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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Temporary Protected Status: Current Immigration Policy and Issues

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Immigration/Migration,Syria,Weather/Disasters

Describes what conditions allow for temporary protected status for foreign nationals in the U.S., how many foreign nationals are currently receiving such status, and the specific concerns related to six countries including Syria. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, August 2015

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

Predicts the so-called debt ceiling will be reached between mid-November and early December and the federal government would not be able to fully pay its obligations.  Explains the background to the current situation, what makes up the debt subject to limit, what extraordinary measures can be taken, and what happens when they run out.  From the Congressional Budget Office


The Internal Revenue Service’s Processing of 501C3 and 501C4 Applications for Tax-Exempt Status Submitted by “Political Advocacy” Organizations From 2010-2013

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Taxes

Results of the investigation into alleged mismanagement by the Internal Revenue Service in weighing claims for tax-exempt status by political advocacy organizations claiming to be social welfare organizations.  From the Senate Finance Committee


Interior Department Issues Final Determination for Two Federal Acknowledgment Petitioners

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Headlines,Native Americans,Virginia Issues

Press release on federal recognition for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Southeastern Virginia.  From the Bureau of Indian Affairs


Combating Terrorism: Foreign Terrorist Organization Designation Process and U.S. Agency Enforcement Actions

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Terrorism

Examines the process for designating FTOs, the extent to which the State Department considers input from other agencies during the designation process, and the consequences that U.S. agencies impose as a result of an FTO designation.  From the Government Accountability Office


Zivotofsky v. Kerry

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Headlines,Israel,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Supreme Court decision that focuses on federal separation of powers issues.  The case concerns whether an American, born in Jerusalem, could declare Israeli citizenship on the strength of a law passed by Congress in defiance of foreign policy on the status of Jerusalem established by the State Department.  The divided court found the law unconstitutional.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Immigration/Migration,Labor/Employment,Language,Presidency

Report of a presidential task force on a federal plan to improve existing pathways to naturalization, protect new American workers, expand opportunities for linguistic education, and generally strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration infrastructure.  From the White House Task Force on New Americans


Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Congress,Foreign Trade/Investment,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Treaties

Explains the basics of trade promotion authority, formerly called fast track, that lays out U.S. trade negotiating objectives, procedures for congressional-executive notification, and expedited legislative procedures under which such bills are considered.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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