Immigration Law

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Expert: Texas DACA Challenge Could Drag On
Posted on 17 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 11, 2020 "DACA still faces a huge challenge: On Dec. 22, a federal judge is scheduled to hold a hearing on its legality in a case brought by the state of Texas. The hearing before U.S. District Judge Andrew... Read More

Expert: Texas DACA Challenge Could Trigger Supreme Court Review
Posted on 6 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laurel Brubaker Calkins, Bloomberg, May 2, 2018 - "Texas’s legal bid to end the Obama-era policy that protects 700,000 undocumented young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as Dreamers, may set the stage for the Trump... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: Were the DOJ Lawyers Really Unethical in Texas v. USA?
Posted on 4 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, June 4, 2016 - "Judge Hanen’s order dated May 19, 2016 reprimanding thousands of Department of Justice lawyers for unethical conduct is astounding because it does not even appear that their conduct was unethical. Much has already... Read More

Tags: daca , mehta , hanen , dapa , legomsky , ethics , Texas

Administration Asks Court to Lift Order Halting Immigration Programs
Posted on 13 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Prof. Anil Kalhan on United States v. Texas: The Supreme Court’s Silent Endorsement of Trumpisprudence
Posted on 30 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Anil Kalhan, June 27, 2016 - " [B]y affirming the legally flawed and deeply politicized lower court decisions blocking the Obama administration’s immigration initiatives — the substance of which I have previously discussed in several... Read More

New York 'Dreamer' Challenges Texas Judge's Nationwide Immigration Injunction - Batalla Vidal v. Baran
Posted on 26 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILC, Aug. 25, 2016 - "A first-of-its-kind lawsuit today opened up a new front in the defense of the Obama administration’s 2014 immigration relief initiatives, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents... Read More

When a Judge is Out of Control - Stephen Legomsky
Posted on 3 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stephen Legomsky, June 3, 2016 - "Soon the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision in U.S. v. Texas, the lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. In the meantime, Judge Andrew Hanen, the federal judge... Read More

Tags: daca , hanen , dapa , legomsky , Texas

Dreamers Affected by Federal Judge Order Seek to Defend Their Privacy - NILC
Posted on 4 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILC, June 3, 2016 - "The National Immigration Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Texas today filed a petition for writ of mandamus before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of four people impacted by a recent... Read More

DOJ Files 5th Circuit Brief in Texas v. USA
Posted on 31 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

DHS Takes Action to Comply With Judge Hanen's Order re 3-Year EADs: Texas v. USA
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On July 15, 2015 the government filed two documents in Texas v. USA describing efforts to cancel and retrieve 3-year EADs. Read More

Tags: hanen , DHS , EADs , Texas

Judge Hanen and the Sealed Envelopes (USA v. Texas)
Posted on 9 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

With Supreme Court oral argument in USA v. Texas just days away, Judge Hanen in the lower District Court issued an order on Friday , April 9th regarding mysterious sealed envelopes proffered by the government. Stay tuned! Read More

Tags: envelopes , hanen , Texas

District Court Enjoins DAPA, Expanded DACA: Texas v. USA
Posted on 17 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: daca , injunction , Obama , hanen , dapa , Texas

Judge Hanen Rakes DOJ Lawyers Over Ethics Coals in DAPA Case
Posted on 20 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

You've read about it in the news . Now read Judge Hanen's 28-page order for yourself. Stay tuned for reactions from practitioners and academics. Read More

Tags: Obama , hanen , dapa , DOJ , ethics , Texas

Will Farmers Branch Save DAPA, Expanded DACA? - Cyrus D. Mehta
Posted on 1 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

DOJ Submits Sensitive White House Docs In Immigration Beef
Posted on 3 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: daca , hanen , dapa , DOJ , Texas