A lawful step for the immigration system

" P resident Obama recently announced a policy to stop deportation of most undocumented immigrants who came here as children and to give them a quasi-status, called deferred action, that can let them work legally. Perhaps 800,000 Dreamers (as these young migrants are known, because they would be...

David Martin: Reading Arizona

"[T]he majority warmly reaffirmed a constitutional doctrine, known as obstacle preemption, that will favor the federal government’s interests in a wide swath of future cases. It also strongly endorsed the primacy of the federal government in immigration control, in the face of a stunningly...

A Misplaced Crusade

"On August 23, 11 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers sued to block the Obama administration's program for granting deferred action to long-time U.S. residents who came here illegally as children. Those who receive deferred action, based on a careful application process, will be shielded...

A Defense of Immigration-Enforcement Discretion: The Legal and Policy Flaws in Kris Kobach’s Latest Crusade

By David A. Martin*, Thursday, 20 December 2012 - " This Essay disputes the legal claims set forth in a recent lawsuit that seeks to invalidate a policy of the Department of Homeland Security. The policy gives protection against deportation to unauthorized immigrants who came to the country as children...

Is DACA Illegal? A Dallas Court Says, 'Maybe' (UPDATED)

"A court challenge by federal immigration agents seeking to block President Barack Obama’s deferred-deportation initiative will probably succeed, a judge said. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Dallas today put off his own decision on whether to grant the request for a preliminary...