It’s Official: Fewer Persecuted Christians Find Refuge in America Under Trump | News & Reporting | Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/july/fewer-persecuted-christians-us-trump-refugee-limit-50000.html

14,000 fewer Christian refugees will arrive in the United States this fiscal year, as President Donald Trump’s policies lead to the fewest resettlements in a decade.

Today, resettlement agencies hit Trump’s new ceiling of 50,000 refugees, three months before the end of the federal government’s fiscal year on September 30. And as CT predicted, persecuted Christians fell far short of last year’s intake.

“At this point, World Relief expects that the only additional arriving cases after today will be individuals who have a close family member already in the US,”

Symposium: Could this be the end of plenary power? – SCOTUSblog

http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/07/symposium-end-plenary-power/

plenary-power doctrine was born in 1889, in Chae Chan Ping v. United States, usually referred to as the Chinese Exclusion Case. The case involved a law remarkably similar to the first executive order in the current travel-ban litigation. That executive order denied admission into the United States to all nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries, including even long-term U.S. immigrants who had left the country under a legal regime that allowed them to return easily. Similarly, the Scott Act challenged in the Chinese Exclusion Case ramped up the discrimination of the Chinese Exclusion Act by disallowing not just new Chinese immigration but return to the United States of prior immigrants who had left with a promise that they would be readmitted.

Measure to Weaken Johnson Amendment Moves Forward – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/07/14/measure-weaken-johnson-amendment-moves-forward/

There are many problems bedeviling our country, but unleashing partisan politics into our houses of worship will not solve any of them. For charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations that work every day to solve problems in their communities, nonpartisanship is not merely a concept; it is a way of life. That way of life came under direct assault today when the House Appropriations Committee voted to keep an unconstitutional and unworkable provision (Section 116) in the Financial Services appropriations bill.

He continued:

The Johnson Amendment has never stopped a discussion of the issues of the day. Rather, it has been a vital protection for nonprofit missions, religious and otherwise, for more than 60 years. Being able to point to current law when saying “no” to politicians and their operatives

NYTimes: In Clash Over Health Bill, a Growing Fear of ‘Junk Insurance’

In Clash Over Health Bill, a Growing Fear of ‘Junk Insurance’ https://nyti.ms/2ulsZWd

State insurance regulators say the proposal harks back to the days when insurance companies, even household names like Aetna and Blue Cross, sold policies so skimpy they could hardly be called coverage at all. Derided as “junk insurance,” the plans had very low premiums but often came with five-figure deductibles. Many failed to pay for medical care that is now deemed essential.

Guidelines for Temporary Travel Ban Predictably a Chaotic Overreach – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/06/30/guidelines-temporary-travel-ban-emerge-expected-lack-cohesive-rationales/

being filed by the state of Hawaii overnight, alleging that the implementation of the SCOTUS order violates and overreaches on its intentions.

One of the areas left unclear in the Supreme Court’s court directive lifting lower court stays affecting the order, for instance, was the definition of “close family.” As reported in the Washington Post, “The administration’s new rules do not allow grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, cousins, and fiancés. They do allow sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, and stepchildren.” As it happens, the ban on affianced persons was lifted right before the ban went into effect last night, providing little confidence in the clarity of the rationales behind the rules.

The administration also announced that even with existing agreements in place with refugee resettlement agencies, refugees will not be allowed to enter the country without a close family member in the U.S.