DAPA and Expanded DACA are Dead (for now) – Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects President Obama’s Immigration Plan

In a 135-page decision issued on November 9, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has (unsurprisingly) ruled against President Obama’s immigration plan, which he announced on November 20, 2014, hoping to benefit over 11 million undocumented people in the United States. Obama announced the DAPA and expanded DACA programs on November 20, 2014 through […]

Expanded DACA Applications To Be Accepted Beginning February 18, 2015

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was initially announced on June 15, 2012 via a memorandum from then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. On November 20, 2014, current-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson issued a memorandum expanding guidelines for DACA in several key ways.  Expanded DACA program will go into effect beginning in February 18, […]

Challenges to DACA and DAPA Programs

On January 15, 2015, a federal district court in Texas will hear oral argument in Texas, et al. v. United States, the 25-state lawsuit challenging the immigration initiatives announced by President Obama last year on November 20, 2014. The lawsuit alleges that states will be burdened by the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood […]

Executive Order – What Does It Mean For You?

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Preliminary estimates show […]

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Senate Immigration Bill Revealed

THIS IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.  THERE ARE NO NEW LAWS IN EFFECT YET CONCERNING THE INFORMATION BELOW. Source: NBC Latino (@nbclatino on Twitter) by Sandra Lilley (@sandralilley on Twitter) After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of eight Senators has drafted  a blueprint that would sharply transform the nation’s current immigration laws. NBC Latino […]

ACLU and Other Legal Groups Challenge AZ Immigration Law

The American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) and a coalition of civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona challenging Arizona’s new law requiring police to demand “papers” from people they stop who they suspect are not authorized to be in the U.S.  The extreme […]