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President Obama’s Executive Order posted on November 21, 2014

Last night, on November 20, 2014, President Obama announced Immigration Accountability Executive Actions in an attempt to fix our current “broken” immigration system.  The President stated that he intends to: 1) crack down on illegal immigration at the border; 2) prioritize the deportation of felons; and 3) require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.  In an effort to ensure that you are informed of what these actions mean for you, your families, and friends we have summarized the President’s most important points below.

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GOP Considers Pathway to Legalization that Does Not Lead to Citizenship posted on February 5, 2013

According to the New York Times, House Republicans today during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform were suggesting that immigration reform relating to the 11 million estimated people here in the United States without authorization should not include a pathway to full U.S. citizenship, but instead a compromise somewhere between illegal status and citizenship.

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Michigan Dept. of State to issue driver's licenses to DACA participants posted on February 5, 2013

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has announced that Michigan will now issue driver’s licenses to DACA participants. In a press release today, Secretary Johnson stated: “Michigan will only issue driver’s licenses to individuals who are here legally. The feds now say they consider these young people to be lawfully present while they participate in the DACA program, so we are required to issue driver’s licenses and identification cards. I will continue to follow the law.”

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U.S. Justice Department Appeals 9th Circuit CSPA Ruling posted on February 5, 2013

U.S. Justice Department Appeals 9th Circuit CSPA Ruling

On January 26, 2013, the Justice Department filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the recent 9th Circuit case, Osorio v. Mayorkas (9th Cir., September 26, 2012).
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Bill Introduced in Senate to Reauthorize VAWA posted on February 5, 2013

Last week, Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Crapo (R-ID) introduced Senate Bill S.47 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bill is likely to hit the floor of the Senate next week. For a full copy of the bill, check out Thomas, the Online Library of Congress, at thomas.gov, or click the following link:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:S.47:
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