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Fifth Circuit Panel, 2-1, Upholds DAPA Injunction: Texas v. USA

Panel decision, Nov. 9, 2015 Majority (Smith, Elrod) - "Reviewing the district court’s order for abuse of discretion, we affirm the preliminary injunction because the states have standing; they have established a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their procedural and substantive...

Judge Prohibits Texas from Licensing Family Detention Centers as Childcare Facilities

Grassroots Leadership, Nov. 20, 2015 - "Grassroots Leadership today won a temporary injunction in its suit to stop the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from licensing family detention centers in Karnes and Dilley as childcare facilities under an emergency rule. The emergency rule...

Court: Texas Cannot Block Syrian Refugees

THHSC v. USA, Feb. 8, 2016 - "This Order addresses Plaintiff Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s (the “Commission”) amended application for preliminary injunction against Defendant International Rescue Committee, Inc. (“IRC”) and the Federal Defendants. Because...

MALDEF Wins Court Order Blocking Texas Immigrant Harboring Law

MALDEF, Apr. 14, 2016 - " Today, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the immigrant harboring provision of HB11, which was enacted in the 2015 Texas Legislative Session. Judge Ezra, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, ruled that the plaintiffs were likely...

Texas Court Issues Temporary Injunction Prohibiting Licensing of Dilley Family Detention Camp

Grassroots Leadership, June 1, 2016 - " In a major victory for advocates, an Austin judge has issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a child care license under lowered standards to the nation’s largest immigration...

New York 'Dreamer' Challenges Texas Judge's Nationwide Immigration Injunction - Batalla Vidal v. Baran

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 (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood...

Expert: Lawsuit Challenging Hanen Injunction Faces 'Uphill Battle' - Law360

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, but they say the case may face a tough road...

Court Orders Feds to Improve Conditions in Immigration Holding Cells

NILC, Nov. 18, 2016 - "A federal district court today found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is violating the constitutional rights of people detained in holding facilities in Arizona and ordered the government to take steps to improve conditions in these facilities, known as hieleras . This...

Texas Court Blocks Licensing of Family Detention Camps as 'Childcare' Facilities

Grassroots Leadership, Dec. 3, 2016 - "In a major victory for detained asylum seeking mothers and their children, an Austin judge Friday issued a final judgment effectively preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing child care licenses to the nation’s...

Another Injunction Against Trump Travel/Refugee Ban: Commonwealth of Virginia

Dahlia Lithwick, Slate, Feb. 13, 2017 - "In an opinion filed on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia , Judge Leonie Brinkema has now granted a preliminary injunction in the case Aziz v. Trump . The Commonwealth of Virginia had filed suit, claiming that Trump’s...

Judge’s Pause of Trump Travel Ban Takes Page from Republican Challenge to Obama Executive Action on DACA

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 and pausing refugee resettlement, has strong...

Wa. Attorney General: Revised Travel Ban Still Subject to Injunction

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Mar. 9, 2017 - "In documents filed in federal court Thursday, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson contends that the injunction he obtained blocking key sections of President Trump’s previous immigration Executive Order applies to the...

Federal Court: Louisiana Law Violates Refugee's Right to Marry - Vo v. Gee

Associated Press, Mar. 23, 2017 - "A year ago, a state law blocked a U.S. citizen born in an Indonesian refugee camp from getting married in Louisiana. A court victory Wednesday means the man and his fiancee are free to make wedding plans. Viet Anh Vo and his U.S.-born fiancee, Heather Pham,...

Hawai'i Federal Court Enjoins Trump Travel Ban

Laura Jarrett, CNN, Mar. 30, 2017 - "A federal judge in Hawaii granted the state's request for a longer-term halt of the revised travel ban executive order Wednesday. US District Court Judge Derrick Watson blocked the core provisions of the revised executive order two weeks ago, concluding that...

Arizona Federal Court Enjoins Maricopa County's Use of I-9 Forms in State Prosecutions (Law360)

Kelcee Griffis, Law360, Mar. 29, 2017 - "An Arizona federal judge has permanently barred the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office from using documents submitted by employees solely for use in I-9 employment authorization checks to conduct criminal prosecutions for identity theft or forgery under...

Trump Handed "Sweeping Defeat...Humiliating Loss" in Sanctuary Cities Case: County of Santa Clara v. Trump

Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, Apr. 26, 2017 - " The Post reports : A federal judge in San Francisco dealt the Trump administration another legal blow Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s threat to withhold unspecified federal funding from cities and towns that refuse to...

Thoughts on the Appellate Court Decision Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

Ilya Somin, Washington Post, May 25, 2017 - "In a 10-3 decision today, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has upheld a trial court injunction against President Trump’s revised travel ban executive order, temporarily barring citizens of six Muslim-majority nations from entering...

Jessica Gets Her DACA Back!

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 contentious national debate over illegal immigration...

Trump Tweaks Travel Ban - June 14, 2017 Presidential Memo

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence For Immediate Release June 14, 2017 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE DIRECTOR...

Another Blow to Trump Travel Ban: Hawaii v. Trump Preliminary Injunction Modified

Hawaii v. Trump, July 13, 2017 - "[W]hen appropriately considered in the context of the June 26 order, the Government’s narrowly defined list finds no support in the careful language of the Supreme Court or even in the immigration statutes on which the Government relies. ... In sum, the Government’s...

Latest DOS Cable on 'Close Family' Reflects Hawaii Ruling

MRN: 17 STATE 73352 Date/DTG: Jul 14, 2017 / 142214Z JUL 17 From: SECSTATE WASHDC Action: SOMALIA, USMISSION ROUTINE ; ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS COLLECTIVE ROUTINE E.O.: 13526 TAGS: CMGT, KPAO, PTER, KHLS, CVIS Captions: SENSITIVE Reference: A) 17 STATE 8708 B) 17 STATE 9516 C) 17 STATE 11004...

Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Blocks DOJ from Enforcing 'Cease and Desist' Letter Against NWIRP

NWIRP v. Sessions, July 27, 2017 - "1. Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction (Dkt. 37) is GRANTED. 2. Defendants Jefferson B. Sessions III, the United States Department of Justice, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Juan Osuna, and Jennifer Barnes, and all of their officers...

Court Strikes Down Louisiana Anti-Immigrant Marriage Law: Vo v. Gee

Vo v. Gee - "The unconstitutionality of Act 436 applies to all residents of the State of Louisiana, not just Mr. Vo. The scope of the preliminary injunction order applied to Plaintiff and all similarly situated U. S. citizens who are prevented from obtaining a marriage license under Act 436 (Rec...

Texas Federal Court Enjoins Key Parts of SB 4

Richard Gonzales, NPR, Aug. 30, 2017 - "Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled late Wednesday that Texas officials may not implement Senate Bill 4, a controversial measure designed to crack down on so-called "sanctuary cities" in that state. The law, set to go into effect on...

Judge Rules in Chicago's Favor on Sanctuary Cities, Grants Nationwide Injunction

Chicago Tribune, Sept. 15, 2017 - "In a ruling with national impact, a federal judge in Chicago on Friday blocked the Trump administration's rules requiring so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration agents in order to get a public safety grant. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber...