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Four Immigration Issues Covered at the First Democratic Primary Debate

Written by on October 14, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments
Four Immigration Issues Covered at the First Democratic Primary Debate

The first Democratic debate of the 2016 presidential campaign was held Tuesday in Nevada, which is home to 529,164 immigrants and the highest percentage of undocumented immigrants of any state. Yet the topic of immigration was not a major topic of discussion, receiving only a few minutes of attention in the 120 minute debate. Juan […]

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Will the Guidance on Extreme Hardship Waivers Allow More Individuals to Become Permanent Residents?

Will the Guidance on Extreme Hardship Waivers Allow More Individuals to Become Permanent Residents?

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued draft guidance on what constitutes “extreme hardship” for purposes of an immigration waiver. The much anticipated guidance is a component of the Administration’s executive actions on immigration announced in November 2014. Many had hoped that the guidance, and its potential to make waivers available to more […]

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Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Earlier this month, the immigration agencies took a positive step forward in implementing the executive action promise to reform the visa system when they issued the October Visa Bulletin, informing the public about who would be eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status in October. But now the agencies have stepped back from that […]

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DHS Faces Challenges as It Rolls Out the Priority Enforcement Program

Written by on August 5, 2015 in Executive Action with 0 Comments
DHS Faces Challenges as It Rolls Out the Priority Enforcement Program

Among the executive actions on immigration unveiled last November was the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would end the controversial Secure Communities program and replace it with the new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). After months of planning, DHS officially launched PEP last month. The agency has begun a full court press on […]

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Appellate Court Hears Oral Argument in Texas v. United States

Written by on July 13, 2015 in Executive Action, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
Appellate Court Hears Oral Argument in Texas v. United States

Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard oral argument in the most closely watched immigration case in years, Texas v. United States. This is a case brought by Texas and a number of other states challenging the legality of two key components of President Obama’s immigration executive actions announced last […]

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Court Rejects Restrictionists’ Attempts to Derail Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses

Court Rejects Restrictionists’ Attempts to Derail Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses

Despite immigration restrictionists’ efforts to derail implementation, a new rule went into effect this week allowing certain H-4 spouses (i.e., spouses of H-1B workers) to apply for work authorization. This new policy, announced as part of the Administration’s package of Executive Actions on immigration, permits H-4s to obtain work authorization where the H-1B spouse is […]

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Appeals Court Denies Emergency Stay in Legal Challenge to Deferred Action

Written by on May 26, 2015 in Executive Action with 1 Comment
Appeals Court Denies Emergency Stay in Legal Challenge to Deferred Action

Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s request for an emergency stay of the preliminary injunction, which has temporarily stopped President Obama’s deferred action initiatives from being implemented. These initiatives, announced last November, could shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation. As a result of today’s order, the preliminary […]

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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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2016 Presidential Candidates Weigh-In on President Obama’s Immigration Action

Written by on May 12, 2015 in Elections, Executive Action with 1 Comment
2016 Presidential Candidates Weigh-In on President Obama’s Immigration Action

Immigration policy has become a hot topic as the 2016 Presidential primary picks up steam. It is no surprise that the issue of Presidential authority over immigration has taken center stage in recent weeks as Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have all begun discussing their views around how far the President should have […]

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

Written by on May 5, 2015 in Executive Action, Immigration Courts 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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