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Senator Cortez-Masto and 17 Other Senators Address Attorney General over ICE Intentions to Reopen Admin Closed Cases

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Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto and 17 other U.S. Senators have issued a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, expressing concerns about ICE intentions to re-open and re-calendar 350,000 deportation cases that were administratively closed. The letter comes as a direct response to Attorney General Sessions decision to strip immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals […]

Changes to Public Charge Policy

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“This new unilateral policy will radically change legal immigration, drastically limiting immigration for people earning less than $ 62,750 a year for a family of four.” Public charge has been part of U.S. immigration law for more than 100 years as a ground of inadmissibility and deportation. It was memorialized in the Immigration Act of […]

Attorney General Sessions Blasts Judges Decision to Restore DACA Program

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking every measure to ensure that President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program stays terminated, ignoring D.C. Judge John Bates decision to have the program restarted by August 23rd. The DACA program offered relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Sessions has stated […]

USCIS Policy Guidance Update for RFEs and NOIDs

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On Friday, July 13, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  (USCIS) released a policy memorandum granting USCIS adjudicators full discretion to deny petitions without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). Filings, such as those submitted with little to no supporting evidence or missing official documents establishing eligibility, may […]

TPS for Yemen Extended for 18 Months

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Yemen for 18 months.  The TPS extension will be through March 3, 2020.  Over 1,200  Yemeni will now be able to renew their status. DHS has declared Yemen as the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis”.  Yemen has been in a […]

Positive Changes for DACA

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (‘DACA’) has been under constant media and court scrutiny since the Trump Administration rescinded the program in September 2017. Since then, there were two major cases which were hailed as “wins” for Dreamers and their advocates. The first win was a preliminary injunction issued by the Federal District Court in […]

USCIS to Adjudicate Recent Asylum Filings Over Older Applications to Combat Massive Backlog

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“Last in but, First Out” Really! Yes really! Zero sense!!! This was a reaction of many lawyers and asylums seekers  when  on January 30th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency responsible for overseeing the nation’s legal immigration system announced that it will schedule asylum interviews for recent applications ahead of older filings, […]

Government Reopening and the Fate of Dreamers

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With the Senate voting to reopen the government, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has assured there will be an  open debate and vote on a solution for Dreamers by February 8th. Although Senator McConnell has assured that there will be a vote on legislation for Dreamers, he has failed to confirm or name a specific piece […]

Re-Registration Period OPEN for Salvadorans with TPS

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the re-registration period for El Salvadorans currently under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  The beneficiary’s must re-register between January 18, 2018  and March 19, 2018.  Instructions and re-registration procedures can be found on uscis.gov/tps. Applicant’s will also able to do apply to renew their employment authorization documents (EAD). […]