Monday, April 7, 2008

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at Yale tonight

By Katie Odland
and Victor Zapana
Special to the Register

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, co-author of the U.S. Patriot Act and fierce opponent of illegal immigrant amnesty, will speak at the Yale Law School about “threats” to the United States today.
Chertoff will a give a public speech entitled “Confronting the Threats to Our Homeland.” The speech is the keynote for the first annual Heyman Federal Public Service Colloquium, an event that will held earlier today.
The talk begins at 4:30 p.m. in Room 127 at Yale Law School, 127 Wall St.
The speech is the highlight event for the Yale Law School’s Heyman Federal Public Service Fellowship Program this year. The program, which started in 2006, allows for law students to work “closely” with “high-level” federal government officials, according to a prepared statement on the address.
Law school officials said they are excited about Chertoff’s visit.
“We are very pleased that Secretary Chertoff is able to take time from his schedule,” law school spokeswoman Janet Conroy said in an email.
Conroy said the Yale Law School was able to catch Chertoff because he is a mentor to Andrew DeFilippis, one of the students in the Heyman program.
Chertoff has led the Department of Homeland Security since February 2005. As secretary, he improved communication between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and municipal governments, Yale officials said.
But despite Chertoff’s achievements, he might encounter some resistance.
In 2006, members of the Yale Law School American Constitution Society, a student civil liberties organization, sued Homeland Security officials twice, first over an ignored Freedom of Information Act request on Operation Front Line — a Homeland Security initiative aimed at targeting illegal immigrants — and later for a violation of civil rights during Danbury immigration raids, which led to the detainment of 11 Latino residents accused by the government of being illegal immigrants. Law professor Michael Wishnie led both suits.
Wishnie and other members of the organization could not be reached for comment Friday.
Chertoff also has been criticized by national civil liberties organizations for his work on the Patriot Act — a bill that expanded the powers of federal enforcement officials, which the organizations say encroach on personal freedoms — and his role in constructing a 700-foot-long wall along the Mexican border in order to help prevent illegal immigration.
Repeated messages with the Office of Public Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security were not returned Friday afternoon.

1 comment:

JRC BITES said...

The New York Stock Exchange is giving JRC the boot!

NEW YORK (AP) -- NYSE Regulation Inc. said Friday shares of publisher Journal Register Co. do not meet the Big Board's continued listing standards, and it will suspend trading of the stock before April 16.
Journal Register shares closed Friday at 26 cents and have closed below $1 over 30 consecutive trading days, violating one of the exchange's continued listing criteria.

NYSE Regulation also said the "abnormally low" price of Journal Register's stock makes it "appropriate" to suspend the stock before giving the company time to bring shares within compliance.

The Yardley, Pa., publisher has a market capitalization of roughly $11 million based on Friday's closing price. The stock has traded between 16 cents and $6.48 over the past 52 weeks.

Journal Register, which publishes daily newspapers and non-daily publications, said earlier in the week it hired Lazard Freres as its financial adviser to help it evaluate strategic options.

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