Immigration Law

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DHS Sec. Kelly Rescinds DAPA Memo, Leaves DACA Alone...For Now
Posted on 16 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rescission of Memorandum Providing for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) - "On June 15, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, after consulting with the Attorney General... Read More

Tags: daca , kelly , dapa

Texas Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration’s DAPA Program Providing Work Permits And Legal Protection To Undocumented Immigrants
Posted on 20 Feb 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

On Feb. 16, 2015, a federal district court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of a federal government program entitled Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Texas v. United States... Read More

Judge Hanen Rakes DOJ Lawyers Over Ethics Coals in DAPA Case
Posted on 20 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

You've read about it in the news . Now read Judge Hanen's 28-page order for yourself. Stay tuned for reactions from practitioners and academics. Read More

Tags: Obama , hanen , dapa , DOJ , ethics , Texas

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

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

DC Circuit: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Lacks Standing to Sue Feds re DAPA
Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Because Sheriff Arpaio’s allegations of causation and redressability rest on speculation beyond that permitted by our standing decisions, we affirm the district court’s dismissal of the complaint for want of Article III standing."... Read More

Cities, Counties Ask Appeals Court To Let Obama Immigration Programs Move Forward
Posted on 7 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Leaders from more than 70 cities and counties, some going against their states, joined a legal brief filed Monday asking an appeals court to allow President Barack Obama's deportation relief policies to move forward. "Continuing to delay... 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

CMS Finds DACA and DAPA Populations Part of American Society
Posted on 10 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Center for Migration Studies, Mar. 10, 2016 - " A new paper released today by the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) offers a statistical portrait of the potential beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful... Read More

Tags: daca , CMS , dapa , paper

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

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

Cert. Pet. Filed in CA5 DAPA Challenge: U.S.A. v. Texas
Posted on 20 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Petition for Writ of Certiorari - "The Department of Homeland Security has long engaged in “a regular practice * * * known as ‘deferred action,’” in which the Secretary “exercis[es] [his] discretion” to forbear... 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