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Letters of the Week: Dec 22 - Dec 26

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  1. Tobias Nojob's Avatar
    12/23/2014 - Civil Action No. 2014-1966
    ARPAIO v. OBAMA et al
    Doc No. 23 (memorandum opinion) by Judge Beryl A. Howell
    https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2014cv1966-23

    As stated in the past, willful ignorance displayed by members of Congress, State officials and the political class while dealing with the immigration issue is an irrefutable evidence of constituents? stupidity (specifically those who are fervidly opposed to any sort of temporary relief granted by the Executive Branch to certain unlawfully present immigrants) and excoriating the current President on immigration is not going to elevate their brutish status.

    Conversely, it is extremely questionable why President Obama didn't issue an Executive Order dealing with immigration under the umbrella of National Security and governed by the laws of war (it is good to remind audiences that this nation is actually in a State of War, viewed from a legal perspective). The recent "Executive Actions" on immigration are in anyway a real guarantee that these new guidelines will be fully implemented, simply because the Secretary of Homeland Security could easily postpone (and even modify or nullify) these procedures if circumstances beyond the agency's control force to take such approach (i.e. a new military conflict involving US forces, an economic collapse, a massive social unrest within United States territories, domestic insurrection, natural disasters). The assumption that immigration directives issued by DHS (i.e. Johnson memos) cannot be reviewed by the courts is vague and unfortunately, opens the door to nonsensical challenges that are indeed a true waste of time, money and resources.

    Apparently Barack Obama can effectively issue an Executive Order imposing sanctions on Russia's new territories in Crimea and the Port of Sevastopol, under the umbrella of Title 50 of the United States Code (War and National Defence), but he is incapable to apply the same criteria to the immigration issue...double standards?
    Executive Order 13685 of December 19, 2014
    Blocking Property Of Certain Persons And Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect To The Crimea Region Of Ukraine
    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-24/pdf/2014-30323.pdf

    Executive Orders dealing with National Security and issued during times of war are in most instances not reviewable by the courts.
  2. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    As this years comes to a close, we should take a moment to reflect on the legislative achievements of the 113th Congress and thank them for a job well done. The following bills were enacted in the 113th Congress. Well done!

    S. 1614: Accuracy for Adoptees Act
    Sponsor: Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
    Introduced: Oct 30, 2013
    Enacted ? Signed by the President: Jan 16, 2014

    H.R. 5195: Emergency Afghan Allies Extension Act of 2014
    Sponsor: Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
    Introduced: Jul 24, 2014
    Enacted ? Signed by the President: Aug 8, 2014

    H.R. 3233: To extend the period during which Iraqis who were employed by the United States Government in Iraq may be granted special immigrant status and to temporarily increase the fee or surcharge for processing machine-readable nonimmigrant visas.
    Sponsor: Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
    Introduced: Oct 2, 2013
    Enacted ? Signed by the President: Oct 4, 2013

    S. 2195: A bill to deny admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has been found to have been engaged in espionage activities or a terrorist activity against the United States and poses a threat to United States nation
    Sponsor: Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
    Introduced: Apr 1, 2014
    Enacted ? Signed by the President: Apr 18, 2014

    H.J.Res. 105: Conferring honorary citizenship of the United States on Bernardo de Galvez y Madrid, Viscount of Galveston and Count of Galvez.
    Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1]
    Introduced: Jan 9, 2014
    Enacted ? Signed by the President: Dec 16, 2014

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/subjects/immigration/6206#current_status[]=28
  3. Eric Lund's Avatar
    The Obama administration is facing another lawsuit in federal court in Brownsville, Texas, where 24 states are pursuing a similar legal challenge. Please let us know your thoughts by writing to us at editor@ilw.com
    25 states if you count Tennessee.
    Updated 12-26-2014 at 09:18 AM by IDBlog
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