USCIS Posts DACA Toolkit

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is pleased to share with you its new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Toolkit for Community Partners . The toolkit includes: DACA program overview “How Do I Request Consideration of DACA?” customer guide Tip sheet ...

MPI Webinar, Wed. Aug. 6, 2014: DACA at Two: New MPI Findings as Renewal Approaches

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 11:30 A.M. EDT; 10:30 A.M. CDT; 9:30 A.M. MDT; 8:30 A.M. PDT "In 2012, the Obama administration granted temporary relief from deportation to unauthorized immigrants who had entered the United States as children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative—striking...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

New USCIS Director Testifies Before Congress | On July 29, Leon Rodriguez, the new director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, testified at an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Rodriguez became USCIS director on July 9. In his written testimony, available at http...

New DACA Report and Tool by MPI

"Fifty-five percent of the 1.2 million unauthorized immigrant youth who met the criteria for the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at its launch in 2012 had applied for relief from deportation as of July 20, 2014, according to a Migration Policy Institute...

DACA Recipient Sues Insurance Giant Northwestern Mutual

"A class action lawsuit accuses insurer Northwestern Mutual of illegally rejecting qualified non-U.S. citizen job candidates without permanent resident visas, a legal team of Outten & Golden LLP and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund ( MALDEF ) announced [July 9, 2014]. ...

DACA Renewal Process Telecon Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Eastern)

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the DACA renewal process. On June 5, 2014, USCIS announced a DACA renewal process and published a revised Form I-821D...

State Responses to DACA Vary

"Life for DACA participants varies dramatically depending on where they live. In addition to denying driver's licenses and in-state tuition to DACA recipients (and to all other unauthorized immigrants), Arizona makes it difficult for immigrants whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally...

DACA Practice Advisory: American Immigration Council

"This edition of this practice advisory includes information about the DACA Renewal process, as well as general information about deferred action, Initial DACA requests, and ancillary issues." - AIC, Aug. 27, 2014 . [Copyright (c) 2014 American Immigration Council. The American Immigration...

Pentagon Extends, Expands MAVNI to Include DACA

"A small number of young immigrants who grew up in the United States without legal status will be allowed to join the military and have a fast-track pathway to citizenship, Pentagon officials announced Thursday, the first time those young people have been able to enlist. Undocumented young people...

Only a Handful of DACAs Will Benefit from MAVNI Expansion

"This week’s announcement that young undocumented immigrants can now enlist in the military may benefit only a handful of DREAMers. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and former professor at West Point, said the Defense Department’s announcement is...

Mexico Helps With DACA Fees

"Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received...

News Excerpts From the October 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

White House Releases Refugee Ceilings for FY 2015 | On September 30, 2014, the White House released a presidential memorandum capping the number of refugee admissions at 70,000 for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizing citizens of some countries to seek refugee status from inside their countries...

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

California Launches Student Loan Program for DREAMers | In late September, California enacted a bill allowing public universities to provide direct loans to state residents unable to obtain federal loans on account of their immigration status. Known as the “California DREAM Loan Program,”...

MAVNI Program Halted

"A popular military enlistment program for immigrants with specialized skills is now stuck in bureaucratic limbo — after the Pentagon announced last month it would begin allowing some young immigrants without legal status into the program. Army officials confirmed Thursday that the program...

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...

Legal Authorities for Executive Action on Immigration

"This memo summarizes (1) the statutory basis for deferred action generally; (2) the statutory basis for work permits generally; (3) the regulations that specifically authorize work permits for deferred action recipients; and (4) the court decisions that recognize deferred action, its purposes,...

Thanks to DAPA, Winter is Coming for the BIA - Ben Winograd

"In the long term, the series of memos comprising the administration’s “Executive Action” may finally reduce the historic backlogs facing our nation’s immigration courts. In the short term, however, the memos could exponentially worsen the extensive (and overlooked) backlog...

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....

Free CLINIC Webinar on Dec. 18, 2014: DAPA, DACA and More

"DACA Updates – Administrative Relief, DACA Renewal Processing and More Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CST This webinar is presented by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), National Immigration Law Center (NILC), and The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers...

Worksite Harmony and the President’s Executive Actions: It’s All about Immigration Timing

DAPA and the expansion of DAPA could present "gap" problems for employers. Angelo Paparelli explains : "[E]mployers are still at risk if they become aware that any undocumented workers are planning to apply, or have applied, for benefits under the new executive actions on immigration...

Can Congress Strip DAPA/DACA User Fees From USCIS?

Angelo A. Paparelli explains: "[A] dispute has arisen among Republicans about whether Congress has the power to prohibit USCIS from processing deferred action cases by starving the agency of funds. The House Appropriations Committee maintained in a statement that the Congress is powerless to...

Paths to Lawful Immigration Status: Results and Implications from the PERSON Survey

"Anecdotal evidence suggests that a significant percentage of unauthorized immigrants are potentially eligible for some sort of immigration relief, but they either do not know it or are not able to pursue lawful immigration status for other reasons. However, no published study that we are aware...

Mayors Support DAPA, DACA Expansion

"Mayors and senior officials from 25 cities across the country met Monday in New York to rally support and lay the groundwork for implementing President Obama’s executive actions to provide relief to millions of undocumented immigrants nationwide. Brought together by New York City Mayor Bill...

CA9 Denies Stay to Arizona in Driver License Case: ADAC v. Brewer

Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer 13-16248 Due to the level of interest in this case, this site has been created to provide access to case information. Please check this website regularly for updates. Date Document Title...

DAPA Application Window May Open In May 2015

"Immigrants should be able to start applying for deportation relief and work permits in the middle of May and February, Leon Rodriguez, Citizenship and Immigration Services director told Spanish-speaking reporters in a conference call. First up will be those applying for expanded Deferred Action...