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Land of the Free? Immigration Detention in the United States
Many see the “golden door” to the United States as a beacon of freedom, opportunity, and a better life than what they left behind. But for some noncitizens—“aliens” as they are defined by current immigration law—that “golden door” leads to an immigration detention center.

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A Complete and Total Ban: Placing the Muslim Ban in Historical Context
If bad facts make bad law, fake facts make faulty policy. Calling a religion an ideology and obtaining information from those who are either ignorant or have a phobic agenda, while masking the fallacy with the old fallback of national security, is the very definition of faulty policy.
Challenges in Employment-Based Immigration: “Location, Location, Location”
While businesses have moved into the new millennium by implementing flextime, telecommuting from home offices, and globally mobile employees, immigration law has remained virtually unchanged since before the turn of the 21st century.
Immigration Courts: Reclaiming the Vision
Our immigration courts are going through an existential crisis that threatens the very foundations of our American justice system. I have often spoken about my dismay that the noble due process vision of our immigration courts has been derailed. What can be done to get it back on track?
Land of the Free? Immigration Detention in the United States
Many see the “golden door” to the United States as a beacon of freedom, opportunity, and a better life than what they left behind. But for some noncitizens—“aliens” as they are defined by current immigration law—that “golden door” leads to an immigration detention center.
Vetting Refugees: Is Our Screening Process Adequate, Humane, and Culturally Appropriate?
In his March 6, 2017 memorandum on heightened screening and vetting, President Donald Trump called for the implementation of “protocols and procedures … [to] enhance the screening and vetting of applications for visas and all other immigration benefits, so as to increase the safety and security of the American people.”
A Lesson from Detroit: Ways to Make Municipal Bankruptcy More Rare and Less Painful
It is often said that government should be run like a business, making sure that its expenses do not exceed its revenues and resolving its financial choices rationally, with an eye toward efficiency.