A new rule is part of a sweeping policy aimed to narrow the demographic of people who come to live and work in the United States.
Vanita GuptaThis was never just about stamping out illegal immigration. The Trump administration is attacking ALL immigrants to try to redefine who belongs in this country as our demographics change. Hurting most vulnerable among us is a gross tactic in this agenda.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on the Trump administration's plans for a citizenship question. But an order by a federal judge in Maryland could complicate the question's legal fate.
Vanita GuptaNEW: A new order by a federal judge in Maryland sets up a potential new block against the Trump administration's plans to add a citizenship question to forms for the upcoming #2020Census. Read the latest from @hansilowang
On June 13, 1866, the House approved a Senate-proposed version of the 14th Amendment, sending it to the states for approval. Two years later, the ratified statement became a constitutional cornerstone.
Vanita GuptaOn this day, Congress approved the 14th Amendment
Weeks before the Supreme Court rules on the legality of the citizenship question, evidence filed in court could further erode the Trump administration’s rationale for the question.
Vanita GuptaMUST READ: NEW evidence abt deliberate manipulation of the census to seal Republican power for next decade. If SCOTUS keeps citizenship Q on, its legitimacy as anything but a partisan machine supporting weaponization of our democracy will be irredeemable.
Will the justices be the administration’s enablers or form a firewall against its lies?
Vanita GuptaSharp piece by Linda Greenhouse: “validating the Trump administration’s cynical hijacking of the census would have a devastating effect on the integrity of the Supreme Court...It can be the admin’s enabler or it can acknowledge the truth and be a firewall”
When local officials fail to protect constitutional rights, the federal government must. Barr needs to return to consent decrees Sessions avoided.
Vanita GuptaFormer Alabama US Attorney @JoyceWhiteVance and I wrote an oped about Alabama’s prison system horrors and why DOJ must obtain a consent decree and investigate possible official criminal liability to end the abuse.
Another incarcerated person has been murdered at the St. Clair Correctional Facility - emergency action is needed.
Vanita GuptaCrisis: There has been an unrelenting series of homicides in Alabama prisons. Steven Mullins is 4th homicide victim at St. Clair in last 6 mths and the 24th homicide victim in an AL prison in last 2 years. AL’s prison homicide rate is 10x the nat’l avg.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to begin confirmation hearings on Tuesday for William Barr, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Justice. Given that the president is hol…
Vanita GuptaWe don't need Jeff Sessions 2.0. At tomorrow’s hearing, senators must interrogate Bill Barr about his commitment to a critical duty of the Justice Department: enforcing federal civil rights laws.
Read my new piece for @cafedotcom
The Trump administration has achieved remarkable success in confirming federal judges, while left-leaning groups are sounding alarms about diversity and other concerns.
Vanita GuptaThe Trump admin more than doubled the number of judges it confirmed to federal appeals courts in 2018, exceeding the pace of the last five presidents and stocking the courts with lifetime appointees who will have profound consequences for civil rights
The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel was consulted before Jeff Sessions resigned.
Vanita Gupta“The OLC opinion conceded that it was rare for the acting attorney general to be an individual not confirmed by the Senate. The only example they found was from 1866, before the creation of the Justice Department.”
The civil rights lawyer Vanita Gupta answers vital questions about the citizenship question on the census, including what you can do to stop it.
Vanita GuptaRe-upping this. Today marks day one of a very important @newyorkstateAG and @aclu trial in NY about the Trump admin’s quest to add a citizenship question to the census. In this NYT editorial, I explain what’s behind it.
Republican cheap tricks don’t stop with gerrymandering. They are also evident in voter registration barriers or aggressive voter roll purges: Our view
Vanita Gupta.@USATODAY's editorial board has this to say about what's happening in GA, ND & other states with repressive election laws: "The real fraud here is the efforts to keep those with every right to vote from exercising one of their most fundamental liberties."