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In Defense of DACA

The precarious state of DACA is currently in the hands of the Supreme Court, as they take up the case Department of Homeland Security V Regents of the University of California. In contemplating whether the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the program, which was put forth on the premise that Obama’s execution of a “prosecutorial … Continue reading

The Impact of “Public Charge” on Immigrants and Healthcare
Healthcare / Immigration / Politics

The Impact of “Public Charge” on Immigrants and Healthcare

This piece was co-authored by Sara Kurtovic. On October 4, 2019 President Trump issued a presidential proclamation that altered the definition of a “public charge” according to United States immigration policies.[1]The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first announced the rule August 14, 2019, and intended for it to become effective October 15, 2019.[2]However, the rule … Continue reading

The Impact of “Public Charge” on Immigrants and Healthcare
Healthcare / Immigration / Politics

The Impact of “Public Charge” on Immigrants and Healthcare

This piece was co-authored by Haley Hamblin. On October 4, 2019 President Trump issued a presidential proclamation that altered the definition of a “public charge” according to United States immigration policies.[1] The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first announced the rule August 14, 2019, and intended for it to become effective October 15, 2019.[2] However, … Continue reading

Certificate of Need Laws: Are They Just a CON?
Healthcare

Certificate of Need Laws: Are They Just a CON?

Certificate of Need (CON) laws were initially put into effect as part of the “Health Planning Resources Development Act” of 1974. The law incentivised states to create CON programs by offering additional funding or withholding Medicare and Medicaid funds from those states that decided not to participate. The act sought to restrain health care facility … Continue reading

We’re Paying the Cost for Ineffective Pre-Trial Release Policies
Constitution / Other

We’re Paying the Cost for Ineffective Pre-Trial Release Policies

Prior to the 2019 Timbs v Indiana Supreme Court decision, state and county courts were legally allowed to forfeit high priced property of the accused and hold them accountable to unnecessarily high fines before their trials.[1] In February of 2019, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution’s 8thAmendment ban on excessive fines applies to … Continue reading

Trump’s Overtime Protection Rule: A Smart Rule for Workers
Politics

Trump’s Overtime Protection Rule: A Smart Rule for Workers

The Trump Administration’s Overtime Protection Rule In March of 2019, the Department of Labor issued a proposed rule to update and extended eligibility for overtime pay for employees that do not perform managerial, executive, or administrative taks. The proposed rule, Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees, mandates … Continue reading

As unaffordable housing swells, its causes (and proposed solutions) should be considered
Politics

As unaffordable housing swells, its causes (and proposed solutions) should be considered

The nation undoubtedly faces an affordable housing problem, one that can be understood through the economic lens of housing supply-and-demand. Since the Great Recession, mortgage rates have remained low but at the expense of overall housing costs, with prices of the average American home soaring to $316,000 in June of 2019. A study by Freddie Mac attributes the rise … Continue reading