Tag: immigration law

Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

There’s no question that improving the United States’ outdated immigration system would help the economy. The Senate-passed immigration bill S. 744 would have, if enacted, reduced the federal budget deficit by approximately $1 trillion over 20 years and led to an increase in wages for U.S. workers. But House leaders failed to bring up S. 744 [...]

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New Reports Examine Who Might Benefit from Immigration Administrative Action

Written by on September 4, 2014 in Administration, Undocumented Immigration with 2 Comments
New Reports Examine Who Might Benefit from Immigration Administrative Action

As the Obama administration continues its deliberations over what sorts of executive actions the President might take to begin repairing the broken U.S. immigration system, it would be wise to keep in mind just how much a part of U.S. society the unauthorized immigrant population has become. At this point, most unauthorized immigrants belong to [...]

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136 Law Professors Say President Has Legal Authority to Act on Immigration

Written by on September 3, 2014 in President Obama with 4 Comments
136 Law Professors Say President Has Legal Authority to Act on Immigration

After immigration reform stalled in the House, President Obama announced that he plans to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” A chorus of legal experts and columnists agreed that he’d be on solid ground if he did. The President has discussed deferring deportations for up to 5 million [...]

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The President’s Solid Ground for Executive Action on Immigration

Written by on August 26, 2014 in Administration, Prosecutorial Discretion with 1 Comment
The President’s Solid Ground for Executive Action on Immigration

Comprehensive immigration reform legislation would give a majority of America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship and work authorization. But with immigration reform stalled in the House, President Obama announced that he plans to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” The President is reportedly [...]

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Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Only days after President Obama asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to hold off his deportation review in order to give House Republicans space to move immigration reform negotiations forward, some of those same House Republicans in the Judiciary Committee held an “oversight hearing” of DHS. The hearing turned out to be little more [...]

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House Members to Introduce Discharge Petition on Immigration Reform

House Members to Introduce Discharge Petition on Immigration Reform

The press is reporting that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will file a discharge petition to bring HR 15, the bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill that has been languishing in the House since October, to the floor. A discharge petition is a procedural move that requires the signature of 218 House members; if successful it forces House [...]

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President Calls for Review of U.S. Deportation System

President Calls for Review of U.S. Deportation System

As the number of deportations under President Obama near the 2 million mark and Congress stalls on immigration reform legislation, President Obama said Friday that administration officials are reviewing what could be done to make the immigration enforcement system more humane. The announcement follows votes in the House of Representatives last week attempting to limit [...]

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The Punishment Should Fit the Crime for Immigrants, Too

The Punishment Should Fit the Crime for Immigrants, Too

The punishment should fit the crime. That maxim is as old as law itself, dating at least as far back as the Old Testament and Hammurabi’s Code.  It’s firmly rooted in our Constitution’s Due Process Clause and the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishment. That principle—referred to as proportionality—appears in [...]

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New York City Pilots Free Legal Representation in Immigration Court

Written by on November 13, 2013 in Access to Counsel, Courts, Immigration Law with 6 Comments
New York City Pilots Free Legal Representation in Immigration Court

In criminal courts throughout the United States, the government provides defendants who cannot afford an attorney with a free public defender. In immigration courts, which are not part of the criminal court system, immigrants who are unable to hire a private attorney and cannot find a free legal service provider are forced to face off [...]

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Former Attorney General Gets it Wrong on DOMA and Same Sex Immigration Benefits

Former Attorney General Gets it Wrong on DOMA and Same Sex Immigration Benefits

Former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales is advocating in the New York Times that the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor, which invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), should not allow the Obama administration to afford immigration benefits to married, same-sex bi-national couples.  Rather, he argues, the administration is bound [...]

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