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The Obama Administration’s November 2014 Immigration Initiatives: Questions and Answers - Kate M. Manuel, Legislative Attorney, November 24, 2014 .

Why the Lawsuit Against Immigration Executive Action Is a Waste of Time and Money

"A lawsuit was expected as soon as President Obama dramatically announced that his immigration executive actions could impact more than 5 million people. It is already here. On December 3, 2014, Texas took the lead with 18 other states in a lawsuit against the United States asserting that the President’s...

Podcast: Stephen Yale-Loehr on Immigration Executive Action

"Since President Obama’s speech on immigration and immigration policy in November, there have been wide-spread rumors and reports about what the [executive action] actually means. In this podcast, Dan Kowalski , editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin , and Stephen Yale-Loehr , co-author...

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Obama's Intimidation of Refugee Moms, Kids

"The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's policy of locking up asylum-seeking mothers and children to intimidate others from coming to the United States. The case was brought on behalf of mothers and children who...

Rogue Jurist Questions Executive Action on Immigration

"A federal judge in Pittsburgh ruled Tuesday that President Barack Obama overstepped his authority and violated the Constitution when he issued an executive order last month to delay deportation for millions of people living in the U.S. illegally. In an opinion issued in a local case of a Honduran...

LexisNexis Expert: Congress Unlikely to Revamp Immigration Laws in 2015-16

" Stephen Yale-Loehr , a Cornell University law professor and immigration expert ... sees a deep freeze on any further progress. “If I were a betting man, I would say the chances of comprehensive immigration reform being enacted in 2015 or 2016 are almost nil.” Many Republicans would...

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid groups mobilized, Congress held hearings , and pleas...

Letter to Obama: Close Dilley - Central American Refugee Crisis Demands Humanitarian Response, Not Show of Force

"We, the undersigned civil rights and civil liberties, human rights, faith, immigration, labor, criminal justice, legal, children’s rights, and domestic violence advocacy organizations, oppose the opening of the new family detention facility in Dilley, Texas. While Congress and the Administration...

Court: Arpaio Lacks Standing to Sue Obama Over Immigration

"The role of the Judiciary is to resolve cases and controversies properly brought by parties with a concrete and particularized injury — not to engage in policymaking better left to the political branches. The plaintiff’s case raises important questions regarding the impact of illegal...

Immigration Lawsuit Thrown Out: Arpaio v. Obama

"President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration survived their first major court test Tuesday, when a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit claiming the president exceeded his constitutional power. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell dismissed a challenge brought by Arizona Sheriff Joe...

White House on Dismissal of Arpaio Lawsuit

Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz on D.C. District Court Ruling Dismissing Immigration Lawsuit - " Judge Howell’s decision today confirms what the Department of Justice and scholars throughout the country have been saying all along: the President’s executive...

Feds: Texas, States Lack Standing in Immigration Lawsuit

"The Republican-led states suing President Barack Obama over his executive order not to deport certain illegal immigrants lack standing because they "themselves are not subject" to the order, the Justice Department said Wednesday . Twenty red states, four Republican governors and Michigan's...

Stand and Deliver

"In a political stunt of a lawsuit , Texas and other states claim the White House's immigration initiatives announced on Nov. 20, 2014 are illegal. The problem is that the suit has no legs, because the plaintiffs lack "standing" to sue. In a definitive 55-page memo filed on Dec...

DACA, DAPA Reviews Lead to ICE Releases

"More than 200 people have been released from immigration custody in Arizona in the last month following the Department of Homeland Security’s new enforcement priorities, ICE officials said. On Nov. 20, President Obama announced that parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents...

A QUICK KNOCKOUT: SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO'S LAWSUIT AGAINST PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTION DISMISSED FOR LACK OF STANDING

"On November 20, 2013, the very same day that President Obama announced a series of executive actions aimed at “Fixing Our Broken Immigration System” , a lawsuit against the newly announced executive actions and against the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA...

Mayors Support President, Oppose Texas in Immigration Lawsuit

"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was among more than 30 mayors to go to court Monday to oppose a lawsuit brought by over a dozen states to block President Barack Obama’s immigration-reform plan . Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City and Houston Mayor Annise Parker along with Garcetti organized...

Litigation Update: Texas v. USA (Jan. 30, 2015)

As of Jan. 30, 2015, we still have no ruling by Judge Hanen on the motion for preliminary injunction in Texas v. USA , No. 1:14-cv-00254, S.D. TX, Brownsville Div. Notable recent docket entries, however, include the DEFENDANTS’ SUR-REPLY IN OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY...

District Court Enjoins DAPA, Expanded DACA: Texas v. USA

"A federal judge in south Texas issued an injunction Monday temporarily blocking a program President Obama announced in November that would defer deportation for about 5 million immigrants living in the United States illegally. The White House quickly issued a statement saying the federal government...

Bid to halt Obama's immigration plan likely to fail, legal experts say

"A Texas judge’s freeze on Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation likely won’t last long, legal experts say, meaning Republicans who oppose the executive action will have to look away from the courts for help. Federal judge Andrew Hanen issued an...

Texas Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration’s DAPA Program Providing Work Permits And Legal Protection To Undocumented Immigrants

On Feb. 16, 2015, a federal district court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of a federal government program entitled Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Texas v. United States, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18551 (S.D. Tex. Feb. 16,...

Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay

"Bryan Johnson ... argued that his client was eligible for Obama's deferred action program for parents, which temporarily protected Ayala from deportation until the Texas court ruling put the program on hold. Now, Johnson says he's not sure what will happen during their next appointment...

A Promise Unfulfilled - Stephen Manning (AILA Leadership Blog)

"Last November, President Obama promised reforms to immigration enforcement that focus on actual threats to public safety while keeping immigrant families together. He evoked a more humane enforcement system where resources are not spent jailing vulnerable individuals. One of his November reforms...

Letters to White House, DHS Call for End to Family Detention

"Today, the overwhelming majority of Democrats in the House -- including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) – sent Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson a letter saying the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “has not fully grasped the serious...

White House Won't Take CA5 Immigration Case to Supreme Court...Yet

"The Obama administration said Wednesday that it won’t ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay an injunction on two core deferred deportation policies created by the president’s executive actions, just one day after the Fifth Circuit refused to lift the block on the controversial immigration...

Eyes off the Prize: White House Oblivious to Immigration Bureaucrats’ Running out the Clock - Angelo A. Paparelli

Angelo A. Paparelli writes - "Two hundred days ago President Obama stoked the hopes of immigration advocates with his announcement of wide-ranging executive actions to try — as far as his authority would carry him — to change America’s broken immigration system for the better....