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Featured Issue: Executive Action

In March, AILA joined over 300 immigration, civil rights, and community groups in filing an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the injunction blocking the implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA programs. AILA issued a press release upon filing the brief. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for April 18, 2016, and a decision is expected in late June. See AILA's Texas v. United States resource page for more information.


Implementation of Executive Action


Announcement of Executive Action


White House Resources


Federal Agency Resources

On 11/20/14 President Obama announced a number of executive actions he was directing the agencies to take on immigration. Later that day the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor issued a number of memoranda outlining the policies they would be enacting over the coming months (see below). The following day, in an address in Las Vegas, Nevada, the President outlined his plans further and issued two Presidential Memoranda.


AILA Recommendations on Administrative Action

  • Provisional Waivers: AILA sent a letter to DHS outlining recommendations for improving the provisional waiver program and the issuance of clarifying guidance on "extreme hardship," as directed by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson in the November 20, 2014 memorandum, "Expansion of the Provisional Waiver Program".
  • Affirmative relief from deportation and other DHS policy changes to help keep families together and business running: A letter from AILA to the White House outlining potential administrative actions that advance our national interest, which includes: supporting family unity, promoting economic growth, and improving processes.
  • Enforcement reforms: DHS is removing thousands of people each year who pose no threat and have strong ties to our country, including many with U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident family members.
  • Letter to President Obama on Family Detention and Executive Action from AILA and 135 advocacy, legal, service and other organizations urging him to address the fundamental problems with the detention and expedited deportation of children and their mothers as he considers taking executive action to reform the immigration system.
  • "Border Security: Moving Beyond Past Benchmarks," an AILA report that examines what's really needed to secure the border. Since 2001, the United States has taken a resource heavy approach to border-security, which has resulted in a dramatic build-up of border security and a massive expenditure of resources at the Southern border.

Additional Resources


Ongoing Litigation Related to Administrative Actions

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 14032850.