Johns Hopkins University filed a lawsuit Friday against the Trump administration’s July 6 announcement from the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that international students enrolled only in online classes this fall will be removed. The lawsuit highlights that this directive singles out universities that are deciding not to host a “hybrid model—a mixture [...]

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Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) filed suit this morning after ICE announced that they were rescinding the COVID-19 exemption for international students who are currently attending US universities. The complaint emphasizes that this is a direct contradiction to the earlier stance taken by the administration. The federal government is retracting their stance [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland ordered Friday that non-citizens held in immigrant detention centers must be provided fair hearings and the government must prove if an immigrant is a flight risk. Consistent with the Trump administration’s orders, immigrants, even asylum seekers, were being held without bond, despite never having [...]

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Thirty-seven current prosecutors and 12 current and retired police chiefs and sheriffs filed an amicus curiae brief Thursday in support medically vulnerable plaintiffs seeking immediate release or transfer from Elkton Federal Correctional Institution (FCI-Elkton) in Ohio. Plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit last month after at least nine individuals in custody died of COVID-19, and [...]

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Judge Cathy Bissoon of the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania entered a consent order Wednesday declaring that the Allegheny County jail must put medically vulnerable people within their own cells and keep newly admitted inmates within isolation for two weeks, consistent with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) orders. Additionally, the [...]

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Virginia after Governor Ralph Northam signed numerous landmark bills into law Sunday, including multiple criminal justice reform bills. House Bill 972 decriminalizes simple possession of marijuana and creates a $25 civil penalty but removes the current criminal offense classification as a misdemeanor. This will take effect July 1 if the General Assembly agrees to technical amendments [...]

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Federal District Judge of the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division, Michael H. Watson dismissed a complaint that was filed on Monday by voting rights groups declaring that the states’ new primary vote plan violates the National Voter Registration Act and the First and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit stemmed from the Ohio [...]

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US District Judge William Conley ordered Thursday that the Wisconsin primary must still be held on April 7 but added notable adjustments. Conley heard three consolidated cases that were each filed in response to the growing concerns over COVID-19 and holding elections. The complaints brought a number of statutory requirements and election-related concerns to the court [...]

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US President Donald Trump on Friday ordered General Motors to make ventilators under the Defense Production Act (DPA). DPA originated as a reaction to the Korean War and entitles the government to force American businesses to produce products and materials that are in high-demand or short supply during a national emergency. Trump recently declared the [...]

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act was introduced by Senate Republicans on Thursday in an effort to combat the economic impacts that our nations is feeling from coronavirus. The current proposal has sections providing for loan guarantees to impacted businesses, direct cash payments, increased testing, and vaccine development resources. The [...]

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