Justice Kennedy’s exercise in judicial restraint has come back to haunt him. In overturning DOMA without fully explaining why, he left lower courts to come up with their own standards for judging gay-marriage bans across the country. In the end, this has only hastened the day the Supreme Court will have to fully explain itself on gay marriage.
This doesn’t look like the sort of place you can sit at with your laptop. Does that mean I have to find a Starbucks in Paris? (at Place Balard)
The Obama administration’s goal should not be to remove the children as soon as possible. Instead, it should direct the bulk of the funds it is asking for to bolster the severely overburdened immigration courts, which are best suited to determine how each child’s case should be handled, whether they qualify for asylum or should be returned home. It should do whatever possible to make this process expeditious and provide the kids with proper care and legal counsel.
Our immigration system has many problems. We only allot 5,000 visas for unskilled immigrants per year (that’s not per country, but overall). Countries like Iceland with a population of around 250,000 get the same number of visas as Mexico, which has a population of 113 million. Having such narrow channels for legal immigration has led to massive illegal immigration; the courts are backlogged for years. Lack of enforcement, however, is not the problem.
From coverage of HIV medication to Title VII discrimination claims, here’s what else the decision could affect
Good to be back in New York
Since 2012, the administration has shied away from executive action to protect LGBT workers, saying it preferred for Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Unlike a presidential order, ENDA would make it against the law—not just the policy of the current administration—to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It would also apply to private companies as well as federal contractors, giving individuals who have faced discrimination the ability to sue.
But ENDA, which passed the Senate last fall with bipartisan support, has been stonewalled by Republicans in the House. The Obama administration’s decision to act independently of Congress is a frank acknowledgment that, like nearly all pieces of legislation since the GOP takeover of “the people’s chamber” in the 2010 midterms, the House is where legislation goes to die.