Patrick Taurel

Patrick Taurel is a Legal Fellow with the American Immigration Council. His current work focuses on the fair implementation of prosecutorial discretion programs including DACA and challenging abusive CBP practices through litigation and advocacy. He was previously the Council’s DACA Legal Services Fellow. Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Taurel was an associate attorney with Andrade Law Office in Boise, Idaho, where he represented noncitizens before USCIS, EOIR, federal courts, and U.S. consulates abroad. He graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2010 and he received his B.A. in Philosophy from Brown University in 2004.

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3 Years In, It’s Increasingly Clear That DACA Benefits All of Us

Written by on June 15, 2015 in Deferred Action with 0 Comments
3 Years In, It’s Increasingly Clear That DACA Benefits All of Us

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Obama’s deportation deferral program for DREAMers–undocumented young people brought to the United States as children–is celebrating its third birthday today. Three years in, we know that DACA is benefiting the individuals who receive it, and a growing pool of evidence suggests what many have anticipated since the program’s […]

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Why DAPA Applications Were Not Accepted by USCIS Today

Written by on May 19, 2015 in Executive Action with 1 Comment
Why DAPA Applications Were Not Accepted by USCIS Today

Today should have been the day when millions of undocumented moms and dads of U.S. citizens could have claimed their chance to work legally and live in dignity in the United States, alleviated, at long last, from vulnerability to exploitation and the constant threat of deportation and family separation. What you should have seen when […]

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Arpaio Faces Skeptical Judges In Lawsuit Challenging Obama’s Immigration Action

Written by on May 5, 2015 in Courts, Executive Action with 0 Comments
Arpaio Faces Skeptical Judges In Lawsuit Challenging Obama’s Immigration Action

It is unsurprising that the press is paying close attention to Texas v. United States, the case filed by Texas and a number of other states challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  After all, that lawsuit has resulted in a widely-criticized order temporarily blocking millions of undocumented immigrants – specifically, certain parents of U.S. […]

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The Court Decision on Deferred Action Everyone Should Be Talking About

Written by on April 8, 2015 in Courts, Deferred Action, Executive Action with 9 Comments
The Court Decision on Deferred Action Everyone Should Be Talking About

Yesterday, in Crane v. Johnson, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (the same court deciding whether or not to keep in place the preliminary injunction blocking the President’s executive actions) unanimously dismissed a lawsuit challenging the original 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The court held that the plaintiffs in the case–the State […]

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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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Five Things to Know About Deportation Relief for Some Immigrant Parents

Written by on December 22, 2014 in Administration, Deferred Action, Family with 1 Comment
Five Things to Know About Deportation Relief for Some Immigrant Parents

The most impactful component of President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action will be the creation of a new program designed to offer deportation reprieves and work authorization to undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders who pass a background check and meet other requirements. Here are five things you need to know about […]

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District Court Decides Some TPS Beneficiaries May Finally Become Lawful Permanent Residents

Written by on June 13, 2014 in Courts with 3 Comments
District Court Decides Some TPS Beneficiaries May Finally Become Lawful Permanent Residents

When a massive earthquake leveled much of Haiti, and when civil war broke out in Syria, the U.S. government did not blindly send Haitians and Syrians home to near-certain death. Instead, the government did the humane thing and offered safe haven to nationals of those countries who were here when disaster struck. Though rare, this […]

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The DACA Renewal Process: Everything You Need to Know

The DACA Renewal Process: Everything You Need to Know

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the renewal process for hundreds of thousands of young noncitizens who received a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Renewal of DACA ensures current DACA holders will continue to be safe from deportation for another two year period.  In addition, they will continue to have […]

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New Data Show More Than Half a Million Immigrants Granted DACA

Written by on May 15, 2014 in Deferred Action, USCIS with 2 Comments
New Data Show More Than Half a Million Immigrants Granted DACA

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) statistics on Thursday, revealing that over 550,000 individuals have now been granted DACA. The data, which is current through March 2014, indicate that USCIS has accepted nearly 650,000 requests. Over the past six months, the agency has accepted roughly 500 applications […]

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USCIS Releases Information About DACA Renewal Process

USCIS Releases Information About DACA Renewal Process

Yesterday, USCIS posted an update shedding light on what the renewal process for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will look like. Though the notice is preliminary and subject to change, it offers over half a million DACA recipients vital information about what they should do to prepare for the road ahead. The update […]

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