Supreme Court Splits on Obama Immigration Reform

Supreme Court Splits on Obama Immigration Reform

President Obama’s executive initiatives on immigration are discussed in the Supreme Court now. These initiatives include two acts: DAPA of 2014 and DACA of 2012. The first one – Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) – offers temporary protection from deportation and work permits to more than 4 million illegal immigrants, who are parents of the US citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). The second – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – offers protection to those who were brought illegally to this country as children. In February 2015 a federal judge in Texas blocked the presidential executive initiatives. Now a suit filed by the […]

Immigration News: DAPA and Expanded DACA in Limbo

Immigration News: DAPA and Expanded DACA in Limbo

On November 20, 2014 Obama announced his executive actions on immigration, which are widely considered to be an attempt to reform the US immigration system. The major points of these initiatives are as follows: 1. A new Deferred Action for Parents of US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents also known as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), which allows parents of US citizens and permanent residents to stay legally in the country and get an employment authorization for 3 years. 2. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) now includes those who arrived to US before the age of 16 and lived here since January 1, 2010. 3. Spouses, sons […]

US Immigration Reform News: Supreme Court to Make a Decision

US Immigration Reform News: Supreme Court to Make a Decision

The highest court of the country announced earlier in January that it would take the case on legality of Obama’s executive order on immigration, which provides granting a provisional status in USA for over 5 million of illegal immigrants. The case was brought by Texas as well as 25 other states claiming illegality of Obama’s executive actions. In February 2015 US District Court Judge in Texas barred the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from going ahead with the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents also called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Judge Hanen based his injunction on Obama’s […]

Reverse Discrimination – Ricci v. DeStefano, 129 S.Ct. 2658 (2009)

Reverse Discrimination – Ricci v. DeStefano, 129 S.Ct. 2658 (2009)

This case is about reverse discrimination . Reverse discrimination occurs when a person who belongs to a dominant or majority group is treated in an unfavorable manner. Under affirmative action many employers set aside a certain percentage of job vacancies for blacks, women and other groups. Such practices are challenged by other job candidates, usually white males, claiming that they are discriminated against on the basis of their race or sex in violation of Title VII of the of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII). Section 703(j) of the Title VII states: “Nothing in this title shall be interpreted to require any employer… to grant preferential treatment to any individual […]

Obama Executive Order in Supreme Court

Obama Executive Order in Supreme Court

A year passed since Obama announced his Executive Order on Immigration of November 20, 2014, which aimed at legalizing nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants. With immigration reform stuck in Congress, Obama tried to avoid a deportation of over 11 million illegal immigrants considered to be in the United States. He also planned to legalize nearly 5 million undocumented aliens by allowing them to get a work permit and temporary relief. However, lower courts blocked the Obama plans. Texas and 25 other states sued the administration. The district court ruled that they had standing, i.e. the right to sue the federal government. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision. […]