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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…

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…

June 16, 2017

DACA to Remain for Now, DAPA Officially Rescinded

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) policy that was issued by the Obama Administration in 2014 but blocked by a federal court later that year before it could be implemented.  In the same memo that repealed DAPA, the Administration stated that it will keep…

May 25, 2017

Appeals Court Upholds Block on Administration Travel Ban

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the block on the second version of the Administration travel ban. A federal judge in Maryland originally blocked the ban from going into effect earlier this year. The Fourth Circuit covers the following states: Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Ninth Circuit Court…

April 20, 2017

Trump Signs “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order

As promised, President Trump on Tuesday signed his “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, aimed partly at purported abuses in the H-1B visa program. The order reads, in part: (a)  In order to advance the policy outlined in section 2(b) of this order, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor,…

April 12, 2017

OMB Director Mulvaney Pushing for Sanctuary City Language in FY2017

OMB Director Mick Mulvaney is pushing House lawmakers to include language in the FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill to restrict federal funding grants for cities that do not enforce federal immigration policies. The goal is to bring the House Freedom Caucus on board with a government funding bill. Such a provision, known as a rider, would put…

March 16, 2017

Second Court Suspends Immigration Executive Order

A federal district court in Hawaii has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order for the second Presidential Executive Order on immigration set to go into effect today. This morning, federal judge in Maryland  temporarily blocked parts of President Trump’s revised travel order. Both courts rule that the travel ban was meant to discriminate against Muslims and…

March 10, 2017

Four States Seek Temporary Restraining Order Against New Immigration Order

The attorneys general of four states—Washington, Oregon, New York, and Massachusetts—asked U.S. District Judge James Robart on Thursday to issue a temporary restraining order against the new Trump Administration immigration order, which was issued earlier this week. The attorneys general have argued, in essence, that the ruling that barred the initial immigration order should apply…

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