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Harvard Law Professors and Scholars: State Governors Have No Legal Authority to Block Refugees

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, more than half the nation's states are vowing to bar Syrian refugees. But do they have the legal authority to do so? Harvard Law professors say the answer is clear: No.

Refugee Screenings Are More Intensive Than Some Politicians Would Have You Think

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress and half of the nation's governors have said the U.S. shouldn't accept Syrian refugees in light of terrorist att...

Rosa Robles Loreto Goes Home After 461 Days in Sanctuary

Rev. Gradye Parsons | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Gradye Parsons

For 461 consecutive nights Rosa Robles Loreto, seeking sanctuary inside Southside Presbyterian Church, joined supporters in prayers for freedom, for safety, and to change America’s broken immigration system. On Tuesday they gathered once again, but this time for the final prayer vigil.

DOJ: No Civil Rights Charges For Border Agents Over Death Of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five years after a Mexican national named Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas died after an encounter with Border Patrol agents, the Justice Depa...

An American Citizen Apologizes to the Iraqi People

Jeffrey Ruoff | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Ruoff

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has confessed, given what we know now, he would not have authorized the invasion of Iraq, as his brother did. A politician with integrity should have followed that comment with an apology to the Iraqi people.

A Program Meant To Keep Kids From Coming To The U.S. Illegally Hasn't Let Anyone In Legally Yet

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After facing a crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing Central America for the U.S. last year, the government created a program that wou...

U.S. Should Charge to Protect Defense Welfare Clients: Donald Trump Got One Idea Right

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Washington should stop using the Pentagon as a global welfare agency. The U.S. government at least should charge for its defense services, as Donald Trump has suggested. This is a second best option. But America shouldn't be defending its rich friends for free.

Pennsylvania Warns Family Immigrant Detention Center: Change Policies Or Lose Your License

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

One of the three facilities that detains immigrant families in the United States will not be allowed to expand and could lose its license to operate ...

An Immigration Agent Could Be Placed In Georgia Jail, To Activists' Dismay

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

A year after officials in Fulton County, Georgia, passed a resolution urging the sheriff to limit cooperation with deportation efforts, law enforcemen...

The Still Curious Case of

Cody Lyon | Posted 09.15.2015 | New York
Cody Lyon

In September 2010 and March 2013, Easy Rent Systems Inc. --'s registered name on public record -- applied to the United States Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services for an H-1B non-immigrant working Visa on behalf of Soto Decker.

Is Right Wing Extremism the Biggest Danger Facing America?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Just after President Obama took office, a Department of Homeland Security report recognized that the combination of a tanking economy together with the election of America's first African-American president might trigger right-wing violence. The report was later withdrawn, given the headwinds of conservative criticism.

Scott Walker’s Canadian Wall Idea Is An Absurd Solution To A Real Problem

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was resoundingly mocked this weekend for saying a border wall between the U.S. and Canada was a "legitimate...

Je Suis

Matthew Ebert | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

I join Lambda Legal Defense, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and activists like Justin Vivian Bond and Peter Staley who all support Mostly, I support the rent boys themselves--I stand with sex worker.

Rentboy: For What It's Worth

Dale Cooper | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Dale Cooper

The message from the federal government has largely been a threat to the lives and livelihood of US citizens, who are, it must be said, under the law, criminals.

Feds Raid -- Are We Any Safer?

Matt Baume | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

The story that we tell ourselves is that sex work is banned in order to protect victims of trafficking and exploitation. And while that's a worthwhile goal, there's just one problem: Arresting people who exchange money for sex may not stop exploitation, and in fact might make things worse.

Obama Administration Must Take Action Against Rampant Racial Profiling, Rights Violations Near U.S. Borders

Christian Ramirez | Posted 08.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Christian Ramirez

Unchecked corruption within Customs and Border Protection must be part of any discussion regarding the US southern border. The time has come to talk about reforming the agency. The Obama administration has the means to move us forward and should do so immediately.

Family Immigrant Detention Ruling Already Having A 'Groundbreaking' Effect For Women And Children

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

  Immigration judges in Texas have begun ordering the release of women and children from detention without bond following a court ruling on Frid...

House Republicans Vote To Penalize Local Law Enforcement Over Immigration Policies

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If House Republicans get their way, cities and counties would either need to cooperate fully with immigration enforcement or lose feder...

New Federal Watchdog Has Dubious Track Record

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

The U.S. has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. This week, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero announced that Jam...

Jeh Johnson Admits He Made A Mistake In Using Gmail On Work Computer

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

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Republicans Urge Obama Administration To Crack Down On Sanctuary Cities

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of putting Americans at risk by allowing localities to opt out of enforcing fed...

Elise Foley

More Mothers, Children To Be Released From Immigrant Detention | Elise Foley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is making good on its promise to limit the detention of immigrant families by beginning to release women and ch...

New Federal Government App Solves The Wrong FOIA Problems, Poorly

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.27.2015 | Technology

When the Department of Homeland Security launched a mobile app to send Freedom of Information Act requests directly to the federal...

Elise Foley

Critics Say Amenities Don't Make Up For Psychological Damage Done At Family Immigrant Detention Centers | Elise Foley | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sister Kathleen Erickson remembers watching a soccer game at a family immigrant detention center in Dilley, Texas, while a detainee reco...

Nearly 400,000 Homeland Security Employees May Have Had Private Data Compromised

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — As many as 390,000 current and former Homeland Security Department employees, contractors and job applicants may have had their pr...