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Justice Dept. asks Supreme Court to rule on Obama Immigration Reform

Posted Nov 20, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a petition of certiorari  with the U.S. Supreme Court asking them to review a lower court’s ruling  that has blocked implementation of President Obama’s Immigration Reform Program, that would have permitted parents of American citizens, as well as immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, to apply for “deferred action” which would allow them to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation.  The petition asks for an “immediate review” of the lower court’s ruling.  Read articles in the Los Angeles Times and SCOTUSblog.  Read the article in Courthouse News Service with comments by Prof. Jack Chin.

House Passes SAFE Act

Posted Nov 20, 2015

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the SAFE Act, which would block Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. unless four top U.S. law enforcement and national security officials, including the FBI director and secretary of Homeland Security, affirm to Congress that the individuals are not a security threat.  The White House issued a policy statement  opposing the bill, saying that President Obama would veto the legislation should it reach his desk.  Read articles in the New York Times and Reuters.

Judge Rules on Frozen Embryos

Posted Nov 20, 2015

In an 83-page ruling , San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo ruled that a woman may not have a child using fertilized embryos frozen during a marriage to her ex-husband.  At the time the embryos were frozen, the couple signed an agreement to destroy them if they divorced.  The couple subsequently divorced and the petitioner, Findley, did not wish to have a child with his ex-wife.  The court found the agreement valid and enforceable and ordered the parties to comply with its terms which included allowing the embryos to be destroyed.  Read articles in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and San Jose Mercury News with commentary by Prof. Lisa Ikemoto.