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MacArthur Fellow: Presidents Have Broad Discretion on Immigration

"Some experts say Congress has given presidents broad discretion in enforcing immigration laws, which sets a high bar for opponents to prevail in court. “It’s the section of the United States Code with the most discretion given to the executive branch,” said Anchorage, Alaska,...

CA3 on Religious Worker Visa Regulation: Shalom Pentecostal Church v. DHS

"The Third Circuit on Tuesday upheld a New Jersey federal judge's order striking down a regulation by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service requiring religious worker visa applicants to be performing such work only while legally authorized, saying the rule exceeded the agency's authority...

New Book: Immigration Law & the Military, 2nd Edition, by Margaret D. Stock

"Immigration Law & the Military by retired Lieutenant Colonel Margaret D. Stock serves as a primer on all issues of immigration and citizenship laws and their effects on members of the U.S. military and their families. The new edition covers parole in place for family members of military personnel...

Immigration and the Separation of Powers - Margaret D. Stock

"On July 4, many Americans turn their thoughts to the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, looking for wisdom to guide today's great political controversies. One of the key controversies dividing Americans today is immigration. What do our Founding documents say...

Expert: Abolishing Birthright Citizenship Would Jeopardize American Equality Principle

"Donald Trump is not the first Republican presidential candidate to float the idea of scrapping the principle that anyone born in the United States automatically becomes a US citizen. And he probably won’t be the last. [This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the...

Lawyer Unsticks 7-Year Visa Logjam

"Max Mamontov loves order. It’s why he loves his job as an accountant, where he takes the relative chaos of business transactions and turns them into something understandable. But one thing the Russian national who grew up in Alaska couldn’t find order -- or even answers -- in was...

Expert: Eliminating Birthright Citizenship Would Be a Bureacratic and Costly Change of Law

"Changing the constitutional rule of birthright citizenship — a principle of equality that millions of Americans fought and died for in the Civil War — would not only cost billions, but would create more problems than it could solve. Birthright citizenship is not the only way that people...

Meet the Deported Veterans: NPR

Morning Edition, NPR, Jan. 13, 2016 - "Immigrants have always made up a portion of the Armed Forces in America — joining the U.S. military has always been one of the fastest ways to get U.S. citizenship. About 8,000 troops with green cards became citizens that way last year alone. But it doesn't...

Alaska Immigration Attorney Margaret D. Stock Launches Senate Bid

Devin Kelly, Alaska Dispatch News, Feb. 17, 2016 - "Anchorage immigration attorney Margaret Stock said Tuesday that she’s running as an independent against Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army Reserves who has spent years arguing that...

Alaska Immigration Lawyer Margaret Stock Files Papers for U.S. Senate Run

Erica Martinson, Alaska Dispatch News, Aug. 12, 2016 - " Margaret Stock arrived at the Division of Elections in Anchorage at 10 a.m. Friday with a thick stack of papers containing, she said, twice the number of signatures required to get on the November ballot as an independent candidate for the...

Alaska Immigration Lawyer Margaret Stock Picks Up Key Endorsement in U.S. Senate Run

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press, Aug. 19, 2016 - "Jeff King, a four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is changing political teams when it comes to Alaska's U.S. Senate race, pulling his endorsement of Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski and backing independent candidate Margaret...

Taking Stock: Alaska's Next Senator?

Anchorage Press, Oct. 13, 2016 - "When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump entered the race in June of last year, his announcement speech included the allegation that Mexicans illegally entering the United States were criminals, drug traffickers and rapists. From there, the national political...

C-SPAN Video: Sanctuary Cities - Jessica Vaughn vs. William Stock (Dec. 14, 2016)

C-SPAN Video: Sanctuary Cities - Jessica Vaughn vs. William Stock (Dec. 14, 2016)

MAVNI Current Status (Margaret Stock, Mar. 30, 2017)

AILA Quicktake, Mar. 30, 2017 - "Author of "Immigration Law and the Military" and AILA member Margaret Stock shares details of where the MAVNI program stands."

Interview with Margaret Stock on DOD/USCIS Shutdown of MAVNI

Texas Standard, May 2, 2017 - "[T]he New York Times is reporting the process of granting citizenship to immigrant soldiers is suffering serious delays. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, and a lawyer representing some people suing the government for not fulfilling...

"Paranoid" Pentagon Has "Destroyed" MAVNI Program

Alex Horton, Stars & Stripes, May 18, 2017 - "Earlier this spring, Dr. Kusuma Nio was anticipating two things in May. The trauma surgeon hoped to deploy with his Army Reserve unit to Afghanistan, where his expertise in treating catastrophic injuries would be vital to U.S. and Afghan forces roiled...

The Pentagon promised citizenship to immigrants who served. Now it might help deport them. (MAVNI)

Alex Horton, Washington Post, June 26, 2017 - "The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation, a Defense Department memo shows. The undated action memo, prepared for Defense...

Pentagon Blocks Army Reservists From Naturalizing Under INA Sec. 329

DoD Memo, Aug. 17, 2017 - "Effectively immediately, I withhold authority to certify the honorable service (N-426) of Soldiers who have not yet attended Initial Entry Training (IET)." Margaret Stock , BIB Editorial Board Member, MacArthur Foundation Fellow and creator of MAVNI, has this comment...

This DREAMer Is Ready to Go to the Army. Will Trump Let Him?

Michael Daly, Daily Beast, Sept. 6, 2017 - "They speak languages deemed of particular importance to national security. But as they wait for basic training, Trump canceled DACA — and possibly their dreams of serving."

Expert: MAVNI Killed by 'Bureaucratic Bumbling'

Amy Bushatz, Military.com, Sept. 13, 2017 - "A military recruitment program thrust into the spotlight by President Donald Trump's recently announced immigration reform plans is a victim of bad American immigration policy, its creator said. "DoD has killed the program through bureaucratic...

Expert Margaret Stock: Pentagon Incompetence Ignites MAVNI 'Dumpster Fire'

Alex Horton, Washington Post, Sept. 15, 2017 - "U.S. Army recruiters have abruptly canceled enlistment contracts for hundreds of foreign-born military recruits since last week, upending their lives and potentially exposing many to deportation, according to several affected recruits and a former...

Trump DOD Reverses Bush Policy Allowing Expedited Military Naturalizations, All Military Naturalization Applicants Warned to Expect Major Delays

Margaret D. Stock , the creator of MAVNI, states: “Xenophobia has been formally institutionalized at the Pentagon. Many immigrants who sign enlistment contracts will no longer be able to naturalize through military service, since they must now pass a new “security clearance” process...

Violating Federal Law, Army Bans Green Card Holders From Enlisting

Emily Singer and Ashley Edwards, Mic Network, Oct. 17, 2017 - "Army recruiters have been told to stop enlisting green card holders into the Army effective immediately, according to an email sent to military recruiters and obtained by Mic, a move that experts say breaks federal law. “EFFECTIVE...

Army Risks 'Mission Failure' by Rejecting Immigrants, Naturalized Citizens

Alex Horton, Washington Post, Oct. 18, 2017 - "The U.S. Army has stopped enlisting some immigrants who are legal permanent residents while mandating lengthy delays for others, part of a controversial effort across the military to tighten security in the ranks by subjecting foreign-born recruits...

Army Tightens Rules For Immigrants Joining As A Path To Citizenship

NPR, Oct. 22, 2017 - "NPR's Melissa Block talks with Margaret Stock , a retired U.S. Army officer, who created a program to recruit skilled immigrants. She says the new rules will bring down enlistment."