Obama on Sound Legal Ground for Executive Action on Immigration: LexisNexis Expert

" [LexisNexis expert author] Stephen Yale-Loehr , who teaches immigration law at Cornell University, said the U.S. Supreme Court agreed two years ago the president does have broad discretion, adding, "On a legal basis, he's on sound ground." " - Houston Chronicle, Nov. 19, 2014...

Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration: Official Transcript

Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration: Official Transcript of Nov. 20, 2014 Speech

MacArthur Fellow: Presidents Have Broad Discretion on Immigration

"Some experts say Congress has given presidents broad discretion in enforcing immigration laws, which sets a high bar for opponents to prevail in court. “It’s the section of the United States Code with the most discretion given to the executive branch,” said Anchorage, Alaska,...

A TIME FOR HONEST TRUTH: A PASSIONATE DEFENSE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION

You shall neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. - EXODUS 22:21 "November 20, 2014 was a historic night. The President announced a series of executive actions to expand enforcement at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require...

Legal Scholars: Obama's Immigration Actions Lawful

"More than 100 immigration professors and scholars declared Tuesday that President Barack Obama's decision to make several million immigrants illegally in the United States eligible to be spared from deportation is constitutional and within his administrative powers. The 135 scholars focused...

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....

Why Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Excluded Parents of ‘DREAMers’

"As senior Obama administration officials worked behind the scenes for months this year to develop the legal rationale for deferring the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, there was one group they wanted to include that presented particular problems: the parents of “dreamers...

Symposium on Administrative Reform of Immigration Law

Symposium on Administrative Reform of Immigration Law - Collected Posts - Jack Balkin, Nov. 26, 2014 Here are the collected posts for the symposium : Adam Cox & Cristina Rodriguez, Symposium on Administrative Reform of Immigration Law Marty Lederman, What it is *not*: Dispelling the myths of the...

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

Executive Action Coverage | On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions that will help secure the border, prioritize deporting felons over families, and allow certain undocumented immigrants to temporarily remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation if they pass...

States Sue Feds Over Immigration Executive Action

Seventeen states sued the U.S. in federal district court challenging President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin are named plaintiffs, along...

States File Lawsuit Challenging Executive Action on Immigration

"Leading a 17-state charge up a steep legal hill, [Texas] Attorney General and soon-to-be-Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's moves to expand legal protections for undocumented immigrants. ... Legal and political experts said they were...

Legal Scholars: DAPA Could Be Broader

"We write as law professors with particular expertise in the interaction of executive action and immigration law to clarify that there is no legal requirement that the executive branch limit deferred action or any other exercise of prosecutorial discretion to individuals whose dependents are lawfully...

CRS - The Obama Administration’s November 2014 Immigration Initiatives: Questions and Answers

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...