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Brennan Center: Caution Warranted on Trump’s National Vetting Center

February 7, 2018 – Today, President Trump signed an executive order establishing a “National Vetting Center” for immigrants and travelers to the U.S. Faiza Patel, co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law’s Liberty & National Security Program, issued the following statement: “We already rigorously vet people traveling to the U.S., so […]

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Sessions to Encourage Federal Prosecution of Marijuana in States Where It’s Legal

New York, N.Y. January 4, 2018 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions will reportedly revoke a policy today that had encouraged federal prosecutors to stay out of state’s policies around recreational marijuana use. The Obama-era guidance had been championed by criminal justice reformers who cite over-enforcement of drug offenses as one driver of mass incarceration in […]

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Brennan Center: The Facts on America’s Immigrant and Visitor Vetting System

Nov. 1, 2017 – Following yesterday’s tragic terror attack in New York City, President Trump swiftly pivoted to promoting his longstanding immigration agenda. In statements over the past 24 hours, Trump said that he has “ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program” and also that he has begun the process of […]

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Groups Urge DOJ Inspector General to Investigate Senior Officials’ Possible Misconduct in Comey Firing

Washington, D.C. June 1, 2017 – Concerned by the nature of the involvement of the attorney general and deputy attorney general in the termination of FBI Director James Comey, the Center for American Progress, the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, American Oversight, and Professor Kathleen Clark sent a […]

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Block on Muslim Ban

May 25, 2017 – Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld an injunction against President Trump’s highly contested travel ban that targets six Muslim majority countries and blocks refugees from around the world. The court found that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that the […]

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AG Sessions Directs Prosecutors to Return to Failed Criminal Justice Policies

NEW YORK, NY, May 15, 2017 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered federal prosecutors to return to aggressive practices of the past that put more people behind bars unnecessarily, wasted government resources, and had little public safety benefit. Under the Obama administration, prosecutors were given discretion to seek lower sentences that would not trigger federal […]

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Report: “Countering Violent Extremism” Programs Provide Surveillance Infrastructure for Islamophobic Administration

March 16, 2017 – The Trump administration is reportedly planning to revamp a controversial program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” to focus solely and explicitly on American Muslims, potentially even renaming it “Countering Islamic Extremism.” But a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, the most comprehensive look yet at these […]

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House Committee Votes to Terminate Agency that Protects Voting Machines from Hacking

Feb. 7, 2017 – Today, the House Administration Committee, by a party-line 6-3 vote, approved the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Termination Act (H.R. 634) and a bill to dissolve the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (H.R. 133). H.R. 634 would eliminate the EAC, an independent government agency that sets security standards for voting machines and functions […]

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Trump’s Voter Fraud Investigation: Concerns it Could Restrict the Vote Further

NEW YORK, NY, Jan. 27, 2017 – President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order opening a wide-reaching investigation into voter fraud in American elections. This follows Trump’s false claim that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election. Reports indicate “the probe would likely be carried out through Trump’s Justice […]

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Election 2016 Controversies: What the Law and Facts Say on Voter Fraud, Election Observers, and Technology

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 7, 2016 – After recent claims the November election will be “rigged,” some politicians, including Republican nominee Donald Trump, have called on law enforcement and citizen volunteers to monitor polling places, serving as “election observers” to root out fraud. What’s the truth behind these claims? As part of a new “Election […]

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Trump Says Election Will Be “Rigged” — Facts Say Otherwise, Says Brennan Center

Aug. 3, 2016 – Yesterday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said the election would be “rigged,” citing a string of court decisions blocking or loosening restrictive voting laws. His campaign also said there will be “massive fraud” this November. But Brennan Center studies show otherwise. You are more likely to be struck by lightning than […]

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