Immigration Law

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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

Legal Experts: Hanen Injunction Blocking DAPA 'Deeply Flawed'
Posted on 13 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A group of 104 legal scholars and immigration law instructors signed a statement calling the Texas judge's decision that blocked President Barack Obama's immigration executive action "deeply flawed." In their statement provided... 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

Administration Asks Court to Lift Order Halting Immigration Programs
Posted on 13 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Obama administration, fighting a lawsuit by 26 states against the president’s executive actions on immigration, asked a federal appeals court Thursday to lift an order by a judge in Texas that halted the programs. Calling the legal reasoning... Read More

Bid to halt Obama's immigration plan likely to fail, legal experts say
Posted on 19 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Texas judge’s freeze on Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation likely won’t last long, legal experts say, meaning Republicans who oppose the executive action will have to look away from the courts... Read More

Prof. Anil Kalhan on United States v. Texas: The Supreme Court’s Silent Endorsement of Trumpisprudence
Posted on 30 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Anil Kalhan, June 27, 2016 - " [B]y affirming the legally flawed and deeply politicized lower court decisions blocking the Obama administration’s immigration initiatives — the substance of which I have previously discussed in several... Read More

Expert: Lawsuit Challenging Hanen Injunction Faces 'Uphill Battle' - Law360
Posted on 29 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Allissa Wickham, Law360, Aug. 25, 2016 - "A new suit in New York federal court hoping to narrow the scope of the block against President Barack Obama’s immigration actions is being called “novel” and “creative” by experts... Read More

Feds Ask for Stay, File Appeal to 5th Circuit: Texas v. USA
Posted on 23 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. Justice Department on Monday formally requested an emergency stay to put on hold a Texas judge's decision that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration from taking effect. U.S. District Judge... 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

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

Did the Supreme Court Already Decide Texas v. USA?
Posted on 10 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Judge Hanen's Feb. 16th injunction turns on the Administrative Procedure Act (APA.) Yesterday's unanimous Supreme Court decision in Perez v. Mtg. Bankers Assoc . could help Judge Hanen and the 5th Circuit answer the question: Did the November... Read More

Expert: States Venue Shopped Immigration Lawsuit
Posted on 9 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge's ruling last month blocking President Barack Obama's immigration executive action lays bare a pervasive practice in federal district courts: venue shopping. It is a game of odds in which lawyers pick a court to file their... Read More