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

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

Texas Businesses File Pro-DACA Brief; Ending Program Would Cost Economy Billions
Posted on 25 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mark Curriden, Texas Lawbook, July 22, 2018 - "A federal lawsuit by Texas officials earlier this year seeking to order the end of the federal immigration program called the Deferred Act for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, will have "immediate,... Read More

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

This Blog Post Destroys Texas' Immigration Case
Posted on 13 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Yes, it's a bit long, and yes, it's a bit technical, but this post by Georgetown Law Prof. Martin Lederman shows once and for all why Texas' case has been without merit from day one. Let's hope all Supreme Court justices, and their clerks... Read More

Tags: daca , lederman , blog , dapa , Texas

Feds Seek Full Court Rehearing in USA v. Texas
Posted on 19 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amy Howe, July 18, 2016 - " The filing by Acting Solicitor General Ian Gershengorn acknowledged that it is “exceedingly rare” for the Court to agree to rehear a case. But, the Obama administration emphasized, the Court did precisely that... 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

USCIS Chief Takes Responsibility For Injunction Violation: Law360
Posted on 19 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Allissa Wickham, Law360, May 18, 2015 - " The director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on Friday that he accepted responsibility for about 2,000 expanded work permits going out in violation of a court injunction on two of the president's... Read More

Reaction to USA v. Texas Supreme Court Oral Argument
Posted on 19 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2016, Yosemite National Park* Professors, practitioners, bloggers and reporters are reacting to yesterday's Supreme Court oral argument. (Transcript here .) A sample: Will Chief Justice Roberts Give the Administration a... Read More

Young Texas immigrants eligible for DACA want to serve, but can't enlist
Posted on 11 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When Leonardo Castro says he’s willing to die for his country, he means the United States. For Castro, born in Mexico and brought into the U.S. illegally at age 2, this is the only country he knows and loves. So when the federal government... 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

4-4 Tie at Supreme Court in U.S. v. Texas Blocks DAPA, DACA+
Posted on 23 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UNITED STATES, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. TEXAS, ET AL. ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT [June 23, 2016] PER CURIAM. The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court. [Stand by for commentary... Read More

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

Supreme Court Oral Argument in U.S. v. Texas Set for April 18, 2016
Posted on 4 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SCOTUSblog, Mar. 4, 2016 - "Issue: (1) Whether a state that voluntarily provides a subsidy to all aliens with deferred action has Article III standing and a justiciable cause of action under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to challenge the... Read More