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 0 Comments

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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What Is Driving Children to Leave Central America?

What Is Driving Children to Leave Central America?

Written by on February 20, 2015 in Children with 1 Comment

The children who leave behind their homes in Central America and Mexico and undergo the dangerous and sometime fatal journey into the United States are not doing so on a whim. Most are fleeing conditions that are life threatening: violence committed by gangs that act with impunity, violence committed within the home (including physical abuse […]

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Report Shows Deported Parents Will Return to Kids in U.S., Risking Harsh Penalties

Report Shows Deported Parents Will Return to Kids in U.S., Risking Harsh Penalties

Written by on February 19, 2015 in Deportation, Family with 1 Comment

President Obama last November announced executive action to temporarily defer deportations for potentially 3.7 million unauthorized immigrant parents of children with U.S. citizenship or green cards, so as to focus enforcement resources on public safety threats and others. A new study by the University of California-Davis Center for Poverty Research provides further support for the […]

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Advocates Undeterred by Temporary Block on President’s Immigration Action

Advocates Undeterred by Temporary Block on President’s Immigration Action

Written by on February 18, 2015 in Executive Action with 0 Comments

Wednesday was supposed to be the day that qualified undocumented immigrants began to apply for temporary deportation relief through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ (DACA) expanded requirements. President Obama announced the expansion in his November executive actions, but late Monday night, a federal district court judge issued a “preliminary injunction” that temporarily blocked the implementation […]

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Five Things to Know About the Texas Court Decision on Immigration Action

Five Things to Know About the Texas Court Decision on Immigration Action

Written by on February 17, 2015 in Courts, Executive Action with 4 Comments

Late last night, Judge Andrew S. Hanen, a federal district court judge, issued a decision in the lawsuit brought by Texas and 25 other states challenging President Obama’s new deferred action initiatives. In his decision, he issued a “preliminary injunction,” meaning that he temporarily blocked the implementation of the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]

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