SCOTUS Decision & Immigration (In)action: A Political Failure From Start to Finish

This morning, over 4.5 million undocumented people, including mothers, fathers, children, friends, and coworkers, were stripped of a sense of hope for better things to come. The eight justices of the U.S. Supreme Court elected to all but kill President Obama’s most significant attempt at immigration reform. In a 4-4 split, the decision came down…
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The Usual Caveats Apply: Amendments to the Visa Waiver Program

On Thursday January 21, 2016, changes to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) went into effect, including an addition to the program titled “Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015.” As usual, the new law and its exceptions are causing major debate among  U.S. government officials and could have a negative effect on U.S.-Europe relations. According…
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A Balancing Act: The Supreme Court’s Decision Tips the Scales for Legal Answers on Immigration

Photo: Joe Ravi CC-BY-SA 3.0 On Tuesday January 20, 2016, The Supreme Court announced that it will review President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform. The case of United States v. Texas will be set for argument in April, making it almost certain that there will be a final ruling by the end of June.…
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A Political Power Play: Are Immigrants Being Taken for a Ride?

Last November, President Obama began a political firestorm when he announced a new executive order for immigration reform. In many ways this was a follow-up to the two-year-old program known as DACA, which covered young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and grew up in this country. The one unveiled in…
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Immigration Reform: What’s Next?

This has not been a good week for supporters of immigration reform.  On Tuesday, May 26, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to stay an earlier injunction from U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen.  Hanen’s ruling last February stated that Texas and 25 other states have the right to sue…
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