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Former ICE Assistant Secretary Julie Myers Wood Discusses Arizona's Controversial Immigration Law

In this Emerging Issues commentary, Julie Myers Wood, former Assistant Secretary running U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), examines the new Arizona immigration law (S.B. 1070, amended by H.B. 2162). She analyzes some key relevant provisions, including the requirement for aliens to register...

Bender's Immigration Bulletin - May 15, 2011 - EOIR Disciplines 15 Attorneys

The Executive Office for Immigration Review recently took disciplinary action against fifteen attorneys for violations of the rules of professional conduct for immigration practitioners. Two attorneys were reinstated. The following four attorneys were issued orders of immediate suspension: Gabrielle...

Bender's Immigration Bulletin - June 1, 2011 - Enhancements to EB-5 Visa Processing Proposed

In a May 19, 2011 news release, USCIS proposed significant enhancements to the EB-5 visa program. According to the USCIS, the proposal makes three fundamental changes to the processing of EB-5 filings. First, processing would be accelerated for job-creating projects that are fully developed and ready...

June 15, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: USCIS Centralizes Form I-130 Filings

USCIS announced that effective August 15, 2011, petitioners living in countries without USCIS offices will be able to file Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative, with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility. Previous regulations permitted these petitioners, who comprise about five percent of all I-130...

July 1, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin -- National Initiative to Combat Immigration-Services Scams

The Departments of Homeland Security and Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are leading a nationwide, multi-agency initiative to combat immigration services scams. The initiative targets immigration scams involving the unauthorized practice of immigration law that occurs when legal advice or...

Another Try at Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On June 22, U.S. Senators Menendez (D-New Jersey), Reid (D-Nevada) Durbin (D-Illinois), Leahy (D-Vermont), Kerry (D-Massachusetts), and Schumer and Gillibrand (Ds- New York) introduced the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011." Senator Menendez introduced a similar bill in Congress...

Duane Morris Alert: EB-2 Visas For China and India Move 5 Months and Other Immigration Law Updates

July Visa Bulletin; EB-2 for China and India Move Five Months After months without significant movement in the employment-based immigrant visa preference categories, the July 2011 Visa Bulletin announced a five-month jump for the EB-2 category for Indian and Chinese nationals. Those with priority dates...

July 15, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: EOIR Disciplines 41 Attorneys

EOIR recently took disciplinary action against forty-one attorneys for violations of the rules of professional conduct for immigration practitioners. The following twenty-one attorneys were issued orders of immediate suspension: Bradford J. Barneys, suspended based on his disbarments in Maryland...

Corrected July 1 Bender's Immigration Bulletin Pages Available To Download

LexisNexis regrets that there is a printing error in the issue of Bender's Immigration Bulletin dated July 1, 2011. A version of the affected pages that is easier to read is available here. Please click here to download and read the pages .

Pregúntele a Lambda Legal: Sus derechos como inmigrante con VIH

Por Scott Schoettes , director del Proyecto VIH de Lambda Legal P: Si tengo una prueba de VIH y resulta ser positiva, ¿seré deportado? R: En enero de 2010, gracias a los esfuer¬zos de los grupos que abogan por otros, incluyendo Lambda Legal, el gobierno de los Estados Unidos levantó...

Aug. 1, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: USCIS Performance Metrics Available, Lautenberg Amendment Sunsets, More

On July 18, 2011, USCIS announced the availability of new data reports covering agency performance in a broad range of data and operational areas. The reports were prepared at the request of agency stakeholders. USCIS' Office of Performance and Quality has now made ten data sets available to...