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Broken: The Social, Political, and Legal Implications of America’s Immigration Dilemma

This paper focuses on the social, legal, and political impact of America’s growing immigration problem. Additionally, it is an effort to expand awareness of the overall impact of the inconsistency and inability of the federal government to compromise on an issue that has led to disparaging consequences; i.e. the enactment of the draconian policies of some state legislatures such as Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 (“S.B. 1070”). The enactment of such laws among various states is […]

Catching Vapors: The Proposed FDA Rule that seeks to Regulate E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes have been hailed as a saving grace by a growing number of smokers because the devices are believed by many to be a healthier alternative to cigars and cigarettes. Despite the operatic call of smokers seeking solace, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking a much more calculated approach. Before recognizing electronic cigarettes as a “safer” alternative to cigarettes, the FDA wants to find conclusive evidence of their safety for human consumption. […]

Judge Blows the Whistle on the Compensation Cap: How the NCAA’s False Claim of Amateurism is Beginning to Crumble

September; it is a month dominated by jam-packed stadiums, filled with prideful students and football fans, ready and willing to bear any and all elements, just to witness their beloved team kickoff the start of another football season. March Madness; a month that has been taken over, and even renamed, all because of loyal students and basketball fans filing into arenas night after night, day after day, to cheer on their favorite players just in […]

Feeding the Homeless: The Criminalization of a Humanitarian Act

Many cities across the United States have implemented food-sharing bans and restrictions that impose fines up to thousands of dollars and possible jail time. These laws on food sharing have made it difficult for people to help those in need. According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, “there are more than 610,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in [the United States].” Giving food to these hundreds of thousands of […]

When the Mentally Ill and the Criminal Justice System Collide-The Result

In recent years, the mentally ill have once again begun to take over the prison population. They have become disproportionately represented in the prisons and jails throughout the United States. Police forces do not have the skills or training to know how to handle such persons. Therefore, when the mentally ill cross paths with the criminal justice system, the results are devastating. They are forced to live in a system that was not designed for […]

“CrImmigration Law” and its Relation to America’s Hispanic Population

For generations Hispanics from throughout Latin America have sought out the American Dream by immigrating to the United States. Hispanic holders of immigrant visas, non immigrant visas, lawful permanent resident status, or undocumented status face potentially devastating immigration consequences resulting from convictions for common criminal offenses. This essay provides a brief overview of the niche area of law referred to as “CrImmigration” in Section I & II. Section III analyzes the Supreme Court’s landmark decision […]

Immigration Reform: What Employers Need to Know —Selected Excerpts From the Gringo’s Guide to Immigration Reform for Employers

Immigration reform is coming. Forewarning and forearming you, The Gringo’s Guide to Immigration Reform for Employers1 was written to do just that: Prepare employers for new requirements in compliance, documentation and employer-employee relations. The guide is designed to help you, the employer, counteract undue union pressure and manage healthcare benefits under ObamaCare. This guide will also equip Gringo readers with essential information that they can share with “friends” that are seeking help, hope, and ways […]

NFL Above the Law: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly “Double Jeopardy Clause” Needed in Collective Bargaining Agreements to Protect Employee Rights

The National Football League (“NFL”) is experiencing a plague of bad publicity due to the NFL’s star football players’ involvement in criminal matters. The players have engaged in activities ranging from domestic violence to child abuse and in some cases, even homicide. The inaction from the NFL to regulate the behavior of these public figures has led to criticism from domestic violence organizations, women’s rights organizations, and child abuse advocates. However, the opposite end of […]

Latinos and the Criminal Justice System: Overcoming the Racial Stigma From Trial to Incarceration

According to the National Council of La Raza “NCLR”, Latinos in the United States face discrimination and overrepresentation in every step of the criminal justice system, from arrest to incarceration.1 “Tough on crime” policies enacted since the 1970’s for the purpose of reducing violent crimes and promoting efficiency in the criminal justice system, have failed to ensure fairness for minorities.2 As a result of this neglect, Latinos receive disparate treatment throughout the criminal justice system. […]