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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down California’s Ban on High-Capacity Gun Magazines

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down California’s Ban on High-Capacity Gun Magazines

BY JANITA KAN A federal appeals court on Friday struck down California’s ban on high-capacity magazines, saying that the law is illegal because it violates the Second Amendment under the U.S. Constitution. The California law challenged in the case, which was enacted in 2016, bans the possession of large-capacity magazines (LCMs) that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The law […]

Congressman Urges AG Barr to Protect Religious Freedom Following Reports of Church Vandalism

Congressman Urges AG Barr to Protect Religious Freedom Following Reports of Church Vandalism

BY JANITA KAN A Tennessee congressman on Wednesday urged the Justice Department (DOJ) to continue their efforts to protect religious freedom and combat religious discrimination after several churches in the United States reported vandalism and other damages in recent weeks. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) raised concerns over the spate of attacks in a one-page letter addressed to Attorney General William Barr, describing the reports […]

Federal Judge Rejects Oregon’s Efforts to Block Federal Arrests of Portland Protesters

Federal Judge Rejects Oregon’s Efforts to Block Federal Arrests of Portland Protesters

BY JANITA KAN A federal judge denied an effort by Oregon’s attorney general seeking to prevent federal law enforcement agents from making arrests amid violent rioting in Portland. Oregon’s attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, filed a lawsuit against several federal agencies last week alleging that their officers have engaged in policing tactics that have violated the constitutional rights […]

Justice Department Announces First Federal Arrests in Chicago Under ‘Operation Legend’

Justice Department Announces First Federal Arrests in Chicago Under ‘Operation Legend’

BY JANITA KAN The Justice Department (DOJ) announced that three people had been federally charged this week for offenses related to illegally possessing guns or ammunition in Chicago, Illinois—the first federal arrests made in the city in connection to the department’s “Operation Legend.” The three arrests come after the Trump administration announced on Wednesday the expansion of the department’s […]

Trump Announces Surge of Federal Agents to Chicago, Albuquerque to Combat Rise in Violent Crime

Trump Announces Surge of Federal Agents to Chicago, Albuquerque to Combat Rise in Violent Crime

BY JANITA KAN President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday a surge of federal law enforcement will be sent into Chicago, Illinois, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, as part of efforts to combat a recent surge in violent crime in those cities and restore public safety. The announcement represents an expansion of a Justice Department (DOJ) program—known as “Operation Legend”—to […]

JUDICIARY Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump Admin Policies Narrowing Criteria for Asylum

JUDICIARY Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump Admin Policies Narrowing Criteria for Asylum

BY JANITA KAN The Trump administration suffered a setback after a federal appeals court upheld a block on several immigration policies that sought to narrow the criteria for asylum for illegal immigrants. The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 ruling on Friday upheld a lower court’s decision to block the Trump administration from enforcing […]

DOJ Has Brought Charges in 150 Federal Cases Linked to Rioting, US Attorney Says

DOJ Has Brought Charges in 150 Federal Cases Linked to Rioting, US Attorney Says

BY JANITA KAN The Justice Department (DOJ) has so far brought charges in 150 federal cases related to acts of violence amid nationwide protests that occurred in the wake of George Floyd’s death, according to the acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. The department and other federal agencies have been prioritizing efforts to quell outbreaks of […]

Federal Judge Sets Aside Trump Administration’s Third-Country Asylum Rule

Federal Judge Sets Aside Trump Administration’s Third-Country Asylum Rule

BY JANITA KAN A federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s rule that requires asylum seekers to first seek protection in countries they had passed through on their way to the U.S.-Mexico border. The rule, known as the “third-country asylum rule,” aims to reduce the number of meritless asylum claims that placed an overwhelming strain on the U.S. immigration system. It operates […]

Barr Concerned About Tech Giants’ Censorship of User Content

Barr Concerned About Tech Giants’ Censorship of User Content

BY JANITA KAN Attorney General William Barr said it was necessary for the Trump administration to become tough on internet companies who censor certain user viewpoints on their platforms because it was important to preserve a wide diversity of voices. “There’s something very disturbing about what’s going on,” Barr said during an interview on Fox News’ […]

Trump Says He Will Submit ‘Enhanced Papers’ After Supreme Court DACA Ruling

Trump Says He Will Submit ‘Enhanced Papers’ After Supreme Court DACA Ruling

BY JANITA KAN President Donald Trump on Friday said he will submit “enhanced papers” to cancel an Obama-era program that provides legal protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children after the country’s top court ruled to block the president’s first attempt to do so. “The Supreme Court asked us to resubmit on DACA, nothing […]

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