President Obama’s recent executive action has been watched closely by Miami immigration lawyers. This week, House Speaker John Boehner’s team announced that it was preparing a resolution that could authorize further legal action against the Obama administration over its moves on immigration.

The suit aims to block the president’s deportation relief policies that will apply to some undocumented young people as well as undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents — specifically, allowing them to stay in the country and work legally. Republicans in Congress are likewise seeking to block the programs.  The Republicans have been nearly uniformly opposed to Obama’s decision to change the enforcement of immigration laws by executive authority. The (Republican-controlled) Congress has only funded the Department of Homeland Security until late February.

Mayoral Support for Obama Administration’s Immigration ActionA countervailing rally of support for the President’s executive action from a group of mayors led by New York’s Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles’ Eric Garcetti has erupted. To date, twenty-eight mayors have signed on to file an amicus brief this week in support of Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration.

Immigration – A Hot Button TopicThe very topic of immigration may even derail the appointment of Ms. Loretta Lynch, the nominee for attorney general. At the start of her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Ms. Lynch said she had read the Justice Department’s legal opinions on President Obama’s immigration action and had “no reason to doubt the reasonableness of those views.”

This statement has rankled the feathers of many of the GOP rank and file. Ms. Lynch needs at least three Republican members of the Senate Judiciary panel to vote for her to send her nomination to the floor.

As a Miami immigration attorney and a supporter of immigrant’s rights, these political developments hit home for me, and for many of my clients. If you think would like more information about President Obama’s immigration executive action and its consequences for you and/or your loved ones, please contact Miami immigration attorney Michael G. Murray, Esq. at (305)895-2500 or visit our website at www. mmurraylaw.com 

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