Deep Dive (Oct. 19): Vaccine Mandates See Growing Pushback

The U.S. exit from Afghanistan is coming under scrutiny. The State Department’s watchdog organization is conducting a review. The probe will reportedly include reviews of the embassy’s emergency action planning, execution of the Afghanistan Special Immigrant Visa program, and the evacuation from Kabul. The exodus earlier this year was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats as being too rushed. A spokesman for the Office of Inspector General says the work should be considered as reviews and not investigations.

Facebook is set to pay $15 million in civil penalties in settlement with the DOJ over claims of alleged discrimination against U.S. workers. The money will go to U.S. citizens allegedly denied the chance for employment because Facebook reserved jobs for temporary visa holders. The company reserved those jobs through a labor certification program. It was also accused of using recruitment methods to deter U.S. workers from applying to certain positions.

The Supreme Court sides with police officers in two qualified immunity cases. This comes as the debate over vaccine mandates in police departments continues across the country. In both cases, the Justices overturned lower court decisions that went against the officers. Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine that shields law enforcement from liability for constitutional violations. Plaintiffs had argued that officers used excessive force.

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