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ASK A TRUMP QUESTION

During the course of the campaign and since the election, President-elect Trump has offered shifting policy proposals regarding the treatment of those who identify as Muslim. He first proposed “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Later, Trump slightly amended the proposal from a ban on Muslims to a call to “temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.” He further suggested a system of “extreme vetting” of immigrants to ensure that they “share our values and respect our people.” When...

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ASK A TRUMP QUESTION | Local legal experts answer questions about Trump administration concerns

With the election of Donald Trump came a lot of worry and outrage that certain civil rights would be repealed, abolished or destroyed. This week, we begin the “Ask a Trump question” column, where legal experts address the many concerns that arose during the two-year presidential campaign cycle. How will the Trump administration impact LGBT rights? After the election, questions were raised about whether progress for the LGBT community could be lost under a Donald Trump administration. The concerns emanated from three sources: President-elect Trump’s statements as a candidate regarding marriage equality; Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s active opposition to...

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Ask a Trump question

With the election of Donald Trump came a lot of worry and outrage that certain civil rights would be repealed, abolished or destroyed. This week, we begin the “Ask a Trump question” column, where legal experts address the many concerns that have arisen during the two-year presidential campaign cycle. Will Roe v. Wade be overturned? This is an excellent question with which many are concerned. More likely than a Supreme Court with Trump appointees overturning Roe v. Wade is that states might pass restrictions on abortion, which could be upheld by a more pro-life court [justices] that does not...

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THE AMENDMENT PROJECT | The 18th Amendment

by Julia Ornelas-Higdon, Ph.D. “After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.” The 18th Amendment represented the culmination of almost a century of temperance reform movements. Beginning in the early 19th century, Protestant Anglo women began organizing in favor of laws banning alcohol. Temperance reformers believed that Prohibition laws would help protect women and children from poverty caused by husbands and fathers who...

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THE AMENDMENT PROJECT | The 16th Amendment

by Michaela Crawford Reaves AMENDMENT XVIThe Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration. In the 18th century import tariffs and land sales largely supported the United States treasury. Any internal taxes were generally based on realty (land) and personalty (assets and moveable goods) interests. The advent of the Civil War in 1861, however, made it necessary to raise money quickly through the first United States income tax, which was a flat 3 percent tax on incomes over $800...

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