Ryan J. Farrick

Ryan Farrick is a freelance writer and small business advertising consultant based out of mid-Michigan. Passionate about international politics and world affairs, he’s an avid traveler with a keen interest in the connections between South Asia and the United States. Ryan studied neuroscience and has spent the last several years working as an operations manager in transportation logistics.

Trump Defends Pardon of Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Donald Trump defended his pardon of the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. Speaking at a joint press conference with Finnish Prime Minister Sauli Niinisto on Monday, President Trump called Arpaio a “patriot” and said he’d been treated unfairly by the press. While discussing the commutation, its consequences and its controversy, the

Donald Trump’s Comments on Hurricane Harvey Raise Eyebrows

President Donald Trump is treading perilous waters as he prepares to visit victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Political commentators from around the Internet and press are watching the commander-in-chief’s every move as he steers recovery efforts in the wake of a massive natural disaster. Analysts at The Hill and Politico suggested that the

9th Circuit Court of Appeals Skeptical of Travel Ban Arguments as Hearing Begins

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals began debate on Monday over the interpretation of Donald Trump’s executive travel ban, expressing skepticism on the administration’s efforts to construe grandparents and cousins as anything other than close relatives. A series of Supreme Court directives in June and July allowed certain parts of the travel ban to take

Immigration Activists in Texas Prepare to Protest SB4 and Possible DACA Repeal

Immigration activists in Texas are preparing to protest state laws geared toward outlawing sanctuary cities and cutting back protections for undocumented aliens. Among the chief concerns of activist groups and immigrants alike is the possible termination of a program started under former President Barack Obama. Commonly referred to by its acronym, the Deferred Action for

Travel Ban Returns to Court on Monday

President Donald Trump’s travel ban is due back in court on Monday, six weeks before the Supreme Court is scheduled to take on the controversial case. Politico.com reports that arguments are set to center around certain part of the ban’s enforceability. While the Supreme Court hasn’t yet offered any definitive ruling on the executive order’s

Donald Trump Pardons Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Two days ago, Donald Trump announced he was granting a pardon to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The octogenarian ex-lawman had been found guilty of criminal contempt of court. Arpaio was supposed to be sentenced during an October hearing and could have faced a term of up to six months in jail. Speaking a

Suspect in Last Week’s Terror Attack in Barcelona Released

One of the suspects detained in connection to last week’s terror attack in Barcelona has been released by Spanish police. Saleh El Karib was let loose from detention after being held and interrogated by Catalonia law enforcement for several days. The Moroccan-origin man was originally picked up by police due to his relations to two