Immigration

Supreme Court Hears DACA

On Tuesday, November 13, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) should be upheld. Some Supreme Court observers were guessing that the Court may be leaning toward supporting the Trump Administration’s efforts to shut down the program. It can be difficult to judge how the Court will

Public Charge Final Rule Change Fact Sheet

The Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (CICW) released a fact sheet on the public charge rule that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued on August 14, 2019, that would change the definition of “public charge.” The Administration’s rule would expand the definition of “public charge” as it applies to immigrants legally seeking to

Several Judges Block Trump Administration on Public Charge Rule

On Friday, October 11, 2019, Federal judges in New York, California, and Washington state all issued temporary injunctions on the Trump Administration’s final rule to expand the definition of “public charge.” The rule applies to immigrants legally seeking to enter the United States or adjusting their legal status (green card status). On Tuesday, October 15,

Press Release and Resources on DACA Amicus Brief

On Monday, October 7, 2019, the groups that headed up the Supreme Court amicus brief in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), released a press statement describing both the reasons for the action and resources that advocates can use. CWLA was one of more than thirty groups signing on in support of

Administration Attempt to Establish Another Hurdle for Documented Aliens

The President issued an executive order last week Saturday, October 5, 2019 that would create an additional hurdle for immigrants with visa's seeking to enter the U.S. The applicant must show that within 30 days of the alien's entry into the United States they have health care or, unless the alien possesses the financial resources

CWLA Joins Amicus Brief in Support of DACA

On Friday, October 4, 2019, more than 30 national groups submitted an amicus brief in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and in opposition to the Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal the original executive order. In June of this year, the Supreme Court announced that it would take up a legal challenge

Court Upholds Flores Protections: New Regulations Violate Rule of Law

On Friday, September 27, 2019, Judge Dolly Gee, slapped down the Trump Administration’s attempt to replace the Flores protections for immigrant children and their families through regulation. The Judge flat-out declared it a violation of the law. In her closing statement of the ruling Judge Gee of the U.S. District Court for the Central District

Judge Block Administration Expedited Removal of Immigrants

On Saturday, September 28, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson issued a preliminary injunction on the Trump Administration’s attempt to expand its use of expedited removals beyond just the 100-mile U.S. border. The policy change was announced in July and was to start on July 23, 2019, but the Administration took action without a regulatory

Senate Bill Introduced to Halt Public Charge Regulation

On Tuesday, September 17, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HA) introduced the Protect American Values Act that would restrict the Administration from using federal funds to implement its new “public charge” rule scheduled to go into effect on October 15, 2019. On August 14, 2019 the Administration published a new final rule to expand the definition of

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