Groups Recommend How the White House Could Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Groups Recommend How the White House Could Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners contribute to local economies, often forming the backbone of neighborhoods. As part of his November announcement on immigration executive action, President Obama signed a presidential memorandum that creates a White House Task Force on New Americans to explore ways to strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration. The task force […]

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House Funds Homeland Security Through September

House Funds Homeland Security Through September

The House voted to approve a measure Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September, the rest of the fiscal year. The bill, which originally passed the Senate on Friday, is a “clean” funding bill without any amendments attempting to defund President Obama’s executive actions. The House vote was 257-167, with only Republicans […]

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Potential Presidential Candidates Fail to Offer Immigration Solutions at CPAC

Potential Presidential Candidates Fail to Offer Immigration Solutions at CPAC

Most Americans want immigration reform. President Obama’s executive actions took temporary steps to provide relief for millions of undocumented immigrants who have spent years here, but it is up to Congress to pass legislation that would comprehensively improve the immigration system. According to a February poll from Public Religion Research Institute, nearly three-quarters of Americans […]

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Executive Actions Provides Certain H-4 Spouses Work Authorization

Executive Actions Provides Certain H-4 Spouses Work Authorization

As part of the package of executive actions announced in November 2014, the secretary of Homeland Security directed the immigration agencies to implement new policies and regulations intended to support U.S. high-skilled businesses and workers. Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued the first of these new regulations: effective May 26, 2015, spouses […]

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New Immigration Enforcement Policy Remains In Effect Despite Texas Lawsuit

New Immigration Enforcement Policy Remains In Effect Despite Texas Lawsuit

The political lawsuit challenging the legality of parts of President Obama’s Executive Action should fail for a variety of reasons. But the lawsuit has already succeeded in two respects. First, it won a dubious preliminary injunction from a lower court judge temporarily halting the program while the case proceeds. (Earlier this week, the Obama Administration […]

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President Obama: Being ‘As Aggressive As We Can’ Defending Executive Actions

President Obama: Being ‘As Aggressive As We Can’ Defending Executive Actions

Written by on February 26, 2015 in Executive Action, President Obama with 1 Comment

President Obama said during Wednesday’s town hall in Florida that his administration is being “as aggressive as we can” to defend his executive actions against a legal challenge brought by 26 states. After a federal judge in Texas temporarily halted the President’s deferred action initiatives, the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and […]

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Supreme Court Hears Argument on Whether Government Must Justify Its Visa Denial

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Whether Government Must Justify Its Visa Denial

Written by on February 25, 2015 in Supreme Court, Visas with 1 Comment

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument Monday in a case pitting a U.S. citizen who wants to live in the United States with her foreign national spouse against the U.S. government, which is intent on preventing even a modest level of court review when an immigrant visa is denied. Regardless which side prevails, the […]

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Court Orders DHS to Stop Detaining Mothers and Children to Deter Future Immigration Flow

Court Orders DHS to Stop Detaining Mothers and Children to Deter Future Immigration Flow

Written by on February 24, 2015 in Courts, Department of Homeland Security, Detention, Family with 0 Comments

In June 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began implementing a border security policy of detaining nearly all mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. DHS vastly increased its detention capacity for families to “send the message unequivocally that if you come here you will be turned around.” But last Friday, […]

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Justice Department Files Emergency Stay in Decision Against President Obama’s Executive Actions

Justice Department Files Emergency Stay in Decision Against President Obama’s Executive Actions

The Justice Department on Monday filed an emergency stay asking the federal judge in Texas to lift the temporary hold (preliminary injunction) he issued on President Obama’s executive actions. Texas-based Judge Andrew Hanen issued the injunction against two of the President’s initiatives, namely, the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action […]

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Obama Administration to File Emergency Stay of Texas Decision Blocking New Deferred Action Initiatives

Obama Administration to File Emergency Stay of Texas Decision Blocking New Deferred Action Initiatives

The Obama administration is expected to file an emergency stay to move forward with the President’s executive action initiatives that will offer temporary deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants. Josh Earnest, White House press secretary, said the Department of Justice will file the stay with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals by “Monday at […]

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