The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an important case out of Texas challenging President Obama’s Executive Order which would have extended a temporary legal status to parents of citizens and permanent residents. The court added its own question to the issues raised: whether Obama violated his constitutional obligations to enforce the nation’s laws. The answer to this question, according to the New York Times, “could significantly alter the scope of presidential power in realms far beyond immigration.” The case is likely to be heard in April and a decision rendered in June.
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The field office for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will move from Bloomington to downtown Minneapolis, which will make it more accessible for thousands of immigrants in Minnesota, the Dakotas, and western Wisconsin. Previously, the field office was to be moved from Bloomington to the Bloomington/Eden Praire border, where there was no access to public transportation. The USCIS field office is where immigrants go for interviews with immigration authorities and for other immigration-related appointments.
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In early January, the Department of Homeland Security carried out a series of home raids to deport hundreds of men, women, and children who had fled "shockingly high levels of gang and drug violence, hunger and poverty" in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The New York Times highlighted the contradiction between the raids and what President Obama had said in November 2014 about his administration's deportation priorities: “We’ll keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. That means felons, not families. That means criminals, not children. It means gang members, not moms who are trying to put food on the table for their kids.”
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