The Hill reports that immigrant rights groups are pressing the Obama administration to take steps to ensure the president’s lenient new deportation policies go forward quickly despite a federal judge’s ruling blocking them. Administration officials say they’ll appeal Monday’s decision by U.S. Judge Andrew Hanen to halt a pair of executive actions providing deportation relief to millions of immigrants in the United States illegally.

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The New York Times reports that President Obama has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to take charge of the “humanitarian crisis” that is the surge in unaccompanied children crossing the South Texas border illegally.

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The Associated Press reports that White House officials have asked the Department of Defense (DOD) to delay a plan that would allow some immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children to obtain a limited path to citizenship by serving in the military.

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As reported by Roll Call, President Barack Obama won’t act to reduce deportations on his own until the end of the summer, giving Speaker John A. Boehner one more chance to vote on an immigration overhaul. Administration officials confirmed that the President has directed Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson to hold off on releasing the results of his immigration policy review in the meantime, in hopes that once Republican primary season wraps up in June, Boehner will have the political liberty to enact change.

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The Hill reports that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson will meet with House Democrats next month to confer on potential changes to President Obama’s controversial deportation policies. Obama has asked Johnson to consider ways the agency can implement those policies “more humanely,” while many Democrats are pressing the administration to scale back deportations in the name of keeping immigrant families intact.

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As reported by The Hill, President Obama lamented the limitations of his executive authority last week, saying his administration’s policy goals cannot be achieved without congressional action.

“We are not going to be able to make the kind of progress we need, regardless of how hard I push, regardless of how many administrative actions I take. We’re not going to be able to go where we need to go and can go and should go, unless I’ve got a Congress that’s willing to work with me,” Obama said.

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As reported by USA Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the publication of two proposed rules  for foreign high-skilled workers, including a rule that would allow employment authorization for spouses of certain H-1B workers and a rule designed to remove obstacles for visa holders from Chile, Singapore, Australia and the Northern Mariana Islands.

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The New York Times reports that President Obama and his allies may soon have to decide whether to abandon a path to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants in this country and accept tough border security and enforcement measures.

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On January 30, 2014, House Republicans released their standards for immigration reform. The standards include enforcement, reforming the legal immigration system, and addressing undocumented immigrants.

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On November 30, 2012, The House of Representatives debated and voted on a modified version of H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act.   H.R. 6429 passed by a of vote of 245 – 139, with 218 Republicans and 27 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.  The measure now moves to the Senate for possible consideration, although it is unlikely it will be taken up during the lame duck session.  Many Democrats oppose the bill because it ends a “diversity visa” program that provide 55,000 annual visas for people from countries with low immigration rates. Many hope that it’s passage could serve as part of the negotiations on immigration reform when a new Congress reconvenes in January.

The White House issued a “Statement of Administration Policy” on November 28, 2012 opposing H.R. 6429, stating “the Administration is deeply committed to building a 21st-century immigration system that meets the Nation’s economic and security needs through common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform.”  Furthermore, ” the Administration does not support narrowly tailored proposals that do not meet the President’s long-term objectives with respect to comprehensive immigration reform.”

Click the following links for text of the bill and changes made on November 20, 2012.

The Law Offices of Dayna Kelly will continue to update its readers on immigration reform.

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