Archive for 2021

The Supreme Court and a Bright Line

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

The end of the Trump presidency hopefully means the end to the war on legal immigration. It also means undoing the damage done, a difficult task.  While putting Humpty Dumpty together again will take some time, in the spirit of “back to normal” I would like to take a look at Department of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam decided June 25, 2020. Thuraissigiam is about expedited removal. Expedited removal is a process whereby immigration officers, not immigration judges, order removal when…

Dick Thornburgh, Footnote 8, and Me

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

On New Years Eve Day, Richard L. Thornburgh, a former governor of Pennsylvania and a former United States Attorney General, died. As Attorney General of the United States, Thornburgh played a leading role in the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. I didn’t know and never met Mr. Thornburgh. (I know more “-bergs” than “-burghs, for one thing.). However, in 2006 our professional paths briefly crossed. In May 2006, the United States government appealed a Ninth Circuit …