Buzzfeed on Pope's Message About the Border and Immigration

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Kathryn N. Karam

Yesterday, Buzzfeed reported on Pope Francis's message about the U.S.-Mexico border and immigration. This is Pope Francis's first visit to Mexico. He reportedly told President Enrique Peña Nieto that "Every time we look to the path of privilege or the benefit of a few at the cost of the good of all, sooner or later society becomes a fertile ground for corruption, drug trafficking, the exclusion of different cultures, violence.”

Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Pres. Obama's Immigration Programs

Posted on January 19, 2016 by Kathryn N. Karam

The New York Times reports that the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the case against President Obama's Executive Immigration Programs. President Obama announced his executive immigration programs, including Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), in November 2014, but the state of Texas and several other states sued to block their implementation. The Supreme Court's decision to hear this case means that the previous decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which held the programs to be impermissibe and temporarily blocked them from being implemented, may be overturned.

Update: Supreme Court Case Challenging DAPA Program

Posted on December 14, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

On December 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the request from Texas and other states for a 30-day extension to file legal briefs in support of the lawsuit to block the DAPA program. Instead of the 30-day extension, the Court allowed an extension of only eight days. This is viewed as a procedural victory for the Obama administration as it would allow the court to hear the case during its current term and give the administration enough time to launch the program while Obama is still in office. If the Supreme Court hears the case during its current term, the decision would likely be published in June 2016.

December 2015 Visa Bulletin Issued

Posted on November 13, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

The U.S. Department of State has issued the December 2015 Visa Bulletin. Of note:

USCIS to Accept Provisional Waivers for all Family-Based Applicants

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

Department of Homeland Security director Jeh Johnson has issued a memo directing USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez to change the Immigration Service's prior regulations to allow all family members eligible to immigrate to the U.S. to be allowed to file provisional waivers of inadmissibility.

HBJ: What Donald Trump - and Much of America - is Missing in the Immigration Debate

Posted on July 08, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

Read Kathryn Karam's latest article in the Houston Business Journal: What Donald Trump is Missing in the Immigration Debate.

NYT: Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

The New York Times article on why immigrants grow the U.S. economy.

KNK in HBJ: Temporary Injunction Stopping Executive Immigration Programs Hurts Our Economy

Posted on February 26, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

Kathryn N. Karam is quoted in the Houston Business Journal's recent article on Texas vs. United States, the suit filed by several stated to stop the Obama Administration's Executive Actions for Immigration Reform.

Kathryn N. Karam on KPFT's Proyecto Latino-Americano

Posted on February 17, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

This evening, Kathryn N. Karam was a guest on KPFT Pacifica Radio's Proyecto Latino-Americano show with Henry and Alma Cooper at 9 PM . The podcast from the February 17th airing of Proyecto Latino-Americano is available here.

Federal Court Issues Temporary Injunction Stopping Executive Actions

Posted on February 17, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

A Federal Court in Brownsville, Texas has issued a temporary injunction to stop the implementation of the executive actions announced by President Obama in November 2014, including the extended DACA program and the DAPA program. As a result, USCIS has announced that it will not begin accepting applications for protection under the extended DACA program tomorrow as originally announced. However, the Court's order does not affect the existing DACA program originally announced on June 15, 2012.

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