Dreamers communities stand to lose in DACA bargain

As Congress nears a deadline next week to approve a new budget or budget extension, the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program hangs in the balance. In September, the Trump administration discontinued the program, which has granted residence and work permits to about 690,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United […]

Splits in GOP base make tax plan dead-on-arrival

After much debate and delays, congressional Republicans are scheduled to release their tax bill on Thursday. Elizabeth Sanders, professor of government at Cornell, studies economic regulations and political parties’ alignment. She says that disagreement on tax reform – as in the case of health care reform – is an indicator of how the Republican Party […]

Will Russia hearings reap regulations for social media giants?

Next week, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google as part of an ongoing inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The tech giants will be asked about Kremlin-sponsored propaganda and misinformation on their platforms during last year’s campaign and their plans to prevent future interference. […]

Capitol Hill’s alumni networks attract influence, PAC money

ITHACA, N.Y. – The old adage, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has long fueled the parental drive for children to attend Ivy League schools. But it turns out where you went to school is less important than who else went to the same school – at least, if you’re in Congress. […]

Sessions’ deception on Russia echoes Bill Clinton’s lies on Lewinsky

Richard Bensel, professor of government at Cornell University is an expert in American politics, parties and elections, says that Jeff Sessions’ dissimulation on Russia is akin to Bill Clinton’s lies about his affair with Monica Lewinsky – and Congress should be mindful of that in its response.   Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/richard-f-bensel Bensel says: “Jeff Sessions stated in […]

DeVos ‘choice’ plan robs the poor and gives to the rich

John Sipple, director of the New York State Center for Rural Schools and expert on education at Cornell University, says Trump’s pick for secretary of education – which the Senate is scheduled to confirm this afternoon – is pushing a plan that requires diverting federal money away from poor communities where promises for enhanced education […]

Obama wise to scrap Cold War immigration injustice

Maria Cristina Garcia, an expert on immigration reform and professor of history at Cornell University, says Obama’s decision to end the longstanding “wet foot, dry foot” policy that has granted Cubans special treatment in gaining legal residency is a way to level the playing field in refugee and asylum policy.      Bio: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-garcia.php Por favor […]

US must end booming immigration detention business

Maria Cristina Garcia, an expert on immigration reform and professor of history at Cornell University, says reports that the Department of Homeland Security might soon run out of money to detain illegal immigrants should be a sign that the government must stop paying for private facilities and choose cheaper alternatives to detention instead. Biography: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-garcia.php   Garcia […]