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What the DACA Renewal Process Should Look Like

Written by on February 21, 2014 in Administration, USCIS with 1 Comment
What the DACA Renewal Process Should Look Like

According to the latest government statistics, over half a million DREAMers have received two-year deportation reprieves under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The first wave of these DACA recipients carry work authorization cards that are set to expire in the summer and fall. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made [...]

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Guidance Released on How to Renew DACA Granted by ICE

Guidance Released on How to Renew DACA Granted by ICE

The subset of individuals who received DACA from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may request renewal of their deferred action 120 days prior to the expiration of their original 2-year period of deferred action, according to a notice published yesterday on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.  The notice does not apply [...]

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Senate Confirms Mayorkas as DHS Deputy Secretary

Senate Confirms Mayorkas as DHS Deputy Secretary

Following the confirmation of Jeh Johnson as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary on Monday, the Senate approved Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS deputy secretary on Friday by 54 to 41. Mayorkas has served as the director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services since 2009. During his tenure at USCIS, Mayorkas was responsible for the [...]

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Class Action Settlement Removes Obstacles Preventing Asylum Applicants from Working

Class Action Settlement Removes Obstacles Preventing Asylum Applicants from Working

A recent settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of thousands of asylum seekers is removing obstacles they faced in obtaining work documents while they pursue their asylum claims. The inability to work for lengthy periods of time has had crippling effects on asylum applicants. Without proper work authorization, they have been [...]

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Senate Confirms New DHS Director, Jeh Johnson

Senate Confirms New DHS Director, Jeh Johnson

The Senate approved Jeh Johnson as the Department of Homeland Security Secretary 78 to 16 on Monday night. President Obama nominated Johnson to head the department in October following former Sec. Janet Napolitano’s resignation. At one point, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he would hold up Johnson’s nomination until he recived more information about border security, according to Politico. McCain told reporters [...]

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House Hearing Misses the Mark on Asylum Claims

House Hearing Misses the Mark on Asylum Claims

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Thursday about whether or not abuse of the asylum system is “overwhelming our borders.” What the committee ended up focusing on, however, was the alleged abuse of the credible fear screening process, a preliminary step in the application process for some asylum seekers. Although credible fear is different [...]

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Will Filipinos Be Granted Temporary Protected Status in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan?

Will Filipinos Be Granted Temporary Protected Status in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan?

In the wake of the devastating Typhoon that hit the Philippines, the Department of Homeland Security should consider providing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Filipino nationals in the U.S.  TPS is an immigration status for nationals of certain countries.  The Secretary of Homeland Security designates a country for TPS due to ongoing armed conflict, an [...]

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Understanding DACA’s Education Requirement

Understanding DACA’s Education Requirement

When the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was first announced, it was clear that individuals would have to meet some sort of education requirement in order to obtain the program’s many benefits, including a two-year renewable reprieve from deportation, work authorization, a social security number, and—in nearly every state—the chance to apply for [...]

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USCIS to Offer Stay of Deportation to Certain Military Family Members

Written by on November 15, 2013 in Children, Family, Military, USCIS with 2 Comments
USCIS to Offer Stay of Deportation to Certain Military Family Members

Today, USCIS issued guidance that is intended to prevent current and former members of the U.S. armed forces from being separated from their noncitizen family members.  The memo indicates that the noncitizen family members may be afforded “parole in place.”  “Parole in place” is a discretionary tool that allows a noncitizen who is in the [...]

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Supreme Court to Interpret Child Status Protection Act

Written by on November 14, 2013 in Children, Courts, Family, Immigration Law, Supreme Court, USCIS, Visas with 6 Comments
Supreme Court to Interpret Child Status Protection Act

Last week, several groups, including the American Immigration Council, submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court describing the heartrending stories of young people who have been separated from their families due to government processing delays and the shortage of visas.  The case, Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio, concerns the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), [...]

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