Munger Tolles Files Amicus Brief in Defense of DHS’s New Immigration Policies

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys Bradley S. Phillips and John F. Muller filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on behalf of 109 immigration-law professors supporting the reversal of a preliminary injunction issued by a Texas federal judge that blocks DHS’s immigration policies that would allow certain undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. for a specified time period.

Filed on April 6, 2015, Munger Tolles’s brief challenged the preliminary injunction, which temporarily blocks the Secretary of Homeland Security from implementing changes to U.S. immigration policy that would expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and implement a new program called the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). DACA allows qualifying immigrants who came to the United States as children to obtain deferral of their deportation proceedings, while DAPA would extend similar relief to undocumented parents of children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

The brief argues that the implementation of the policies falls well within the Secretary’s authority to establish and enforce U.S. immigration laws. The law professors represented have substantial experience in the interpretation and enforcement of immigration laws and many of them have participated in congressional and national discussions about the immigration policies at issue.

Read the full brief here.

Based in Munger Tolles’s Los Angeles office, Mr. Phillips focuses his practice on complex civil litigation in the trial and appellate courts. He also does extensive litigation involving constitutional issues, civil rights, election law and other public law issues. Mr. Muller, also in the Los Angeles office, focuses on civil litigation in the trial and appellate courts.