The issue of immigration continues to take several forms. President Trump has assigned the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department to build a case legally justifying the ban’s necessity, though Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey argue that it is possible the administration may want to examine available data more closely before dictating the report’s outcome. The logistics continue to be called into question legal experts, who insist that the reported number of travelers affected by the ban has been misrepresented. While the Department of Homeland Security issued a request for proposals for a plan to build the oft-promised border wall between the United States and Mexico, it has also been directed to hire 10,000 agents to assist in the enforcement of immigration policy. The New York Times would like to remind us that “the federal government spends more each year on immigration enforcement through Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol than on all other federal law enforcement agencies combined” even before these proposed expenses come into effect. President Trump would end the week using Twitter to note that the national debt has declined in recent weeks.
As the media examines the presidential administration’s political ties to Eastern Europe, Helen Klein Murillo examines the Law of Recusal to determine whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions ought to recuse himself from the investigation.
Reversing the policies of the previous administration continues to be a priority. The Justice Department announced that a plan to phase out private, for-profit prisons will no longer be considered. Eduardo Porter previously considered the ramifications of privatizing the prison system. In a similar move, the Justice and Education Departments jointly rescinded the guidance which granted transgender students protection under Title IX.