Photo credit: ABC news

Photo credit: ABC news

As the remainder of his presidency comes to a close, Obama speaks on the hot topic of immigration reform which will be one of the defining platforms of the 2016 election. In an article published by ABC News on October 8th, Obama gave this speech to about 2,000 attendees during an awards dinner for the

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Obama is cited for his continued belief in the need for hope and change in this debate on immigration reform instead of inciting fear and hostility.

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As reported by CNN Money, the Department of Homeland Security received an influx of flowers surrounding the Visa Bullentin blunder that happened in September, of which the State Department gave little explanation for the mix-up. Affected protesters cite harm and injustice caused by the blunder, requesting that the Department of Homeland Security forgo their decision to not reinstate the filing dates in the original October Visa Bulletin published on September 9, 2015.

  1. Huffington Post: These Countries Show Why Losing Birthright Citizenship Could Be a Disaster

An article in the Huffington Post examines the problems stemming from the lack of birthright citizenship in other countries, including Germany, Japan, Kuwait, and the Dominican Republic, and explains why dismantling the 14th Amendment’s fundamental guarantee of birthright citizenship could have major consequences. Read this story and more in AILA’s daily immigration news clips.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that the recent federal court ruling to uphold a stay on some of President Obama’s immigration reform plans will not affect those on high-skilled U.S. work visas, because the lawsuit only pertained to the program that shielded millions from deportation. Some changes included allowing the spouses of certain H1-B visa holders to work in the U.S. and reducing the time taken to issue green cards. The president’s executive actions was welcomed by India’s outsourcing technology industry, which earns billions of dollars sending Indian engineers and programmers to the U.S. and has been demanding America raise the ceiling on the number of skilled-worker visas it issues every year.

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Reuters reports that the Justice Department (DOJ) will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay an appellate court ruling that President Obama’s move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation should remain on hold, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Politico reports that a federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to allow one of President Obama’s signature immigration proposals to move forward, throwing into doubt whether the program will even begin before the president leaves office. In a split 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans denied the Obama administration’s emergency request to lift a lower court’s injunction on an initiative to defer the deportations of illegal immigrants and grant them work permits.

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NBC News reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is asking some recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to return their three-year work permits. Last year, President Obama announced he would expand DACA to benefit more immigrants and extend it for a period of three years instead of two. But a federal district court in Texas granted a preliminary injunction on in February that temporarily blocked Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration. In a statement to NBC News, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it discovered that a group of approximately 2,000 individuals had been “erroneously” issued three-year instead of two-year employment authorization documents (EAD) after the Texas ruling. “USCIS is notifying these individuals, instructing them to return their three-year EAD, and replacing them with a two-year EAD,” USCIS said in a statement.

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The Dallas Morning News reports that federal immigration courts now face a record backlog. A report from Syracuse University says the backlog reached more than 445,000 cases at the end of April. That’s about a 30% jump from the beginning of the fiscal year in 2014 when the case backlog was about 100,000 less, says the massive Freedom of Information Act project known as the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). About 16% of the backlog comes from the huge flow of teens who crossed the border illegally and without parents last year. The flow has decreased to about half its peak level, but is still about as high as 2013.

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The Miami Herald reports that states fighting President Obama’s plan to spare millions of immigrants from deportation say they agree with a Texas judge who has temporarily blocked the president’s action. Texas is leading a coalition of states that filed a lawsuit opposing Obama’s move that could spare as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. In documents filed Monday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the states reiterated their argument that Obama’s action would force local governments to invest more in law enforcement, health care and education. The appeals court is considering a request from the U.S. Department of Justice to reverse a Texas judge’s decision to put Obama’s plan on hold during the court fight. Oral arguments are scheduled for the week of July 6.

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The Hill reports that justices on the nation’s second most influential court questioned Monday whether Arizona Sheriff Joseph Arpaio has legal standing to challenge President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  The outspoken lawman is challenging Obama’s move last year to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. But during arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a panel of three justices appeared skeptical of the case.

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