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Texas’s request for 30 day extension DENIED

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from Texas and other states for a 30-day extension to file briefs in support of the lawsuit to block President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Instead, the Court accepted DOJ’s request for a shortened eight-day extension, making it possible for the Court to decide the case in the 2015–16 term, should the Court grant the government’s cert petition.

Awaiting DAPA relief?

NBC News reports that a new study from the Center for American Progress revealed that as many as 1.5 million U.S. citizens who have relatives awaiting deportation relief under DAPA will be eligible to vote for president in 2016. The study also found that 6.3 million U.S. citizens live in the same households as relatives who would qualify for protection from deportation and work permits under DAPA. The data indicates that DAPA-sensitive voters could have the biggest political impact in battleground states such as Florida, Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina, Arizona, and Georgia.

Writ filed on Injunction Approval

An article in Politico reports that the Solicitor General of Texas wrote to the Clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, requesting an extension of 30 days to file a brief in opposition to the government’s petition for a writ of certiorari, which asks the Supreme Court to overturn the injunction blocking DAPA and expanded DACA. The states’ response to the petition for certiorari is currently due on December 21, 2015. The article notes that the Court is rapidly approaching a point in mid-January when it usually announces the last cases to be heard in the current term.

OBAMA Appeals Injunction of DAPA

Today, DOJ filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to overturn the injunction blocking DAPA and expanded DACA, and arguing that the 26 states challenging President Obama’s executive actions lack standing to do so. The petition states that if the Fifth Circuit’s majority ruling is left undisturbed, it “will allow states to frustrate the federal government’s enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws,” and “will force millions of people—who are not removal priorities under criteria the court conceded are valid, and who are parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents—to continue to work off the books, without the option of lawful employment to provide for their families.”

Texas Judge wants to dig in with his order against Immigration Reform

Following a new order by U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in the Texas v. United States litigation, USCIS advised DACA recipients who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that the three-year EAD and DACA approval notice are no longer valid, and reminded recipients to return three-year EADs previously issued to them. The new July 7, 2015, order requires top immigration enforcement officials, including DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, to appear at a hearing in Texas on August 19, 2015, to discuss the 2,000 three-year EADs that were issued following the injunction on expanded DACA and DAPA

DAPA Rallies

NBC News reports that over 30 rallies, marches, and events are taking place across the country today as part of a national day of action to push for the implementation of DAPA. Had the program not been temporarily enjoined, undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or LPRs could have begun applying for temporary deportation relief and work authorization

Request to Stay Injunction

The Justice Department, on March 12, 2015, filed an emergency motion for a stay pending appeal, with attachments, in Texas v. United States, requesting that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stay the district court’s nationwide preliminary injunction in its entirety or, at minimum, stay it with respect to implementation in states other than Texas, or states that are not parties to the suit.

Federal Judge who granted injunction on DAPA drags feet on ruling on Motion to Stay injunction

The federal judge in Texas who blocked President Barack Obama’s latest executive actions on immigration signaled Tuesday that he isn’t inclined to rush a decision on the Obama Administration’s request to lift the injunction he imposed last week. The Justice Department warned in its stay application filed on Monday that if the judge does not act on the stay by the end of business today, it would move to a higher court.

The Preliminary Injunction of Expanded DACA by Texas Judge

Arizona Daily Star: 200 Individuals Freed From Immigration Custody in Arizona

As reported by the Arizona Daily Star, ICE officials have stated that more than 200 individuals have been released from immigration custody in Arizona in the last month following the announcement on DHS’s new enforcement priorities, and that as of December 27, 2014, ICE has released 618 individuals nationwide, including detainees who appear to qualify for DACA or DAPA.

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