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

DACA Dodged Bullet in Hanen Hearing...For Now
Posted on 9 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune, Aug. 8, 2018 - "The state of Texas will continue to incur irreparable financial harm if an Obama-era immigration program isn't halted immediately, attorneys for the state argued in Houston on Wednesday. But lawyers... Read More

Tags: daca , paxton , hanen

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

Judge Hanen's Order to 'Out' DACA Grantees Raises Privacy Concerns - Prof. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia
Posted on 24 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, May 23, 2016 - " Much of the press coverage on Judge Hanen’s May 19 order has focused on the order’s scolding. But equally, if not more alarming, are the implications of Judge Hanen’s demand on the... Read More

Tags: daca , wadhia , Privacy , hanen

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

Hanen Injunction 'Falls Far Outside Legal Mainstream' - NILC
Posted on 17 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" A federal district court today blocked the implementation of the immigration initiatives announced by President Obama last year, which would allow millions of immigrants to come forward and apply for deportation relief and work authorization. The... 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

Is Judge Hanen’s Smackdown of Executive Action on Immigration “Narrowly Crafted”? - Anil Kalhan
Posted on 22 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[L]et’s not be under any illusions: Judge Hanen’s opinion is remarkably sweeping in its tenor and its potential significance — and ultimately does not turn on any sort of distinction between the exercise of prosecutorial discretion... 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

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

Advocates Move To Prevent Release Of Immigrants' Info - Law360
Posted on 6 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Allissa Wickham, Law360, June 4, 2016 - "A group of immigrants and advocacy groups on Friday asked the Fifth Circuit to cancel a lower court’s request for information regarding certain immigrants with deferred action, adding a new development... 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

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

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

USCIS to DACA Recipients: Return 3-Year EADs
Posted on 9 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA reports: " USCIS sent a letter to DACA recipients who have not returned their three-year EAD, stating "USCIS must receive your EAD by 7/17/15. Failure to return the invalid EAD without good cause may affect your deferred action and employment... Read More

Tags: daca , ead , three-year , letter , hanen , aila