1. Who’s Eligible? A Look at President Obama’s News on ‘Illegal’ Immigrants

    Much buzz today about President Obama’s announcement of a shift in policy regarding certain young illegal immigrants/undocumented workers. The dominant question, of course: who is eligible?

    Here’s an answer from law firm Snell & Wilmer ->

    To be eligible, individuals must demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

    1. Came to the United States under the age of 16 years;
    2. Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding June 15, 2012 and are present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
    3. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
    4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and
    5. Are not above the age of 30.

    Read the analysis & commentary:

    [Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children - Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security]

    Additional immigration news available here»

  2. Health Care Reform: Everything You Need to Know About the Supreme Court Case in One Post

    Today the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments to do with President Obama’s healthcare law. The case (one of the most important in years) will decide the fate of Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - aka Health Care Reform.

    For your easy reference, collected in one post, here’s a look at the key issues before the high court:

    1. Overview: The Health Care Reform Case In 90 Seconds

    Start here, with a quick overview of the issues before SCOTUS, from Bloomberg Law. [Link: Health Care Cases in 90 Seconds]

    In a minute and a half, learn the issues, the arguments, the implications of either outcome.

    2. In-Depth: What’s Under Review?

    Last fall we put together a roundup of legal commentary after SCOTUS announced it would be reviewing the constitutionality of PPACA:

    Jump to US Supreme Court to Rule on Health Care Reform Law for an overview of what will be under review by the high court, a history of the lawsuits, and an early look at the constitutionality question of “individual mandate.” A few of the advisories from that post:

    Next, see Health Care Reform: 5 Legal Questions that Get to the Heart of the Debate, a collection of five video interviews (also from Bloomberg Law) addressing different aspects of the Health Care debate. Taken together, the videos offer a great perspective on what’s at stake in this case. One example:

    [Link: Can Congress Force Individuals to Buy Insurance?]

    3. How Might the Supreme Court Rule?

    In Obama Health Care Reform: How Will The Supreme Court Rule? we highlighted commentary and analysis that tries to answer this question. See for example Several Scenarios: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court, and the 2012 Elections - What Does This Mean For Employers? (by K&L Gates). Included in this nine page summary of the Obamacare case:

    "If Republicans maintain control of the House and gain 60 seats in the Senate, Congress will likely repeal PPACA. However, if President Obama wins re-election, he would almost certainly veto such a repeal. To override the President’s veto, Republicans would need a two-thirds majority vote in the House and Senate."

    It will of course be fascinating to watch the case unfold. We’ll post additional updates as they come in.

    And in the meantime, listen to this audio update from today’s hearings: Highlights from Day One of Health Care Arguments