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On Saturday, September 6, 2014, President Obama stated that he would not pursue executive action to stop the deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants until after the November midterm elections. This is contrary to...more
On August 5th, the White House released a comprehensive update on President Obama’s efforts relating to immigration these past few months, including traveling to Texas in July to meet with local officials, faith leaders, and...more
August 1, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- To date, up to 57,000 unaccompanied minors fleeing social unrest in Central America have tried to cross over from Mexico into the United States, flooding the immigration system and sparking a...more
Last month, President Obama stated that he would do as much as he could on his own to fix the U.S. immigration system in light of Congress’s failure to pass immigration reform this session. According to White House senior...more
Despite the high hopes earlier this year of passing individual or several mini-bus appropriation bills, a twelve-bill omnibus approach to appropriations is now all but guaranteed. ...more
The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more
In recent months, a federal political issue has developed regarding undocumented immigrants crossing into the United States. This week, it was revealed that this issue touches on Maine, when Governor LePage was notified by...more
This Week -
The Senate was busy this week with the Rules committee meeting Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings to push last minute legislative priorities through the chamber as lawmakers continue to creep towards...more
In a new draft rule notable not only for its substantive content but also for the fact that it represents another incremental immigration reform measure undertaken by executive action in lieu of stalled Congressional...more
In recent weeks, Governor LePage and the Department of Health and Human Services have disagreed with Attorney General Janet Mills regarding the Administration’s ability to influence whether municipalities distribute General...more
President Barack Obama announced on June 30th plans to tackle immigration reform on his own in the upcoming months due to lack of Congressional action on the issue. The pledge to pursue executive action came after House...more
The push toward immigration reform over the past year has been a long and disappointing haul. What started as an optimistic “Gang of Eight” garnering bipartisan support has become an all-out bipartisan battle. At a press...more
House Speaker John Boehner has advised President Barack Obama that the House of Representatives will not take up immigration reform legislation in 2014. With that confirmation that there will be no immigration reform...more
After years of debate over comprehensive immigration reform, it appears that – at least according to some reports – immigration reform is “officially dead.” At least any kind of House-approved immigration reform, that...more
Iraq/Syria Crisis -
Early last week, on Tuesday, President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of approximately 275 U.S. military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in...more
Senate to Mark Up FY 2015 DHS Appropriations -
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security has announced that it will mark up the FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill on...more
Proponents of immigration reform have been waiting with bated breath to see whether the topic will be taken up in the House any time soon. It looks like that will not happen, at least not in the month of June. ...more
Last week, President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released statements on a plan to address an increase in unaccompanied immigrant children at the southwest border of the United States. The statements...more
As we recently reported, the Pentagon has been attempting to expand its ability to recruit beyond lawful permanent residents (LPRs) and U.S. citizens by enlisting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. In...more
In a memorandum dated June 2nd President Obama declared the increasing wave of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. – Mexican border an “urgent humanitarian situation” and directed federal officials to lead relief efforts...more
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House Democrats will file another 'discharge petition' Wednesday in an effort to force a vote on a bill to overhaul the nation's immigration system. To be successful, democrats would need to obtain 218 signatures - there are...more
Following his meeting with three leading members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus over the number of deportations of undocumented immigrants during his administration, the Obama White House announced, late last week, a...more
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