US Will Appeal Order Barring Expulsions of Migrant Children

The U.S. government on Wednesday appealed a judge’s order barring the expulsions of immigrant children who crossed the border alone, a policy enacted during the coronavirus pandemic to deny the children asylum protections.

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Virtual Learning & Visas

A federal court in California ruled against 16 first-year international student-athletes, admitted to study and play sports at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, who sought an injunction against the U.S. government’s orders prohibiting them from entering and remaining in the country because their academic courses are not currently offered in-person due to the pandemic.

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Voice of America

A federal court in Washington temporarily enjoined Agency for Global Media chief executive Michael Pack from influencing personnel actions against journalists or editors at Voice of America. Pack, who is accused in the lawsuit of interfering with coverage that doesn’t align with the political interests of President Donald Trump, is also enjoined from attempting to influence content and investigating “purported breaches of journalistic ethics.”

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Emergency Hunts

A federal court in Alaska denied the state’s motion for a preliminary injunction to prohibit the opening of hunts in remote communities in the state to address Covid-19-related food shortages. The state claims the Federal Subsistence Board violated the Open Meetings Act and other statutes by delegating authority to local land managers to open emergency hunts.

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Absentee Ballots

The Seventh Circuit stayed an injunction that had required Indiana to count all absentee ballots received by Nov. 13, finding the state’s law requiring all ballots to be received by noon on Election Day is “rational.” The circuit court added that the Supreme Court “insists the federal judges not change electoral rules close to an election.”

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