An activist federal judge in Hawaii overreached his legitimate authority to block President Trump’s revised national security executive order. Judge Derrick Watson, an Obama appointee, used his 43-page opinion to wage a personal war against the president, hurling verbal insults at the Commander-in-Chief instead of providing legal analysis to justify his temporary restraining order (TRO). Rather than doing his job and interpreting the law—which fully supports the executive order—Judge Watson took the extraordinary step of making policy from the bench. This is now the second time a judge has jeopardized national security by blocking a legitimate executive order. After...Read More
Author: Robert Law
About The Author
Robert joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2013. As Director, he manages the Government Relations team and establishes FAIR’s legislative agenda. He builds and maintains relationships with Capitol Hill staff and assists in drafting true immigration reform legislation. He advises other FAIR departments on legislative and executive branch developments to coordinate messaging to advance FAIR’s goals. Robert brings to FAIR his legal background and government relations experience.
The mainstream media is making a huge (yuge) deal about the estimated cost to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. An internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document supposedly concluded that it would cost $21.6 billion and take 3.5 years to complete the border wall. The open borders media is giddy that this estimate is more than double President Trump’s claim that it would cost around $10 billion to build and also higher than the $12-15 billion estimate Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) predicted. Using his favorite messaging platform, President Trump tweeted, “I am reading that the...Read More
A three judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift District Judge James Robart’s temporary restraining order (TRO) that blocks the Trump administration from implementing its temporary travel freeze. (See FAIR Legislative Update, Feb. 7, 2017) In a unanimous “per curiam” order, the appeals court denied the Justice Department’s (DOJ) request to reinstate the 90-day freeze on entry of individuals from countries that are hotbeds for terrorism and the 120-day freeze on refugee resettlement. (State of Washington v. Trump, Feb. 9, 2017 at 3) The three judges to rule against the Trump administration were William...Read More
Before pursuing the GOP nomination for president, Donald Trump was well-known, for among many reasons, as the host of the hit television show The Apprentice. On the show, people compete to become the next business tycoon and each week Trump would eliminate a contestant with the blunt phrase, “You’re fired!” Less than two weeks into the Trump administration, he has brought his catch phrase to Washington. Yesterday afternoon, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates—an Obama holdover until Sen. Jeff Sessions is confirmed—instructed Department of Justice (DOJ) personnel not to enforce Trump’s executive order on national security, which included a temporary...Read More
Once the shock from Donald Trump’s surprise presidential victory wore off, open borders groups and illegal aliens began scrambling for ideas to keep DACA individuals in the country. The panic was unsurprising because President Obama unilaterally created DACA meaning his unconstitutional executive action had no basis in law and could be immediately nullified by a future president—a point Obama repeatedly acknowledged. What is surprising is the absurd “answer” these groups came up with: Obama should pardon the approximately 750,000 DACA recipients. Any attorney worthy of the degree hanging on his/her office wall could immediately tell you this is not...Read More