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Features
20 Jul 2013

The US government has made relatively few amendments to federal legislation dealing with undocumented immigration in the past few decades, despite the introduction of numerous pieces of legislation during the last 10 years. This has led individual states to begin formulating their own ways of dealing with the many pressing … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 May 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law reveals the history behind recent changes to law and policy which will affect the involvement of military forces with civilian domestic law enforcement...Weeks prior to the devastating Boston Marathon bombings, and months after the disastrous effects of Hurricane … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Members of the US Congress have removed an amendment [S AMDT 1399 materials] to the 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations bill [HR 2892 materials] that sought to require additional construction of the US-Mexico border fence [JURIST news archive]. The amendment, introduced by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) [official website], had been … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday declined to review a challenge to the construction of a fence along the US-Mexico border [JURIST news archive]. The Court denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in County of El Paso, Texas v. Napolitano [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] that sought to block construction of a fence along the US-Mexico border. The Texas Border Coalition [advocacy website], a group of Texan officials and business owners, filed suit [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] German government spokesperson Thomas Steg said Monday that Germany would consider taking in detainees released from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison if US President-elect Barack Obama closed the facility. Steg said that Germany supports closure of the facility [DW report] and that all European Union (EU) … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates [official profile] has ordered the Pentagon to draft a proposal for shutting down [press release] the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in preparation for a possible order from President-elect Barack Obama [transition website], a Pentagon spokesperson said Thursday. Press Secretary … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff [official profile] on Sunday told [transcript text] the BBC that before closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], President-elect Barack Obama must have a plan for dealing with the detainees. In an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show, Chertoff … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2008
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF; ACLU press release] that it has the authority to review a decision by the US consulate in South Africa that denied a visa to a controversial South African scholar. The consulate had denied a nonimmigrant … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2008
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile] Wednesday issued a final rule setting out the details of his department's air passenger screening program [TSA official site]. Under the Secure Flight Final Rule [PDF text], responsibility for vetting the nation's air passengers moves from individual airlines to the Transportation … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] is preparing to implement a new regulation [text; fact sheet] that relaxes restrictions on issuing US visas to HIV-positive visitors. The regulation allows HIV-positive foreigners seeking to visit the US to receive temporary, non-immigrant visas without undergoing an individualized waiver … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF; Reuters report] as constitutional an Arizona law which revokes the business licenses of employers who hire illegal immigrants. Pro-immigration, business, and civil rights groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] had challenged … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) [official website] officials on Wednesday told Congress [hearing materials] that a 670-mile fence along the US-Mexican border [JURIST news archive] is unlikely to be completed as planned by year's end because of cost increases, technological problems and legal challenges. CPB Commissioner Ralph Basham … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down three decisions Monday, including United States v. Santos [Duke Law backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court held 7-2 that the term "proceeds" in a federal money laundering statute [text] means "profits" and not "receipts." Santos had successfully collaterally … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] US military prosecutors Saturday charged [BBC report] the last British resident detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] with conspiring to commit terrorism, according to British prisoners rights group Reprieve [advocacy website]. Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile; JURIST news archive], an Ethiopian who sought refuge in Britain, has denied the … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The Texas Border Coalition [advocacy website], a group of Texan officials and business owners, filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Friday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] to enjoin the Department of Homeland Security from constructing a fence on the US-Mexico border. … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 May 2008

Ahilan Arulanantham [staff attorney, ACLU of Southern California]: "I need to start with two caveats. First, I am no expert in either international or comparative law, and I know almost nothing about the law of Belgium or France. Second, in the interest of full disclosure, I was lead counsel (along … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile] said Friday that DHS will move forward with plans to use spy satellites as part of a domestic intelligence program designed to assist law enforcement agencies. In his response to concerns [press release; letter, PDF] by Representatives Bennie … [read more]


Academic Commentary
7 Apr 2008

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney of the Guantanamo project at the Center for Constitutional Rights, says that the recently-released 2003 DOJ memo on military interrogations written by then deputy assistant attorney general John Yoo was no exercise in blue-sky hypothesizing, but rather one of a series … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] The Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal [official website] has upheld the dismissal of a wrongful death suit brought by Herbert Freeman, Jr. against the state of Louisiana, the city of New Orleans and public officials. Freeman's 91-year-old wheelchair-bound mother, Ethel Mayo Freeman, died September 1, 2005 at the … [read more]

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