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February 2017 Archives

New immigration memos tough on enforcement, but leave in place DACA and DAPA

The ongoing developments in the area of immigration policy under the Trump administration are of great interest to our clients, not only because of the subject matter of these policy changes, but also because the changes stand in such stark contrast to those of the previous administration, at least in certain respects.

Increase in immigration enforcement highlights immigrants' need to understand rights

Austin residents have all probably heard by now of the increase in immigration arrests that occurred over this last weekend. Commentators have pointed out that it isn't entirely clear yet whether the step-up in enforcement was routine or whether it marks the beginning of a new regime in terms of immigration law enforcement.

Will a new administration affect employment-based visas?

Immigration and new limitations on refugees have dominated headlines since President Trump was sworn into office, and the reverberations of his newly announced reforms could have long-reaching effects on those who wish to come to the United States on employment-based visas.

Legal battles over Trump immigration order raise questions about future

In our last post, we took a very brief look at some of the controversial aspects of President Trump's immigration order. Most of our readers are probably aware that a U.S. District Judge out in Seattle has issued a temporary restraining order on enforcement of the immigration order. The order was granted on a nationwide basis and was put into effect quickly, despite lack of clarity about what will come next. Shortly after the decision was made, the White House announced plans to issue an emergency stay of the order to allow for federal enforcement to go forward.

President Trump's executive order on immigration the talk of the nation

One of the most discussed issues in the news this week was President Trump's executive order on immigration. The order was based on the President's authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act and other federal laws to suspend or restrict the entry of non-citizens into the United States when allowing entry would be detrimental to national interests.

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