NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Proposes Changes to SEQR to Streamline the Process | LAW OF THE LAND

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes to amend the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR, Title 6 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR), Part 617). The principal purpose of the amendments is to streamline the SEQR process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review.

For Prof. Salkin’s analysis and copies of the draft regulations, click here

Read the memos signed by DHS Secretary Kelly on new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants–WaPo

In a pair of memos, John F. Kelly Sworn [sic] offered more detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests.

Read the memos…

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48 Questions the FBI Uses to Determine if Someone Is a Likely Terrorist

Cora CurrierMurtaza Hussain

FOR THE PAST year and a half, the FBI has been using a secret scoring system to judge the likelihood that someone will carry out a violent attack. The survey, called “Indicators of Mobilization to Violence,” assigns points based on factors like religious observance, travel history, financial transactions, and physical appearance.

copy of the survey in a classified FBI document was obtained by The Intercept.

The survey itself consists of 48 questions that agents are supposed to answer about terror suspects as part of an investigation. The document also includes a set of frequently asked questions about the scoring system aimed at agents working counterterrorism investigations.

According to the document, the program was rolled out in the fall of 2015.

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Trump considered Nat Guard for immigration roundups–Associated Press Interactive

The Trump administration weighed a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to this draft memo obtained by the Associated Press.

The full text of the document may be seen by clicking here

Associated Press scored a big scoop Friday morning on a draft memo.

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Internet Archive offers to host PACER for free–fedscoop.com

Samantha Ehlinger

Anybody looking to access federal court records electronically has to slog through a difficult-to-use site that charges 10 cents per pageview, but a prominent nonprofit digital library says it wants to make that information available for free.

The Internet Archive told a House subcommittee this week that it wants to give the public easier access to the documents in the Public Access to Court Electronic Records service, known as PACER.

In a letter sent to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet before a hearing held Tuesday, the Internet Archive said it “would be delighted to archive and host–for free, forever, and without restriction on access to the public–all records contained in PACER.”


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Litigation Documents & Resources Related to Trump Executive Order – Lawfare

By Quinta Jurecic

President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry into the United States by immigrants and refugees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen is facing legal challenges in a number of federal jurisdictions. As of January 29th, less than forty-eight hours after the order was signed, four district courts have ordered for removals of immigrants and refugees trapped in airports to be stayed. The State of California and the State of Washington have also filed suit against the federal government.

Below is a roundup of the documents in ongoing litigation related to the executive order. We will update this post as further information comes in.

Read more and click here for documents…

Petition for writ of habeas corpus on behalf of Iraqi refugees detained at JFK airport–WaPo

A court filing seeking habeas corpus relief for two Iraqis who were detained at New York’s JFK airport following President Trump’s executive order to halt refugee admissions into the U.S.

See full text of petition here…

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