Discussion Points for Punto Legal –January 23, 2019
1. Government Shutdown and Immigration.
The Government shutdown continues. Regular immigration courts are closed while the immigration service remains open. Tomorrow the Senate will take up two bills to end the Government shutdown. Both bills are expected to fail. The Republican bill contains a three-year extension of DACA and TPS, but it is loaded with immigration poison pills. Democrats do not think that a three-year extension of DACA or TPS is enough because they think there should be DREAM Act and a path to citizenship for Dreamers and long-term TPS holders. People here on Salvadoran TPS have been in the U.S. for at least 18 years.
Meanwhile, there is a little bit of good news for DACA out of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Trump Administration is trying to cancel DACA. It hopes the Supreme Court will rule that DACA was beyond President Obama’s authority to create. It has appealed federal court rulings that are keeping DACA alive. But yesterday, the Supreme Court decided not to add the DACA case to its docket. This means that no DACA ruling by the Supreme Court will come during this term which ends on June 30. The Supreme Court may still take the case, but it would be decided in late 2019 or 2020.
The take-away here is you can still fix your papers and renew your DACA despite the chaos in Washington.
2. Criminal Practice at Ted Hess & Associates.
We have a criminal defense attorney who speaks Spanish! His name is Sam Crary. Sam is busy in the criminal cases in Eagle County and Glenwood Springs. He is handling a variety of criminal cases from DUI cases to sexual assault cases. He also understands immigration law. Now, you don’t have hire an American attorney-who can’t speak Spanish and does not understand immigration law. You can hire a criminal defense attorney who will (1) defend you in court, (2) know immigration law and (3) explain everything in Spanish.