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Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Even before the recent ICE raids on Central American families began last week, there were serious signs that the government was undermining due process and not providing asylum-seekers a meaningful opportunity to make their cases. Many of the violations were brought to the attention of the immigration agencies by the CARA Project and Human Rights […]

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Second Circuit Requires Government to Notify Affected Parties Prior to Visa Petition Revocation

Written by on January 8, 2016 in Courts, USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
Second Circuit Requires Government to Notify Affected Parties Prior to Visa Petition Revocation

In a breakthrough decision issued at the end of last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which sits in New York City, ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must provide notice of its intent to revoke an immigrant visa petition to those who actually will be affected by the […]

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Why Congress Should Eliminate the Term “Alien” from Federal Law

Why Congress Should Eliminate the Term “Alien” from Federal Law

Last week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced legislation to remove derogatory language describing noncitizens as “aliens” from federal law. The bill, known as the Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression (CHANGE) Act, eliminates the use of this terminology in U.S. code and federal agencies’ materials and documentation.

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Visa Bulletin Change Fails to Deliver

Written by on October 15, 2015 in Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
Visa Bulletin Change Fails to Deliver

A grave error was made last month by the Departments of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS) when they dashed the hopes of thousands of would-be permanent resident applicants who had expected to apply to adjust their status in October, but became ineligible after DOS reissued the monthly Visa Bulletin. When a second Visa Bulletin […]

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Will the Guidance on Extreme Hardship Waivers Allow More Individuals to Become Permanent Residents?

Will the Guidance on Extreme Hardship Waivers Allow More Individuals to Become Permanent Residents?

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued draft guidance on what constitutes “extreme hardship” for purposes of an immigration waiver. The much anticipated guidance is a component of the Administration’s executive actions on immigration announced in November 2014. Many had hoped that the guidance, and its potential to make waivers available to more […]

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Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Written by on September 29, 2015 in Executive Action, USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Earlier this month, the immigration agencies took a positive step forward in implementing the executive action promise to reform the visa system when they issued the October Visa Bulletin, informing the public about who would be eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status in October. But now the agencies have stepped back from that […]

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First Step in Visa Modernization: Making the Wait More Palatable

Written by on September 11, 2015 in USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
First Step in Visa Modernization: Making the Wait More Palatable

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has taken a positive step, together with the U.S. Department of State (DOS), to encourage noncitizens to “stay the course” as they endure long waits for permanent residence. Beginning in October, more people who are waiting in the United States for an immigrant visa to be available to them […]

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Who and Where Are the Actual and Potential Beneficiaries of DACA?

Written by on August 12, 2015 in Deferred Action, Demographics, USCIS with 0 Comments
Who and Where Are the Actual and Potential Beneficiaries of DACA?

Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was first implemented in August 2012, hundreds of thousands of young immigrants were provided with a temporary reprieve from deportation and access to work authorization. As of March 31, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had accepted just about 750,000 initial requests and granted DACA […]

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White House Report on Improving Our Legal Immigration System: Too Little Too Late?

Written by on July 23, 2015 in Executive Action, USCIS with 2 Comments
White House Report on Improving Our Legal Immigration System: Too Little Too Late?

As part of November 2014’s Executive Action announcement, the President issued a memorandum directing the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to recommend improvements to the immigration system. After seeking public input and receiving roughly 1,650 responses, the agencies submitted their recommendations to the White House and on July 15, the White House released its […]

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Some 3-Year Work Permits Being Recalled by USCIS

Written by on July 16, 2015 in Children, Deferred Action, USCIS with 0 Comments
Some 3-Year Work Permits Being Recalled by USCIS

 This week, the federal government announced that it would take more aggressive steps to retrieve 2,600 3-year DACA grants, including launching home visits for a small number of people. This move stems from developments in Texas v. United States, the legal challenge to expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents […]

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