States Sue Over President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

States Sue Over President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

Written by on December 4, 2014 in Executive Action with 0 Comments

Seventeen states filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging President Obama’s decision to temporarily defer deportation for millions of immigrants who qualify for DACA of the new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. The lawsuit argues that the president’s executive actions “violated his constitutional duty to enforce the laws and illegally placed new burdens on state […]

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House Passes Bill to Block Immigration Executive Action

House Passes Bill to Block Immigration Executive Action

Written by on December 4, 2014 in Executive Action, News Flash with 8 Comments

The House of Representatives voted 219 to 197 on largely party lines to approve a bill from Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) that blocks President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Three Democrats voted in favor of the measure while seven Republicans voted against it; three members voted present. Yoho’s bill effectively states that no president has […]

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Committee Fails to Question Legality of President’s Immigration Executive Action

Committee Fails to Question Legality of President’s Immigration Executive Action

Written by on December 3, 2014 in Executive Action, Hearings with 0 Comments

The House Judiciary Committee held a held a hearing Tuesday on President Obama’s recent Immigration Accountability Executive Action, focusing on the administration’s executive action that defers deportation for the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Known as the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, this portion of executive action has provoked the […]

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Homeland Security Secretary Makes the Case for Immigration Actions in House Hearing

Homeland Security Secretary Makes the Case for Immigration Actions in House Hearing

Written by on December 2, 2014 in Executive Action, Hearings with 2 Comments

There are two competing and politically charged narratives about President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and what they mean for U.S. security and the U.S. economy. One of these narratives maintains that the President’s decision to defer deportations of many unauthorized parents of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents will enhance national security by bringing […]

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How Mayors Are Supporting Obama’s Immigration Actions

How Mayors Are Supporting Obama’s Immigration Actions

Written by on December 1, 2014 in Executive Action, Integration with 1 Comment

Mayors around the country are voicing their support for executive action on immigration and are exploring how their cities can better align with the White House’s announced changes. At least 25 mayors from around the country have formed Cities United for Immigration Action, a coalition to support and implement executive action on immigration. “Our cities […]

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Talking Turkey—and all the Trimmings—on Immigration in 2014

Talking Turkey—and all the Trimmings—on Immigration in 2014

Written by on November 26, 2014 in Administration, Rhetoric with 0 Comments

My daughter, who is now in high school, casually mentioned to me that she had been talking to the receptionist in the school counselor’s office about the new deferred action program for parents of U.S. citizens and kids. She told the receptionist that this represents a great community service opportunity for high school kids who […]

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Law Professors Affirm Obama’s Immigration Action Within Legal Authority

Law Professors Affirm Obama’s Immigration Action Within Legal Authority

Written by on November 25, 2014 in Executive Action with 4 Comments

Today, more than a hundred legal scholars released a letter after reviewing the President Obama’s announced executive actions on immigration, that confirms that his plan for immigration action is “within the legal authority of the executive branch” of the United States. The letter, spearheaded by Hiroshi Motomura of University of California, Los Angeles, School of […]

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Measuring the Response to Executive Action

Measuring the Response to Executive Action

Written by on November 24, 2014 in Executive Action, Rhetoric with 0 Comments

Estimating who may be eligible for immigration relief is always a tricky process. Their status puts them at certain risk and keeps them “in the shadows,” which has long made them difficult to count. Couple that with a strong lack of government data on them (remember Census forms do not inquire about immigration status) and […]

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President Obama: ‘I Will Not Give Up’ On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

President Obama: ‘I Will Not Give Up’ On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Written by on November 21, 2014 in Executive Action, News Flash, President Obama with 1 Comment

Following his address Thursday night explaining his plan to use executive authority to improve parts of the U.S. immigration system, President Obama gave a speech in Las Vegas further detailing why his immigration executive action is just the next step. “Our immigration system has been broken for a very long time, and everybody knows it,” […]

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Who and Where are the Beneficiaries of Obama’s Immigration Executive Action?

Who and Where are the Beneficiaries of Obama’s Immigration Executive Action?

Written by on November 21, 2014 in Executive Action with 0 Comments

President Obama announced in a speech Thursday night his plan to use executive authority to improve parts of the U.S. immigration system, including providing temporary protection from deportation for nearly 5 million people. “Millions of immigrants in every state, of every race and nationality still live here illegally. And let’s be honest—tracking down, rounding up, […]

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