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Jan 20, 2016, 13:15 ET from ProfNet

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EXPERT ROUNDUP: Supreme Court to Rule on Obama's Immigration Plan

Following are experts who can discuss the Supreme Court's plan to rule on Obama's immigration actions:

Gordon Quan
Immigration Lawyer
Quan Law Group, PLLC, Houston
"The fact that the Supreme Court has elected to take the case in such a rapid manner shows great interest. Their request to focus on the 'take care' clause indicates that they question the standing the states have presented based on damages that these states would suffer. At the heart of the case is the power of the executive branch to interpret enforcement of federal immigration law. Legal precedents have deferred this authority exclusively to the executive branch. This case tests that authority's limits. One might question whether Judge Hanen was correct in issuing his injunction. But he never ruled on the constitutionality of the executive orders, but only issued an injunction because he did not want the 'toothpaste out of the tube' without a full hearing."
Quan is a nationally respected immigration lawyer who has practiced immigration law for 30 years. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is Chambers rated, and hosts a weekly radio show on immigration law.
Contact: Mary Flood,

Jeffrey A. Segal
Distinguished Professor of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University
"The president has discretion as to how scarce law-enforcement resources are used. Choosing not to use such resources to deport parents of U.S. citizens should be within the judgment of the president and not the judiciary."
Segal is chair of the political science department and a prominent scholar in the field of law and judicial politics, best known for his Supreme Court expertise. His areas of interest include Supreme Court decision making and the nomination/confirmation of Supreme Court justices. He has co-authored more than 60 articles and seven books on the law, judicial processes, and related subjects. He is available to discuss the Supreme Court, issues surrounding the ruling on Obama's immigration plan, judicial politics, law, and the courts.
Contact: Kristy Godette,

Lori A Flores
Assistant Professor of History
Stony Brook University
"What the Supreme Court would determine in the coming months is whether President Obama acted within the bounds of his authority to expand the 2012 DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which offers temporary protection from deportation to young people who had no say or power over their migration to this country as children. DACA has allowed these youth to become hardworking and brilliant students -- some of whom I have worked with as a professor -- and to keep contributing to this nation and society. DAPA, the program that Obama would like to extend to these youths' parents, will likewise humanely absorb those immigrant parents who are already here and working in various industries across the United States. What Obama tried to perform though his executive order was not blanket amnesty -- his ruling applies to very specific groups of migrants who are already contributing to our nation through their presence, work, and study (and already, undocumented immigrants have paid billions in taxes). Obama's executive order on immigration was not unconstitutional -- other presidents, including Ronald Reagan (who applied protection to Nicaraguan exiles) and George W. Bush (who did the same for Salvadoran migrants), have done the same. I hope the Supreme Court comes to the conclusion that Obama did not act outside his bounds of authority, but took action that would relieve decades of Congressional gridlock over immigration and acknowledge the historical truth that the United States has been made and shaped by the presence of immigrants."
Flores' research and writing focus on Latino life, labor, and politics, particularly when it comes to Mexican Americans, immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border region, and California. She is an expert on the Bracero Program and Mexican guestworkers, the Farmworker rights movement both before and after Cesar Chavez, undocumented immigration, and the working and social relationships between different groups of Latinos. Her other interests are gender, civil rights, and global borderlands history. She is available to discuss immigration, the Supreme Court and Obama's immigration plan, and the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Contact: Kristy Godette,

Victor D. Nieblas Pradis
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Pradis practices immigration law in Southern California, where he focuses on DACA, deportation defense, Federal Court litigation, consular abroad processing, immigrant and non-immigrant visas, waivers and appellate work. He graduated from Loyola Law School in 1995 and serves as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Pradis is the guest legal commentator for several local news broadcasts, including "MundoFox Noticias 22" in Los Angeles, Univision's "Primera Edicion," and MundoFox National News. Nieblas has also hosted a cable television show named "Inmigracion 411," where he provides answers to viewer questions and is recognized as an immigration expert. He is also regularly quoted in major national print media and often appears on national news broadcasts discussing immigration law. He is based in City of Industry, Calif., and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Contact: Belle Woods,, or George Tzamaras,

Mustafa Tameez
Managing Director
Outreach Strategists
Tameez is a national security expert who has consulted for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. State Department and National Counter-Terrorism Center. He approaches immigration issues from a national security perspective. He has made more than 400 media appearances on MSNBC, Fox and ABC News in Houston, and NPR. He has also been quoted on numerous occasions by The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Guardian.
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Contact: Timothy M. Lankford,

Angela M. Banks
Professor of Law
College of William and Mary
Banks specializes in immigration law, human rights law and contracts. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she served on the Harvard Law Review and the Harvard International Law Journal. Prior to law school, Banks studied at the University of Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies as a Marshall Scholar, where she earned a Master of Letters in Sociology. Prior to joining the faculty, Banks was the Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching at Harvard Law School. She has also served as a legal advisor to Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C.; and as law clerk for Judge Carlos F. Lucero of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Banks received her B.A. in sociology, summa cum laude, from Spelman College.
Contact: Justin K. Thomas,


40th Anniversary of Buckley v. Valeo
Joel Gora
Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Jan. 30 is the 40th anniversary of Buckley v. Valeo, the Supreme Court case that struck down key pieces of Congress' post-Watergate money in politics reforms, and set the structure of modern campaign finance law. Gora, one of the country's most renowned authorities in the fields of campaign finance law and First Amendment rights, was one of the ACLU lawyers on the case: "Though imperfect in some ways, the decision in Buckley v. Valeo was a landmark of political freedom in its refusal to sanction plenary government control over the very political processes by which government is chosen and held accountable."
Gora is the author of "Better Parties, Better Government: A Realistic Program for Campaign Finance Reform" (AEI Press, 2009; with P.J. Wallison) and "The Right to Protest: The Basic ACLU Guide to Free Expression" (Southern Illinois University Press, 1991; with others). Articles he has written include "The Legacy of Buckley v. Valeo," 2 Election Law Journal 55 (2003) and "Buckley v. Valeo: A Landmark of Political Freedom," 33 Akron Law Review 7 (1999). He is based in New York City.
Contact: John Mackin,



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