CNN reports that Justice Department (DOJ) lawyers will ask a federal appeals court to allow the Obama administration’s executive actions on immigration to proceed while the DOJ appeals a federal judge’s decision to block the controversial measures.

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The Huffington Post reports that the Justice Department (DOJ) has urged a federal appeals court to reverse the hold a judge placed on President Obama’s immigration executive action. The 69-page brief was filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ahead of arguments scheduled for next month. Lawyers for the federal government are challenging a preliminary injunction issued in February by a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas. That decision placed on hold an executive action that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

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The Washington Post reports that the judge who blocked President Obama’s executive action on immigration has ordered the Justice Department (DOJ) to answer allegations that the government misled him about part of the plan. In his order Monday, Hanen said that he will not rule on any other motions until after the March 19 hearing.

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Reuters reports that a U.S. appeals court in Washington said on Tuesday it would hear oral arguments on May 4 in a challenge against President Obama’s immigration executive actions. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) requested an emergency stay to put on hold a Texas judge’s decision that temporarily blocked Obama’s actions. The executive orders have also become a flashpoint in Congress where House Republicans unsuccessfully threatened to withhold funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) if provisions were not included to block Obama’s actions.

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The Washington Post reports that the Justice Department (DOJ) will seek a stay of an order by a federal judge that blocked the Obama administration’s plan to provide relief to thousands of illegal immigrants.

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The New York Times (NYT) reports that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is moving recently arrived children to the head of the line to see immigration judges, possibly leading to deportation within months rather than years. Speedier deportations are believed by many to send a message to the children’s home countries and help deter others from migrating illegally, while immigrants’ advocates are concerned that the accelerated process– known as “priority dockets” or “surge dockets”– may compromise due process.

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The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education issued updated guidance reminding state and local educational agencies that they are required under federal law to provide all children with equal access to public education at the elementary and secondary level, regardless of immigration status.

US Citizenship and Immigration Service in conjunction with the Department of State has issued an executive summary from the 11/2/11 teleconference regarding the adjudication of J-1 Exchange Visitor waivers of the two-year foreign residence requirement.

 

The Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel announced the launch of a live webinar series, beginning December 6, 2011, on avoiding workplace discrimination.

Please click here for the press release.  The link includes registration information.

 

 

The Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices has released a flyer on discrimination in the workplace based on immigration status or national origin.

A link to the press release can be found here.