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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,...

LexisNexis Expert Stephen Yale-Loehr on Federal Court Immigration Battles

"The Obama administration promised Tuesday to fight against opposition from both the courts and Congress to keep in place its expansive new programs to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, a key piece of the president's effort to shape his legacy in his final years in office. A federal...

Immigration at the Oscars

Iñárritu calls for 'dignity and respect' for immigrants in Oscar speech "Sunday’s Academy Awards saw its fair share of political issues, perhaps none more contentious than that raised by filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu during his third acceptance...

Law360 Opens Immigration Page, Daily Newsletter

Law360 (Portfolio Media, owned by LexisNexis ) has added an Immigration page and daily newsletter . Take a look!

News Excerpts From The March 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Will Provide Work Authorization to Certain H-4 Spouses | The Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule on February 25, 2015, that will soon allow H-4 dependent spouses of certain nonimmigrants with H-1B status to apply for employment authorization documents. For an H-4 dependent spouse...

15 Journalists Selected for Immigration Fellowship - IJJ

"Fifteen journalists have been selected for a fellowship program on the educational, economic and social issues faced by immigrant children and their families. The Institute for Justice & Journalism is conducting its annual fellowship training program at Georgia State University in Atlanta,...

Expert: Only Supreme Court Can Determine Constitutionality of White House Immigration Actions

"What caught our attention was the claim that a federal judge labeled Obama’s action "unconstitutional." Turns out, it is not as simple as that. ... Washington D.C. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell rejected the argument of Schwab and others in December when she threw out a lawsuit...

NLRB OGC Memo: Updated Procedures in Addressing Immigration Status Issues that Arise During Unfair Labor Practice Proceedings

"The NLRA protects all employees covered by the Act regardless of immigration status; however, immigration status issues may affect remedies and present certain obstacles for enforcing the Act. This memorandum provides updated procedures that will apply when immigration status issues are raised...

35 Maps Explaining American Immigration

"American politicians, and Americans themselves, love to call themselves "a nation of immigrants": a place where everyone's family has, at some point, chosen to come to seek freedom or a better life. America has managed to maintain that self-image through the forced migration of millions...

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

H-2B Interim Final Rule Expected in April | On March 4, 2015, the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida vacated the Department of Labor's (DOL) 2008 H-2B regulations on the ground that the DOL lacks authority under the INA to issue regulations in the H-2B program. Perez v...

9th Circuit Decision an 'Important Step' for Mexican Torture Victims

"A federal appeals court on Friday overturned decisions that put the burden of proof on foreigners who claim they were tortured in their home countries to show they cannot safely return to another part of the country they fled. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it is neither the responsibility...

States Are Divided by the Lines They Draw on Immigration

"Washington has long allowed immigrants without legal status to get driver’s licenses. So Ofelia Rosas Ramos, a Mexican living illegally in Seattle, has had her license since 2008. “That is one of the big advantages of this state,” said Ms. Rosas, 31, whose 4-year-old daughter...

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

ICE Announces Safeguards for Releases of Noncitizens with Convictions | On March 18, 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it would implement additional safeguards prior to releasing noncitizens with criminal convictions from custody. Under the new policy, the discretionary...

Q&A With LexisNexis Expert Stephen Yale-Loehr

" Professor Stephen W. Yale-Loehr is one of the nation's pre-eminent authorities on U.S. immigration and asylum law. A prolific scholar, he has written many law review articles and is the author or co-author of four standard reference works. He was editor-in-chief of The Cornell International...

Your Editor On The Road Today, Wed., Apr. 8, 2015

Teaching 'Immigration Law 101' to fifteen top journalists at: http://justicejournalism.org/events/journalism-fellowship-2015/ ... so posting may be light until tomorrow... Follow @IJJNews on Twitter, #IJJ15

CCA, GEO Spend Millions Lobbying Congress for Immigration Prison Contracts; Profits Soar

"Contrary to private prison corporation claims that they do not lobby on issues related to immigration policy, between 2008 and 2014, CCA spent $10,560,000 in quarters where they lobbied on issues related to immigrant detention and immigration reform. Of that amount, CCA spent $9,760,000, —...

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

H-2B Applications and Prevailing Wage Requests Continue Through May 15; USCIS Resumes Premium Processing | On April 15, 2015, the federal district court for the Northern District of Florida issued a further order in Perez v. Perez, No 3:14-cv-682 (N.D. Fla., March 4, 2015) permitting the DOL to continue...

Angelo Paparelli on Structural Immigration Reform - Law360 Interview

"Angelo Paparelli, a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and the founder of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, recently shared his views on the top issues facing business-immigration lawyers with Law360, including flaws in the government’s new L-1B visa memo and why enthusiasm for the...

Security Checks Make Immigration to USA Difficult - LexisNexis Expert Author Stephen Yale-Loehr

"Legal experts say that corrupt officials have chosen the United States and Canada as their escape haven because the quality of life is simply better. On Wednesday, Beijing’s anti-graft watchdog released a detailed list of 100 fugitives as a part of its “Sky Net” anti-corruption...

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

Training Document on Particular Social Groups Made Public | A PowerPoint presentation apparently given to asylum officers at USCIS was made public in late April, providing insight into the agency’s handling of potential claims for asylum based on membership in a particular social group. According...

Experts Weigh In on Clinton Immigration Speech

"Seated between “Dreamers” – young people brought to the country illegally as children – for a roundtable discussion at Rancho high school in Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton issued the clarion call immigration activists had been waiting for this week. “I will fight for...

LGBT Immigrants See High Detainment Rates, Report Finds: Law360

Allissa Wickham, Law360, May 15, 2015 - " U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained gay and transgender immigrants nearly 70 percent of the time when the agency’s internal assessment tool allowed for their release, according to an analysis published Thursday by the Center...

News Excerpt From the June 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions | From May 26, 2015 until July 27, 2015, USCIS will suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions. During this period, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for...

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...

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...