Posts Categorized: Legislative Updates

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Trump Style – The Raise Act

On August 2, 2017, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced a new comprehensive immigration reform bill — Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. The plan was endorsed by President Trump on the same day. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) summarizes the highlights of this immigration reform bill: Aims… Read more »

Dream Act of 2017 – What’s It All About?

Dream Act of 2017 Introduced With Bipartisanship in the Senate Now here is some legislation both parties can support! The Dream Act was introduced in light of concerns that the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program may not survive a legal challenge in the courts this year. This is driving the push for Congress to… Read more »

Supreme Court Stops DAPA – the Undocumented Immigrant Program

On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court resulted in a tie vote 4-4 on whether to allow the Obama Administration’s “Immigration Plan” to be implemented.  Announced in November 2014 – and also referred to as Executive Action on Immigration or Deferred Action for Parent Accountability (DAPA), the decision was heart-breaking for about 5 million undocumented… Read more »

Update on Obama Executive Action/DAPA from the Supreme Court

This last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the signature immigration case involving the undocumented community, United States v. Texas. The litigation started when President Obama announced he was using his executive authority to expand Deferred Action. Deferred Action derives from the executive’s legal authority to enforce immigration law. Since at least 1956,… Read more »

Supreme Court to Rule on Obama’s Immigration Actions including DAPA

The Supreme Court will hear a legal challenge from a coalition of 26 states that alleges President Obama abused his authority when he took executive action on immigration. Obama, frustrated with a defiant Republican-led Congress, created a program through executive action in November 2014 that would allow up to 5 million illegal immigrants—including so-called “dreamers”… Read more »

US Visa Waiver Program Changes Amidst Terrorism Concerns

the Visa Waiver Program has come under scrutiny given the terrorist attack by Muslim extremists in San Bernadino CA in November and an even more gruesome attack in Paris that left 130 dead. The VWP allows citizens of 38 designated countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism without a visa for stays… Read more »

As Feds Drag Heels on Immigration Reform, States Like Colorado Make Strides

The news broke last week that President Obama is likely to take executive action on immigration reform before the end of the year, with some saying an announcement could come as soon as November 21. Republican lawmakers have repeatedly vowed that unilateral immigration action by Obama would bring grave political consequences, but often lost in… Read more »

Obama Leaning Toward Expanding Deferred Action for up to 5 Million Undocumented

The midterm elections, resulting in the dominance of the Republican party in Congress, left it up in the air in terms of President Obama’s prior promises to ‘do something’ on immigration reform this year. However, recent press reports over the past few days are indicating a move in this direction, despite threats from Republicans of… Read more »

Colorado Restricted License Program for Non-LPRs Faces Early Hiccups

Poor planning has hurt the roll out of Colorado’s new immigrant driver’s license program—known as the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act (CRSA)—which allows undocumented persons residing in Colorado to obtain “restricted” state identification documents. It also subjects non-legal permanent residents to the same type of restricted license. In addition, discrepancies in past ID document… Read more »

Obama Delays Action on Immigration Reform

President Obama has put off executive action on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) until after the November mid-term elections, citing shifting political attitudes brought about by the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this summer. Obama had previously said he would use executive power to protect immigrant families from deportation, which has seen a… Read more »

What is the New Colorado License Law all About?

On June 5, 2013, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signed into law the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act (referred to as “SB-251”), which will allow Colorado residents — including undocumented persons – to apply for state identification documents (licenses, permits and IDs) without the requirement that they prove permanent lawful presence in the United States. The… Read more »

If the US Government Shuts Down, What Happens to My Immigration Case?

Well this fortunately does not happen very often, but as of writing this on September 27, 2013, it is very possible the US government will shut down as of October 1, 2013 without an affirmative act by Congress to do something. What is Happening? In a nutshell, Congress has the “purse” authority and thus, makes… Read more »

Update on Immigration Reform: Senate Passes the Bill – Next Step the House

On June 27, 2013, the Senate made big news by passing 68-32 S.744 bill – the comprehensive immigration reform bill that creates a new path toward legal residence for the undocumented and alleviates many problems with the high-skilled and semi-skilled employment needs that the current system cannot currently handle. The Senate bill is a major… Read more »

Update on Immigration Reform Bill: On to the Senate Floor

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform dubbed “CIR” has made its way out of the Senate committee system and now goes to the Senate floor this week for debate and vote by all members. A special procedure called cloture (to end debate) must be invoked and approved in order to eventually end debate on the floor and… Read more »

Colorado Legislature Ends Session with Drivers License Bill for Illegal Immigrants

  On May 8, 2013, the Colorado legislature approved a bill allowing undocumented/illegal residents the ability to    obtain a Colorado drivers license. The bill is now sitting with Governor Hickenlooper to sign into law, who according to the Colorado Observer, is likely to sign. The bill – known as Senate Bill 251 – was handily… Read more »