Mackenzie Walz  //  4/3/19  //  Daily Update


The Trump Administration has admitted fewer refugees than originally declared, which security experts and advocacy groups warn damages US credibility and leadership abroad. Former intelligence and military officials filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration, arguing the government’s pre-publication review system violates the First Amendment. The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted to authorize subpoenas in connection with information it received from a whistleblower about White House overrides of denied security clearances. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, President Trump’s nominee to lead the US Africa Command, said Russian and Chinese efforts to gain access and influence in Africa will be to the detriment of US interests in the region.

 

IMMIGRATION

The Trump Administration has admitted fewer refugees than originally declared, which security experts and advocacy groups warn damages US credibility and leadership abroad (ABC News).

Cutting off aid to Central American countries is only going to make problems at the border worse, argues the Editorial Board at The New York Times

The Supreme Court should find that Secretary Ross’ addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 census violated the Constitution’s Enumeration Clause and statutory limitations, argues Mary McCord at SCOTUSblog.

The Trump Administration’s border policies exacerbate the appearance of the border problems and can be harmful to migrants and refugees, discuss Max Fisher and Amanda Taub at the New York Times.

 

CIVIL RIGHTS

There are four independent reasons for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss Texas v. Azar, including severability, discusses Nicholas Bagley at Take Care.

 

DEMOCRACY 

Former intelligence and military officials filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration, arguing the government’s pre-publication review system violates the First Amendment (NYT; WSJ).

  • You can view the complaint here.

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, President Trump’s nominee to lead the US Africa Command, said Russian and Chinese efforts to gain access and influence in Africa will be to the detriment of US interests in the region (WaPo).

 

REGULATION

Without significant changes in approach, many of Trump's deregulatory measures are likely to be struck down in federal courts, write John Graham and Keith Belton at Politico.

 

CHECKS & BALANCES

Both the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent provide a basis for Congress’ investigations into the executive branch’s security practices, argues Andy Wright at Just Security.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted to authorize subpoenas in connection with information it received from a whistleblower about White House overrides of denied security clearances (PoliticoWSJ).

 


Daily Update | May 23, 2019

5/23/19  //  Daily Update

President Trump cut a meeting with the Democratic leadership short, as a growing Democratic chorus calls for his impeachment. The federal judiciary continues to rule against the President’s attempts to shield his affairs from public scrutiny. His former and now-imprisoned personal counsel Michael Cohen remains under investigation. Momentum builds behind an effort to abolish the Electoral College by interstate compact.

Adam Smith

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | May 22, 2019

5/22/19  //  Daily Update

The power struggle between the Trump Administration and Congress continues: The Democratic House moves towards impeachment, while two federal judges reject the President’s assertions of privilege. The President will appoint Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general and vocal anti-immigration hardliner, as his new immigration czar.

Adam Smith

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | May 21, 2019

5/21/19  //  Daily Update

The White House instructed former counsel Donald McGahn to ignore a subpoena from House Democrats to testify on Tuesday morning, citing an OLC opinion. A federal judge in DC upheld a subpoena from House Democrats to accounting firm Mazars for President Trump’s financial records. ICE is detaining more than 52,000 immigrants in jails around the country, an apparent all-time record. Assisted reproductive technology may disrupt traditional ideas about maternity on which abortion law and discourse rests. President Trump said he currently sees no threatening actions from Iran, but that the U.S. “will have no choice” but to respond if that changes. The president’s stated preference for acting cabinet secretaries is bad governance and bad for national security. The EPA plans to change how it calculates the health risks of air pollution, resulting in fewer projected deaths from the rollback of the Clean Power Plan.

Nicandro Iannacci

Columbia Law School