By: Taylor Miller, Staff Writer, Vol. 64. The United States federal government began 2019 with the longest government shutdown in history as a result of President Trump’s push for funding of a border wall between Mexico and the United States.  With the Trump administration pushing for strict immigration laws, immigration has been a front and center issue in recent times.  Meanwhile, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals continues to follow strict immigration guidelines already in place.  In January 2019, the Third Circuit upheld an immigration judge’s decision to issue a removal order against an illegal Haitian immigrant in absentia in Dieuland Jean Loius v. Attorney General United States ofRead More →

By: Joseph Samuel, Online Editor Vol. 64   Transgender bathroom policies in public schools have become a hot-button issue both culturally and politically over the past several years. The Boyertown Area School District instituted one such policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity, for the 2016-17 school year. Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reviewed and upheld this policy in Doe v. Boyertown Area Sch. Dist., 897 F.3d 518 (3d Cir. 2018). In an opinion by Judge McKee, the court rejected several arguments against the policy, including the constitutional right to privacy, Title IX, and PennsylvaniaRead More →

By Professor Tuan Samahon On Independence Day, July 4, 1966, President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) into law. Announcing the occasion from his “Texas White House” outside San Antonio, LBJ explained: “[t]his legislation springs from one of our most essential principles: a democracy works best when the people have all the information that the security of the nation permits.” Unfortunately, the press release’s pro-transparency sentiment was mostly atmospheric window dressing. The foul-mouthed LBJ privately despised FOIA and signed “the f——— thing,” as he called it, only with much cajoling and at the last moment possible, narrowly avoiding its pocketRead More →