In the zero-sum-game political world we live in, a victory for one side of a polarized issue is considered a defeat for the other side. This is true with immigration and particularly true with the influx of families and unaccompanied minors coming to America’s southern border from Central America two summers ago, and still coming to a lesser degree. Americans are polarized between those who want to provide humanitarian aid  to these wretched people and those who see them as…

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At the last Republican debate, on January 14, 2016, Ted Cruz said to the Republican front runner Donald Trump, “Listen, I spent my entire life defending the Constitution before the U.S. Supreme court and I’ll tell you I’m not going to be taking legal advice from Donald Trump.”  Also, challenging Mr. Trump’s charge that Mr. Cruz is not a “natural born citizen of the United States,” Mr. Cruz stated: The legal issue is quite straightforward, but I would note that…

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It’s déjà vu  all over again. Is a first term senator and former adjunct law professor running for President a U.S. citizen? This time the question is about Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on December 22, 1970. Ted Cruz’s parents, Eleanor Elizabeth Darragh Wilson and Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, lived in Canada when Ted was born. Eleanor was a U.S. citizen. Rafael was not. On yesterday’s news, Mr. Cruz explained that it is settled law that he…

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What if he was a foreigner?

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Bernard B. Kerik In November 2009, Bernard Kerik, former New York City Police Commissioner, former Interior Minister of the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction, was convicted of obstructing the administration of internal revenue laws, 26 U.S.C. § 7212(a) and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, 26 § 7206(2). He was sentenced to 33 months in prison for these crimes. He was also convicted of making a false statement on…

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