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Hope for President Obama's Immigration Actions

On Tuesday, District Judge Andrew Hanen once again rejected President Obama's request to allow his immigration executive actions to move forward. The case is on its way to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which could mean a break for Obama administration after the 5 th Circuit’s ruling on Tuesday as well. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled against a challenge brought towards Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Judge W. Eugene Davis ruled that federal immigration agents and the state of Mississippi, which brought the lawsuit, did not have legal standing to sue the federal government.

The case brings hope for President Obama's executive actions to help protect millions of undocumented immigrants because his latest executive actions were modeled from the 2012 DACA program. The program has survived despite challenges brought against it like the ones the latest immigration programs: Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Extended-DACA, are currently facing. David Leopold, former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association states, “I think that this is a good sign. The 5th Circuit has a reputation for being very conservative, but this isn't about whether they like DACA or DAPA - it's about whether Texas has the right to sue.”

The purpose of this article is to provide helpful, basic information for residents in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York areas. More information, or to subscribe to receive an email when additional information on this is available, can be found on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov. We are here to answer any questions you have and give legal advice concerning this and other legal immigration concerns. If you are in Connecticut or the New York area, contact Attorney James A. Welcome or call (203) 806-7922.

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