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President to Nominate Jeh Johnson as DHS Secretary

President to Nominate Jeh Johnson as DHS Secretary

According to news reports, President Obama will nominate Jeh Johnson, a former top Pentagon lawyer, as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Friday. He will replace former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, who resigned to become president of the University of California system. The Daily Beast reports that Johnson was a key part of [...]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Affirms Immigration Rights of Gay and Lesbian Couples

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Affirms Immigration Rights of Gay and Lesbian Couples

Today, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case United States v. Windsor, striking down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, on the basis that it violated equal protection under the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. DOMA established an exclusively heterosexual definition of “marriage,” and denied same-sex couples [...]

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Napolitano Hearing Points the Way Forward on Immigration Reform

Napolitano Hearing Points the Way Forward on Immigration Reform

At an April 23rd hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivered two messages on behalf of the Obama administration. First, the administration strongly supports the Senate immigration reform bill—S.744, “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” Secondly, the administration has, contrary to the claims of its critics, significantly [...]

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How Budget Cuts From Sequestration Will Affect The Nation’s Immigration System

How Budget Cuts From Sequestration Will Affect The Nation’s Immigration System

The U.S.’s immigration system, already burdened by application processing backlogs and insufficient funding for immigration courts, could become even more unwieldy if the government must slash its budget on March 1. Sequestration – a package of across-the-board government spending cuts totaling $85 billion this year and $1.2 trillion over the next decade – likely will [...]

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Tracking the Immigration Agencies’ Actions Amidst Hurricane Sandy

Tracking the Immigration Agencies’ Actions Amidst Hurricane Sandy

Update (11/2): USCIS has posted this reminder of special services and temporary relief that may be available to individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy, including expedited processing of employment authorization documents and extensions of certain non-immigrant status designations.  In its discretion, USCIS will also take it into account requests from individuals who were unable submit evidence [...]

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Why Kobach’s Lawsuit Against Deferred Action is Unlikely to Stand Up in Court

Why Kobach’s Lawsuit Against Deferred Action is Unlikely to Stand Up in Court

Kris Kobach’s official job title is Kansas Secretary of State. But he is better known for drafting—and being hired to defend in court—state and local immigration laws designed to make undocumented residents “self-deport.” His two most notorious undertakings are Arizona SB 1070 and Alabama HB 56, which have largely been eviscerated by federal courts. Yesterday, [...]

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Nativist Group’s Report on Immigration Enforcement is Pure Fantasy

Nativist Group’s Report on Immigration Enforcement is Pure Fantasy

With its latest report on President Obama’s immigration-enforcement record, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has finally fallen down the rabbit hole and into immigration wonderland. Although FAIR has always played fast and loose with the facts, its new report rises to a new level of distortion. The report claims that President Obama has [...]

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Administration Releases Details on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Administration Releases Details on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

The Department of Homeland Security today released details on its plan to grant “deferred action” to immigrant youths who were brought to the country as children. The announcement, which was accompanied by an updated FAQ and other materials on how to apply, comes eight weeks after DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano revealed the initiative, which could [...]

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Where and Who Are The Young People Eligible for the President’s “Deferred Action” Initiative

Where and Who Are The Young People Eligible for the President’s “Deferred Action” Initiative

The Obama Administration’s “deferred action” initiative for unauthorized youth who were brought to this country as children has raised a number of crucial questions. How many people will be eligible? Who are they? And where do they live? A new analysis by the Immigration Policy Center (IPC), together with Rob Paral & Associates, provides some [...]

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ICE Numbers on Prosecutorial Discretion Keep Sliding Downward

ICE Numbers on Prosecutorial Discretion Keep Sliding Downward

Since June 15, the immigration world has largely focused on the impending “deferred action” initiative for individuals who could have qualified for relief under the DREAM Act. Meanwhile, comparatively little attention has been paid to the still ongoing review of more than 300,000 pending removal cases for individuals meriting a favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. [...]

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