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President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Obama to seek emergency order restarting immigration programs
– The Hill, Feb. 20, 2015

DOJ Might Not Seek Stay of DAPA Injunction

“While President Obama has made it clear his administration will appeal District Court Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling blocking his executive action on immigration, the president’s immigration plan will likely be on hold for months or longer. Though no final decision has been made, Obama administration sources told ABC News today that the Department of Justice is unlikely to seek an emergency stay to block the judge’s order. The reason is simple: While DOJ thinks it will ultimately prevail on the overall appeal, department officials believe they would not succeed in seeking an emergency stay of Judge Hanen’s ruling. The judge’s ruling is likely to remain in place while the case is appealed before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and, quite possibly, to the Supreme Court. That process is likely to take six months — or longer.”

– ABC News, Feb. 17, 2015.

February 17, 2015: Statement by DHS Secretary Jeh C. Johnson Concerning the District Court’s Ruling Concerning DAPA and DACA

I strongly disagree with Judge Hanen’s decision to temporarily enjoin implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Department of Justice will appeal that temporary injunction; in the meantime, we recognize we must comply with it.

Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA tomorrow, February 18, as originally planned. Until further notice, we will also suspend the plan to accept requests for DAPA.

The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts and even other courts have said that our actions are well within our legal authority. Our actions will also benefit the economy and promote law enforcement. We fully expect to ultimately prevail in the courts, and we will be prepared to implement DAPA and expanded DACA once we do.

It is important to emphasize what the District Court’s order does not affect.

The Court’s order does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to come forward and request initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA pursuant to the guidelines established in 2012.

Nor does the Court’s order affect this Department’s ability to set and implement enforcement priorities. The priorities established in my November 20, 2014 memorandum entitled “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants” remain in full force and effect. Pursuant to those enforcement priorities, we continue to prioritize public safety, national security, and border security. I am pleased that an increasing percentage of removals each year are of those convicted of crimes. I am also pleased that, due in large part to our investments in and prioritization of border security, apprehensions at the southern border – a large indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally — are now at the lowest levels in years.


BREAKING: Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Halted… For Now

Texas Decision at Odds with Legal Precedent, History and Facts on Immigration Enforcement


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What Obama’s Executive Action Means for Undocumented Communities in the United States:

*Parents of US Citizens May Be Able to Get a Work Permit

*Non-Criminal, Undocumented Migrants Will Be Low Priority Targets for ICE

*More Dreamers Will Be Able to Get a Work Permit

*Court Cases for Undocumented Migrants May Become Easier to Win

*People Who Are In Line for a Green Card May Be Able to Get Work Authorization While Waiting in Line

*Undocumented Husbands and Wives of GREEN CARD HOLDERS (Not Just US Citizens) Can Apply for a Green Card

*The Police Should Not Hold Undocumented in Jail for ICE Anymore!

Florida Legislature Passes SB1718, anti-immigrant legislation