Trump vetting review could lead to ‘backdoor’ travel ban

Trump vetting review could lead to ‘backdoor’ travel ban

I was quoted in a USA Today article on President Trump’s extreme vetting efforts. I said some countries willing to cooperate with new visa vetting procedures may not have the technological capabilities the U.S. demands, and that the U.S. should be realistic in assessing what kind of information and the quality of information they are receiving from other countries.

The full article is available here.

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to reinstate Trump’s travel ban

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to reinstate Trump’s travel ban

I was quoted in an LA Times article about the 9th circuit’s refusal to reinstate Trump’s travel ban. I stated the Supreme Court might find it easier to reject the travel ban based on a violation of existing law rather than constitutional grounds.  “It is always hard to win an immigration case on constitutional grounds in the Supreme Court because immigration touches on foreign relations and national sovereignty issues. People outside the United States also generally don’t have U.S. constitutional rights. The combination of the two rulings provides a one-two punch against the executive order that will make it harder for the administration to win at the Supreme Court.”

The LA Times article is here.

How President Trump’s Tweets Hurt His Travel Ban

How President Trump’s Tweets Hurt His Travel Ban

President Trump’s twitter page has been a major focus of his time in office thus far, stirring up a lot of attention from the media and the public. In early June, tweets regarding his revised immigration executive order drew attention that I believe will only do harm to his defense of the “travel ban”. Quite simply, he may have shot himself in the legal foot here.

Read the full article on Time.com, here: http://time.com/4805973/travel-ban-supreme-court-donald-trump-tweets/.

U.S. now can ask travelers for Facebook, Twitter handles

U.S. now can ask travelers for Facebook, Twitter handles

I was quoted by USA Today in an article addressing the new Department of State form that asks for visa applicants’ social media account information. The effort to review social media accounts is an already existing one, however, I believe the new form will be used as a way to further delay and deny visas.

The full article can be accessed on USA Today’s website.

9th Circuit presses Trump admin on legality of travel ban

9th Circuit presses Trump admin on legality of travel ban

CNN discusses why Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order is up for another round of debate with the 9th Circuit. 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals has also been tapped to make a decision. No matter how the two courts rule, I predict this case will go to the Supreme Court; the issue is too important to pass up.

 

Read the whole analysis with CNN.

Kushner Family Dealings Prompt Call To Reform EB-5 Visa Program

Kushner Family Dealings Prompt Call To Reform EB-5 Visa Program

Kushner Family Dealings Prompt Call To Reform EB-5 Visa Program

by NPR's All Things Considered

NPR’s Robert Siegel and I spoke about changes Congress should make to the EB-5 program, common misconceptions, and the program’s history. Listen to the segment here or read the transcript through NPR’s All Things Considered.