Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Harvard’s Sunstein Joins Biden’s DHS to Shape Immigration Rules

Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein, one of the leading legal scholars of his generation, is returning to Washington D.C.  His return to the Capitol is not surprising.  But the focus of his new post on immigration is somewhat of a surprise.

Bloomberg reports that Sunstein has 

"joined the Department of Homeland Security, where President Joe Biden is moving rapidly to roll back Donald Trump’s immigration policy priorities.

Sunstein is a senior counselor who will be responsible for making sure that the rules put forward by the department and its agencies are based on evidence and consistent with the law, an administration official said.

Sunstein . . .  was administrator of President Barack Obama’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009 to 2012. His work with Biden goes back three decades to when Biden was the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Commission and Sunstein weighed in on judicial nominations and constitutional interpretation.

Biden is unwinding Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policies that advocacy groups denounced as too restrictive, unfair and cruel. The president is also pushing for Congress to pass a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system."


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