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June 2015 Archives

DHS Announces TPS Nepal

The Department of Homeland Security has designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to assist citizens of Nepal affected by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 25, 2015. The designation will last 18 months, with potential for extension.

Socks, drugs, and removal: Supreme Court did NOT hold a sock cannot lead to deportation

This week's Supreme Court decision Mellouli v. Lynch has received a lot of media attention, likely because the premise- possession of sock as a deportable drug offense- sounds ridiculous at first. Because the Supreme Court overturned Mr. Mellouli's removal order, many stories have reported that a sock (or presumably any other innocuous item) will no longer lead to removal. Headlines on the case include, "Your Socks Can No Longer Get You Deported" (, "U.S. top court sides with immigrant deported for drugs in sock" (Reuters), and "SCOTUS rules sock not drug paraphernalia, not deportable offense" (MSNBC).

Understanding the latest blow to DAPA & expanded DACA (and why timing may be everything.)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently disappointed those hoping DAPA and expanded DACA would be available soon. Not only does this mean people who would benefit from the programs will have to wait even longer, but further delays could jeopardize DAPA and expanded DACA themselves.

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