In the last post, this blog opened a discussion of recent data showing an increasing backlog in deportation proceedings in immigration courts.
Last year, the Obama administration announced that it would review the long list of backlogged cases in immigration court for possible exercise of prosecutorial discretion. A new policy of guidelines was intended, at least in part, to relieve some of the backlog plaguing immigration courts across the country.
A U.S. Representative from the Midwest says that a lawsuit challenging President Obama's shift in immigration policy for young undocumented immigrants could be filed in a few weeks. The lawmaker seeks to challenge the legal authority of the administration's policy on immigration that will provide work permits to up to 800,000 immigrants who entered the country as children. This blog has previously discussed the new immigration policy, which is still under construction in the Department of Homeland Security.
A same-sex couple is bringing federal litigation, seeking to challenge the Defense of Marriage Act in an immigration case. The couple is comprised of a Filipino woman who is facing deportation and her American wife. The two were married in 2008. The two have now filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and others.
After the president announced a shift in immigration policy regarding young immigrants, commentators and immigration advocates say that a surge in immigration scams has developed.
Federal immigration officials say that the cap on H-1B visas has already been reached. The quotas reportedly were reached last month in two areas related to specialty occupations under U.S. business immigration law. The H-1B visa program allows immigrants who have highly specialized knowledge to obtain a temporary non-immigrant visa.
A 102-year-old man stood from his wheelchair Wednesday for the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner. The man held his hand over his heart and donned a small American flag, just one week before the nation celebrates its independence. The image was part of a naturalization ceremony on the West Coast, according to a report carried by WFLX-TV in West Palm Beach.