anti-immigration law

  • November 11, 2015

    by Jim Thompson

    Matt Ford reports in The Atlantic that a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Friday against Obama’s executive actions on immigration, “frustrating the administration’s efforts to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and setting up a potential showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court.”

    In The American Prospect, Douglas Najeime and ACS Board Member Reva Siegel examine the validity of religious conscience claims in today’s culture-war conflicts.

    At The Broad Side, ACS President Caroline Fredrickson discusses the disparity between standard sick leave policies for the highest and lowest income earners in America.

    Alia Wong at The Atlantic explains how parental incarceration can affect a child’s education and why schools need to develop policies that address these kids’ specific needs. 

  • November 2, 2012

    by Jeremy Leaming

    Earlier this year after U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. took to the Supreme Court to defend the Obama administration’s landmark health care reform law and argue against portions of Arizona’s rigid anti-immigrant law, some pundits scored Verrilli for apparently dropping the ball, so-to-speak. After the oral argument in the Arizona case, the Drudge Report claimed “Obama’s Lawyer Chokes Again.” And from the left Adam Serwer in a piece for Mother Jones said Verrilli (pictured) seemed unprepared for defending the Affordable Care Act, saying he appeared to advance only “jargon and talking points.”

    At the time there was some push back, including this ACSblog post, against the trashing of Verrilli’s work. Andrew Pincus, a partner at Mayer Brown, scoffed at the criticism telling MSNBC that oral argument very rarely plays a major factor in determining the outcome of cases before the high court.

    But in a much more thoughtful and in-depth piece for SCOTUSblog, distinguished law professor Alan B. Morrison explains why figuring out Supreme Court wins is not a simple endeavor.

    For example, Morrison, the Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law at GW, notes the complexity of the case involving the ACA – there were multiple issues at play in that one.