This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending February 5


Week Ending February 5

This week in immigration: Ready America conference this week; and the New York Times questions permissibility of United States v. Texas.

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Ready America Conference brings together immigration leaders: Grassroots organizers, advocacy groups, and legal experts gathered in Arlington, Virginia this week to collaborate on immigration integration strategies at the 2nd annual Ready America conference. The discussion centered around preparing organizations to assist Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, as well as policies and procedures to enact should the Supreme Court uphold Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded DACA.

New York Times questions inclusion of ‘take care’ clause in Supreme Court case:  The New York Times called into question the Take Care Clause that is at the center of the United States v. Texas case in an op-ed published this week. The Constitutional clause, which requires the president to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” is rarely challenged by the Supreme Court, writes author Linda Greenhouse. However, in this instance the Court added the clause to its petition response, despite the clause’s absence from either of the lower court decisions. In doing so, Court added a much more impactful Constitutional question to the statutory question already on the table. “This is a case that should have been tossed out of Federal District Court in the first instance,” Greenhouse writes. “Instead, its stakes are now heightened enormously. If the justices approach their task as judges and not as politicians, the administration will easily prevail. It is the Roberts court that now needs to take care.”

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