Published February 7, 2018


As of Wednesday afternoon, the stars seem to have lined up for our nation to avert a government shutdown.   It appears a bipartisan consensus has been reached so that funding for our government operations can continue for the next two years.  The new budget features major increases in military and domestic spending, including for disaster relief programs for Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.  


So far, the consensus is limited to the U.S. Senate.  However, the House of Representatives is also expected to join on, and if so, there is every reason to believe the President will also sign on.   Noticeably absent from the pending budget deal, is a plan for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama era Executive Order set to end in the near future.   It appears that both Democrats and Republicans, each for their own reasons, have decided to punt on the future of DACA.  The Democrats in particular are banking that a fix of some kind can be achieved for this segment of our population at a reasonable political price and in the not too distant future.   All developments in this arena will continue to be covered here. 


PUBLISHED February 7, 2018– “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM” Copyright © 2018, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois