Not two weeks after the President announced his executive action on immigration, 17 states, including Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, led by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, are challenging the executive action under the U.S. Constitution’s Take Care Clause (Section 3 of Article 2). The Clause provides, in part, “[the President] shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” The suit asserts the President has gone beyond his powers by effectively creating new law and condemns the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for not eliciting public comment, which is a standard procedure, before issuing its directive.At the core of the controversy are two programs for undocumented immigrants – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability … [Read more...] about President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration under Attack in Federal Court
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The Senate and House of Representatives are on a scheduled recess this week, set to return to legislative work on Monday, February 23.Both chambers adjourned without any resolution to the dispute over continued funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The current appropriations measure for the agency expires on February 27, leaving little time for the two chambers to come to agreement. While the House of Representatives passed a bill on January 14 to provide $40 billion in funding for DHS through the end of the fiscal year, the Senate has stalled, unable to bring the House-passed bill up for consideration. At issue is the inclusion of policy riders attached by the House to nullify President Obama’s recent Executive Orders on deferred action for immigrants in the country illegally and attendant benefits. Democratic Senators are opposed to the policy riders and have demanded the Senate take up a clean appropriations bill … [Read more...] about This Week in Congress – February 17, 2015 re: DHS, Immigration, Net Neutrality
There is still a divide on the compromise immigration bill coming up for a House vote this week, but the new bill is even stronger than last week's when it comes to building a wall at the Mexican border, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Wednesday. "There is still a divide and you could see it in the vote last week and this week there is probably a little bit more of a divide, but members over the weekend spent a lot of time trying to figure out if they could come together," the Louisiana Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." However, Democrats have walked away from the bill, as they do not want to build the wall, said Scalise. The bill also closes loopholes and reunited families, said Scalise, but Democrats aren't happy because they want to ensure amnesty for immigrants and open the nation's borders. "That's really what it's come down to, and they don't want to build the wall," said Scalise. "Let's be clear, I fully support what President Trump is doing to try to secure … [Read more...] about Scalise: Republicans Still Divided on Compromise Immigration Bill
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A Louisiana-based international maritime boutique has acquired two Miami law firms and has opened another office in Tampa, Florida.Fowler Rodriguez announced Thursday that Hayden Milliken & Boeringer, which focuses on maritime insurance claims, and the law offices of Santiago J. Padilla, an immigration and international law specialist, are now part of the 56-attorney boutique, according to the Miami Herald (sub. req.).“Entering another port city in Tampa where we already do business is a natural transition that will be a great resource for the firm and our clients,” said managing partner George Fowler in a written statement provided to the Herald.The firm also has offices in New Orleans; Mobile, Alabama; Gulfport, Mississippi; Houston; and Bogotá and Cartagena, in Colombia. … [Read more...] about Fowler Rodriguez acquires 2 firms in Miami, opens another Florida office