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May 16, 2017
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Trump’s “Extreme Vetting” Measures for Non-Citizens Released for Public Comment

During his presidential campaign, President Trump made repeated promises to conduct “extreme vetting” of all non-citizens applying for admission into the U.S. On May 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) released its proposal for “extreme vetting” measures, which...

Trump’s Immigration Ban Explained

On January 27, 2017 the President signed an Executive Order on Protecting the Nation From Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals. This article focuses on Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Executive Order: Section 3: Bans entry for citizens of...

States and Congressional Republicans Move to Overturn Immigration Action

President Obama’s efforts to bring about immigration reform through executive action are running into heated opposition from Republicans, both in Congress and the courts. Even as details have yet to be announced, the reform plans are facing a lawsuit. On...

August 08, 2014
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Political (In)Action on Immigration Reform: Part 2

While media attention has focused on the border crisis involving large numbers of unaccompanied children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the larger issue of immigration reform continues to stagnate in the nation’s Capital as the political parties continue to...

March 28, 2014
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Political (In)Action on Immigration Reform

Partisan politics continues to stand in the way of immigration reform. House Democrats this week offered a ‘discharge petition’ on an immigration overhaul bill (H.R. 15) in an attempt to force GOP leadership to bring the bill to a vote....

February 07, 2014
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Republican Standards for Immigration Reform Highlight Differences Between Parties

On January 30, 2014, House Republicans issued a statement containing their “Standards for Immigration Reform.” The statement comes following a year which included passage of a Senate immigration bill, only to have the House fail to pass any similar legislation...

Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Bill to be Signed into Law

Historic law to become effective on June 1, 2014 Today Illinois’ governor Pat Quinn will sign the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law, which passed the Illinois legislature November 5, 2013. The bill is scheduled to be signed...

October 02, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

House Democrats Introduce Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

BREAKING:  On October 2, 2013, House Democrats released their own version of a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Xavier Becerra, Ruben Hinojosa, Joe Garcia, Joe Crowley, Judy Chu, and others presented the legislation. The text of the bill...

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