Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Katie Benner and Jennifer Medina New York Times March 07, 2018 WASHINGTON — The Trump administration escalated what had been a war of words over California’s immigration agenda, filing a lawsuit late Tuesday that amounted to a preemptive strike against the liberal state’s so-called sanctuary laws.The Justice Department sued California; Governor Jerry Brown; and the state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, over three state laws passed in recent months, saying they make it impossible for federal immigration officials to do their jobs and deport criminals who were born outside the United States. The Justice Department called the laws unconstitutional and asked a judge to block them.The lawsuit was the department’s boldest attack yet on California, one of the strongest opponents of the Trump administration’s efforts to curb … [Read more...] about Trump administration sues California in bid to overturn its sanctuary-state laws
By Jason Baker | PUBLISHED: March 18, 2018 at 6:45 am | UPDATED: March 19, 2018 at 3:21 pm Santa Clara County government has a wide range of responsibilities: roads and transportation, parks and libraries, housing and public health, public safety and disaster preparedness. With the Trump administration running the federal government, we must recognize another critical core service: fighting to protect our residents. We must stand with those resisting the daily wrongs inflicted by Washington. The Trump administration is quite plainly resolved to use the power of the federal government to deport, demonize, and deny the rights of immigrants in our country — and with more than 700,300 immigrants in Santa Clara County, or 38 percent of our population, we must ask ourselves “What can county government do to protect our immigrant neighbors?” Some would define the role of Santa Clara County narrowly, and claim that immigrants’ rights are irrelevant. Others advocate … [Read more...] about Opinion: Santa Clara County must keep fighting Trump administration on immigration
The Trump administration settled with a House Committee to turn over documents from Obama-era Operation Fast and Furious withheld by former Attorney General Eric Holder. (AP) The Justice Department said Wednesday it will turn over documents withheld by former Attorney General Eric Holder related to the Operation Fast and Furious scandal during the Obama administration. The Justice Department entered into a conditional settlement agreement with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The settlement agreement was filed in federal court in Washington D.C., and ends six years of litigation arising out of the previous administration’s refusal to produce records requested by the committee. “The Department of Justice under my watch is committed to transparency and the rule of law,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Wednesday. “This settlement agreement is an important step to make sure that the public finally receives all … [Read more...] about Trump administration to turn over documents related to Obama-era Operation Fast and Furious
An Israeli fire fighter walks at the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, Nov. 5, 2014. A Palestinian man rammed his car into a crowded train platform in east Jerusalem and then attacked people with an iron bar, killing one person and injuring 13. (AP) Nearly every person to hold the office of president has recognized that the single most important job of our government is to keep us safe. So why is the Trump administration now acquiescing in the evisceration of one of America’s most important counter-terrorism laws? International terrorism is a constant threat to our safety at home and abroad. Every year, some of the millions of Americans who travel, study, or reside abroad are killed and injured by terror attacks outside the United States. The threat posed by international terrorism is not new. Two centuries ago, pirates from the Barbary States in northern Africa regularly raided American merchant vessels traversing the Mediterranean Sea. The … [Read more...] about Ted Olson: Why won’t the Trump administration defend a key anti-terrorism law?
Katie Zezima, The Washington Post Published 6:23 pm, Sunday, March 18, 2018 Now Playing: The Queen City is preparing for a visit from the commander-in-chief. Media: WMUR WASHINGTON - The Trump administration said it will seek stiffer penalties against drug dealers - including the death penalty where appropriate under current law - and it wants the number of prescriptions for powerful painkillers to be cut by one-third nationwide as part of a broad effort to combat the opioid crisis. Administration officials said Sunday that the measures are part of a three-pronged approach to fighting the opioid epidemic, which killed tens of thousands of people in 2016. The White House said it aims to reduce the demand for opioids, including overprescribing, cut off the supply of illicit drugs and help those who are addicted. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In … [Read more...] about Trump administration to seek stiffer penalties against drug dealers, reduce opioid prescribing