March 31, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Department of Justice on Monday urged the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reverse the injunction blocking the president's immigration executive action. The government is challenging the preliminary injunction issued last month that placed a hold on the executive action that ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The Supreme Court of Canada on Monday began hearing arguments in a series of five cases challenging human smuggling laws within Canada. Section 117 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the law at issue in all five cases, criminalizes the act of knowingly assisting an undocumented ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Thursday made permanent an injunction that requires the state to issue driver's licenses to immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children. The young people, known as Dreamers, were granted a deferral of deportation by ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Jill Family, Widener University School of Law, discusses Obama's recent immigration executive actions and the Obama administration's exercises of executive power...The push and pull between President Obama and Congress over various issues often too quickly boils down to ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Mellouli v. Holder the court heard arguments on whether the government should be required to prove a connection between a conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance as defined by congress in order ...[read more]
January 2, 2015
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, of Penn State Law, discusses President Obama's executive actions on immigration and analyzes the two main immigration reform programs ...On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration aimed at reducing ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by Brittany Felder
The Utah Attorney General's Office reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday over a controversial immigration law. The "Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act" was criticized as encouraging racial profiling as it allowed police officers to stop individuals ...[read more]
November 10, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday struck down an Arizona law that made smuggling immigrants a state crime because it conflicts with federal laws governing immigration. The law was passed in 2005 and designed to prosecute those trafficking people into the ...[read more]
September 5, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Geoffrey Hoffman, of the University of Houston Law Center, discusses the problems that the immigration court creates for unaccompanied alien children...The law is no stranger to paradoxes, contradictions and strange coincidences. Immigration courts however present a special ...[read more]
June 24, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A Montana judge has struck down most of a voter approved immigration law that requires government officials to check the immigration status of anyone applying for state services. The law was approved by voters in November 2012 by an overwhelming majority of 74 percent. Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled ...[read more]

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