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CFR Update, January 10, 2018

CONTENTS: 

  • Federal Judge Orders Temporary DACA Restart 
  • Budget and Appropriations Update 
  • Upcoming CFR Task Force Calls 
  • Reminder: CFR Conference Evaluation, Materials Available 
  • Next CFR Meeting: February 20-21

 
FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS TEMPORARY DACA RESTART

A federal judge in San Francisco yesterday issued an injunction ordering the administration to resume accepting DACA renewal applications while legal challenges to the program's termination progress. Unless the injunction is lifted by a higher court, the ruling will allow former DACA registrants who failed to renew by October 5, 2017 to apply for renewal. The decision does not permit new applications.
 
Citing numerous tweets by President Trump and the irreparable harm plaintiffs would suffer should the program lapse, U.S. District Judge William Alsup called the administration's basis for ending DACA "flawed" and "capricious." He went on to say the administration's decision is a "mistake of law," and the Obama administration had not overreached by establishing the program. 

AAU continues to press for a permanent legislative fix for DACA as the court system provides only temporary redress.
 
Politico and The New York Times have more on the decision. 

BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS UPDATE 

Bipartisan funding negotiations between congressional leaders and the administration have so far failed to produce an agreement. An increasing number of Democratic lawmakers have announced they will not support any funding bill that fails to enact a permanent legislative solution for DACA registrants. Senate Majority Leader McConnell has insisted Congress should address DACA separate from any funding bill. Lawmakers are reportedly considering another short-term CR through mid-February. 

UPCOMING CFR TASK FORCE CALLS 

Below are upcoming scheduled CFR task force calls, open to all CFR members. As discussed at the recent conference, these initial calls will inform this year's advocacy agenda.
 
Biomedical Research: Thursday, Jan. 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET; 1-800-768-2983; 9264621# 
Higher Education:        Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET; 1-800-768-2983; 6511334#
Humanities:                  Thursday, Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET; 1-800-768-2983; 7789243# 
Immigration:                 Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 3:00 p.m. ET; 1-800-768-2983; 9264621# 
Innovation:                   Thursday, Feb. 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET; 1-800-768-2983; 1102263# 
IP/TT/Copyright:           Monday, Feb. 5 at 4:00 p.m. ET; 1-800-768-2983; 7895363# 
Tax:                               Friday, Feb. 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET; 1-800-768-2983; 7895363# 

A roster of CFR task force leaders and steering committee members is available here. If you are interested in joining one or more CFR task force listserv, please contact Taylor Henry (taylor.henry@aau.edu).
 
REMINDER: CFR CONFERENCE EVALUATION, MATERIALS AVAILABLE 

CFR members are asked to complete a brief survey regarding the 2018 annual strategic planning conference. This feedback is greatly appreciated and helps guide the steering committee's planning of next year's agenda. 

Conference presentations and other meeting materials are available here in the MyAAU portal. CFR members must log-in using their member credentials. 

NEXT CFR MEETING: FEBRUARY 20-21 

The CFR will next convene in-person Tuesday, February 20 and Wednesday, February 21 at the AAU office in Washington, DC. On both days, the meetings will begin at 9 am and conclude at noon to allow for participation in Tuesday afternoon coalition meetings and the Wednesday Science Coalition meeting. A draft agenda will be sent one week in advance.

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