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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…

March 6, 2017

New Immigration Executive Order

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced a new Executive Order (EO) on immigration today. The new EO limits six nations (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) will be restricted for entry to the US for 90 days and thereafter under heightened scrutiny. Iraq is specifically excluded. The order will not go into effect until…

February 28, 2017

Trump to Address Congress Tonight, Senate Approves Ross, and Zinke Up

Last night, the Senate confirmed another Cabinet nominee for Trump as it voted 72-27 to confirm billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary. Ross is a 79-year-old businessman who made his fortune by turning around companies in distressed industries like textiles and steel and is expected to play a leading role in trade policy. The Senate now…

February 23, 2017

Release of New Immigration Executive Order Pushed Back

Despite statements earlier from the Administration that it would release the next executive order (EO) on immigration this week, the White House announced February 22 that the new EO will not be released until next week.

February 10, 2017

Appeals Court Upholds Decision on Travel Ban

A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit of Appeals kept in place Thursday a temporary restraining order against the Trump Administration executive order that sought, among other things, to bar visa holders from seven nations from entering the United States. The original order was issued by a federal district judge in Western Washington after a suit…

February 8, 2017

Senators Cotton and Perdue Unveil RAISE Act

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AK) and David Perdue (R-GA) have introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act. The legislative text has not yet been posted. The measure would lower overall immigration to 637,960 in its first year and to 539,958 by its tenth year-a 50 percent reduction from the 1,051,031 immigrants who arrived in 2015….

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