Immigration Law

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Experts: Obama Adjusted Immigration Policies
Posted on 31 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amelia Thomson DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight, July 31, 2019 "Immigration policy experts like Chishti think Obama deserves credit for adjusting his policies as his presidency went on. According to estimates by Chishti’s group , by the end of Obama’s... Read More

Roll Tape - Reporting on Migration from Obama to Trump (DU Law, Mar. 22, 2019)
Posted on 22 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Reporting on Migration from Obama to Trump "Cristian Farías, an editorial writer for the New York Times, will moderate a panel of print, digital, and broadcast journalists: Pilar Marrero, independent journalist, author of Killing the American... Read More

Yes He Can, on Immigration
Posted on 7 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Those who would qualify for legalization under a Senate bill passed last summer — people who do not pose criminal threats, who have strong ties to this country and, in many cases, have children who are American citizens — should not... Read More

White House to Announce Immigration Plan on Tuesday
Posted on 25 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"President Obama will debut his plans for comprehensive immigration reform at an event Tuesday in Las Vegas, the White House said Friday." - Justin Sink, Jan. 25, 2013 . Read More

MacArthur Fellow: Presidents Have Broad Discretion on Immigration
Posted on 21 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Some experts say Congress has given presidents broad discretion in enforcing immigration laws, which sets a high bar for opponents to prevail in court. “It’s the section of the United States Code with the most discretion given to the... Read More

Obama and Romney on Immigration - An Overview
Posted on 9 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With less than a month to go in the 2012 presidential race and the first debate in the books, many voters and non-voters alike continue to wonder whether social issues will return to center-stage. The 2012 campaign has seen lots of action on immigration... Read More

Arizona Jumps Birther Shark...Again
Posted on 19 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Just when you thought the news from Arizona could not get worse and/or more weird, this pops up: "Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Friday he is requesting officials in Hawaii to provide verification that President Obama was, in fact, born... Read More

Obama to Give Immigration Speech Today
Posted on 29 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Now it's President Obama's turn to talk immigration. In a speech on Tuesday, Obama is expected to praise the blueprint offered Monday by a bipartisan group of senators, while re-affirming the plan he put up in 2011 and calling for continuing... Read More

President Obama on CIR: 'Let's Get It Done'
Posted on 13 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants. (Applause.) And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, faith communities -- they all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive... Read More

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Father's deportation tears family apart
Posted on 2 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Early one morning in November, three immigration officers showed up at the Escondido home of Amado Sanchez Sr., and within minutes, the officers took his son-in-law, who is the father of his three grandchildren, leaving the family in chaos and... Read More

Obama Offers Rough Timetable for Immigration Reform
Posted on 1 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"President Obama said Wednesday that he wants Congress to pass an overhaul of immigration law in the first half of the year, suggesting that if lawmakers cannot produce a detailed plan within a few months, he would probably intervene with his own... Read More

DHS to Grant Reprieve, Work Permits to DREAMers
Posted on 16 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"President Barack Obama said Friday that his administration would let many young [unauthorized] immigrants legally live and work in the U.S., sidestepping Congress after years of stalemate over the nation's immigration policy. The Obama... Read More

Obama: Kids Stuck in Foster Care Due to Deportation a 'Real Problem'
Posted on 15 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In a briefing with Latino journalists last week, President Obama directly acknowledged that his administration’s immigration enforcement practices break up families and exclude parents from decisions about the custody of their children... Read More

House Members Call on Obama to Pardon Dreamers
Posted on 18 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), Nov. 17, 2016 - "Today, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) joined Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) in releasing a letter they wrote to President Obama asking him to use his pardon authority... Read More

  • Blog Post: Are Bureaucrats Blowing Off Obama’s New Immigration Policy?

    "Why are undocumented immigrants that the administration says it intends to help stay in this country still facing deportation?" Nathan Pippenger, The New Republic, Oct. 4, 2011 .
  • Blog Post: High-skill visa reform needs action by Congress, Obama says

    "President Obama's administration has been tweaking U.S. immigration policy and making little changes where it can to try to encourage the type of immigrant it wants. But Obama on Tuesday said that real changes to high-skill immigration policy will require action from Congress. "On the...
  • Blog Post: Obama's Immigration Gamble

    " Amid impassioned demands from Latinos to revamp immigration policy , President Barack Obama found a way to act alone, without relying on an unwilling Congress. His administration’s solution — scaling back deportations of illegal immigrants who appear to pose little criminal threat...
  • Blog Post: Civil rights groups charge Obama with hypocrisy on immigration

    "The Obama administration is facing charges of hypocrisy for fighting a controversial Alabama immigration law while using the measure to arrest and deport illegal immigrants in the state. Civil rights and Latino advocacy groups laud the Justice Department’s (DOJ) lawsuit challenging...
  • Blog Post: Obama: Kids Stuck in Foster Care Due to Deportation a 'Real Problem'

    "In a briefing with Latino journalists last week, President Obama directly acknowledged that his administration’s immigration enforcement practices break up families and exclude parents from decisions about the custody of their children. His comments affirmed the central findings of...
  • Blog Post: Kids to Obama: Don't deport our parents!

    "Most kids at this time of year get ready to write letters to Santa Claus , but many children of undocumented immigrants now prefer to write President Barack Obama begging him to stop the deportations that are breaking up their families. The campaign of the National Domestic Workers Alliance under...
  • Blog Post: Angelo on Obama, jobs, vegetables

    "Imagine if he looked back among the weapons of his and every American boy's childhood and pulled out his lowly pea shooter . Rather than appease , he could shoot peas -- fresh green orbs of power in the form of executive orders that he alone propels from the White House. No more appeasement...
  • Blog Post: Dispatches From Obama's Other Wars — on Immigrants and Drugs

    "There’s been no leadership or even an attempt to set forth a new vision of immigration reform that could transcend the divides of the current debate. This too can be readily explained. No one could have expected the president to put immigration reform — whose main prospective...
  • Blog Post: Father's deportation tears family apart

    "Early one morning in November, three immigration officers showed up at the Escondido home of Amado Sanchez Sr., and within minutes, the officers took his son-in-law, who is the father of his three grandchildren, leaving the family in chaos and in tears. The father of the three children, Gerardo...
  • Blog Post: 'Obama, don't deport my momma!'

    "Thrust into a complex debate about the country’s immigration policies, one of Victoria Lorenzo-Calmo’s children has a simple plea: “Obama, don’t deport my momma.” That was one of the signs held Wednesday outside Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as the Guatemalan...
  • Blog Post: Woman Writes Letter to Obama, Gets Featured in Book

    "When Lucy Gutierrez of Kingman [AZ] wrote a letter to President Obama about the turmoil she felt over Arizona's most controversial immigration law, she had little hope that he would read it. Not only did Obama read the letter, but Gutierrez is now the subject of a book about everyday...
  • Blog Post: IT Heavyweights Write to Obama re L-1 Visa Snags

    On March 22, 2012 a "Who's Who" list of IT heavyweights wrote a letter to President Obama "to express our concern that American job growth and the U.S. economy are being harmed by unprecedented delays and uncertainty surrounding L-1 visas for valued employees." Reporting from...
  • Blog Post: Return to Sender

    " Return To Sender is a video letter sent from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Washington, D.C. The video is a collection of testimonies by Khmer Exiled Americans extradited to Cambodia under harsh US deportation policies. The video continues our interest in giving voice to abandoned and forgotten...
  • Blog Post: Arizona Jumps Birther Shark...Again

    Just when you thought the news from Arizona could not get worse and/or more weird, this pops up: "Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Friday he is requesting officials in Hawaii to provide verification that President Obama was, in fact, born there." - CMS, May 19, 2012 . Cooler (and...
  • Blog Post: Is Obama Playing Politics with Cuban Scholar Visa Approvals/Denials?

    "President Barack Obama has made increased academic, cultural and people-to-people exchanges a cornerstone of his Cuba policy, and such trips have greatly increased in recent years. Yet on the LASA visas, the White House has taken fire from both sides. Cuban-American politicians were irate...
  • Blog Post: Law Profs to Obama: You Have Authority to Help DREAMers

    "This week student leaders presented White House officials with a letter signed by more than 90 immigration law professors who argued that the president has “clear executive authority” to halt deportations of illegal immigrants who might benefit from the student legislation. The...
  • Blog Post: Law Professors Agree: Obama Has Executive Power To Provide Relief To DREAMers

    "Since the DREAM Act was narrowly defeated in Congress in December 2010, DREAMers around the country have been calling on President Obama to provide executive relief to immigrant youth and their families. However, the Obama Administration has repeatedly stalled, saying that they lack the...
  • Blog Post: A Failure of Discretion

    "Delays in background checks are at the root of the inaction, but the problem goes beyond that. Immigration advocates in the South are trying to stop the deportation of dozens of people who spoke out against abuses like dangerous working conditions, unlawful arrests, unpaid wages, racial...
  • Blog Post: In Case You Missed the President's DREAM Speech...

    "President Obama announces a new Department of Homeland Security policy that will allow certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria to be considered for relief from...
  • Blog Post: Transcript of President Obama's DREAM Speech

    June 15, 2012, Remarks by the President on Immigration , Rose Garden, 2:09 P.M. EDT [Note the rude interruption by reporter Neil Munro of the conservative Daily Caller, edited by Tucker Carlson. Munro's explanation for his actions is simply not credible , and he has been roundly criticized . "Former...
  • Blog Post: DHS to Grant Reprieve, Work Permits to DREAMers

    "President Barack Obama said Friday that his administration would let many young [unauthorized] immigrants legally live and work in the U.S., sidestepping Congress after years of stalemate over the nation's immigration policy. The Obama administration says it won't deport many younger...
  • Blog Post: Young Immigrants Hopeful, Skeptical of Obama Plan

    "Scores of young [unauthorized] immigrants who have called the United States home for most of their lives are excited by the Obama administration's decision allowing them to stay here legally, but they have a lot of questions. Most important: Is it too good to be true? How will it actually...
  • Blog Post: Obama's New Immigration Policy: Disappointment Is in the Details

    "Within the niche where I reside, most of my friends and colleagues are supporters of President Obama. He is one of us: a former law professor, a liberal, and—a point of pride for many of us—a person of color who has navigated his way in the whitest of worlds. But among those of us who...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Transcript of White House Naturalization Ceremony for Servicemembers

    " All of you did something profound: You chose to serve. You put on the uniform of a country that was not yet fully your own. ... We say it so often, we sometimes forget what it means -- we are a nation of immigrants. Unless you are one of the first Americans, a Native American, we are all descended...