Tag: President Obama

Religious Leaders, Formerly Detained Families, and Advocates Protest Family Detention at White House

Written by on March 28, 2016 in Detention, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Religious Leaders, Formerly Detained Families, and Advocates Protest Family Detention at White House

Protesters gathered in Lafayette Square just across from the White House on Monday. The protest coincided with the 138th annual White House Easter Egg roll. As families inside enjoyed the annual White House festivities, protesters outside the gates highlighted the plight of detained immigrant families. On a day filled with tradition and meaning for so […]

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Democratic Candidates Promise Not to Deport Children or Immigrants Without Criminal Records at Univision Debate

Written by on March 10, 2016 in Elections, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment
Democratic Candidates Promise Not to Deport Children or Immigrants Without Criminal Records at Univision Debate

While many of the recent Presidential debates have uncovered little new thinking or policy positions on immigration, last night’s Univision-sponsored debate at Miami-Dade College in Southern Florida was different. The Univision hosts pressed both candidates on the issue of immigration, which allowed both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to make more definitive statements about what […]

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Obama Administration Files Brief in Immigration Case at Supreme Court

Obama Administration Files Brief in Immigration Case at Supreme Court

This week, the Obama Administration filed its brief with the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, the case where Texas and 25 other states are challenging the President’s executive action on expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The brief sets forth […]

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Are Immigrants Better Off Now Than They Were One Year Ago?

Written by on November 20, 2015 in DACA/DAPA, Executive Action with 1 Comment
Are Immigrants Better Off Now Than They Were One Year Ago?

One year ago, President Obama announced executive actions his Administration would take on immigration. These actions were meant as common-sense reforms to an immigration system that has not been upgraded in more than 20 years. The series of reforms range from temporary protections for an expanded group of unauthorized young people (expanded DACA) and parents […]

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President Obama: Being ‘As Aggressive As We Can’ Defending Executive Actions

Written by on February 26, 2015 in Executive Action with 1 Comment
President Obama: Being ‘As Aggressive As We Can’ Defending Executive Actions

President Obama said during Wednesday’s town hall in Florida that his administration is being “as aggressive as we can” to defend his executive actions against a legal challenge brought by 26 states. After a federal judge in Texas temporarily halted the President’s deferred action initiatives, the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and […]

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Texas Judge Places Preliminary Hold on President’s Deferred Action Initiatives, Government Likely to Counter

Written by on February 17, 2015 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Executive Action with 2 Comments
Texas Judge Places Preliminary Hold on President’s Deferred Action Initiatives, Government Likely to Counter

A Texas Judge has placed a preliminary hold on the two initiatives announced by President Obama last November that would expand the two-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  and Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA). These two programs would provide temporary relief from deportation to approximately 5 million […]

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House Begins Debate on Anti-Executive Action Amendments to DHS Funding Bill

Written by on January 13, 2015 in Legislation, News Flash with 1 Comment
House Begins Debate on Anti-Executive Action Amendments to DHS Funding Bill

After the House Rules Committee on Monday night sent a bill that continues funding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the rest of the year. Five amendments were attached as the House of Representatives began debating the measure on Tuesday. A vote is expected Wednesday. In December, Congress only approved funding for the […]

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What Happened at the Meeting Between the Mexican and U.S. Presidents

Written by on January 8, 2015 in Enforcement, Executive Action with 0 Comments
What Happened at the Meeting Between the Mexican and U.S. Presidents

The U.S. and Mexico share a nearly 2,000 mile border, and most of the immigrants in the U.S. are from Mexico. The relationship between the two countries runs deeper than just immigration even though attention in the last year has focused on the record number of children and families who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to […]

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Legal Challenges to Immigration Executive Action: Long on Politics, Short on Law

Written by on December 19, 2014 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Legal Challenges to Immigration Executive Action: Long on Politics, Short on Law

Within hours of President Obama’s November announcement of his executive actions on immigration, collectively referred to as the Immigration Accountability Executive Action, lawsuits challenging these new policies began. The lawsuits appear to be politicized attempts to use the courts to challenge President Obama’s authority to defer deportations, even though widespread agreement exists that the president’s […]

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President Obama Announces Immigration Executive Action

Written by on November 20, 2014 in Executive Action with 3 Comments
President Obama Announces Immigration Executive Action

President Obama laid out his plan to use executive authority to improve parts of the U.S. immigration system, including providing temporary protection from deportation for roughly 5 million people. The president said in his speech that he knows the politics around immigration are difficult, but he said he’s seen the families who came to the […]

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