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USCIS Chief Takes Responsibility For Injunction Violation: Law360

Allissa Wickham, Law360, May 18, 2015 - " The director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on Friday that he accepted responsibility for about 2,000 expanded work permits going out in violation of a court injunction on two of the president's executive action policies, telling a...

Expert Steve Yale-Loehr Downplays Import of CA5 Immigration Ruling

"Pro-immigration reform groups said they were disappointed by the ruling, but not willing to throw in the towel. "The immigration actions will help our economy, our community and our families. Each day this injunction remains in place we all suffer the consequences," said Karen Tumlin...

And Nebraska Makes 50: Driving DACAmented

"Young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and have been approved for a federal deferred action program that allows them to stay and work in the country will now be allowed to get driver's licenses in Nebraska. Nebraska lawmakers voted 34-10 on Thursday...

Will Farmers Branch Save DAPA, Expanded DACA? - Cyrus D. Mehta

Cyrus D. Mehta writes - "After a split Fifth Circuit panel declined to lift Judge Hanen’s preliminary injunction in Texas v. United States blocking President Obama’s two executive actions that could defer the deportations of an estimated 4.4 million people, the score was 2 in favor of...

Cesar Vargas, DACAmented Lawyer

Matter of Application of Cesar Adrian Vargas for Admission to the Bar of the State of New York - 2015 NY Slip Op 04657 - Decided on June 3, 2015 - Appellate Division, Second Department : "We are called upon to determine whether an undocumented immigrant, who is authorized to be present in the United...

Executive Action on Immigration and the Judicial Artifice of “Lawful Presence” - Anil Kalhan

"In legal terms, Judge Smith’s strikingly casual reasoning about “lawful presence” lacks precision and ultimately makes very little sense." - Anil Kalhan, June 3, 2015 . - Prof. Anil Kalhan

USCIS Processing and Executive Action: NFAP

"Analysis and an examination of government documents finds if court action eventually allows President Obama’s executive action to proceed, then it is likely to result in delays for individuals and employers with legal immigrant or temporary visa applications, according to a new report released...

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

New York Grants Law License to DACA Grantee | On June 3, 2015, an intermediate New York appellate court approved the application for admission to the bar of a Mexican citizen who was brought to the United States as a child and granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...

USCIS to DACA Recipients: Return 3-Year EADs

AILA reports: " USCIS sent a letter to DACA recipients who have not returned their three-year EAD, stating "USCIS must receive your EAD by 7/17/15. Failure to return the invalid EAD without good cause may affect your deferred action and employment authorization." On July 7, 2015, Judge...

DACA Boosts Immigrants' Earning Power, Survey Finds - Law360

Law360, July 10, 2015 - " A 3-year-old immigration program that grants work permits and defers deportation actions for hundreds of thousands of young people in the country illegally has been a boon to the pockets and educational aspirations of its participants, according to the results of a survey...

AILA Practice Alert: USCIS Taking Extreme Measures to Retrieve Erroneously Issued 3-Year DACA EAD

AILA Doc No. 15070802 | Dated July 14, 2015 As a result of the judge's July 7, 2015 order threatening contempt citations in the ongoing litigation in Texas v. United States , USCIS advised stakeholders in a telephone call on the evening of July 13, 2015, that it is implementing additional,...

MPI Webinar Today: DACA at Three (2:00 P.M. EDT, Tues. Aug.11, 2015)

"August 2015 marks the three-year anniversary of the implementation of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and approximately one year since U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began processing DACA renewal requests. Renewal offers...

New DACA Brief, Data Tool from MPI

MPI Press Release, Aug. 11, 2015 - As DACA’s Third Anniversary Nears, Vast Majority of Beneficiaries Eligible to Apply for Renewal Have Done So Findings Discussed at 2 p.m. EDT Webinar TODAY; Coordinates Below WASHINGTON – The vast majority of unauthorized immigrants...

MPI Report: DACA Renewal Rate High Despite Obstacles - Law360

Law360, Aug. 11, 2015 - "The Migration Policy Institute said Tuesday that three years after the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, 83 percent of eligible applicants have renewed their benefits despite complications that have hampered the program and litigation...

Inspector General Finds USCIS Did Not Deliberately Violate Court Injunction

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL, Department of Homeland Security, Aug. 13, 2015 - "The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General (DHS OIG) found no evidence that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) deliberately violated a U.S. District Court’s preliminary injunction when...

USA to CA9: Let DREAMers Drive - (links updated)

Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, Aug. 28, 2015 - "The Obama administration late Friday urged federal judges to spurn efforts by Arizona to once again deny licenses to drive to “Dreamers.” Assistant Attorney General Lindsey Powell said federal law allows the Department of...

Expanded MPI Chart: Mapping the Patchwork of State ‘DREAM Acts’ and Postsecondary Education Policies for Unauthorized Immigrant Youth

MPI, Oct. 2015 - " This expanded chart provides information on postsecondary policies related to enrollment, in-state tuition, financial aid, and other supports for the top 15 states of residence for DACA youth. It shows, for example, states coming down on opposite sides of the in-state tuition...

House Bill Would Permit DACAmented Youth to Enlist - H.R.3698

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-6), Oct. 7, 2015 - "U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-6) introduced the Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of 2015 . [H.R.3698] “As someone who enlisted in the Army at the age of seventeen and later served in combat as a US Marine, I know there is no greater...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Releases Draft Guidance on Extreme Hardship | On October 7, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued draft guidance for public comment on the factors the agency considers in determining whether the denial of an application would result in extreme hardship to a qualifying...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

AILA Names New Executive Director | On October 29, 2015, the American Immigration Lawyers Association announced the selection of Benjamin Johnson as the organization’s new Executive Director. Johnson assumes the position from Crystal Williams, who was named Executive Director in 2009. Johnson...

Cyrus D. Mehta - The Impact of Texas v. USA on Other Executive Actions Involving Employment Authorization

Cyrus D. Mehta, Nov. 15, 2015 - "Although the Fifth Circuit in Texas v. USA ruled against the Administration on November 9, 2015 by upholding the preliminary injunction against implementation of President Obama’s program to grant deferred action to certain groups of undocumented persons, the...

The President's Dilemma: Executive Authority, Enforcement, and the Rule of Law in Immigration Law

"In 2012, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and in 2014, he announced an expansion of DACA as well as a new program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Both programs would allow some noncitizens...

Expert: Supreme Court Immigration Case Could 'Redefine Balance of Power' Between Congress, President

Cornell law professor and co-editor of the 21-volume 'bible' of immigration law , Stephen Yale-Loehr, is quoted in multiple media outlets, including CNN , the New York Times and Law360 regarding USA v. Texas , the Supreme Court case that will decide whether President Obama's DAPA and expanded...

Legomsky on USA v. Texas - The Stakes Go Far Beyond Immigration

Stephen Legomsky, Jan. 21, 2016 - "On Tuesday the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether a single state can sue the federal government to block the government's setting of immigration enforcement priorities nationwide. The stakes are momentous, and they go far beyond immigration. In November...

Undocumented college students find way to study abroad, return legally

Alejandra Molina, Press Enterprise, Feb. 9, 2016 - "Southern California university students and professors have discovered an obscure provision in U.S. immigration law that allows undocumented students to leave the country to study abroad and return legally. They’re testing the process, known...