U.S., EU Officials Discuss Laptop Ban

Homeland Security (DHS) officials met with their European Union counterparts in Brussels earlier this week to discuss security concerns and a controversial U.S. proposal to ban laptops and other electronics from U.S.-bound flights. DHS and the European Commission issued a joint statement afterwards indicating that they have “reaffirmed their commitment to working closely together” and… Read more »

Ninth Circuit Hears Travel Ban Appeal

President Trump’s proposed travel ban was back in the legal spotlight this week, as a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit weighed arguments from lawyers on both sides of the issue. Trump’s travel ban has been frozen by two courts, with those challenging the order arguing that it is… Read more »

ASAE Submits Comments on ‘Extreme Vetting’

ASAE submitted comments this week on the Trump administration’s proposed tougher scrutiny of foreign nationals seeking visas to travel to the United States. ASAE characterized the proposed tougher questioning of visa applicants – which includes reviewing 15 years of biographical information and social media usage – as “invasive and extreme.” “ASAE is strongly supportive of… Read more »

Appeals Court Hears Travel Ban Arguments

The legality of President Trump’s revised travel ban was debated this week by a federal appeals court in Richmond, VA. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals heard a challenge May 8 to a Maryland judge’s decision to suspend a revised version of Trump’s executive order which would block travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from entering… Read more »

Trump Relaxes 501(c)(3) Political Activity Rules

President Trump signed an executive order this morning that eases restrictions on political activity by churches, charities and other 501(c)(3) groups. Marking the National Day of Prayer, Trump’s executive order attempts to neutralize the Johnson Amendment, named for Lyndon Johnson who introduced it in the Senate in 1954. The measure prevents churches and charitable organizations… Read more »