the same time, protecting the rights of the most vulnerable is an important tenet of… Continue Reading