Immigration Law

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Trump's Refugee/Travel Ban Amended: Iraqi S.I.V. Interpreters Will Be Allowed In to U.S.
Posted on 2 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

New York Times, Feb. 2, 2017 - "The Trump administration amended its visa ban on Thursday to allow emigration by the families of Iraqi interpreters who served the United States government and military forces deployed in their country. ... In a statement... Read More

Trump's Refugee Ban Could Backfire: 100+ National Security Experts
Posted on 1 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nahal Toosi, Politico, Jan. 30, 2017 - "More than 100 former U.S. officials from both parties are urging agency heads to use their own authority to ease some of the restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees... Read More

Diplomats Break With Trump Over Refugee Ban
Posted on 30 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Benjamin Wittes, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic, January 30, 2017 - " Consider this a major bureaucratic uprising on the part of career foreign service officers against the President on his executive order on refugees. ... Read More

See Up-To-The-Minute Case Developments: Wa. & Minn. v. Trump (CA9 - Updated)
Posted on 6 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Ninth Circuit has a dedicated web page for this case. Here are the latest filings: 02/06/2017 Link to oral argument live stream 02/06/2017 Order clarifying live streaming oral argument 02/06/2017 Order re live... Read More

White House Finally Posts Jan. 27th Refugee Ban EO to Official Website...Three Days Late
Posted on 30 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Posted by the White House on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 - EXECUTIVE ORDER: PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES Read More

Another Injunction Against Trump Travel/Refugee Ban: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted on 14 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dahlia Lithwick, Slate, Feb. 13, 2017 - "In an opinion filed on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia , Judge Leonie Brinkema has now granted a preliminary injunction in the case Aziz v. Trump . The Commonwealth of... Read More

Wa. TRO Blocks Trump's Refugee/Travel Ban Nationwide
Posted on 4 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge in Seattle today granted Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request to immediately halt implementation of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on immigration nationwide. The Temporary Restraining Order will remain in... Read More

Expert: Trump Travel Ban Needs Adjusting
Posted on 13 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Greg Stohr, David Voreacos, Bloomberg News, Feb. 11, 2017 - "President Donald Trump could solve the most glaring problem a federal appeals court found with his travel ban by explicitly saying it doesn’t cover immigrants who already have a permanent... Read More

CA9 Denies Stay; TRO Blocking Trump Refugee/Travel Ban Still in Effect
Posted on 5 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State of Washington & State of Minnesota v. Trump Ninth Circuit Case No: 17-35105 02/03/2017 Order Temporary Restraining Order 02/04/2017 Video Video recording of hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington 02/04... Read More

White House Blocks Visas for Certain Persons Contributing to Situation in Ukraine
Posted on 6 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Executive Order, Mar. 6, 2014 : BLOCKING PROPERTY OF CERTAIN PERSONS CONTRIBUTING TO THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International... Read More

White House: Green Card Holders Not Covered by Travel Ban (Feb. 1, 2017)
Posted on 2 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON February 1, 2017 MEMORANDUM TO THE ACTING SECRETARY OF STATE, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY FROM: Donald F. McGahn II – Counsel to the President SUBJECT: Authoritative... Read More

Trump Won't Seek En Banc Review of CA9 Panel Ruling; Will Rescind and Replace Travel Ban Executive Order
Posted on 16 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

From the Government's Brief filed Feb. 16, 2017 - "[T]he United States does not seek en banc review of the merits of the panel’s ruling. Rather than continuing this litigation, the President intends in the near future to rescind the Order... Read More

Federal Courts Block Trump Muslim/Travel Ban 2.0
Posted on 16 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hawaii TRO here . Maryland TRO here . Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, Mar. 16, 2017 - "A second federal judge issued an injunction Thursday blocking enforcement of one of the critical sections of President Trump’s revised travel ban... Read More

CA9 Keeps Travel Ban TRO In Place; Trump Stay Request Denied (Feb. 9, 2017)
Posted on 9 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"At issue in this emergency proceeding is Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” which, among other changes to immigration policies and procedures, bans for 90 days the entry... Read More

Anticlimactic H-1B Executive Order
Posted on 19 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Despite detailed advance work here and here , the April 18, 2017 Executive Order ("Buy American and Hire American") is very light on substance regarding H-1B visas: "Sec. 5. Ensuring the Integrity of the Immigration System in Order to... Read More