The Trump administration’s efforts to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants were recently dealt a blow. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates says the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program “was unlawful and must be set aside.”

As a result of Judge Bates’s ruling, the government must continue the Obama-era program, reopen it to new applicants, and resume DACA, which has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

Judge Bates called the government’s decision to end the DACA program “virtually unexplained” and therefore “unlawful.” Judge Bates said the decision to phase out the program “was arbitrary and capricious because the Department failed adequately to explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful.”  The judge imposed a 90-day delay on his own ruling to give the Department of Homeland Security a chance to reargue its case and provide more solid reasoning for ending the program.

Additionally, the Trump administration reversed its position on the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification, which allows children under the age of 21 who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both parents, to obtain a green card. SIJ status is a form of humanitarian immigration relief that provides for a path to lawful permanent residence for children.

As today’s changing political climate impacts the incredibly complex maze of immigration law and policy, the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law Conference May 18-19, 2018 provides a venue for in-depth discussion on of-the-moment topics that are critical to immigration law practice. Join legal professionals for a two-day event full of CLE sessions and networking with a large and dedicated community of immigration law practitioners. Register online today before time runs out: www.fedbar.org/immlaw18.

This conference will examine the latest trends, litigation, and legislation involving SIJ and DACA in Memphis, Tennessee at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Interest and concern surrounding immigration law has exploded across the legal landscape. There has been a surge in interest among lawyers who practice other types of law to find out more about hot topics in immigration law.

The FBA Immigration Law Conference next month is a vital opportunity to help connect those interested in immigration law with seasoned practitioners in order to assess this ever-evolving field of law. There will be several chances to network in a relaxed setting at Texas de Brazil Restaurant, the National Civil Rights Museum (Awards Ceremony & Dinner), and the Beltz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art.

This conference will be instrumental in assisting lawyers in a wide range of cases involving immigrant youth.  The sessions will also be a guide to custody proceedings, protection orders, adoption, other family court cases, and guardianship. Sign up today for the Immigration Law Conference at www.fedbar.org/immlaw18. The FBA looks forward to seeing you in Memphis on May 18-19!


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.