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DOJ Files Emergency Appeal In Immigration Executive Action Case

DOJ Files Emergency Appeal In Immigration Executive Action Case

Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an emergency motion of stay pending appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in response to Texas District Court Judge Hanen’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction ordering a temporary halt to President Obama’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and the creation […]

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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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Some Schools Need Reminding of their Obligation to Educate All Children

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Children, Department of Justice, Students with 3 Comments
Some Schools Need Reminding of their Obligation to Educate All Children

In the past year, more than 50,000 children have fled violence and persecution from Central America and Mexico and have crossed into the U.S. seeking protection. Most of them have been reunited with family members in America as they await their immigration court dates. In the meantime, our laws require that they attend school. While […]

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DOJ Adds Temp Judges and Shifts Priorities in Response to Unaccompanied Minors

DOJ Adds Temp Judges and Shifts Priorities in Response to Unaccompanied Minors

Congress has long neglected the immigration court system, like so many other aspects of our immigration infrastructure. For years, while the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has dedicated more and more resources to immigration enforcement efforts, resources for the immigration courts have not commensurately increased. As a result, immigration courts cannot keep up with their […]

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Immigration Courts’ Computer Malfunction Slows an Already Crowded System

Immigration Courts’ Computer Malfunction Slows an Already Crowded System

For more than a month, the computer system that manages federal immigration court cases has been down due to a massive malfunction. According to a notice on the website for the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), which oversees immigration courts, “A hardware failure has resulted in the agency’s inability to perform some functions related […]

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Why Federal Officials Reminded Schools Not to Discriminate Against Immigrant Students

Why Federal Officials Reminded Schools Not to Discriminate Against Immigrant Students

Last week, the Department of Education took steps to help ensure that undocumented students are not deterred from enrolling at K-12 public schools.  The Department issued updated guidance regarding public schools’ responsibility to provide equal access to elementary and secondary education for all students regardless of immigration status. As the Supreme Court ruled in its […]

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Drop in Court-Ordered Deportations Means Little to Overall Deportation Numbers

Drop in Court-Ordered Deportations Means Little to Overall Deportation Numbers

Last week, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)—the division within the Department of Justice that runs that immigration court system—released its FY2013 Statistics Yearbook detailing the number of deportation cases begun and completed in the immigration courts nationwide. The Yearbook showed a decrease in the number of immigration court cases the Department of Homeland […]

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Justice Department’s Losing Battle Over Deportation Waivers for Permanent Residents

Written by on February 14, 2014 in Department of Justice, Deportation, Family with 0 Comments
Justice Department’s Losing Battle Over Deportation Waivers for Permanent Residents

For more than five years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has defended a policy that deprives long-term lawful permanent residents (LPRs) of the opportunity to apply for a waiver that would allow them to remain in the United States. The waiver—known as the 212(h) waiver (referring to section 212(h) of the immigration statute)—permits permanent residents […]

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The Washington Post Exposes Sorry State of Immigration Courts

The Washington Post Exposes Sorry State of Immigration Courts

This week, the Washington Post ran a front page article drawing attention to the fact that our nation’s immigration courts are operating in crisis mode.  The immigration courts are so overcrowded that judges are forced to make split-second decisions regarding complex legal issues, calling into question whether the court system is fairly administering justice.  The […]

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