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Judge: Airplane deporting asylum-seekers must be ‘turned around’

August 13, 2018

On August 9, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan of the District of Columbia heard about something that the Trump administration had just done that clearly angered him: The government, he learned, had deported an immigrant mother and daughter who were plaintiffs in a lawsuit that the judge had been hearing over asylum restrictions, NBC News reported.

Judge Sullivan was presiding over a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Gender and Refugee Studies on August 7. Earlier, he had been assured by the government in open court that no plaintiffs in the suit would be deported before midnight on August 10.

The ACLU said in a statement on its website, “Judge Sullivan was outraged, saying ‘it was unacceptable’ that someone who had alleged a credible fear and was ‘seeking justice in a U.S. court’ would be ‘spirited away’ while her attorneys were literally arguing on her behalf.”

So the judge took action: He demanded that the administration turn around the airplane carrying the plaintiffs to Central America and bring them back to the United States. And he ordered the government to stop removing plaintiffs in the case from the country who are seeking protection from gang and domestic violence.

What’s more, the jurist did something else out of the ordinary: He stated that if the government did not comply, “Attorney General Jefferson Sessions, III; Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director Lee Francis Cissna; and Executive Office of Immigration Review Director James McHenry, preferably accompanied by their attorneys, shall be ORDERED to appear in Court to SHOW CAUSE why they should not be held in CONTEMPT OF COURT … ”

The plaintiffs on the plane are identified in the lawsuit as Carmen and her minor daughter J.A.C.F., although Carmen is a pseudonym, an attorney told NBC.

The plane was not able to turn around en route, but a Department of Homeland Security official told NBC News that the mother and daughter did not disembark in El Salvador Thursday evening and were being brought back to the United States.

“Carmen and her daughter are right now somewhere in the air between Texas and El Salvador,” ACLU’s lead attorney in the case, Jennifer Chang Newell, told NBC News just after the hearing.

If the ACLU succeeds in the lawsuit, the asylum restrictions ordered by Sessions could be deemed unlawful.

The ACLU commented, “What happened to Carmen embodies exactly why the stay [of such deportations] is necessary: This administration has shown time and time again that in its rush to deport as many immigrants as possible, they will flout the law and callously put the most vulnerable people’s lives in danger.”

Fifty percent of voters polled recently by Quinnipiac University said they thought the administration is too aggressive in carrying out deportations, while 33% said it is acting in an appropriate manner.

Research contact: @ACLU

Cuomo leads Nixon by double digits heading toward NYS primaries

May 11, 2018

Fifty percent of registered New York State Democrats said they would back incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo for a third term in Albany, while 28% said they would support actress and educational activist Cynthia Nixon, in a poll released on May 2 by Quinnipiac  University. The two will face each other in the primaries on September 13.

Cuomo first was voted into office in 2010, with 63% of the vote; in 2014, he was elected to a second term, with a 54% majority. His father, Mario. served as the 52nd governor of New York State from 1983 to 1994.

The race has become closer in recent weeks, as the Sex and the City cast member—a well-known mover and shaker in both New York political and LGBT circles—jokes “Vote for the Homo, Not Cuomo.” That’s a clear gibe against the current governor: When Ed Koch made his successful bid for New York City mayor against Mario Cuomo in 1977, posters appeared around the Big Apple with the slogan, “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo.”

Indeed, a mid-April Siena College poll found Cuomo leading Nixon by 31 points, 58% to 27%, among registered Democrats. Although Cuomo still holds a 22-point lead, that’s substantially down from his 47-point lead when she announced her run in mid-March.

In addition to education and  gay rights, Nixon is running on a platform that supports an improved MTA system in New York City, as well as substantial investments in lower-income housing and public schools.

Research contact: peter.brown@quinnipiac.edu

Most voters don’t back death penalty for drug dealers

March 26, 2018

At an event in Manchester, New Hampshire, on March 19 President Donald Trump unveiled a multi-step anti-opioid proposal that would include harsher penalties for drug dealing and trafficking, including capital punishment for some offenses.

“If we don’t get tough on the drug dealers, we’re wasting our time,” Trump told the crowd, some of whom shouted “Yes!” in response to his statement, NBC News reported. “That toughness includes the death penalty.”

However, in a follow-up poll of 1,291 registered voters conducted by Quinnipiac University, Americans opposed  imposing the death penalty on drug dealers whose sales ultimately cause overdoses by a plurality of  71% versus 21%—including 57% to 35%  opposition among Republicans

Voters said, 75% versus 20%, that this use of the death penalty would not help stop the opioid crisis.

In a simple question, American voters support the death penalty (58% to 33%) for persons convicted of murder, according to Quinnipiac. But when offered a choice between the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole, American voters choose the life option, 51% to 37%—the first time a majority of voters has backed the life without parole option since the independent Quinnipiac University Poll first asked this question in 2004.

But voters say ( 64% to 31%)  that the death penalty should not be abolished nationwide. Democrats are divided—as 47% want to abolish the death penalty and 46% don’t want to see it nullified Every other listed party, gender, education, age and racial group is opposed to abolishing the death penalty.

“It’s a mixed message on a question that has moral and religious implications. Voters are perhaps saying, ‘Keep the death penalty, but just don’t use it,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“Despite what President Donald Trump says, neither Democrats nor Republicans have the stomach for executing drug dealers,” Malloy added.

Research contact: timothy.malloy@quinnipiac.edu

Will Trump’s fitness be revealed by medical exam on Friday?

January 9, 2018

Only 40% of registered U.S. voters think that Trump is fit to be president, while 57% think he is not, based on findings of a poll by Quinnipiac University released in mid-November. But what will the doctors say on Friday when the POTUS gets his first physical exam since taking office?

Like all Americans, Trump has the right under HIPPA to protect his health information from public disclosure. However, the White House has promised that the physician to the president, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, will issue a public report on the exam, to be conducted at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

The question of Trump’s mental and physical capabilities has come under increased, critical scrutiny since the release this month of  a book on the president’s first few months in the Oval Office by Michael Wolff. Indeed, White House top staff is quoted in Fire and Fury, citing incidents that indicate that the POTUS may not be mentally fit.

Trump hit back against the claims on January 9, describing himself as a “very stable genius.”  He then dispersed “an army of surrogates,” according to Bloomberg, “to forcefully denounce the book” on the Sunday morning political talk shows.

What’s more, the results that are offered to the American electorate may not provide much insight: Presidential medical reports are often short and to the point, featuring only such basic metrics as cholesterol levels, weight, and blood pressure, Bloomberg reports, as well as a smattering of idiosyncracies. After George W. Bush’s first physical exam, his physician said he smoked cigars and jogged 12 miles a week.

Most would guess that the president’s cholesterol could be off the charts, due to his affinity for the McDonald’s menu, including shakes, Big Macs and Filets-O-Fish.

Art Caplan, a professor of Bioethics at New York University told Bloomberg that the only way in which Jackson could legally and ethically release information about Trump’s mental state without the president’s consent is if he determined Trump posed a direct, imminent threat to another person, but that is an extremely difficult standard to meet.

“The standard is so tough to meet in a physical, I can’t imagine that happening,” Caplan said.

Research contact: @spettypi

60% of voters think Mueller probe is ‘fair’

November 20, 2017

A majority of voters who participated in a Quinnipiac University poll released on November 15 said they believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a “fair” investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Sixty percent of the 1,577 adult voters questioned said that Mueller is running an impartial investigation into the alleged connections; while 27%—close to the number of President Trump’s loyal base—said they did not think his investigation was evenhanded.

There were divides along party lines, with 76% of Democrats and 41% of Republicans calling the investigation fair.

Voters were almost evenly divided on whether President Trump should be impeached and removed from office if he fires Mueller, with 47 percent saying the president should be removed and 46 percent saying he should not.

The poll comes as Mueller’s investigation appears to be intensifying, The Hill reports.

Indeed, late last month the Special Counsel let it be known that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, as well as Manafort’s business associate, Richard Gates, would be charged with conspiracy against the United States and money laundering.

What’s more, the Special Counsel’s office revealed that former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty earlier in the year to lying to FBI investigators about his contact with Russians during the campaign. Many people think that Mueller has “turned” Papadopoulos, who may be talking about his campaign experiences in order to escape prosecution.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted from November 7 through November 13 by telephone.

Research contact: (203-582-5201)