The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled that much of President Trump's latest travel ban can legally go into effect. That said, it cannot be applied to people who have close family members in the U.S., or to those with bona fide relationships with an American entity.
A federal judge has ruled that the Defense Department must stop blocking applications for U.S. citizenship made by reserve soldiers who were promised a fast track. A 2008 pilot program, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, promised certain noncitizens expedited citizenship in exchange for eight years of military service. Now that they've fulfilled their side of the bargain, the DOD is trying to back out.
According to a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, only 19 percent of Americans are in favor of deporting Dreamers -- those who are unauthorized in the U.S. only because they were brought here illegally as children. As expected, a large majority of Americans -- at least 60 percent -- prefer to have the Dreamers stay in the U.S. legally.
Although President Trump has declined to renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, existing permit holders can still renew their status. If your DACA permit expires before March 5, 2018, the deadline to renew is this Thursday, Oct. 5.
The Trump Administration announced a new travel ban on Sunday, just as parts of the previous version were set to expire. Sudan has been removed from the list of affected countries, while three new countries have been added. The new list of countries is: Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela and North Korea. The new ban is will be in place permanently unless it is overturned by the courts or reversed by President Trump or a future president.
The National Venture Capital Association and several tech startups filed suit against the Trump administration this week, claiming that its end to the international entrepreneur rule was handled improperly. The rule, which was created under the Obama administration, was meant to allow international entrepreneurs who were not themselves investors to remain in the United States while they built their businesses. It was set to go into effect this July.
There are approximately 800,000 people in the U.S. who are protected from deportation and authorized to work under DACA, of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program was initiated in 2012 by the Obama administration in order to protect innocent people who are only unauthorized in the U.S. because they were brought here as children.
A federal judge recently ordered a fast-track trial to find out if the Trump administration wrongfully deported a young man who had received protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Interestingly, the judge is the same one who approved the Trump University settlement and whom President Trump suggested could not be impartial due to his Mexican heritage.
The fight over whether local officials can refuse to enforce federal immigration law is heating up. At least seven cities and counties plus the State of California have filed suit against the Trump administration, citing constitutional concerns over his anti-sanctuary order.
Several civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit claiming that the State Department is violating the law -- and the U.S. Supreme Court's interpretation of President Trump's travel ban. They claim the agency and its consulates are intentionally delaying processing of visas to winners of the Diversity Visa Program lottery. By delaying those visas, they're essentially denying them unlawfully.