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Sep 18, 2017

Federal Judge Blocks President Trump’s Effort to Punish Sanctuary Cities

On Friday, United States District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber blocked the U.S. Department of Justice from refusing to provide federal grant money to localities that had enacted “sanctuary city” laws protecting immigrants from deportation, creating a setback for the Trump Administration.

The City of Chicago, which filed the suit in the Northern District of Illinois, argued that the Justice Department had no legal authority to tie federal grant money to sanctuary city provisions. … Read More

Sep 05, 2017

Breaking: Attorney General Rescinds DACA – Hundreds of Thousands of Individuals, Schools, Colleges, and Employers Uncertain What Happens Next

As expected, the Department of Justice just announced that the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—known as DACA—has been rescinded.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered the news in a morning press conference at the Department of Justice.

The Attorney General noted that the Department of Homeland Security has developed a plan to begin the “immediate wind-down” of the DACA program.… Read More

Aug 31, 2017

“Sanctuary City” Laws Become Central Topic Nationwide

A U.S. District Court in Texas has stopped implementation of a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state and the City of Philadelphia has filed an action against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, claiming he has unlawfully withheld grant money from cities that the Department of Justice has deemed sanctuary cities.  The cities of San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles, as well as the State of California, have filed similar suits.… Read More

Aug 25, 2017

Government Shutdown Looms Larger As President Seeks Funding For Border Wall

Last week, President Trump threatened to force a government shutdown if Congress did not provide funding for a wall along America’s southern border with Mexico.

In April of this year, Congress reached an agreement on a budget to fund the federal government through September 30, 2017, forcing Congress back to the negotiating table next month in order to agree to a new budget beyond that date. … Read More

Aug 02, 2017

Elaine Duke Becomes Acting Director of the Department of Homeland Security

This week, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Elaine Duke, became acting director of the department.  She replaces John Kelly, who recently left the position after being appointed White House Chief of Staff.  DHS oversees immigration and deportation enforcement throughout the United States.… Read More

Jul 27, 2017

Moody’s Chief Economist: “More Immigration is the Single Best Way to Consistently Lift Economic Growth and Standards of Living”

At a panel discussion in New York this week, the Chief Economist for Moody’s Investors Service, Mark Zandi, said that “[m]ore immigration is the single best way to consistently lift economic growth and standards of living.”  The panel took place at the NASDAQ, was sponsored by the ADP Research Institute and moderated by Yahoo! News.… Read More

Jul 13, 2017

House Spending Bill for Homeland Security Heavy on Border Wall, Enforcement, and Deportation

On Tuesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  It features increases in spending to both the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agencies of DHS dealing with border enforcement, detention, and deportation.… Read More

Jun 29, 2017

Trump Travel Ban Takes Effect at 8:00 PM Today. Confusion Expected.

As mentioned in a previous immigration law blog post, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to allow parts of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect, affecting many individuals, families, businesses, and healthcare facilities.

Click here for the urgent alert written by Attorney Raymond G. Lahoud, Chair of the NM&M Immigration Practice Group.  If you have further questions or concerns in regards to this topic or any other immigration law issues, e-mail rglahoud@nmmlaw.com.… Read More

Jun 26, 2017

The United States Supreme Court Allows Part of President Trump’s Travel Ban to Move Forward, Will Hear Case on its Merits

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous order lifting part of the injunction that had been placed against President Trump’s March 6 Executive Order that established a travel ban on certain people entering the United States.  This order allows the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State to restrict travel to the United States for nationals from six countries: Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. … Read More

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