Should Immigration Courts Operate under the Attorney General? History Says this is an Accident that Should be Undone
by Alison Peck
Franklin Roosevelt was pushed fear of a Nazi fifth column and big business's hostility toward foreign-born labor leaders to shift immigration courts from the Department of Labor to the Department of Justice, where they act as an extension of law enforcement. Legislation to make them independent is long overdue.
The White House has named nominees for the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board, which will reexamine unsolved murder cases of the civil rights era.
Kevin Kruse joins host Keri Leigh Merritt to discuss his new book on the Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Era and the relevance of that history to the 2020 election.
Longtime watchers in government and law said the environment today echoes the most chaotic period in the modern history of the Justice Department. Watergate.
The Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board was established by Congress in January 2019. Now nominees for the board named by the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Society of American Archivists, and the American Bar Association are being "vetted" by the White House, raising concerns about partisan interference.
SOURCE: Letters from an American
by Heather Cox Richardson
Recent stories suggest that those currently in power feel it is their right, and maybe their duty, to run the country in their own interest, ignoring-- or suppressing-- dissent.
SOURCE: The New York Times
The latest target was a 94-year-old man in Tennessee said to have been a guard at a concentration camp in Germany. “These people are old, and they’re dying,” a prosecutor said of the cases’ urgency.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by Cornell W. Clayton
The U.S. attorney general’s office started in the judicial branch, not the executive — and has never been entirely under presidential control.
by Ronald L. Feinman
It isn't just William Barr.
by Jennifer Freilach
The surprisingly fascinating story behind the DOJ’s creation.
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