Professor Felice Batlan comments on protests taking place at O’Hare International Airport on Monday, January 30, 2017, over President Trump’s executive order closing U.S. borders to refugees, immigrants and others from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Watch the video.
AS A SCHOLAR OF PRESIDENTIAL POWERS, I am appalled at the lawlessness of Friday’s executive order on refugees. The Order flouts congressional authority, undermines settled rights of visa holders, and impinges on the Freedom of Religion. The President’s power in immigration matters is broad, but not limitless.
AS AN EDUCATOR, I am saddened by the Order’s categorical exclusion of individuals who have brought insights, vitality, and intelligence to this campus and so many others. We have learned from students from Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, and hope to continue to do so in the future. We are better for it.
AS A CITIZEN AND SON OF A REFUGEE, I am aghast at the repudiation of our country’s cherished past as a country of immigrants. Wealthier countries have the moral obligation to open their doors to those fleeing the carnage of the current fighting in Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen. Refugees from those countries have committed no terrorist acts here, and there is no reason to believe that our current screening will be less able to filter out individuals posing a threat from those countries as opposed to others. All people are worthy of security and protection without regard to race, religion or country of origin.
I encourage interested faculty, staff, and students to join in the representation of those turned away at our nation’s doorstep. In the coming days, we will be disseminating information and holding workshops as to how you can help.
Dean Krent emailed the message above to Chicago-Kent students, faculty, and staff on January 30, 2017, under the subject line “President Trump on Immigration.”
Professor Carolyn Shapiro spoke with NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern on January 31, 2017, about the role of the Supreme Court in explaining the limits of presidential authority in advance of President Trump’s announcement of his nominee to fill the vacant seat left by former Justice Antonin Scalia.
Dean Harold Krent spoke to WBBM Newsradio on January 31, 2017, about the judicial philosophy of President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Professor Carolyn Shapiro was quoted in a January 30, 2017, Slate article about what happens if federal employees or officials from the executive branch ignore a federal court order.
Dean Harold Krent was one of two panelists on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” on January 12, 2017, discussing whether President-elect Trump’s plans to hand over his business empire to his sons satisfies ethical concerns.
Professor Carolyn Shapiro was a guest on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” on December 12, 2016, to discuss what the Founding Fathers intended when they created the Electoral College and whether President-elect Trump’s actions after the election could influence how the electors vote on December 19.
Professor Carolyn Shapiro wrote an article titled “States Can’t Stop Electors From Voting Their Conscience” that appeared on the Washington Monthly website on December 9, 2016, in which she explains the constitutional responsibilities of the Electoral College as well as the role of the states under the Constitution and federal law.
Dean Harold Krent spoke to “Chicago Tonight” host Phil Ponce on December 1, 2016, about how President-elect Donald Trump’s business entanglements create an ethical minefield and could violate the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.
In a guest blog post for the Huffington Post on December 1, 2016, Professor Carolyn Shapiro explained how the Electoral College could prevent Donald Trump from becoming president and outlines the reasons why she thinks he’s unfit for office.