Immigration has been a hot topic in the courts this year. IRLI, FAIR’s partner organization, has been involved in some of the top immigration cases from 2015.

Texas et al. v. U.S. et al.

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the 26-state challenge of the President’s 2014 executive actions granting amnesty to an estimated 4.5 million illegal aliens. In the case of Texas v. US (Civil Action No. 15-674), the Obama Administration has asked the Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal’s recent decision upholding a district court’s preliminary injunction halting the President’s unlawful amnesty programs until a full trial can take place. IRLI has filed the brief on behalf of two interested clients: Save Jobs USA, an association representing American computer professionals, and the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, Local 37083 of the Communication Workers of America (Washtech), a union representing American technology workers… Learn more about this case here.

Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) submitted a public comment to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to its recently proposed rule, “Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students With STEM Degrees and CapGap Relief for All Eligible F-1 Students.” The proposed rule will allow foreign STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degree-holders to remain in the country and work on their “student” visas for as much as 3 years after they graduate from a U.S. school, thereby bypassing American worker protections built into existing law. DHS was forced to give notice and solicit public comment after IRLI successfully challenged in federal court DHS’s prior Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension rules as violative of the Administrative Procedure Act. In the case (Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. USDHS (Civil Action No. 14-529)), in which IRLI is representing displaced American computer programmers, a federal judge gave the Obama Administration until February to issue a new rule… Learn more about this case here.

Kerry v. Din

The San Francisco Daily Journal, a leading legal newspaper, requested IRLI debate the consequences for immigration law of a case argued recently before the U.S. Supreme Court, Kerry v. Din. The Daily Journal published the debate between IRLI’s Senior Counsel Mike Hethmon and UC law professor and former Obama administration adviser Bill Ong Hing on February 23, the date of the oral argument before the high court… Learn more about this case here.