Pres Obama Immigration Orders Face Major Test in Federal Court

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Obama immigration orders face major test in federal court

President Obama’s executive actions on immigration will be tested on Friday when a federal appeals court considers whether to lift an order blocking the actions to allow millions of immigrants without legal status to remain in the United States.

Lawyers from the federal government and 26 states opposed to Obama’s immigration policies will make oral arguments in front of a three-judge panel from the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, the most conservative circuit in the country.

The administration is seeking an emergency stay lifting a Texas judge’s order freezing Obama’s November executive actions, which could provide deportation relief and work permits to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants.

Supporters of Obama’s programs are hopeful the court’s recent dismissal of a separate lawsuit against the immigration programs are a sign the judges will be on their side.

The panel may take days or weeks to decide on the government’s motion.

If it lifts U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen’s preliminary injunction, the Obama administration could begin implementing its programs. If it does not, Obama’s actions will remain in limbo.

The atmosphere surrounding the hearing is expected to be charged. More than 150 people plan to demonstrate outside the courthouse, including immigrants eligible for relief under Obama’s programs, according to immigrant-rights groups.

With just 21 months in Obama’s presidency, his administration is acting aggressively to resolve the legal issues surrounding the immigration programs, a key part of his presidential legacy.

But Obama’s lawyers could face an uphill battle in court on Friday.

For more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/239130-obama-immigration-orders-face-major-test-in-federal-court

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Court sets July hearing on Obama’s immigration actions

5/28/15 12:49 PM EDT By Jordan Fabian – TheHill

A federal appeals court said Wednesday it has set a date to hear an expedited appeal of a lower court order that put President Obama’s deportation relief programs on hold.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on July 10 in New Orleans in the Obama administration’s attempt to lift a preliminary injunction from U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas, which blocked several executive actions from taking effect.

It’s not clear if the same judges who denied the administration’s stay request will hear the broader appeal.

The court’s clerk said the judges will be announced one week before the hearing.

The hearing will present a major test for the administration, which is seeking to end the legal limbo surrounding its immigration programs.

For more; http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/243324-court-sets-july-hearing-on-obamas-immigration-actions

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  1. WH

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    President Obama hosts a bilateral meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
    Oval Office

    11:00 AM
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    President Obama holds a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
    East Room

    12:00 PM
    12:55 PM
    President Obama holds a working lunch with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
    Cabinet Room

    1:00 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the 10th annual New Democrat Coalition PAC Retreat
    Hyatt Regency – Cambridge

    First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden participate in a Joining Forces Roundtable
    Silver Spring Vets Center, Silver Spring, Maryland

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    President Obama delivers opening remarks at a poetry reading featuring poet laureate Elizabeth Alexander
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  2. Obama immigration orders face major test in federal court

    By Jordan Fabian – 04/16/15 05:05 PM EDT

    President Obama’s executive actions on immigration will be tested on Friday when a federal appeals court considers whether to lift an order blocking the actions to allow millions of immigrants without legal status to remain in the United States.

    Lawyers from the federal government and 26 states opposed to Obama’s immigration policies will make oral arguments in front of a three-judge panel from the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, the most conservative circuit in the country.

    For more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/239130-obama-immigration-orders-face-major-test-in-federal-court

    • Obama suffers another defeat on immigration in federal court

      5/26/15 By Jordan Fabian – TheHill

      A federal appeals court dealt the Obama administration a defeat on Tuesday when it declined to lift a judge’s order blocking the president’s sweeping executive action on immigration.

      The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a Texas judge who issued an injunction preventing the programs from going into effect.

      The order came after a group of 26 states filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Obama’s immigration initiatives, which could protect millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

      The appeals judges ruled two-to-one that the order must stay in place.

      “Because the government is unlikely to succeed on the merits of its appeal of the injunction, we deny the motion for stay and the request to narrow the scope of the injunction,” they wrote.

      • Court sets July hearing on Obama’s immigration actions

        5/28/15 12:49 PM EDT By Jordan Fabian – TheHill

        A federal appeals court said Wednesday it has set a date to hear an expedited appeal of a lower court order that put President Obama’s deportation relief programs on hold.

        The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on July 10 in New Orleans in the Obama administration’s attempt to lift a preliminary injunction from U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas, which blocked several executive actions from taking effect.

        It’s not clear if the same judges who denied the administration’s stay request will hear the broader appeal.

        The court’s clerk said the judges will be announced one week before the hearing.

        The hearing will present a major test for the administration, which is seeking to end the legal limbo surrounding its immigration programs.

        For more; http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/243324-court-sets-july-hearing-on-obamas-immigration-actions

    • US Supreme Court Hands Down 2 Decisions on Immigration

      June 20, 2015 9:42 AM VOA News

      The United States Supreme Court handed down two important decisions this week, striking down substantive due-process rights for immigrants, but offering procedural protections for immigrants who miss deadlines in deportation proceedings.

      The first case, Kerry v. Din, discusses the rights of Kanishka Berashk, the spouse of Fauzia Din, to be able to immigrate to the U.S. to join Din, who is a U.S. citizen.

      After the U.S. State Department denied Berashk’s visa application, citing a broad terrorism-related statute because he used to work in the Taliban-controlled government, he sued Secretary of State John Kerry and tried to get the high court to review that denial.

      No right

      The Supreme Court held that because Berashk is not a U.S. citizen, he did not have the right to get a court review, and his U.S. citizen wife also did not have a due-process right to get the visa denial challenged in a federal court.

      Steven Yale-Loehr, a law professor at Cornell University, said the Supreme Court’s decision on this case has a much broader impact on immigration to the U.S.

      “If a U.S. citizen marries a Chinese citizen in China and tries to petition through the green-card process to have the foreign spouse come over to the United States, and if the U.S. (consulate) in Guangzhou were to deny the visa because the foreign spouse is a former member of the Communist Party, or they allege maybe the Chinese citizen committed some crimes in the past even though it is unproven, that would not be reviewable in the U.S. court,” Yale-Loehr said.

      That means the couple would be either separated or the U.S. citizen spouse would have to move to China to live there with his or her spouse, he added.

      Kerry William Bretz, a New York-based immigration attorney, said the court clearly separated the rights for people inside and outside the U.S.

      “Due process applies to people who are in the United States, whether you are a citizen, not a citizen and you cross the border without inspection,” Bretz said. “It does not apply to people abroad.

      “Most of the folks that are looking for review of the denial of visas are abroad and they are asking for a nonimmigrant visa, and any nonimmigrant visa is at the discretion of the Department of State,” he said.

      Deportation proceedings

      In the second case the Supreme Court decided recently, Mata v. Lynch, Noel Reyes Mata, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, was put in deportation proceedings after he was convicted of assault.

      Mata’s appeal was ultimately denied by the Immigration Board of Appeals after his attorneys failed to submit the appeals brief and later missed the deadline in filing motions to reopen the case.

      After the lower court dismissed Mata’s case, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal appeals court has the authority to hear his case and decide whether people facing deportation should be able to extend the deadlines in immigration proceedings.

      Yale-Loehr, of Cornell University, said the Supreme Court emphasized procedural protections in immigration deportation proceedings.

      “The Supreme Court said, ‘Look, we are not going to decide whether the Mexican citizen case should be overturned, but at least the federal court has jurisdiction to hear the case.’ ”

      For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/us-supreme-court-hands-down-two-decisions-on-immigration/2830500.html

  3. March 17, 2015

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy

    President Obama will host Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House on Friday, April 17. Italy is a valued NATO ally and partner on a broad range of global challenges. During their meeting, the President and Prime Minister Renzi will discuss support for Ukraine and continued U.S.-EU unity on pressuring Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to adhere to the Minsk agreements; the situation in Libya; and the need for the international community to continue efforts to counter ISIL and other extremists throughout the Middle East. They will also exchange views on economic developments in Europe, support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, climate change and energy security, and other issues of mutual interest.

    • April 17, 2015

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi of Italy in Joint Press Conference

      East Room

      12:04 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: It is a great pleasure to welcome my partner and friend, Prime Minister Renzi, to the White House. Benvenuto. I actually should say welcome back. Not many people know this, but Matteo came to the White House several years ago. Back then, he was the young, dynamic mayor of Florence. Today he’s the young, dynamic Prime Minister of Italy. But even then, I think people recognized that he brought an energy and a sense of vision to where he wanted to see his country go. And today is an opportunity for me to return the incredible hospitality that Matteo and the Italian people showed me last year in Rome — one of the great cities of the world.

      Italy, of course, is one of our closest and strongest allies. And any time Italians and Americans get together it’s also a chance to celebrate the deep bonds of history and friendship and family. As I’ve said before, I’m not lucky enough to have any Italian ancestry that I know of — but I consider myself an honorary Italian because I love all things Italian. And the United States would not be what we are or who we are without the contributions of generations of Italian Americans.

      In Rome last year, Matteo spoke eloquently of his visits to the American military cemetery in Florence — and that’s a reminder of how Italians and Americans have made extraordinary sacrifices for the freedom that we cherish. And I’m also grateful for my partnership personally with Prime Minister Renzi. We’ve worked together on several occasions, from Rome to our NATO, G7 and G20 summits. I know he is deeply committed to our alliance.

      Moreover, I have been very impressed with the energy and the vision and the reforms that he is pursuing to unleash the potential of the Italian people and the Italian economy. His willingness to challenge the status quo and to look to the future has made him a leading voice in Europe. And we’re already seeing progress being made with respect to Italy.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/17/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-renzi-italy-joint-press-confe

  4. Tech Meetup at the White House

    Published on Apr 17, 2015

    The White House hosts local leaders from all across our “Innovation Nation” at the first-ever White House Tech Meetup. April 17, 2015.

  5. Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Climbs to Second-Highest Since 2007

    April 17, 2015 bloomberg

    Consumer confidence improved in April to the second-highest level in more than eight years as Americans held more favorable views of the economic outlook and inflation.

    The University of Michigan said Friday that its preliminary index of sentiment climbed to 95.9 this month from 93 in March. The median projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for an increase to 94.

    Consumers were more upbeat about the economy, their current financial situations and the buying climate, indicating spending will pick up after a lackluster performance in the first quarter. At the same time, households have a dimmer view about their income prospects, meaning shoppers will keep seeking out discounts from merchants.

    “We’ve seen signs that other economic activity has bounced since the weather’s gotten better, so that should feed through to consumers’ views on the outlook,” Thomas Simons, a money market economist at Jefferies LLC in New York, said before the report. “Also, a big component is gasoline prices, which stopped going up and in some cases came down a little bit again. All of that is helpful.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-17/consumer-sentiment-in-u-s-climbs-to-second-highest-since-2007

  6. @JoiningForces is Answering Your Questions to Celebrate Its 4th Anniversary

    Posted by Ken Meyer on April 16, 2015 at 06:29 PM EDT

    The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces in April 2011 to call on Americans across the country to rally around service members, veterans, and their families.

    This month, Joining Forces is celebrating its fourth anniversary! We’re talking about how we can inspire, educate, and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.

    Want to join the conversation? We’ll be focusing on specific themes throughout the month. Around each theme, the Joining Forces team will be hosting a Twitter chat to answer your questions on mental health, homelessness, employment, and education — and hear from you.

    Ask your questions and join the conversation now using the hashtags below, and we’ll answer from @JoiningForces on the day of the chat!

    Mental Health: #ChangeMentalHealth
    Twitter Chat: Friday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET
    Host: Rory Brosius, Deputy Director of Joining Forces

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/04/16/joiningforces-answering-your-questions-celebrate-its-4th-anniversary

    • April 17, 2015

      Remarks by the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden Before Joining Forces Roundtable — Silver Spring, Maryland

      Silver Spring Vets Center
      Silver Spring, Maryland

      1:22 P.M. EDT

      DR. BIDEN: Thank you for having us here today. And we want to — I know I speak for Michelle, too, when we say thank you from our husbands, and thank you for all that you’re doing.

      So one of the most rewarding parts of being Second Lady for me has been traveling around the country and visiting our military families, and Michelle and I have been doing this now for six years. And we just had a tour of the facility with Wayne and saw all the wonderful things that you have here and all the things that are available.

      And so the reason we’re here today is to just — to listen to you, to listen to your experiences and to learn from you. So thank you again for having us.

      MRS. OBAMA: And also we think this — for me — this is a big, old light right here. (Laughter.) But it’s really reflective of what we hope our visit can do, which is to shine a light on vet centers, the work that’s happening, the support that’s out there. Because, as we talked to the counselor, there are a lot of veterans who don’t know that these resources exist, and that’s the thing that we want to change.

      Every vet, every family member should know that there are places like this that feel like home, with people who are professional, that are trained, who know how to deal with any issue that you all encounter. So this time here today is really about the others who don’t have access or don’t know that these resources exist.

      So we’re just grateful to you all. And we’re also extremely proud of you guys. And I know you don’t hear that enough, because we can’t say it enough as a nation. You all have sacrificed for this country time and again. And Jill and I, through Joining Forces and our husbands, we’ve made the issue of supporting our veterans, our troops and their families the top of our priority list. And the goal is to make sure that this doesn’t stop at this administration, but — we set a high bar, but we hope that every other administration will surpass that bar when it comes to caring for you all forever.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/17/remarks-first-lady-and-dr-jill-biden-joining-forces-roundtable-silver-sp

    • April 17, 2015

      Fact Sheet: VA Vet Centers and Administration Progress on Mental Health

      Vet Centers

      Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services including professional readjustment counseling to Veterans and active duty Servicemembers (including members of the National Guard and Reserve components) and their families.

      A core value of the Vet Center program is to promote access to care by helping Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families overcome barriers that impede them from using those services. For example, all Vet Centers maintain regularly scheduled non-traditional hours, such as evening and weekends, to ensure Veterans and Servicemembers are able to access these services. Also, Vet Centers are able to create Veteran-to-Veteran connections, as over 72% of Vet Center staff are Veterans and a majority of those individuals have served in combat zones.

      There are 300 Vet Centers located in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

      In addition, Readjustment Counseling Services maintains a fleet of 80 Mobile Vet Centers that are designed to extend the reach of Vet Center services through focused outreach, direct service provision, and referral to communities that do not meet the requirements for a “brick and mortar” Vet Center, but where there are Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families in need of services. In many instances these communities are distant from existing services and are considered rural or highly rural.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/17/fact-sheet-va-vet-centers-and-administration-progress-mental-health-0

  7. West Wing Week: 04/17/2015 or, “The Quintessential Sounds”

    Published on Apr 17, 2015

    This week, the President wrapped up a trip to Panama, held a historic meeting with President Raul Castro of Cuba, grooved with Gospel artists, held a town hall about working families, and kicked off a Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride. That’s April 10th to April 16th or, “The Quintessential Sounds.”

  8. President Obama delivers opening remarks at a poetry reading featuring poet laureate Elizabeth Alexander

    Published on Apr 17, 2015
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama deliver remarks at the White House Poetry Workshop with Elizabeth Alexander. April 17, 2015.

  9. April 17, 2015

    Readout of the President’s Call with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia

    Today, the President spoke with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia to discuss recent developments in Yemen. The President reaffirmed the strong friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia and underscored our commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security. The President and King Salman discussed the recent adoption of a resolution on Yemen in the United Nations Security Council and next steps in the effort to resume the political transition in Yemen, including talks facilitated by the United Nations. The President and King Salman agreed that our collective goal is to achieve lasting stability in Yemen through a negotiated political solution facilitated by the United Nations and involving all parties as envisioned in the GCC Initiative. The President and King Salman also discussed the importance of responding to the humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people.

  10. WH

    Saturday, April 18, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  11. Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

    America’s Best Idea — the National Parks — is even better when it’s free!

    April 18-19, 2015
    Opening weekend of National Park Week

    • April 20, 2015
      Presidential Proclamation — National Park Week, 2015

      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      America’s grandeur and God-given bounty are the birthright of all our people. Our national parks, monuments, lands, and waters belong to us all, and every person should be able to use and enjoy these unparalleled public lands. To celebrate the places that make America great — the treasures that writer and conservationist Wallace Stegner once called “the geography of hope” — and to kick off National Park Week, this weekend the National Park Service is offering free admission. I encourage all people to explore our natural wonders and rediscover the essential part of the American spirit they reflect.

      As our Nation prepares to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service next year, my Administration is encouraging Americans to “Find Your Park” all year long. America’s public lands and waters are living classrooms, active laboratories, and vast playgrounds, offering space to get outside and be active. These places reflect our heritage and help tell the stories about giants of our history and extraordinary chapters of our past. They teach us about ourselves, rejuvenate our spirit, and keep us connected to what it means to be American. They offer something for everyone, and chances are, there is a National Park closer to you than you think. To learn more, visit http://www.FindYourPark.com.

      As President, I am committed to ensuring every child in America — regardless of who they are or where they live — has this opportunity to discover the great outdoor spaces that have inspired women and men for generations. That is why earlier this year I launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative, which will provide all fourth graders and their families with free admission to our National Parks and other Federal lands and waters for a full year. My Administration will also work to make it easier for schools and families to plan trips to visit these places of natural splendor, helping to ensure all our young people have the chance to experience for themselves some of our Nation’s greatest assets.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/20/presidential-proclamation-national-park-week-2015

  12. Weekly Address: Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    April 18, 2015

    Hi everybody. Wednesday is Earth Day, a day to appreciate and protect this precious planet we call home. And today, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change.

    2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record. Fourteen of the 15 hottest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century. This winter was cold in parts of our country – as some folks in Congress like to point out – but around the world, it was the warmest ever recorded.

    And the fact that the climate is changing has very serious implications for the way we live now. Stronger storms. Deeper droughts. Longer wildfire seasons. The world’s top climate scientists are warning us that a changing climate already affects the air our kids breathe. Last week, the Surgeon General and I spoke with public experts about how climate change is already affecting patients across the country. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security.

    And on Earth Day, I’m going to visit the Florida Everglades to talk about the way that climate change threatens our economy. The Everglades is one of the most special places in our country. But it’s also one of the most fragile. Rising sea levels are putting a national treasure – and an economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry – at risk.

    So climate change can no longer be denied – or ignored. The world is looking to the United States – to us – to lead. And that’s what we’re doing. We’re using more clean energy than ever before. America is number one in wind power, and every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. We’re taking steps to waste less energy, with more fuel-efficient cars that save us money at the pump, and more energy-efficient buildings that save us money on our electricity bills.

    So thanks in part to these actions, our carbon pollution has fallen by 10 percent since 2007, even as we’ve grown our economy and seen the longest streak of private-sector job growth on record. We’ve committed to doubling the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China has committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions. And because the world’s two largest economies came together, there’s new hope that, with American leadership, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change before it’s too late.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/17/weekly-address-climate-change-can-no-longer-be-ignored-0

  13. Obama calls Senate inaction on attorney general ’embarrassing’

    4/17/15 01:07 PM EDT By Jordan Fabian – TheHill

    President Obama on Friday vented his frustration over the delay in confirming his attorney general pick Loretta Lynch, calling the Senate’s handling of her nomination “embarrassing.”

    In his strongest comments to date on the delay, Obama chided the Senate for engaging in “political gamesmanship” by not bringing Lynch’s nomination up for a vote.

    “It’s gone too far,” Obama said during a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. “Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote.”

    Lynch, a veteran federal prosecutor, is poised to become the first black female attorney general in U.S. history. But she has waited 160 days to be confirmed, longer than the previous seven attorney general nominees combined.
    The president appeared infuriated over the delay, describing it as a “crazy situation” and asking “what are we doing here?”

    Lynch has the support of the Senate Democratic caucus and five GOP senators, enough to secure confirmation, but her vote has been sidetracked due to an unrelated human-trafficking bill that is stalled in the Senate.

    Republicans have refused to vote on Lynch until the legislation is passed.

    For more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/239233-obama-calls-senate-inaction-on-attorney-general-nod-embarassing

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