Immigration News Digest - Monday January 4, 2016
Happy New Year from the NYAC Immigration Task Force! 2016 here we come ready to put faith, justice, and love in action.
Obama Immigration Reform Update: Republican States File Petition Urging Supreme Court To Uphold Injunction
The Texas Attorney General’s Office, working with a 26-state coalition, filed a brief (12/28/15) asking the Supreme Court to uphold a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling blocking President Obama’s Executive Amnesty (i.e. asking the Supreme Court not to review the case). The brief argues that the president exceeded his authority in attempting to unilaterally grant lawful presence and work permits to millions of illegal aliens.
Joining Texas in the lawsuit are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
“If [the Obama administration’s] arguments are accepted, there is nothing stopping this executive or future executives from invoking resource constraints to declare conduct lawful in other areas — such as environmental, tax, criminal, campaign-finance and civil-rights laws,” the petition reads.
The administration’s executive orders issued Nov. 20, 2014, would grant work authorization to more than 4 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally; whose children hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residence. The action was stalled last February when a federal judge issued an injunction and ruled Obama had exceeded his authority.
Read more here: http://www.ibtimes.com/obama-immigration-reform-update-republican-states-file-petition-urging-supreme-court-2243457
U.S. Planning Operation to Deport Central American Families
The United States is planning an operation to deport recently arrived Central American families who have ignored federal orders from immigration judges. The Washington Post reports that the raids could begin as early as January and will target more than 100,000 families with both adults and children who have crossed the border illegally since last year. The ICE operation would largely target only adults and children who have already been ordered removed from the United States by an immigration judge. Experts say that violence that has been a key factor in driving people to flee Central America last year has surged again, with homicide rates in Central America reaching its highest level in a generation.
“It would be an outrage if the administration subjected Central American families to even more aggressive enforcement tactics,” said Gregory Chen, director of advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “This administration has never acknowledged the truth: that these families are refugees seeking asylum who should be given humanitarian protection rather than being detained or rounded up. When other countries are welcoming far more refugees, the U.S. should be ashamed for using jails and even contemplating large-scale deportation tactics.”
Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/us-plans-raids-to-deport-families-who-surged-across-border/2015/12/23/034fc954-a9bd-11e5-8058-480b572b4aae_story.html