Motion Filed to Lift Injunction on President Immigration Action

Yesterday, lawyers for the Justice Department filed an emergency motion to lift the injunction blocking the President Immigration Action because it violates the separation of powers under the U.S. Constitution.  In the legal brief, lawyers for the Justice Department argue that the injunction by Judge Hanen “offends basic separation-of-powers principles, impinging on core executive functions concerning the exercise of discretion in the complex task of enforcing the immigration laws.”  Since it is unlikely that the objections by the Justice Department will persuade Judge Hanen to lift his injunction on the President Immigration Action and allow the immigration programs to move forward, the government’s lawyers also filed a notice that they would appeal the judge’s overall ruling at the appeals court.   (more…)

President Obama Confident on Immigration

“This is not the first time where a lower court judge has blocked something or attempted to block something that ultimately is going to be lawful, and I’m confident that it is well within my authority.”  – stated President Obama confident on immigration, after a federal judge in Texas ordered a halt to the president’s executive actions on immigration.  President Obama confident on Immigration is defiant: “I think that the law is on our side and history is on our side, we are going to appeal it.”

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Federal Judge Stalls Obama Immigration Executive Action

A federal judge in Texas, Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville, has issued a temporary injunction on implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration – the expanded deferred action for young immigrants was slated to start tomorrow, February 18, 2015.  The Federal Judge Stalls Obama Immigration Executive Action as a result of 26 states (including Texas) claiming they will “suffer irreparable harm in this case.” (more…)

Lawsuit Blocks Obama Immigration Action

Immigrants are bracing this week for a showdown between the Federal Court and President Obama’s administration in a pending lawsuit blocks Obama immigration action.  Twenty-five states have joined the State of Texas in lawsuit blocks Obama immigration action claiming his executive action on immigration was unconstitutional.  This is a classic case of judge shopping as the case was filed in Texas’s conservative-leaning Brownsville district with Judge Andrew Hanen presiding, who is a staunch critic of the Obama administration’s immigration policies.  If Judge Hanen decides (more…)

Obama Immigration Order: Immigrant Parents & Children – “We’re not going to deport you”

During President Obama’s address to the nation, he stated we have a tradition of welcoming immigrants. His speech and executive action was prompted by 500+ days of inaction by the Republican House of Representative on an immigration bill already passed by the Senate. In referring to the executive order he will sign, he stated “this is about who we are as a country…working hard…and keeping families together.”

Republicans may block Obama immigration order by passing a resolution denouncing the president’s action and then vote to censure him or sue over the legality of the executive action. Opponents have mentioned an appropriations bill to stop spending for this executive order but U.S. Department of Homeland Security is self-funded by application fees and does not rely on Congressional spending. Republicans need to be cautious that whatever action they choose to take, it does not alienate them from Latino and minority voters.

Deportation Protection for Parents & Children: Obama immigration order offers two deferred action (or protection from deportation) initiatives that will benefit 4.4 million undocumented immigrants. First, undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will be granted three years of deportation relief. To qualify, they must have lived in the United States since 1/1/2010, pass background checks and pay taxes. Application for Deferred Action for Parents (DAP) will be released and accepted in 180 days.

In 2012, Obama immigration order to help immigrant children was implemented and many immigrant children continue to benefit from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Obama will revise DACA to eliminate the age restriction, (more…)

Executive Order Action by Obama – Announcement Thursday Night

Executive order action by Obama will be announced Thursday night during a prime time address to the nation.  President Obama’s plan to use his executive power as President to sign an executive order granting relief to about 5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States will be controversial and will face challenge from the Republicans. (more…)

Obama Immigration Plan to Protect & Unite Immigrant Families

The lost by democrats during the mid-term elections has not stopped President Obama from moving forward with his Obama immigration agenda.  On Thursday, November 13, 2014, President Obama announced that he will soon unveil his plan for executive action that will overhaul the nation’s immigration enforcement system and protect up to five (5) million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide them with work permits. (more…)

Is Immigration Reform in 2014 Likely?

There were high hopes for passage of a comprehensive immigration bill in 2013 but it did not become reality due to the lack of action by the House of Representative and its leader, House Speaker John Boehner.  In 2013, the Senate drafted and passed by a majority vote the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.  However, when it was time for the House of Representative to vote on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, they declined and never introduced the legislation for discussion or vote.

Well, it’s a new year and House Speaker, John Boehner, seems to have changed his tune and view on immigration reform in 2014.  In the first week of the New Year, Mr. Boehner hired Rebecca Tallent, a longtime immigration adviser and advocate for immigration reform.  However, Mr. Boehner’s has been hot and then cold on the issue of immigration reform in just the first two months of the year.

HOPEFUL ON THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM

On January 28, 2014, President Obama at his State of the Union speech urged Congress to “fix our broken immigration system,” saying both political parties stood to gain by helping millions of undocumented immigrants get a legal foothold in America.  “Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades,” he said. “And for good reason: When people come here to fulfill their dreams – to study, invent and contribute to our culture – they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone.”

HOT ON THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM

In an attempt to appeal to Latino voters, on January 31, 2014, House Speaker John Boehner with colleagues from the House of Representative (House) released a one-page, Standards for Immigration Reform.  It has six headings: (1) Border Security and Interior Enforcement Must Come First, (2) Implement Entry-Exit Visa Tracking System, (3) Employment Verification and Workplace Enforcement, (4)Reforms to the Legal Immigration System, (5)Youth, (6) Individuals Living Outside the Rule of Law.

It does not contain a path to legalize the 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.  Instead, it has the following language, “there will be a zero tolerance policy for those who cross the border illegally or overstay their visas in the future”, “identify and track down visitors who abuse our laws”, “fully implement a workable electronic employment verification system”, “temporary workers are able to meet the economic needs of the country and do not displace or disadvantage American workers”, “opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own”, “there will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation’s immigration laws – that would be unfair to those immigrants who have played by the rules and harmful to promoting the rule of law.”

COLD ON THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM

On February 7, 2014, House Speaker John Boehner claims, “The American people, including many of my members, don’t trust that the reform that we’re talking about will be implemented as it was intended to be.”

What happened?  One week after releasing their immigration reform principles, the House of Representative and its leader, John Boehner start the blame game and claim immigration reform cannot get done because the Obama administration cannot be trusted to enforce the laws.  This claim is far from reality.  President Obama has taken the toughest position of immigration enforce than any President before him.  There has been a record amount of immigrants (legal and illegal) deported under President Obama’s administration.

Lack of Congressional action has left millions of families living in two parallel universes – some states cut undocumented immigrants off from housing , school, employment and other states give the same immigrants access to driver’s licenses, better wages, and college education for their children.  We need one immigration system that will be embraced by all the states and give undocumented immigrants hope that they will be U.S. citizens in a country they have called “home” for many years!

Is Immigration Reform in 2014 Likely?

Well, it’s a new year and House Speaker, John Boehner, seems to have changed his tune and view on immigration reform in 2014.  In the first week of the New Year, Mr. Boehner hired Rebecca Tallent, a longtime immigration adviser and advocate for immigration reform.  However, Mr. Boehner’s has been hot and then cold on the issue of immigration reform in just the first two months of the year.

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Hopes for Immigration Reform Alive in 2014

Well, it’s a new year and House Speaker, John Boehner, seems to have changed his tune and view on immigration reform.  In the first week of the new year, Mr. Boehner hired Rebecca Tallent, a longtime immigration adviser and advocate for immigration reform.  Mr. Boehner’s action sends a strong message that he as leader of the House of Representative is committed to what he calls “step by step” approach to revising the immigration laws.   CLICK HERE to read more.

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