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9th Circuit Blocks Trump Effort To Deny Asylum For Illegal Aliens

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a temporary restraining order against a Trump administration policy which denies asylum to illegal aliens. The 2-1 decision is the latest setback the 9th Circuit has rendered to President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda. “Just as we may not, as we are often reminded, ‘legislate from the bench,’ neither may the executive legislate ...

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Federal Law Forbids Encouraging Illegal Immigration. The 9th Circuit Says That’s Unconstitutional

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a federal law Tuesday that makes it illegal to “encourage or induce” someone to enter the country illegally. The three-judge panel found the provision’s sweep “criminalizes a substantial amount of protected expression” in violation of the First Amendment. Judge A. Wallace Tashima delivered the opinion for the panel, which Judges Marsha Berzon and ...

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Supreme Court Turns Down Challenge To The Border Wall

US Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to President Donald Trump’s border wall Monday, which asserted that the administration violated the Constitution when it exempted border barrier projects from environmental regulations. The plaintiffs warn of adverse effects to local ecosystems should the administration raise a wall along the border with Mexico. “It’s disappointing that the Supreme Court ...

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George H.W. Bush Has A Far-Reaching Supreme Court Legacy

As president, George H.W. Bush made two appointments to the Supreme Court: Justices David Souter and Clarence Thomas. The Thomas appointment proved especially consequential, as the justice helped articulate conservative legal philosophy at the highest levels of the judiciary, and his clerks have followed him to the heights of power. Bush also effectively launched the judicial careers of three future ...

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Michael Avenatti Says His 2020 Chances Have Gone Up Since His Arrest

Michael Avenatti

Attorney Michael Avenatti believes he is well positioned for a 2020 presidential bid, despite a dramatic shift in personal and professional fortunes. In the last six weeks, Avenatti has been arrested on a domestic violence charge, broken with his star client Stephanie Clifford in a dispute over fundraising and strategy, and been referred to the Department of Justice for criminal ...

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