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Trump Takes Hawaii’s Travel Ban Injunction to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

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Yesterday, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) swiftly appealed a Hawaii federal judge’s preliminary injunction against a revised executive order temporarily barring the entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries and suspending the nation’s refugee program for 120 days. The appeal came a day after U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu refused to dismiss his temporary block […]

Immigration Judges Sent to 12 U.S. Cities to Speed Deportation

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking for volunteer immigration judges to be reassigned to 12 U.S. cities to aid in the deportation of illegal aliens. The cities the DOJ wants to staff include: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco, Baltimore, Phoenix, to name a few. In early March, the Trump administration started […]

Federal Judges continue to Block Trump’s Travel Ban

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A trend continues to persist with federal judges throughout the United States regarding Trump’s travel ban. Starting with a judge in Washington State who halted the first Trump travel ban, the second travel ban has experienced similar resistance from U.S. judges. In Hawaii, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson blocked Trump’s travel ban on the basis […]

Fourth Circuit Cracks Down on Board of Immigration Appeals for applying Clearly Erroneous Standard of Review in Determining whether a Marriage Meets the Good Faith Standard

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Last week, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (“Fourth Circuit”) reviewed the Board of Immigration Appels (“BIA”) application of a clearly erroneous standard of review to determine whether an alien had truly entered into a good faith marriage. In doing so, the Fourth Circuit held that the BIA had applied an incorrect standard of review, reversed the […]

USCIS Releases Two Official Memos Implementing Executive Orders on Internal Enforcement and Border Enforcement

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On February 20, 2017, DHS issued two new memos implementing the president’s Executive Orders on internal enforcement and “border security.” Below is a summary of the key points covered by each of the memos: Memo regarding the Executive Order on Border Security:   A. Encourages lawful detention as the most effective way of getting aliens physically removed from […]

Updated News that could affect ALL Travelers (Visa holders, Refugees and LPRs):

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Friday evening, a federal judge in Seattle, Washington issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) with nationwide effect blocking the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on travel and visa issuance. This TRO means that visas which were provisionally cancelled should now be valid for use. Refugees granted approval should now be allowed admission and visa applications being […]

Trump Signs Two Executive Orders on Immigration and Border Security

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On Wednesday, President Trump signed two executive orders: one on immigration (“Interior Order”) and another on border security (“Border Security Order”). The orders contained a number of provisions designed to execute key elements of his hard liner agenda: including sanctuary cities, enforcement priorities and cracking down on crime. Here are the key pieces from the […]

USCIS Rule to Improve Employment-Based Visa Programs has gone into Effect

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On January 17, 2017, USCIS’s rule to improve several aspects of employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs, went into effect. USCIS had also amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers with approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions waiting to become lawful permanent residents. The rule and amended regulations aim […]

Changing Immigration Landscape with the Incoming Trump Administration

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During the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, we are expecting to see several changes in regards to immigration, such as increased enforcement, the repeal of executive actions under the Obama Administration and the reform of certain business immigration programs. Increased enforcement may include the hiring of additional Customs and Border protection officers, expansion […]