Appeals Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Immigration Plans

[THE NEW YORK TIMES] - WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court said Monday that President Obamacould not move forward with his plans to overhaul immigration rules by providing up to five million people with work permits and protection from deportation.

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, ruled…

Immigration Reform Advocates To Lose Champion With Harry Reid Retirement

[HUFFINGTON POST] - Friday morning was strange for Astrid Silva, a 27-year-old undocumented immigrant in Las Vegas. Just before 5 a.m. PST, her longtime pen pal, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), announced plans to retire from the Senate at the end of his term.

She started getting text messages and calls from people on the East Coast. It was a shock. The senator she credits with…

Why most people don’t have a will or an estate plan

Most of us do not want to think about dying! We just don’t. As an attorney practicing Trusts and Estates, I’ve given this a great deal of thought. Some of my clients still don’t even have a simple will, much less an entire plan for their estate. This is despite my respectful amount of encouragement.

DAPA-Eligible Immigrants Face Threat Of Deportation, Advocates Say

Brenda Castro, an undocumented immigrant from Honduras, has two U.S.-born children, lives in New Orleans and has been in the country since 2008. Though she has a misdemeanor for attempted theft and a prior deportation, immigrant rights advocates are confident she would qualify for the deportation relief program announced last year by the Obama administration.

IRS Audits of High-Income U.S. Households Drop to 6-Year Low

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service, struggling with a smaller budget, audited 7.5 percent of households with incomes exceeding $1 million last year, the lowest level since 2009. The tax agency audited 0.86 percent of all individual tax returns, down from 0.96 percent the year before, according to data released Tuesday. Such audits are at their lowest level since 2004.

Democrat and Republican views on Obama’s immigration reform

Democrat and republican leaders have been very vocal about their respective support and opposition to President Obama’s executive order on immigration, which defers deportation and of certain immigrants and permits those qualified to work and attend school. The divide between leaders who agree and disagree with Obama’s reform is not easily distinguishable by party. Interestingly, many democratic leaders have criticized the extent of the President’s reform.

Administration to Try to Block Ruling That Postpones Immigration Actions

The White House on Friday said it would seek an emergency ruling to allow President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to go into effect, underscoring its urgent desire to resolve a legal challenge to the programs and reassure anxious supporters in the immigrant community.

White House puts immigration plans on hold after ruling

The Obama administration put its new deportation-relief program on hold Tuesday on the eve of its launch, complying reluctantly with a federal judge's order that roiled immigrant communities nationwide and seemed to harden an already-tense stalemate on Capitol Hill.

15 States Now Grant In-State Tuition To Undocumented Immigrants

Giancarlo Tello paid $14,000 more than other New Jersey high school graduates to attend Rutgers University, the state's flagship public college. Why the difference? Tello spent much of his childhood in the U.S. without legal permission after his parents moved from Peru when he was 6.

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