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From Tijuana, Ex-DREAMer Calls for Immigration Reform

"Nancy Landa was working in the public sector at a California organization that fateful September in 2009, when she was 29. She had graduated with honors in 2004 with a degree in business administration from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and had a steady job. Everything seemed...

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Should Undocumented Young People Apply?

By Dan Berger and Stephen Yale-Loehr The Obama administration's program for young people who came to the United States as children and lack a valid immigration status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has sparked extensive debate, advice, and analysis. In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Dan...

Excerpts From the April 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

H1-B Filings: USCIS Anticipates Use of Lottery; Temporary Modification of Premium Processing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on March 15, 2013, that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap on Monday, April 1, 2013. Cases will be considered accepted on...

Obama's Ruby Slippers: Enforcement Discretion in the Absence of Immigration Reform

"This article explores how Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) emerged both from thwarted efforts at immigration reform and the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated decision in Arizona v. United States. I argue that DACA not only was adopted in response to repeated failed efforts to...

News Excerpts From the April 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Issues Final Regulations on Sexual Abuse in Detention Centers | On March 7, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security issued a long-awaited set of final regulations applying standards required under the Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards to immigration detention centers. Among other provisions...

Yes He Can, on Immigration

"Those who would qualify for legalization under a Senate bill passed last summer — people who do not pose criminal threats, who have strong ties to this country and, in many cases, have children who are American citizens — should not be in danger of deportation. The one recent bright...

Experts: GOP Lawsuit Against Obama on Immigration Will Fail

"The Republicans’ response could very well depend on what the President does, “if and when” that occurs. Expanding DACA to include some family members of those already eligible could provoke a different reaction than smaller measures, such as expanding work permits for those in...

The Congressman Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks: Michael A. Olivas

"Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) has written a letter to the Houston Chronicle indicating that I have misunderstood his views on the efficacy and legitimacy of Deferred Action and other forms of prosecutorial discretion, in my November 22, 2014 op-ed , also appearing in the Houston Chronicle....

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...

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...

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...