Supreme Court Protects Naturalization Process and Americans with Disabilities May Not Be Benefitting from Recovery
June 23, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that lying during a naturalization interview is not evidence enough to revoke said citizenship later in life. Trump is planning on pushing for stricter protections for the domestic steel industry in the name of national security. The labor market continues to tighten, although more indicators are showing that those benefits might not be reaching Americans with disabilities.
- Protecting U.S. steel manufacturing could damage economy. The Commerce Department and U.S. Trade Representative’s office is advocating the White House’s plan to impose restrictions on the use of foreign steel. The Administration wants to impose those tariffs unilaterally, using a national security justification that many describe as archaic. The restrictions would be the greatest since President George W. Bush’s term. Although many in Congress were sympathetic to President Trump’s economic nationalism when it comes to trade, they are now concerned about potential retaliation for the move. Industries that use large amounts of steel, especially the U.S. automotive industry would be hard hit by the drastic increase in prices. The executive branch seems unmoved by these arguments, saying that because they see steel production as a national security issue, any economic costs are justifiable. [WSJ]
- Supreme Court rules in favor of stronger protections for naturalized citizens. In a case where a Bosnian immigrant lied during her naturalization process, the Supreme Court ruled that those lies could only later lead to a revocation of citizenship if it “sufficiently altered those processes as to have influenced the award of citizenship.” No justices dissented, although Justice Samuel Alito wrote his own opinion and Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas wrote their own, as well. Justice Elena Kagan wrote the majority. [WSJ]
Economic Indicators & News
- The inability to draw back more Americans with disabilities shows the labor market may not be fully healed from the deep recession, despite the unemployment rate falling last month to the lowest level in 16 years. Last year, 301,000 fewer disabled Americans, age 16 to 64, were employed or looking for work than in 2009, the year the recession ended, according to new Labor Department data. Among those without a disability, the labor force grew by 2.6 million since the recession’s last year. The number of disabled Americans working or seeking work increased by 107,000 to 4.9 million in 2016, but the figure remains below the 5.2 million in the workforce in 2009, the first year for which the Labor Department tracked such data. [WSJ]
- The number of Americans applying for first-time unemployment benefits rose last week, though overall numbers remain consistent with steady job gains. Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., rose 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 241,000 in the week ending on June 17. The number of claims drawn by workers for longer than a week—so-called continuing claims—grew 8,000 to 1.94 million in the week ended June 10, marking the third consecutive increase. Data on continuing claims are released with a one-week lag. The persistently low level of layoffs is one sign the labor market is tightening and may be at or near the level that economists consider maximum employment. [WSJ]