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

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

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

Judge Enjoins DACA Wind-Down: Regents v. DHS
Posted on 10 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Jan. 10, 2018 - "In a [49-page] ruling Tuesday evening, San Francisco-based U.S. District Court judge William Alsup ordered the administration to resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood... Read More

Major DACA Victory: Court Enjoins Unlawful DACA Revocations, Nationwide Class Certified (IEIYC & Arreola v. Nielsen)
Posted on 1 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Feb. 27, 2018 - "As part of its anti-immigrant agenda, the Trump administration has been revoking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals grants based on unproven allegations or minor offenses that should have no effect on whether a person can... Read More

Second Federal Court Blocks Trump DACA Shutdown: Batalla Vidal v. Nielsen
Posted on 14 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ariane de Vogue, CNN, Feb. 13, 2018 - "A second federal judge Tuesday has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the US District Court for the Eastern... 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

CA9 on DACA, Arizona, Driver Licenses: Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer
Posted on 7 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The federal government has enacted a program called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (“DACA”), which authorizes certain immigrants who came to the United States as children, without permission, to remain in the United... Read More

Jessica Gets Her DACA Back!
Posted on 13 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeremy Redmon, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 12, 2017 - "A federal judge in Atlanta has ordered the government to reinstate a temporary reprieve from deportation for Jessica Colotl, a Norcross woman whose 2010 arrest in Georgia reignited the... Read More

Tags: daca , injunction , colotl , kuck

Federal Court Enjoins DACA Revocation: Gonzalez Torres v. DHS
Posted on 3 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gonzalez Torres v. DHS, Sept. 29, 2017 - "For the reasons set forth herein, the court Grants Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction and (1) Orders that Defendants’ May 7, 2016 revocation of Plaintiff’s DACA status is vacated... 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

Inspector General Finds USCIS Did Not Deliberately Violate Court Injunction
Posted on 13 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL, Department of Homeland Security, Aug. 13, 2015 - "The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General (DHS OIG) found no evidence that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) deliberately violated a U.S... Read More

Tags: daca , ead , report , injunction , oig , USCIS , DHS

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

Court Enjoins Arizona's Driver License Limitation
Posted on 9 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was wrong to bar some young immigrants from receiving driver’s licenses, a panel of federal judges ruled today. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to end its policy... Read More

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