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Month: February 2017

Immigrant Insecurity Leading to Loss of Home Sales Around U.S.

Immigrant Insecurity Leading to Loss of Home Sales Around U.S.

With Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration having slammed the door on many legal entrants, not to mention the daily news stories about overzealous border officials interrogating upright U.S. citizens whose names they don’t like, it was only a matter of time before the real estate market felt the impact. From Seattle to New York to the San Francisco Bay Area, reports are coming in about immigrants who are ceasing their home search or pulling out of actual purchase contracts. These…

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Mass Roundup of Undocumented Immigrants Comparable to Shooting Fish in a Barrel

Mass Roundup of Undocumented Immigrants Comparable to Shooting Fish in a Barrel

Remember the old “shooting fish in a barrel” simile, connoting “ridiculously easy” according to the dictionary? It apparently dates from the 1940s, presenting the idea that while free-swimming fish have a fair shot at survival, ones that you’ve captured in a barrel are, to mix metaphors, sitting ducks. None other than Mythbusters found that “you don’t even have to be a good shot to take out a barrel of fish with a single bullet.” The phrase also carries a suggestion that,…

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What Does Judge Robarts’ TRO Regarding Trump’s “Muslim Ban” Executive Order Actually Do?

What Does Judge Robarts’ TRO Regarding Trump’s “Muslim Ban” Executive Order Actually Do?

A federal judge’s February 3 ruling in Seattle, Washington, responding to an emergency motion brought by Washington State, issued a Temporary Restraining Order invalidating key parts of President Trump’s executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals.” The judge’s order applies nationwide and is still in effect as of February 15, due to followup action by the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. How much of Trump’s order is actually undone by…

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