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ABIL Members Speak on President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

Stephen Yale-Loehrspoke at a symposium, "Pluralism in Progress: Immigration Reform in the 21st Century," presented on April 10, 2015, by the Spectemur Agendo Foundation, the Beta Charge of Theta Delta Chi, and the Cornell University International Student Union. MORE INFORMATION

Robert F. Loughran presented on the effects of President Obama's executive actions on Forms I-9 and E-Verify, at the Foster Spring 2015 Immigration Update Seminars in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. His panel also discussed details of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program and the newly expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as Former Texas Governor Rick Perry's RP80 executive order mandating E-Verify for certain state agencies and their contractors.

Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted in Politifact.com on March 5, 2015, in "Federal Judge Called Obama Immigration Action 'Unconstitutional'." He noted that "[a]ny party can raise an alleged constitutional violation. Only when the Supreme Court rules on the executive action's constitutionality will that issue be resolved once and for all."

Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 5, 2015, in "Congressman Collins Accuses Obama of Course Change on Immigration." Noting that deferred action doesn't change the law, he said, "Most legal scholars believe that these executive actions fall within the limits; they do not exceed them."

 

Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted in articles and interviewed about the recent district court ruling temporarily blocking some of the Obama administration's recent executive actions on immigration:

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Cyrus Mehta spoke on "Immigration Executive Action and LGBT Americans/South Asians—What's Good, What's Left Out, And Our Next Steps" to the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance in New York City on February 12, 2015.

Charles Kuck was quoted or mentioned in recent articles on the federal court order temporarily blocking some of President Obama's executive actions. The articles are available at Global Atlanta, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Epoch Times.

Cyrus Mehta was interviewed on BBC World News about President Obama's executive actions on immigration. 

Robert F. Loughran presented Executive Actions on Immigration on February 4, 2015, as part of the Greater Houston Partnership's Continuing Education Series. MORE INFORMATION

Cyrus Mehta spoke on "Discussion of Ethics and President Obama's Immigration Accountability Executive Action" on the Ethics 101 CLE, AILA-New York Chapter on January 21, 2015.

Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an article about the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform. Mr. Yale-Loehr stated that "the chances of comprehensive immigration reform being enacted in 2015 or 2016 are almost nil." He noted that although many Republicans would like some kind of reform to attract more Latino voters, "they run into members of their party in the House where in their own districts, immigration is not an issue. That tension in the Republican Party will make it very hard for leaders like John Boehner to get a package that can move through the House." 

Angelo Paparelli spoke on KNX 1070 (CBS radio affiliate in Los Angeles) in a one-hour report on President Obama's executive actions on immigration on November 24, 2014, at 10 am PST. It featured Mr. Paparelli and an opponent of immigration, with extensive audience call-in. 

Charles Kuck appeared on CNN En Espanol on November 21, 2014, at 7 am. 

Vincent Lau appeared at a press conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on November 21, 2014, on President Obama's executive actions on immigration. 

Angelo Paparelli was quoted on Inc.com, in "If You Have Employees, Obama's Immigration Plans Will Most Likely Affect You." "Employers should be alert to the possibility that a new population of workers who may have been silent at the worksite may speak up, and employers will want to generally review their employment practices," he noted. Mr. Paparelli counseled proactively reviewing hiring and screening procedures and considering a "voluntary audit" of I-9 forms.  

Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted in the New York Times in "Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration Is Unlikely to Include Health Benefits," published on November 19, 2014. "Just as the president has broad discretion to decide whether to allow undocumented individuals to get a temporary reprieve from deportation, he also has broad authority to decide whether to grant them work authorization and health benefits. In this case, it appears he is willing to grant the former but not the latter." 

Stephen Yale-Loehr was also quoted on President Obama's executive actions on immigration in the Huffington Post and in the Houston Chronicle

Angelo Paparelli was quoted on Inc.com, in "If You Have Employees, Obama's Immigration Plans Will Most Likely Affect You." "Employers should be alert to the possibility that a new population of workers who may have been silent at the worksite may speak up, and employers will want to generally review their employment practices," he noted. Mr. Paparelli counseled proactively reviewing hiring and screening procedures and considering a "voluntary audit" of I-9 forms. 

Robert Loughran appeared on Austin's KVUE on November 21, 2014, to discuss the human side of the president’s executive action on immigration and what documents potential applicants should begin gathering.  

Cyrus Mehta has published a summary of President Obama's recent immigration executive actions.

Cyrus Mehta was on the "Takeaway" public radio show with John Hockenberry broadcast nationally on November 20, 2014, to discuss President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

Cyrus Mehta was quoted in an article on Forbes.com, "Will President Obama Help Legal Immigrants Too?"

Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted on Time.com regarding the potential political fallout of President Obama's announcement on executive actions to reform the U.S. immigration system. Mr. Yale-Loehr noted that "Republicans will argue that even the smallest executive immigration actions subvert Congress' power."

Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted in Bloomberg BNA on immigration reform prospects after the midterm elections. In "Midterms' Impact on Immigration Unclear as Advocates Await Action by President," published on November 5, 2014, Mr. Yale-Loehr said "there's an opportunity" for Congress to pass an overhaul bill, but he noted that the chances of that happening "are less than 50 percent." He added that the next Congress will be "just as fractured as the previous Congress, and getting any legislation to pass will be difficult. If President Obama takes administrative action, that "could make it even harder to get comprehensive immigration reform through Congress."

Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted in articles in Spanish published in November 2014 about the effects of the midterm elections in the United States, in El Nuevo Herald, El Imparcial, and La Prensa Grafica.

Stephen Yale-Loehr was also quoted on President Obama's authority to act administratively on immigration. Mr. Yale-Loehr noted, "Legally, the president has wide authority to act administratively on immigration…Politically, however, the president has boxed himself into a corner…The only real solution is for Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform." The article is available in Spanish.

Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted on Time.com regarding the potential political fallout of President Obama's expected upcoming announcement on executive actions to reform the U.S. immigration system. Mr. Yale-Loehr noted that "Republicans will argue that even the smallest executive immigration actions subvert Congress' power."

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