May 30 roundup

  • “Leave your 13-year-old home alone? Police can take her into custody under Illinois law” [Jeffrey Schwab, Illinois Policy]
  • So many stars to sue: Huang v. leading Hollywood names [Kevin Underhill, Lowering the Bar]
  • Morgan Spurlock’s claim in 2004’s Super Size Me of eating only McDonald’s food for a month and coming out as a physical wreck with liver damage was one that later researchers failed to replicate; now confessional memoir sheds further doubt on baseline assertions essential to the famous documentary [Phelim McAleer, WSJ]
  • If you’ve seen those “1500 missing immigrant kids” stories — and especially if you’ve helped spread them — you might want to check out some of these threads and links [Josie Duffy Rice, Dara Lind, Rich Lowry]
  • “Antitrust Enforcement by State Attorney Generals,” Federalist Society podcast with Adam Biegel, Vic Domen, Jennifer Thomson, Jeffrey Oliver, and Ian Conner]
  • “The lopsided House vote for treating assaults on cops as federal crimes is a bipartisan portrait in cowardice.” [Jacob Sullum, more, Scott Greenfield, earlier on hate crimes model for “Protect and Serve Act”]


  • With respect to the “kids at the border” issue—our laws cannot be held hostage to people just showing up with their children.

    • Saying that it’s wrong and abusive for ICE to separate minors from their parents (when parents and minors are taken into custody together) and hold them in separate locations is not holding our laws hostage to anything or anyone. No one is saying that they should just be released.

      Minors who show up at the border without an adult relative (and from what I’ve read, many of the 1500 kids that are missing fall into this category) are a different matter.

      • In general, of course, citizens who commit crimes are separated from their children.

        • True, but in such cases, the children are generally not in government custody at all, and are certainly not in custody for the same reasons as the parents. The government also doesn’t, as normal procedure, actively prevent contact between adult citizens in custody and their minor children.

  • I for one look forward to holding children in an adult detention facility while awaiting deportation hearings. Why, what EVER could go wrong with that? Or are we to create little family pods, totally separate from any other detainees?

    I read an article the other day in re what Hungary apparently does. Their border fence is set back 100 yards from the actual border. The illegal immigrants are released into that strip between the fence and the actual border. They haven’t been “deported”, therefore, no hearing required. Hmmmmmmmm……

    • “Or are we to create little family pods, totally separate from any other detainees?”

      From the stories that I have read on this issue, Adult couples and even larger family groups are being kept together, only the minor children are being segregated. That would means that ICE already has some form of family housing in its detention facilities.