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D&S Immigration Law Blog

Republicans Challenge DACA, ‘Dreamers’ Face Uncertainty

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era executive order that protects “Dreamers” who were brought to the United States as undocumented children, is under threat. On June 29, attorneys general from ten Republican-majority states signed a letter addressed to United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatening to contest the constitutionality of the law in court if the President fails to end the program by September 5, 2017. In 2014, the Obama Administration hoped to expand the existing DACA program (which grants deferred action and employment authorization for renewable periods of two years), but plans were quashed when proposed expansions where...

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UPDATED 07/19/2017: Department Of State Clarifies Enforcement of Travel Ban

July 19, 2017 UPDATE: The definition of "close family" in Executive Order 13780 has been expanded. The District Court in Hawaii ruled that in addition to what was previously defined as "close family" now also includes "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunt and uncles, nephews and nieces, and cousins." The previous U.S. government guidance defined "close family" as "parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, fiancé, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sibling, whether whole or half, and including step relationships." Source: American Immigration Lawyers Association June 30, 2017 UPDATE  The Department of State issued a cable at approximately 8:00pm EST on June 28, 2017 issuing guidance about the enforcement of...

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Travel Ban Partially In Effect As Of June 29, 2017

  June 28, 2017 After several months of legal uncertainty, the Supreme Court has agreed to evaluate the constitutionality of President Trump’s travel and refugee ban. During the first session of the October 2017 term, the Supreme Court will hear a combination of two important cases, Trump v. IRAP and Trump v. Hawaii, which have been key in the refugee and travel ban litigation. In the meantime, the Supreme Court has partially removed restrictions which previously impeded the enforcement of the travel and refugee ban. The travel ban will take effect on June 29, 2017 for a 90-day period, affecting some foreign...

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