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Knock, Knock: Who’s there?

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Due to a contempt hearing scheduled for August 19, 2015 in the case of the State of Texas v. United States, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is taking radical measures to recover all three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards issued prematurely under President Obama’s November 20 executive actions to over 2,500 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients. (more…)

Executive Action Update: 3 Year EADs Issued After 2/16/15 Injunction Must Be Returned

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

It is no surprise that the implementation of this administration’s executive actions has run into a series of political and legal snags.  But what is surprising is the administration’s response or overall handling of the matter. (more…)

2000 Three Year Work Permits Were Issued by DHS in Violation of Injunction

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

In a Thursday midnight filing, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers disclosed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued about 2,000 three-year work permits (as opposed to the currently authorized two-year permits) to illegal immigrants granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Technically, the issuance of the three-year work permits — an aspect of President Obama’s November 20 executive actions which expanded DACA — was in violation of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s February 16 injunction issued in the case of State of Texas v. United States. (more…)

Multiple Legal Briefs Defending The President’s Executive Actions Filed

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

On Monday, multiple amicus briefs were filed with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of State of Texas v. United States.  As way of background, a coalition of 26 states, including the State of Texas, sued the U.S. government to prevent the implementation of the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration on the grounds that the executive actions are unconstitutional and would require the states to invest more in law enforcement, health care, and education. (more…)

Fifth Circuit to Hear Oral Arguments on Whether to Lift Injunction on April 17

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Yesterday, the Fifth Circuit granted the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to expedite its appeal of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction staying President Obama’s immigration actions. (more…)