Why Was a Citizenship Question Put on the Census? ‘Bad Faith,’ a Judge Suggests
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Why Was a Citizenship Question Put on the Census? ‘Bad Faith,’ a Judge Suggests

Now a federal lawsuit seeking to block the question has cast doubt on the department’s explanation and the veracity of the man who offered it, Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr. And it has given the plaintiffs in the suit — attorneys general for 17 states, the District of Columbia and a host of cities and counties — broad leeway to search for evidence that the critics are correct. Continue reading

Trump Makes It Official, Literally Compares Families at Border to People Who Should Get Off His Lawn
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Trump Makes It Official, Literally Compares Families at Border to People Who Should Get Off His Lawn

Trump is right that ejecting people with potentially legitimate asylum claims from the country without due process would, in fact, be a violation of U.S. law, but he’s wrong about the U.S. being the only country that has such rules—the right to fair hearing for asylum is a principle of international human rights law as well. Continue reading

They Really Don’t Care About Migrant Families
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They Really Don’t Care About Migrant Families

Yet sometimes Trump’s incompetence and malevolence are not at cross-purposes; instead, there’s a multiplier effect. This was true of the White House’s catastrophically inadequate response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. And it’s true of the cavalier way the administration took thousands of children from migrant parents with no process in place to reunite them. Continue reading

Conservatives’ anti-immigration fervor is political: They think keeping America white will save them
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Conservatives’ anti-immigration fervor is political: They think keeping America white will save them

On Monday, in a courtroom in Wichita, a federal judge told Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that he had so blatantly violated federal discovery rules in a case he argued, defending a law requiring voters to prove their citizenship, that she ordered Kobach — a former Department of Justice official under George W. Bush — to take remedial legal courses. She also ruled against the law itself, saying there was no evidence it was necessary. Continue reading