President Trump claims that the Covid-19 pandemic justifies “the most sweeping ban on immigration” in all of United States history. Really?
Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Law Professor Ilya Somin, of George Mason University, to discuss immigration, specifically the recent decision by the Trump administration to enact possibly the most sweeping immigration ban in American history.
On June 22nd, President Trump extended a near-total ban -- first announced in April as a temporary ban -- on entry into the U.S. by immigrants seeking “green cards” for permanent residency. In today’s episode, Ilya and Aaron delve into this decision, with Professor Somin claiming the President’s move is political and not rationally based on the pandemic. Ilya argues that President Trump’s executive action is a more sweeping ban on immigration that ever seen before, broader than steps taken during the Great Depression, during both World Wars, or during the and the flu pandemic of 1918-19. What were the President’s true motives? Why does this radical immigration ban actually harm rather than help the economy, in addition to hurting so many individuals and their families?
A graduate of Yale Law, Professor Somin’s areas of expertise are in Constitutional Law, Eminent Domain, Federalism, Political Participation/Political Knowledge and Property Rights and his research focuses on Constitutional Law, Property Law, Democratic Theory, Federalism, and Migration Rights. A successful author, Illya’s most recent book is Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom. His work has also appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Critical Review, and others. Professor Somin has published articles in a variety of popular press outlets, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Room for Debate Website, CNN, The Atlantic, and more. Professor Somin’s writings have been cited in decisions by the United States Supreme Court, multiple state supreme courts and lower federal Courts, and the Supreme Court of Israel.
Just how dangerous are Trump’s Immigration bans? Listen now!
To learn more about Ilya, please visit his bio page here.
To check out Professor Somin’s most recent book, Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom, please click here.
To read the Forbes piece Aaron and Ilya discussed, please click here.
To check out Professor Somin’s Atlantic articles, please visit his archive here.
Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Ilya Somin
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