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Anti-Immigrant Lawsuits An Ongoing Issue, Says Houston Immigration Attorney

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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2012 Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach filed a lawsuit to block granting deferred action to “DREAMers.”

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                                   Anti-Immigrant Lawsuits An Ongoing Issue, Says Houston
                                   Immigration Attorney
                                   Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2012 - Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach filed a lawsuit
                                   to block granting deferred action to "DREAMers."

                                   The lawsuit, filed by Koback as lead attorney and backed by Virginia-based, anti-immigration organization
                                   Numbers USA, includes members of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is intended to stop the
                                   “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) initiative, a plan to grant undocumented immigrants who
                                   entered the U.S. as children from being deported for at least the next two years. The lawsuit alleges that DACA
                                   forces ICE agents to either break the law by not deporting illegal immigrants, or face disciplinary action for
                                   disobeying their supervisors.

                                   "While the lawsuit bases its argument on the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility
                                   Act of 1996," stated Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee, "that requires the U.S. government to initiate
                                   removal proceedings against immigrants who have entered the country illegally. Meanwhile, many DREAMers
                                   first entered the country legally, but simply by growing up here with their immigrant parents, they overstayed the
                                   time allotted by their visas."

                                   The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Dallas, and named as defendants Homeland Security Secretary
                                   Janet Napolitano and immigrations and customs Director John Morton. Homeland Security spokesman Matt
                                   Chandler said in response that the new directive did comply with Homeland's prosecutorial discretion, as it
                                   focused on arresting and deporting criminal immigrants.

                                   "This is just the latest in a systematic attempt to not allow any sort of immigration reform, no matter how sensible
                                   or necessary," stated Banerjee.

                                   Kobach is known for his hard-line, anti-immigration stance: in 2005, he filed a lawsuit on behalf of the
                                   Immigration Reform Law Institute, challenging a state law in California granting in-state tuition to illegal
                                   immigrants. In 2010, he filed a similar lawsuit in Nebraska. He has also worked to litigate numerous cities and
                                   states in their attempt to discourage illegal immigration, including as lead lawyer in a federal case in Missouri on
                                   an ordinance sanctioning employers who hired unauthorized aliens, and in Pennsylvania. He is currently
                                   involved in a lawsuit in Texas, working to prevent landlords from renting to illegal immigrants.

                                   Annie Banerjee is a Houston immigration lawyer specializing in helping people become
                                   United States citizens. The law offices assist in visas and other legal immigration
                                   requirements as well. To learn more, visit http://www.visatous.com.

                                   Law Offices of Annie Banerjee
                                   131 Brooks Street, Suite #300
                                   Sugar Land, Texas 77478
                                   Phone: (281) 242-9139




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