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Congress's DACA Tango Is About to Begin

The last major immigration legislation occurred in May 2005, with the passage of "The REAL ID Act", Pub. L. 109-13 (2005). It should be noted as an aside that "REAL ID" is not an acronym, and therefore it is not clear to me why it is in capital letters. Despite the fact that I drafted major portions of it as well as most of the conference report as it related to that bill, I did not get to name it. That act should provide important insight into how the DACA dance will go.

Fascinating Takeaways from California's DACA Lawsuit

Following the lead of the University of California (UC), the State of California, joined by the States of Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota, filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for DHS's rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The 36-page complaint contains many interesting takeaways, few of which relate to the legal arguments therein.

DACA Fix vs. DREAM Act: Moving the Goalposts

The press and politicians have been talking about DACA and the DREAM Act interchangeably, but they're different things, and the difference matters a lot.

When the administration announced last week that it was winding down Obama's illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (that gives two-year renewable work permits to illegals who claim to have arrived before age 16), it threw the issue over to Congress, where it belongs.

Mexico Is Ready to Welcome Dreamers ... or Is It?

My colleague Kausha Luna recently reported on Mexican officials' reaction to the Trump administration's decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Luna quotes the Mexican Ministry of Public Education as saying that so-called "Dreamers" will be "welcomed with open arms", and that they will be integrated into the Mexican educational system at all levels, including at post-secondary universities.

Why Expedite Citizenship for Refugees?

RAISE Act Caps Numbers, But Integration Matters Too

President Trump endorsed a new bill in the Senate introduced by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.) that "will create a merit-based immigration system that protects our workers, our taxpayers, and our economy." The Cotton-Perdue "Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act" or the RAISE Act is set to:

How Not to Plead a Case

On Friday, September 8, 2017, the regents of the University of California and University of California President Janet Napolitano (University of California) filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) Elaine Duke.

Bill Would Move to Control Gang Violence

State and national gang threat assessments have documented an increase in transnational gang activity in recent years, particularly of those gangs associated with aliens from Central America, including MS-13 and 18th Street. This increase has been fueled by the years-long surge in illegal arrivals of unaccompanied minors.
Topics: Gangs
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