Long Island in the news, Yikes!

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

  I was a Long Islander, Brooklyn born – Long Island, that cluttered suburb – and went at things as we taught ourselves, thickly accented, and doing things our own way, first to judge, opinionated; sometimes a correct opinion, sometimes not so correct. Now, I am a San Diegan, at least by the measure of having lived here more of my life than there. Long Island has remained remarkably out of the news during my life and out of the…

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It is hard not to be partisan these days. Current events are just too mind boggling and arguments too “out there” to be able to take most of what President Trump partisans say, write, and broadcast seriously. There is an old addage that the more you know about a subject, the more what you read about it in the media is wrong. A biologist who reads an article in the newspaper about some biological breakthrough cringes about something. As a…

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I may be a little hasty and may regret it, but there are events that lead me to some cautious optimism. They come from the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ombudsman and from the Department of Education. Bad news is abundant these days in the immigration arena – bad being making life tougher for non-citizens and undocumented U.S. citizens. For non-citizens, executive orders barring entry to the country and declaring open season on undocumented aliens,…

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Every once in a while, I like to try to look behind the lines at a current court decision to see where it will take us, like here. I would like to look behind the curtain at Maslenjak v. United States. The case came out last week, a week when immigration lawyers were on pins and needles waiting for a decision in the Supreme Court’s review of the Ninth Circuit’s Rodriguez v. Robbins, which became Jennings v. Rodriguez at the…

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