Ep. 49 Legislative Update

  • 5th Circuit did not grant the government’s request to stay the injunction
  • There will be an oral argument on the merits of the case on July 10th
  • Actions are being taken in the implementation of parole status for entrepreneurs and job creators
  • Proposal in giving work authorization to people in certain cases who have approved I-140’s
  • Labor Department wants to see perm process be modernized.

Raw Transcript:

Jacob: Hello everybody, this is Jacob here. You ask, we answer, simple. Ask an Immigration Lawyer Podcast.

Today we have – I’m going to do kind of a little summary about a lot of the things that are happening as far as immigration legislation. I’ve got a lot of questions. People asking what’s happening with DAPA, what’s happening with the new DACA, what’s happening with some of the things that were announced by the President in November. So, I just want to give you a little recap before the summer.

As you know, DAPA and – there was a court injunction that was issued last month and – As of now, the 5th Circuit did not grant the government’s request to stay the injunction previously entered by the same court. And so that means that while the DAPA and the new DACA programs continue to be delayed, I don’t think that they’re completely off the table. So, do not lose hope, for sure. And we hope the DAPA and the new DACA will stay for, you know, additional developments coming up in the next few months. There’s going to be oral argument on the merits of the case July 10th. So, things are coming up.

We also note that the things that are moving along from what the President announced in November. First there appears to be some movement in the implementation of parole status for entrepreneurs and job creators in the United States. Also, there are discussions about the proposal about giving work authorization to people in certain cases who have approved I-140’s. These are attempts by the USCIS to give more clarity in cases where the job mobility under section 106(c) of AC21 may be utilized. And the Labor Department recently announced its desire to see the perm process become more modernized.

So, all these things that Obama mentioned in November we’re hoping that there are going to be some movement towards December. So, yeah, while there is [unclear 00:02:32] anti-immigration climate we still feel that there’s going to be some movements.

We continue to really deal with this ride the US Immigration and Nationality continue to bring to us. We are looking forward the additional interpretation with regard to policy issues like the L1B specialize knowledge definition and we hope to get some more information on that in the next few months.

All in all, I think that there’s no – we shouldn’t lose hope and there’s going to be a large immigration conference coming up in a few weeks which I will be attending so hopefully I’ll be able to bring more clarity about some of these law changes that I just mentioned.

So, hopefully, just a little bit of update here. Not to lose hope on DAPA and some of the new changes and I’ll be able to report more from the annual immigration conference in June in Washington DC. I’ll be recording live episodes from there.

Thanks for listening. You ask, we answer, simple. Ask an immigration lawyer podcast. Hopefully this was informative. And I’ll keep you posted with more updates.

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