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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...

Costly Bonds Leave Women Refugees Languishing in Detention

"Ever since thousands of Central Americans sought asylum in Texas last summer, the White House has been trying to stop other families from doing the same. One of its most controversial tactics is to lock up asylum-seeking women and children in detention facilities and charge such high immigration...

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

Preliminary Injunction Issued in Texas v. United States | Late on February 16, a United States District Court judge for the Southern District of Texas (Brownsville) issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the President’s November 2014 executive action on immigration. Judge Andrew...

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,...

Court Enjoins 'Deterrence' Theory on Immigration Court Bonds for Refugee Moms, Kids

"A federal court today granted a preliminary injunction putting an immediate halt to the Obama administration's policy of locking up asylum-seeking mothers and children as a way to deter others from coming to the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the case on behalf of...

Major uprising at BOP "CAR" prison for immigrants in Willacy County, Texas

Bob Libal writes: "This should come as a shock to no one. Immigrants - many serving time on re-entry convictions - have staged a major uprising at this private prison in Willacy County, Texas. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ 2015/02/21/willacy-county- prison-tak_n_6727930.html The facility...

Death on Sevenmile Road - Melissa del Bosque

"Mike Avila, the shooter, wasn’t a soldier, or a federal agent with Border Patrol; he was a state police officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). On Oct. 25, 2012, in the outskirts of the border town of La Joya, local and state police responded within minutes to the shooting...

On the Texas - Mexico Border, Death Rains From the Sky

"It was in October of 2012 that a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter joined in a hot pursuit in the Rio Grande Valley. Officers suspected that pick-up truck they were chasing was loaded with bales of marijuana. To bring an end the chase a sniper in the helicopter fired 15 times at the...

Administration Asks Court to Lift Order Halting Immigration Programs

"The Obama administration, fighting a lawsuit by 26 states against the president’s executive actions on immigration, asked a federal appeals court Thursday to lift an order by a judge in Texas that halted the programs. Calling the legal reasoning behind the Feb. 16 injunction “unprecedented...

DOJ Files 5th Circuit Brief in Texas v. USA

"This case involves a challenge brought by Texas and other States to enjoin — nationwide — enforcement policies that the Secretary of Homeland Security adopted to manage the government’s limited immigration enforcement resources and prioritize the removal of aliens who threaten...

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project

"You can call it a 'Family Residential Center' but it is a prison…That's not what these women and children deserve." - Leslie Holman, AILA President "Immigrants' rights and immigrant legal services groups are announcing the establishment of a family detention...

Rick Perry's Border 'Surge' - Can Texas Afford It?

"[Texas] state leaders are grappling with how to continue the border surge [former Gov.] Perry started. Costs for it have been escalating: State spending on border security could be on course to reach as much as $400 million a year in the next budget cycle, roughly doubling current levels. Complicating...

Texas v. USA Oral Argument Preview

"Judge Hanen’s rulings on both the standing and the APA issues — specifically, that DACA and DAPA are not discretionary and thus require notice and comment rulemaking under the APA — cannot be squared with either the evidence in the record or the governing legal principles. The...

Does Rick Perry's Executive Order Conflict with Federal E-Verify Rules?

A Texas lawyer asks the feds some pertinent questions, and they reply : "This is in response to your email dated March 30,2015, to the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices ("OSC" or "Office"). In your email, you express concerns about...

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...

Attorneys, Law Students Train for Pro Bono Asylum Cases for Detained Refugee Moms, Kids in Texas

"For the mothers and children detained at an immigrant facility in Karnes County, about 100 miles south of Austin, their best chance for release is to find attorneys willing to represent them pro bono. And in turn, the lawyers willing to take on these cases need specific training. So this week at...

DOJ Submits Sensitive White House Docs In Immigration Beef

"The U.S. Department of Justice submitted highly sensitive documents that included White House communications to a Texas federal court on Thursday in the case over the president’s executive actions on immigration, while arguing that government never meant to mislead the court on the policies'...

EQUATING IMMIGRANTS TO GREENHOUSE GASES: IS THIS A VALID BASIS FOR STANDING TO SUE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?

Cyrus D. Mehta writes : "It has lately become fashionable for states that oppose President Obama’s immigration executive actions to sue in federal court on grounds that they are unconstitutional. But in order to get heard in court, a state must demonstrate standing. In the Texas v. United...

USCIS Chief Takes Responsibility For Injunction Violation: Law360

Allissa Wickham, Law360, May 18, 2015 - " The director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on Friday that he accepted responsibility for about 2,000 expanded work permits going out in violation of a court injunction on two of the president's executive action policies, telling a...

Lawsuit: U.S. Citizen Children Denied Birth Certificates in Texas

"A lawsuit contends the state of Texas is routinely discriminating against the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrant parents by denying them birth certificates. According to the civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Austin, the Texas Department of State Health Services...

Will Farmers Branch Save DAPA, Expanded DACA? - Cyrus D. Mehta

Cyrus D. Mehta writes - "After a split Fifth Circuit panel declined to lift Judge Hanen’s preliminary injunction in Texas v. United States blocking President Obama’s two executive actions that could defer the deportations of an estimated 4.4 million people, the score was 2 in favor of...

Executive Action on Immigration and the Judicial Artifice of “Lawful Presence” - Anil Kalhan

"In legal terms, Judge Smith’s strikingly casual reasoning about “lawful presence” lacks precision and ultimately makes very little sense." - Anil Kalhan, June 3, 2015 . - Prof. Anil Kalhan

Refugee Moms, Kids Languish in Texas Immigration Gulags

"Workers are putting the finishing touches on rows of barracks in a 50-acre camp here, the largest immigration detention center in the country. It houses thousands of women and their children who were caught crossing the border illegally and are seeking asylum in the United States. Federal officials...

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

New York Grants Law License to DACA Grantee | On June 3, 2015, an intermediate New York appellate court approved the application for admission to the bar of a Mexican citizen who was brought to the United States as a child and granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...

Texas Supermarket Settles Visa Suit With USCIS - Law360

"Texas supermarket chain H.E.B. Grocery Co. LP has dropped its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after its senior computer programmer was able to secure work authorization under a recently issued DHS rule. U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra signed an order Thursday dismissing...