Cross-posted from David Leopold’s piece on Medium: Yesterday the Obama Administration filed its opening brief before U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. v. Texas, the lawsuit challenging DAPA and DACA expansion, President Obama’s November 20, 2014 executive actions on deportations. In the weeks to come the state of Texas will make its arguments to the Court and… Continue »

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-OH) proved again today that the effort to block President Obama’s executive action through the courts is, in fact, based in partisan politics. Republicans at all levels are relying on the courts to do what they could not accomplish through the legislative process, via Elise Foley: “This is a very extraordinary step.… Continue »

US officials and leaders welcomed Pope Francis’s historic visit to the US/Mexico border yesterday, where he laid a bouquet of flowers for the thousands who have perished attempting to make a better life for themselves in the north. The messages from officials and leaders welcoming the Pope’s historic return to the Americas were gracious and… Continue »

Lynn Tramonte: “Ohioans—indeed, all Americans—deserve better leadership than this”    Following Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s death, Senator Rob Portman and Governor John Kasich stated that the current President should not fill his vacancy.  The Toledo Blade issued an important editorial calling the two Republicans to task. “Creating a crisis in one of the three branches of the… Continue »

  Please note the following column was translated from Spanish to English and is available for reprint as long as the author is given proper credit. This column is available online in English here and Spanish here. With the death of the conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and the reality of a high court now equally divided, the… Continue »

“If the justices approach their task as judges and not as politicians, the administration will easily prevail” Prominent legal analyst Linda Greenhouse assesses the stakes of the Supreme Court’s upcoming immigration executive action case, United States v. Texas, in a new must-read opinion piece published in today’s New York Times.  United States v. Texas will decide the fate of the DAPA/DACA expansion… Continue »

Last week, the Lorain Ohio Immigrants’ Rights Association (LOIRA), Ohio’s Voice, and Cleveland Jobs with Justice invited the three candidates for U.S. Senate: former Governor Ted Strickland (D), Cincinnati City Council Member PG Sittenfeld(D), and Senator Rob Portman (R) to sit down with DAPA-eligible families as part of the ongoing “DAPA Dinners” campaign. “DAPA Dinners” is an initiative that invites all 2016 candidates, Senators, and Members of… Continue »

“SCOTUS 101” Will Provide Key Resources on the Lawsuit & Answer the Immigrant Community’s Burning Questions about What’s at Stake for Them and their Families In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to grant cert to the Texas-led lawsuit blocking the President’s DAPA and expanded DACA programs, there’s been much speculation about what this… Continue »

A number of leading editorial boards are calling on the Supreme Court to uphold US v Texas, the case to decide the fate of DAPA/DACA expansion executive action immigration programs. As the below editorials make clear, the immigration executive action programs are legal and built on historical precedent, including the immigration executive actions of recent Republican… Continue »

Stephen Legomsky Explains the Profound Consequences of the Anti-DAPA/DACA+ Lawsuit & Why SCOTUS Should Reject TX’s “Radical Theory of Standing” In the wake of this week’s momentous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the Texas-led lawsuit blocking the President’s DAPA and expanded DACA programs, Stephen Legomsky, Professor Emeritus at Washington University and… Continue »