Immigration Law

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Wolf, Barr on DACA (July 28, 2020)
Posted on 28 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

July 28, 2020 DHS Press Release here . July 28, 2020 memo from Wolf to ICE, CBP and USCIS here . June 30, 2020 letter from Barr to Wolf here . Read More

Tags: Supreme Court , daca , barr , wolf , DHS

Trump: USCIS Will NOT Accept New DACA Applcations
Posted on 28 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Steve Holland, Reuters, July 28, 2020 "The administration plans to continue its existing policy of not accepting new DACA applicants, a policy in place since 2017, the official told Reuters." Read More

Trump Lawyers Put New DACA Applications "On Hold"...in a "Bucket"
Posted on 25 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Emily Davies, Washington Post, July 24, 2020 "Trump administration officials said during a federal court hearing Friday that they have not “granted nor rejected” any applications for a program designed to protect young undocumented... Read More

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Maryland Court Restores DACA Status Quo!
Posted on 17 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Casa de Maryland v. DHS "[I]n accordance with the Judgment of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, ECF No. 83, and the Supreme Court’s decision in Dep't of Homeland Sec. v. Regents of the Univ. of California, 140 S. Ct. 1891 (2020), it... Read More

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Cyrus Mehta on DACA and Reliance
Posted on 26 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, June 22, 2020 "On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California ruled that Elaine C. Duke, then-Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), violated... Read More

Expert: Trump Won't Have Time to Cancel DACA Before Election
Posted on 19 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nina Totenberg, NPR, June 18, 2020 "In a major rebuke to President Trump, the U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the administration's plan to dismantle an Obama-era program that has protected more than 600,000 so-called DREAMers from deportation... Read More

The Supreme Court Rules That Trump’s DACA Rescission Doesn’t Pass Muster
Posted on 18 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Peter Margulies, June 18, 2020 "On June 18, the Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote ruled against the Trump administration's attempt to rescind the DACA program. In a narrow opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts based on administrative law doctrine... Read More

Supreme Court: DACA Termination Violated APA!
Posted on 18 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS v. Regents "CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS delivered the opinion of the Court, except as to Part IV. In the summer of 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an immigration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or... Read More

Tags: Supreme Court , daca , APA , DHS

When 'Dreamers' Self-Deport
Posted on 25 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Take, May 22, 2020 "The US Supreme Court will soon decide the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme. The federal programme has granted a temporary reprieve from deportation for undocumented young people, known... Read More

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Perchance to DREAM
Posted on 7 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Perchance to DREAM A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA by Michael A. Olivas "The first comprehensive history of the DREAM Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) In 1982, the Supreme Court of the United States... Read More

Tags: daca , olivas , DREAM Act

Letter to Supreme Court Urges Justices to Consider DACA Healthcare Providers re COVID-19
Posted on 30 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mar. 27, 2020 letter re Wolf, et al., v. Batalla Vidal, et al., No. 18-589 "Healthcare providers on the frontlines of our nation’s fight against COVID-19 rely significantly upon DACA recipients to perform essential work. Approximately 27... Read More

Will Trump Deport One of Texas' Best Prosecutors?
Posted on 3 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Michael Hall, Texas Monthly, Dec. 19, 2019 "O n Monday morning, Pedro Villalobos stood in front of his new boss, Margaret Moore, the Travis County district attorney. The young lawyer, who wore a dark blue suit and a tie adorned with sunflowers... Read More

Tags: daca , Trump , Texas

Reliance Interests and Future DACA Litigation: Prof. Geoffey A. Hoffman
Posted on 19 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Nov. 18, 2019 "During the recent oral argument before the Supreme Court, strong reliance interests were raised on the part of DACA recipients. The questioning on reliance was initiated by Justice Gorsuch, raising the... Read More

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Expert: Supreme Court DACA Decision May Rest on C.J. Roberts as Swing Vote
Posted on 13 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Nov. 11, 2019 "The case, one of the most important of the justices’ term, will help define the scope of presidential powers over immigration. It also is seen as a test of Chief Justice John Roberts, who has... Read More