Blog: Dina Ibrahim, Attorney at Law, Elsharnoby & Associates PC

(Feb 27 2018) US Supreme Court declines to review Trump’s appeal on DACA’s Preliminary Injunction on Monday

The Supreme Court rejected President Trump’s request to review the temporary order allowing DACA to continue while the case is pending in the lower federal courts. This means that parts of DACA will continue to run until the case is decided or if Congress acts pass a new law for the Dreamers.

In September 2017, President Trump ended DACA which immediately stirred lawsuits and preliminary injunctions to protect the program. Two Federal Court judges from the district courts in San Fransisco and Brooklyn ruled to keep parts of the program running nationwide during the pendency of the case.

The Supreme Court’s decline to review the appeal will temporarily protect immigrants who currently signed up for DACA and allow them to work legally.This also incidentally allows more time for Congress to work up a new law.

(Feb 21,2018) No Changes Made to the Current Immigration Law: Senate Could Not Obtain 60 Votes for any of the 4 Immigration Bills Introduced on the floor on Thursday, February 15

The Coons-McCain bill failed 54 in support and 45 against. This bill would have provided a way to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented persons who came as children, also known as “Dreamers.” It would have not have financed President Trump’s wall on the border, but did include some border security measures.

The Toomey Amendment failed 54 in support and 45 against. This bill would have penalized sanctuary cities such as New York City, New York, Newark, New Jersey, and San Francisco, California.

The “Common Sense” bill failed 54 in support and 45 against. This bill would have provided 1.8 million Dreamers a path to obtain citizenship but would offer $25 billion in border security and prevent DACA recipients from sponsoring their parents for legal status. This bill was projected to win support, however, it was threatened to be vetoed by Trump.

Finally, the Grassley bill failed 39 in support and 60 against. This bill would have allowed 1.8 million Dreamers to obtain citizenship. It would have offered $25 billion to fund a southern border wall. It would also have eliminated the diversity visa lottery program and substantially reduced family-based immigration in such a way that would alter the legal immigration system. This bill was supported by Trump, but also was the one that had the least support.