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February 2018 Archives

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear DACA case

On Feb. 26, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a federal judge's decision requiring the government to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. The decision, which could affect many Texans, is considered a setback for the Trump administration.

DACA to remain in place while district court order is appealed

Last month, a federal district judge ruled that the Trump administration's justification for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was flawed. Therefore, he issued an injunction (order) restoring the program nationwide. This is crucial for the approximately 700,000 Dreamers who have been protected by DACA because the program had been slated to end on March 5.

H2-A visas in high demand

Texas farm owners may make use of the H-2A visa program to find workers. In the first quarter of 2018, demand for positions through this program was up 15 percent compared to the same period in 2017. There were 2,756 applications in that time with requests for a total of 33,830 positions. Of those positions, 32,084 were certified. Overall, demand has grown an average of 16 percent per year since 2012.

DHS proposal would deny green cards to burdensome immigrants

A proposal under consideration by the Trump administration could make it more difficult for poor immigrants in Texas and around the country to obtain green cards. The Department of Homeland Security has released a draft policy that would allow immigration officers to consider public benefits, like SNAP, home heating assistance, Medicaid and government pre-school programs, when evaluating applications for permanent residence. Those considered likely to become burdensome would be barred from permanently living and working legally in the United States under the proposed rules.

4th Circuit rules Trump travel ban unconstitutional

A second federal appeals court has just ruled that President Trump's travel ban is unconstitutional, even in its revised form. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, has just found the ban "unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam." The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled the ban unconstitutional in December. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal, probably of both cases, in April.

Immigrant detainee class action over conditions moves forward

Nine immigrants being held at an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility have filed a class action against the private company that runs it. Now, a federal appellate court has affirmed that the class action will represent some 60,000 others who have been held at the facility over the past 10 years.

Lawsuit: Immigration activists being deported to silence dissent

"When you look at who they're taking away, it is evident that activists and leaders are being picked up," said immigrants' rights activist Ravi Ragbir. "We know that this is psychological warfare they're instituting against the community so that people will believe there is no hope."

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