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September 14, 2017

Deal or No Deal?

After dinner last night between President Trump and the two top Congressional Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a number of reports have emerged about whether the three agreed to a deal around a host of immigration issues, including those around how to protect individuals impacted by the…

September 5, 2017

DHS Provides Additional Materials, Documents on DACA Termination

The Department of Homeland Security has released several documents related to this morning’s announcement that DACA is being rescinded.  These include: A statement from the Acting Secretary of DHS A memo from the Acting Secretary of DHS A fact sheet on the wind-down process prepared by DHS A Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) document A letter from Attorney…

DACA Being “Rescinded”

Earlier this morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA program is unconstitutional and is being “rescinded” by the Trump Administration. During his remarks, he added that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has started the “orderly wind down” of the program. DHS has posted the following memo on the steps that it is taking…

August 4, 2017

Senate Follows House and Leaves Town

After voting on a number of nominees for Administration positions yesterday, the Senate followed the lead of the House and left town for a shortened August recess. Although the members of the Senate left Washington yesterday, the chamber will hold pro forma sessions every three days to prevent recess appointments, should dramatic things occur in the…

August 2, 2017

Justice Dept. to Take on Affirmative Action in Higher Ed?

According to a document obtained by The New York Times on Tuesday, the Justice Department may be looking to take on colleges and universities that use race-based admission policies that discriminate against white applicants.  Additional information about this potential development is available here and here.

July 14, 2017

Definition of “bona fide” relationship expanded by federal judge

A federal judge in Hawaii has ruled that the list of relatives created by the Trump Administration in its attempt to define a “bona fide” relationship with respect to its modified travel ban against six majority-Muslim nations is too narrow. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed a limited ban to go into effect and is scheduled…

July 13, 2017

House Spending Bill Includes Helpful Language on F&A

The House spending bill that would fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in FY2018 includes helpful language on the facilities and administrative (F&A) costs issue. The bill includes the following language on the issue: In making Federal financial assistance, the NIH shall continue to apply the provisions relating to indirect costs in part 75…

June 30, 2017

Modified Travel Ban Takes Effect, Hawaii Files Suit

Lawyers for the State of Hawaii and an imam in Hawaii yesterday filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s partial ban that went into effect last evening. The lawsuit argues that the definitions being used by the government are narrower than what the Supreme Court allowed in its order. Read more about the issue here, here, here, and…

June 29, 2017

Limited Travel Ban Becomes Effective This Evening

As a result of Supreme Court ruling earlier this week, a limited version of the travel ban proposed by the Trump Administration goes into effect this evening (8 PM EDT, 5 PM PDT). The modified ban would impact individuals from six majority-Muslim nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  In order for individuals from those nations…

June 26, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Appeal on Travel Ban, Reinstates Part of Ban

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Trump Administration’s appeal on its travel ban during its next session. The court also allowed a part of the ban to go forward. The court ruled individuals without bona find relationships with people or entities in the United Stated could be barred from entry; those…

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