Thursday, November 27, 2014

Immigration Law Professors Weigh in on Executive Action on Immigration

President Obama's immigration initiatives have been somethinbg of a full employment act for immigration law professors.  ImmigrationProf has posted many op/eds. articles, and other commentary on teh President's actions.  In addition, catching the attention of the national news, a letter signed my 135 immigration law professors states:

"We write as scholars and teachers of immigration law who have reviewed the executive actions announced by the President on November 20, 2014 . It is our considered view that the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and establishment of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs are within the legal authority of the executive branch of the government of the United States. To explain, we cite federal statutes, regulations, and historical precedents. We do not express any views on the policy aspects of these two executive actions."

In a Balkinization symposium on "Administrative Reform of Immigration Law," many immigration professors (imcluding Adam Cox, Cristina Rodriguez, David Martin. Alina Das, and Steve Legomsky) and other law professors weigh in on the Obama immigration initiatives (with particular focus on the Office of Legal Counsel's memorandum on the lawfulness of the President's  immigration initiatives (and finding that extension of deferred action to the parents of Deferred Action to Childhood Arrival recipients might not be lawful).


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