Tag Archives: Constitutional Law

The Unconstitutionality of Trump’s Executive Order to End Birthright Citizenship

ANGEL SANCHEZ—Who are “All persons born…in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof”? The answer governs who is constitutionally entitled to birthright citizenship. The Citizenship Clause provides that: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein […]

SCOTUS Answers the Call to Hear Cases on Warrantless Searches of Cellphones

BY DANA TURJMAN — On January 17, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review two cases challenging law enforcement’s authority to conduct a warrantless search of an arrestee’s cell phone. The petitioners in the cases, United States v. Wurie and Riley v. California, argued that their Fourth Amendment rights were violated when police […]

New Year, No Drug Tests for TANF Applicants–For Good

BY KATHERINE CLEMENTE– Just as 2013 drew to a close, a federal judge struck down Florida’s welfare drug testing law. Judge Mary Scriven of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida held that the law was an unconstitutional violation of the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable government searches. The law required […]

Chalk Wars: The Continuing Struggle for Expression

BY TREY DAHL — “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Since the Occupy Wall Street movement […]