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DACA Is Still in Effect as It Heads to the Supreme Court

DACA Is Still in Effect as It Heads to the Supreme Court

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stinging rebuke to President Trump’s ongoing efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative last week, unanimously upholding a lower court injunction which had blocked the Trump administration from ending the program. Just three days before that hearing, the Department of Justice (DOJ) took […]

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USCIS Begins Implementing Plan to Issue More Deportation Notices

USCIS Begins Implementing Plan to Issue More Deportation Notices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance to its officers in June instructing them to initiate deportation proceedings for certain applicants who were denied immigration benefits. At the same time, the agency put the guidance on hold and solicited comments from the public. On Monday, the guidance went into full effect, putting thousands of […]

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Which Immigration Cases Will the Supreme Court Hear This Term?

Which Immigration Cases Will the Supreme Court Hear This Term?

On October 1, the Supreme Court will begin hearing cases for the start of its 2018-2019 term. Although only one immigration case is currently scheduled to be heard, challenges to President Trump’s immigration policies will likely end up in front of the Court by the end of the term. As it did in 2016, the […]

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The Proposed Changes to Public Charge: What You Need to Know

The Proposed Changes to Public Charge: What You Need to Know

Over the weekend, the Trump administration took steps to radically transform a little-known provision of immigration law that could have an outsized impact on legal immigration. In proposed regulations posted on Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicated that it would redefine the legal term “public charge” to block green cards for low-income immigrants […]

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Federal Judge Allows DACA Renewals to Continue for Now

Federal Judge Allows DACA Renewals to Continue for Now

This week will mark the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s announcement ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Yet, defenders and recipients of DACA are celebrating a decision that came late last week, in which several states attempting to end the initiative were hit with a major setback. On Friday, U.S. Judge Andrew […]

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Judge Orders A Full Restart of DACA, but Its Future Remains Uncertain

Judge Orders A Full Restart of DACA, but Its Future Remains Uncertain

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to restart the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative by August 23. This ruling in the D.C. District Court comes just days ahead of another hearing before a hardline conservative federal judge in Texas, where seven states have challenged the constitutionality of DACA. When President […]

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How Long Does It Take USCIS to Issue a Green Card?

How Long Does It Take USCIS to Issue a Green Card?

How long does it take to process an application for permanent residence in the United States, or a “green card?” You might be surprised by how difficult it is to find a reliable answer to this common question. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—the agency that adjudicates applications for permanent residence and other immigration benefits—provides […]

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USCIS Is Slowly Being Morphed Into an Immigration Enforcement Agency

USCIS Is Slowly Being Morphed Into an Immigration Enforcement Agency

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new guidance to initiate deportation proceedings for thousands of applicants denied for any immigration benefit. This policy change will have far-reaching implications for many of those interacting with the agency, but also signals a major shift in how USCIS operates. USCIS was never meant to be tasked with […]

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Supreme Court Decision May Make Some Eligible for Relief From Deportation

Supreme Court Decision May Make Some Eligible for Relief From Deportation

In an 8-1 decision on June 21, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of an individual previously prevented from applying for a type of relief from deportation known as cancellation of removal. In Pereira v. Sessions, the Court rejected the government’s practice of placing noncitizens in immigration proceedings based on a charging document that does […]

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New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

In another attempt to restrict legal immigration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a policy change to the way foreign students and exchange visitors accrue unlawful presence—a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after a foreign national’s period of authorized stay has ended. Effective August 9, 2018, this […]

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