Immigration Law

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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

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Should Undocumented Young People Apply?
Posted on 14 Sep 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

By Dan Berger and Stephen Yale-Loehr The Obama administration's program for young people who came to the United States as children and lack a valid immigration status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has sparked extensive debate, advice... Read More

Litigation Update: Texas v. USA (Jan. 30, 2015)
Posted on 31 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

As of Jan. 30, 2015, we still have no ruling by Judge Hanen on the motion for preliminary injunction in Texas v. USA , No. 1:14-cv-00254, S.D. TX, Brownsville Div. Notable recent docket entries, however, include the DEFENDANTS’ SUR-REPLY IN OPPOSITION... Read More

DACA, DAPA Reviews Lead to ICE Releases
Posted on 2 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"More than 200 people have been released from immigration custody in Arizona in the last month following the Department of Homeland Security’s new enforcement priorities, ICE officials said. On Nov. 20, President Obama announced that parents... 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

President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Supreme Court's Non-Ruling on Immigration
Posted on 23 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, June 23, 2016 - "[O]one of the reasons why America is such a diverse and inclusive nation is because we’re a nation of immigrants. Our Founders conceived of this country as a refuge for the world. And for more than two centuries... Read More

From Tijuana, Ex-DREAMer Calls for Immigration Reform
Posted on 25 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Nancy Landa was working in the public sector at a California organization that fateful September in 2009, when she was 29. She had graduated with honors in 2004 with a degree in business administration from California State University, Northridge... Read More

Judge’s Pause of Trump Travel Ban Takes Page from Republican Challenge to Obama Executive Action on DACA
Posted on 27 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti and Sarah Pierce, Migration Policy Institute, Feb. 21, 2017 - "The temporary restraining order halting one of President Trump’s most controversial actions, an executive order suspending the entry of nationals from seven countries... Read More

Barack Obama on Trump Termination of DACA
Posted on 5 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Barack Obama, Sept. 5, 2017 - "Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays... Read More

Tags: daca , Obama , Trump

Obama's Ruby Slippers: Enforcement Discretion in the Absence of Immigration Reform
Posted on 28 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This article explores how Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) emerged both from thwarted efforts at immigration reform and the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated decision in Arizona v. United States. I argue that DACA not only was... Read More

The Congressman Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks: Michael A. Olivas
Posted on 29 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) has written a letter to the Houston Chronicle indicating that I have misunderstood his views on the efficacy and legitimacy of Deferred Action and other forms of prosecutorial discretion, in my November 22, 2014... Read More

Experts: GOP Lawsuit Against Obama on Immigration Will Fail
Posted on 31 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Republicans’ response could very well depend on what the President does, “if and when” that occurs. Expanding DACA to include some family members of those already eligible could provoke a different reaction than smaller measures... Read More

Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay
Posted on 4 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Bryan Johnson ... argued that his client was eligible for Obama's deferred action program for parents, which temporarily protected Ayala from deportation until the Texas court ruling put the program on hold. Now, Johnson says he's not sure... Read More