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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Professor Fatma Marouf Interviewed by 8 News Now

Fatma Marouf is the co-director of the Immigration Clinic and an associate professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Marouf recently spoke with 8 News Now for a Feb. 3 segment titled “U.S. Senate to vote on bill affecting immigration programs” (1:07 mark).

In the interview, Professor Marouf talks about how the U.S. Senate’s vote on the Department of Homeland Security’s budget may not directly impact the future of the immigration programs announced by President Obama. The budget is under controversy because it excludes funding for the President’s immigration programs.

“The only people that would not actually be affected by this are the employees of USCIS, which is the agency that actually processes the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability applications, which is entirely funded with the fees it collects on those applications,” Professor Marouf said. “In fact, the House appropriations committee has said that, you know, Congress can't even stop it from processing these applications, because there are actually provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act that says the USCIS is funded through its fees.”

Drawing on her extensive experience representing individuals before the Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Courts of Appeals, Professor Marouf's research probes various problems involved in adjudicating immigration cases at all levels.