Mexico regretted that the Supreme Court of the United States gave the green light to new restrictions on asylum promoted by the administration of President Donald Trump. The regulations directly affect the Latin American country because all applicants who have passed through their territory could not request protection on US soil unless they have done so in Mexico, or another nation, first.
Ever since President Obama signed DACA, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, it has received constant beratement from Republicans and conservative activists. One of the most common criticisms of DACA is that President Obama did not have the legal right to sign it.
In a surprise decision late Friday, the Supreme Court struck down a lower court ruling, 5-4, against President Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the border with Mexico. The ruling clears the way for Trump to redirect $2.5 billion from the Pentagon to build his long-promised border wall. The ultimate issue is still to be decided by the courts, but Friday’s decision allows the money to be spent now. It follows a scathing report this week, from the Washington Examiner, that despite the central promise of his campaign, Trump had not built a single mile of new border fence since assuming office.
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines racism as “racial prejudice or discrimination.” There are thousands of scholarships available exclusively for African-Americans, Latino Americans, or Arab Americans. And while it is true that every few years someone attempts to start a very minor scholarship for Caucasians only, these scholarships often become defunct and quickly fall under intense scrutiny for being racist or for promoting white supremacy.
“Are you an American citizen?” Although this question seems simple, it is surrounded by controversy. The most recent of which comes from a Supreme Court case involving adding an additional question to the Census. This question would ask American residents if they are citizens. Despite the conservative lean of the court, they delayed the president’s action, perhaps long enough to keep it off the 2020 Census. The court claimed that the White House’s explanation for adding the question was insufficient. They felt that President’s reason was “more of a distraction” than an explanation.
A 40 foot World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public ground in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important 7-2 decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.
The judges said preserving a long-standing religious monument is very different from building a new one. The court said that this doesn’t violate the constitutional prohibition on the government favoring one religion over others.
Call it the calm before the storm. After another relatively quiet Monday, the Supreme Court adjourned for the week, leaving its most divisive work for another time. The Court did decide three cases, two of them by unanimous decision, and rejected others. More than two dozen cases remain over the Court’s final three weeks, setting the stage for a potentially explosive finish.
If it’s Monday in the late spring, it’s Decision Day on the Supreme Court. Justices handed down decisions in four cases yesterday, both unanimous and contentious, and at least one surprising in its makeup. Medicare reimbursements, bankruptcy law, job bias suits, and supervised release made up the docket this week. The big ticket items, however, remain.
These days, the Supreme Court is in the news as much for what it does not do as what it does do. On Tuesday, the Court did not hear an appeal to an abortion case, but did strike down a state restriction on the practice, yet not the whole law. They also did not intervene in a case involving transgender students, or comment why, leaving another lower court ruling in place. However, the Court did issue a decisive ruling in favor of law enforcement in a free speech case. The decisions may offer guidance to Court watchers as to what justices may do this term and next.
Late spring is decision season on the Supreme Court, and for judicial watchers, Monday morning did not disappoint. The Court issued three decisions, on seemingly minor issues, which could have larger reverberations across the country. If tradition is any guide, more contentious and newsworthy decisions await in mid-June.
In the decision you had to search legal blogs to find, the Court unanimously expanded the time available to private parties to bring whistleblower suits under the False Claims Act. In Cochise Consultancy Inc. v. United States, the Court ruled that such a party, called a relator, could rely on a second statute of limitations in a suit in which the U.S. has declined to intervene.
- Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin are the only members not to side with their party. Murkowski votes “present” to allow Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines to attend his daughter’s wedding.
- Opponents of Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation have been staging protests, confronting senators, and getting arrested for the last 48 hours. Shouts of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” went out from the Senate Gallery as senators voted.
- NYT: A Triumph for Conservatives, but a Blow to the Court’s Image.
- National Review: Thank You, Susan Collins.
- How Everyone Voted.
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