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A federal judge blocked the rule ending fee exemptions for citizenship applications.

On December 12, a federal judge issued a nationwide injunction on the rule that ended fee exemptions for many poor immigrants seeking citizenship. The previous rule allowed a fee exemption for anyone on government aid or who could show financial hardship (such as medical expenses or unemployment). The blocked rule eliminated fee waivers for government benefits and allowed waivers only to those who could show hardship or who were making no more than 150% of the federal poverty guidelines, meaning that many poor immigrants would have to pay the $725 fee. The main reason for the injunction was that the Trump administration disregarded the law when it did not seek or consider public comment on the new rule.

Federal Judge Rejects request to bar Syrians

A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday rejected a request from Texas for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to bar nine Syrian refugees from being resettled in Houston. U.S. District Court Judge David Godbey ruled that Texas had “failed to show by competent evidence that any terrorists actually have infiltrated the refugee program, much less that these particular refugees are terrorists intent on causing harm.

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.

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