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Court Ruling Won't Fuel More Immigration: Expert

"Immigration experts said they don't think the ruling will drive more immigrants to come to the border. While government lawyers argued that family detention helped deter immigration, the judge said officials didn't provide enough evidence to back up those claims. Stephen Yale-Loehr , a...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Proposes Expansion of Provisional Waiver Program | On July 22, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a proposed rule that would expand eligibility for provisional unlawful presence waivers. Under the proposed rule, provisional waivers would be available for all immigrant...

Opinion: Let's Get Smart on Crime and Immigration - Prof. Kari Hong

"We should revert to the immigration laws that were in place before 1996. Under those rules, every immigrant who committed a crime had a meaningful hearing before a judge. He or she was able to present the facts of the crime, show proof of rehabilitation, and explain what contributions they had...

ABA Releases Report on Family Immigration Detention

ABA, Aug. 20, 2015 - "A new report on the expansion of immigration detention released by the American Bar Association concludes that the federal government’s use of family detention violates applicable laws and human rights norms. The report, developed by the ABA Commission on Immigration...

ABA Commission on Immigration report excoriates federal detention policy for immigrant families

"A report released Aug. 19 by the ABA Commission on Immigration with the assistance of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers takes the federal government to task for its policy of detaining immigrant mothers with young children. “ Family Immigration Detention: Why The Past Cannot...

News Excerpts From the Sept. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS to Enhance Security for Visa Waiver Program| On August 6, 2015, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the implementation of new security measures for noncitizens seeking to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. Among other changes, travelers will have...

News Excerpts From the Sept. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

BIA Seeks Amicus Briefs on Effect of Moncrieffe on 3rd Circuit Case | On August 26, 2015, the BIA issued a notice requesting amicus briefs regarding whether Jeune v. Attorney General of the United States , 476 F.3d 199 (3d Cir. 2007) [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers | Lexis Advance...

Roberto Suro: Let States Participate in Immigration Reform

Roberto Suro, Sept. 16, 2015 - "The decrepitude of the federal immigration system makes it necessary for states to go their own way. Across the West, crops rotted for the second summer in a row this year because of a weekslong shutdown of visa processing for seasonal farm workers caused by State...

News Excerpts From The Oct. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS to Offer Early Acceptance of Preference-Based Adjustment Applications; Visa Bulletin Revised | On Sept. 9, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would allow many noncitizens who wish to adjust status through an employer or family member to file their applications—and...

CR Could Fund Immigration Programs

H.J.Res.61 would fund the federal government through Dec. 11, 2015. Sections 130-133 would extend E-Verify, EB-5 Regional Centers, Nonminister Religious Worker Visas and the Conrad 30 Waiver (visas for rural doctors) through the same date.

News Excerpts From the Oct. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Faces Criticism, Lawsuit After Revising October Visa Bulletin | The Department of State and Department of Homeland Security faced extensive criticism and a federal lawsuit after revising the October visa bulletin less than a week before it was expected to take effect. The revised visa...

7 Immigration-Related Cases That May See High Court Action - Law360

Allissa Wickham, Law360, Oct. 14, 2015 -CASES TO WATCH Torres v. Lynch: Appeal from an immigrant who is facing deportation over an attempted-arson conviction in New York. Hernandez v. Mesa: Concerns the killing of a teenage Mexican boy, who was fatally shot by a border patrol agent. Thompson...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Releases Draft Guidance on Extreme Hardship | On October 7, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued draft guidance for public comment on the factors the agency considers in determining whether the denial of an application would result in extreme hardship to a qualifying...

Nevada Cab Companies Settle Immigration Discrimination Case: $445K Penalty

DOJ, Oct. 20, 2015 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached an agreement with Nevada Yellow Cab Corporation, Nevada Checker Cab Corporation, and Nevada Star Cab Corporation – three Las Vegas, Nevada, taxicab companies that collectively operate under the umbrella company “Yellow...

New DHS FOIA Documents Posted: Nov. 2, 2015

Records Related to Illegal Immigration Across the Southern Border of the U.S. Records Relating to Locations of Facilities for Unaccompanied Alien Children

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

AILA Names New Executive Director | On October 29, 2015, the American Immigration Lawyers Association announced the selection of Benjamin Johnson as the organization’s new Executive Director. Johnson assumes the position from Crystal Williams, who was named Executive Director in 2009. Johnson...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Appoints New Immigration Judges and Assistant Chief Immigration Judges | In November, the Executive Office for Immigration Review announced the appointment of two new immigration judges and six new assistant chief immigration judges. Jonathan Simpson, a former assistant chief counsel for U...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Releases Online Civics Test in Spanish | On November 19, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that noncitizens wishing to naturalize may take online practice civics exams containing questions and answers in Spanish as well as English. The practice questions are written in...

Journalists and Pundits are Turning to this LexisNexis Resource on Immigration Law

Immigration and Nationality Law: Problems and Strategies introduces the reader to the legal concepts and experience of practicing immigration law. This book is designed for both law students and attorneys as it covers not only statutory provisions and key immigration law cases, it also provides an understanding...

How For-Profit Companies Are Driving Immigration Detention Policies

Sharita Gruberg, Dec. 18, 2015 - "Surprisingly, the largest detention and supervised release program in the country is not operated by the U.S. Department of Justice, or DOJ, but by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, which oversees the nation’s immigration detention program...

News Excerpts From the Jan. 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Ombudsman Recommends Improvements to SIJ Adjudication Process| On December 11, 2015, the Ombudsman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a 12-page report containing recommendations for improving the process for adjudicating applications for Special Immigration Juvenile (SIJ) status...

Omnibus Appropriations Bill Contains Important Immigration Changes - Greg Siskind

Greg Siskind, Dec. 22, 2015 - " Within the 2000+ page Omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress last Friday, a number of immigration provisions have been included. The bill is also notable for what it did not include. This summary discusses the provisions included and also comments on measures...

Video of Cato Book Forum - The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy

Cato Institute, Jan. 6, 2015 - "Featuring the editor Benjamin Powell, Director, Free Market Institute, and Professor of Economics, Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University; Senior Fellow, Independent Institute; author Alex Nowrasteh, immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute; with...

News Excerpts From the Jan. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Funding Bill Imposes Restrictions on VWP, Increases H and L Fees, Makes H-2B Changes The omnibus funding bill enacted in December contained provisions restricting participation in the Visa Waiver Program by applicants who are nationals of or who have recently visited certain countries in Africa and...

News Excerpts From the Feb. 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

SEVP Issues Report Responding to Feedback Received at NAFSA Conference | In December, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued a report responding to feedback received at the 2015 NAFSA annual conference. The report addresses 15 key issues raised at the conference that affect students...