New US visa definition of family strict, but soft on sensibility

The State Department issued new immigration guidelines aimed at clarifying the Trump administration’s travel ban, which limits visas for citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries. The guidelines outline the meaning of “bona fide” relationship, one of the visa requirements for foreign visitors from those countries attempting to come to the U.S. Maria Cristina Garcia, professor […]

Flynn proof Trump must choose merit over loyalty

Thomas Pepinsky, associate professor of government at Cornell University and an expert on authoritarianism, says Flynn’s resignation highlights the need to staff Trump’s team based on merit, not loyalty. Bio: http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/pepinsky/   Pepinsky says: “Michael Flynn’s sudden resignation throws into question the Trump administration’s ability to staff its national security bureaucracy with competent and effective […]

Trump’s immigration policy profits few, hurts most

Maria Figueroa is chair of Cornell University’s Precarious Work Initiative, a research group that studies issues affecting low wage and contingent workers. She says Trump’s executive orders on immigration and border security are appalling, counterproductive and divisive. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/maria-figueroa   Figueroa says:   “The idea of building a wall to separate the United States from Mexico is […]

NATO move to deter Russia foolish and dangerous

Penny Von Eschen, professor of history at Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences and expert in the Cold War, says NATO’s attempts to increase troops in Eastern Europe is at odds with both immediate and longer historical contexts. Bio: http://as.cornell.edu/penny-von-eschen-0   Von Eschen says: “Expanding NATO forces as a deterrent to Russia is foolish […]