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    The take up of E-Verify programs shows that state officials prefer the highly skilled over temporary immigrant workers with lower skills

The take up of E-Verify programs shows that state officials prefer the highly skilled over temporary immigrant workers with lower skills

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The election of Donald Trump illustrates that the immigration debate is here to stay. In new research, Adriano Udani uses data on temporary immigrant labor admissions to better understand which immigrant groups policymakers think deserve to work in the United States. He finds that state officials ease employment verification rules when there are more “highly-skilled” migrants gaining visas. He […]

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    Despite Trump’s attempts to delegitimize them, the Courts are checking executive power exactly as they should.

Despite Trump’s attempts to delegitimize them, the Courts are checking executive power exactly as they should.

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Recent weeks have seen Donald Trump’s controversial executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries halted by rulings from federal judges. In response, Trump has attacked the judiciary, arguing that they do not have the power to stop his order. Meghan Leonard writes that the Courts’ ability to undertake judicial review in cases such as this are at the […]

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    Book Review: The Myth of the Litigious Society: Why We Don’t Sue by David M. Engel

Book Review: The Myth of the Litigious Society: Why We Don’t Sue by David M. Engel

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In The Myth of the Litigious Society: Why We Don’t Sue, David M. Engel challenges the assumption that the USA is a compensation culture, instead showing that victims of injuries usually do not seek meaningful redress. Although the book’s central claim would be strengthened by evidence from more recent studies than those presented in the text, M. Bob Kao […]

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    Protests against Trump’s immigration executive order may have helped shift public opinion against it.          

Protests against Trump’s immigration executive order may have helped shift public opinion against it.          

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Donald Trump’s executive order preventing the entry of refugees and those from seven Muslim-majority countries has sparked protests across the country and the world. But have those protests had an effect on public opinion? Loren Collingwood, Nazita Lajevardi, and Kassra Oskooii present preliminary findings from a survey conducted before and after President Trump’s executive order. They find that after […]

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    High rates of parental incarceration among African-Americans means that criminal justice reform is now education reform

High rates of parental incarceration among African-Americans means that criminal justice reform is now education reform

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African-American schoolchildren have a one in four chance of having a parent who is in jail, or who has been previously incarcerated. In new report Leila Morsy and Richard Rothstein argue that incarceration of African Americans – which has been on the rise due to increasingly punitive sentencing policies as well as the ramping up of the “War on […]

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    Drug courts that serve mostly Hispanics may benefit from having a bilingual judge

Drug courts that serve mostly Hispanics may benefit from having a bilingual judge

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There are now more than 3,000 drug courts in the US, which aim to promote treatment rather than punishment for nonviolent offenders. While drug courts have been found to be effective in reducing drug use for participants in general, there is less evidence of how well they work for certain groups. In new research Kelly Frailing examines the effectiveness […]

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    Trump’s ban on Muslim immigrants has been called “un-American,” but history shows that exclusion is a very American practice

Trump’s ban on Muslim immigrants has been called “un-American,” but history shows that exclusion is a very American practice

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Last Friday, President Trump issued an executive order banning Syrian refugees and those from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. Lina Newton writes that since the 1950s, presidential decisions on refugee policy have been closely linked to an administration’s foreign policy concerns; Trump’s order continues that tradition. She argues that given its popularity with Trump’s base, challenging the […]

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    Why blocking Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination may be damaging for Democrats in the long term.

Why blocking Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination may be damaging for Democrats in the long term.

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This week President Trump announced the nomination of Court of Appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Antonin Scalia’s vacant Supreme Court seat – a seat which has been vacant for nearly a year due to Senate Republicans’ refusal to approve President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland. Lauren C. Bell writes that while the Democrats’ voter base may be calling for […]

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    Supreme Court judgments based on reasons outside the law are unlikely to harm its legitimacy.

Supreme Court judgments based on reasons outside the law are unlikely to harm its legitimacy.

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While almost all judgments from the Supreme Court are based on some kind of existing law, there are a small number which are not. Instead justices use public opinion, religious texts, and their own personal beliefs to justify their decisions. In new research, Chris Bonneau, Jarrod Kelly, Kira Pronin, Shane Redman and Matt Zarit examine whether such ‘extralegal’ decisions […]

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    The rise in the incarceration rate may help explain the falling gap in homicide rates between Blacks, Hispanics and Whites.

The rise in the incarceration rate may help explain the falling gap in homicide rates between Blacks, Hispanics and Whites.

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Blacks, Hispanics and Whites all have differing homicide rates. But how have these rates changed in recent years? In new research which examines 131 metropolitan areas, Michael T. Light takes the first look at trends in racial and ethnic homicide gaps in the US since 1990, finding that these gaps had decreased by between 35 and 50 percent. He […]

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