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November 14, 2017

Third Travel Ban Partially Ok’ed by Federal Court

On Monday, a panel of judges in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a version of the Trump Administration’s third travel ban to take effect.  The proposed ban, which was originally slated to take effect last month, sought to bar many kinds of travelers from eight countries, including those from Chad, Iran, Libya, North…

October 13, 2017

Nominee for DHS Secretary Named

At a White House ceremony yesterday, Kirstjen Nielsen was introduced by President Trump as his nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The previous secretary, John Kelly, is now the White House Chief of Staff. Elaine Duke is currently serving as the Acting Secretary of DHS. Nielsen is currently the principal deputy chief of staff under Kelly…

October 9, 2017

DACA Deal Proposed

President Trump released a list of measures to restrict immigration that the Administration wants in exchange for passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into law. The White House called for the border wall; tougher penalties for asylum fraud; faster deportation of unaccompanied minors; a grant cutoff to sanctuary cities; restriction of permanent-residency sponsorship by U.S….

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of Homeland Security has released several documents related to this morning’s announcement that DACA is being rescinded.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DACA Being “Rescinded”

Earlier this morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA program is unconstitutional and is being “rescinded” by the Trump Administration.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…

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…

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