Neighborhood Mosque

A city in Michigan properly negotiated a consent decree to permit the construction of a mosque in a residential neighborhood, the Sixth Circuit ruled. Citizens’ First Amendment rights were not violated when the mayor cut off public comments that were irrelevant to zoning considerations, such as commenters’ preference not to “live near Muslims.”

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‘Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor … Europeans,’ Trump Official Says

A top Trump administration official says the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants to the country is about “people coming from Europe” and that America is looking to receive immigrants “who can stand on their own two feet.”

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Harvard Dodges Discrimination Suit

A federal court in Massachusetts dismissed race discrimination claims against the Harvard Law Review Association and Harvard Law school. Two nonprofit groups alleged that the law review used “race and sex preferences” when selecting student members of the association, choosing articles and hiring law school faculty.

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Driver’s License Denials

A federal court in Ohio ruled that a class of minor drivers who were denied licenses due to the citizenship status of their parents have a viable claim for equal protection violations against the Bureau of Motor Vehicle, finding that the disputed policy is discriminatory and does nothing to serve that state’s interest in protecting the public. 

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