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TPS Extended for Honduras, Nicaragua

"This Notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of Nicaragua for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from July 6, 2013 through January 5, 2015." - Federal Register/ Vol. 78, No. 64 / Wednesday, April 3, 2013 . "This...

Excerpts From the May 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Releases Information Regarding Mandatory Attorney Registration On April 11, the Executive Office for Immigration Review released instructions and a series of frequently asked questions regarding its new mandatory electronic registry for attorneys and accredited representatives. The instructions...

Reopening Victory in Houston; Honduras; Changed Country Conditions

"[I]t would be reasonable for a person in Respondent's shoes to be significantly more concerned about his safety than he was in [date.] It would also be reasonable to find that Respondent's fear is more objectionably reasonable due to the increase in homicides and the increased organization...

As Honduras Unravels, U.S. Struggles to Cope with Refugees

"On Saturday a group of 61 men, women and children walked across the Hidalgo International Bridge near McAllen to seek political asylum. At least 48 of the immigrants were fleeing Honduras, which has the highest murder rate in the world. The men, women and children who arrived in the Rio Grande...

"This really is a forced migration. This is not kids choosing voluntarily to leave."

"Although some have traveled from as far away as Sri Lanka and Tanzania, the bulk are minors from Mexico and from Central America's so-called Northern Triangle - Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, which together account for 74 percent of the surge. Long plagued by instability and unrest,...

Gang Violence in Central America the Push Factor: Sonia Nazario

"In the last few years, what's really been a driving factor has been the increased violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. These are really the three countries that these children are coming from. And increasingly, these countries are controlled by gangs. And so a lot of these gangs...

DHS: Deportation of Border Crossers a Priority 'Regardless of Age'

"In an attempt to stem a crush of Central American children illegally crossing the United States alone into south Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Thursday that he was in contact with ambassadors in Latin America to discuss how to more quickly return those children to their...

Snakes and Thorny Brush, and Children at the Border Alone

Hidalgo, Texas: "Border agents drove their patrol vehicles one recent day at dusk through this spit of land on the bank of the Rio Grande. Here, in a place known as the Devil’s Corner, smugglers on the Mexican side have chosen to bring thousands of women and children to American soil. After...

Honduran Mother: Gang Violence Forced Us Out

"An undocumented immigrant mother said she fled Honduras with her three young children due to escalating violence and because her husband, a police officer, received threats against their kids, ages 10, 9 and 4. "In our country, you can't have kids, you can't be an honest person,"...

Nazario: 'We Would Be Their Executioner' By Deporting Kids

A Pulitzer Prize winning author who followed the treacherous trip of a young Honduran boy to the United States said many of the children crossing the border today are refugees and should be treated as such. Sonia Nazario, who won the Pulitzer for a 2002 L.A. Times piece which eventually became the book...

A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis: Sonia Nazario

"To permanently stem this flow of children, we must address the complex root causes of violence in Honduras, as well as the demand for illegal drugs in the United States that is fueling that violence. In the meantime, however, we must recognize this as a refugee crisis, as the United Nations just...

U.S. Sends First Planeload of Moms, Kids Back to Honduras

"The first lady and her entourage were waiting. So were politicians, camera crews and aid workers in blue vests, ready to hand out suckers and balloons to toddlers pulled along by their frazzled mothers. A chartered flight that landed here Monday was the first carrying only mothers and children...

Sonia Nazario: Level of Violence in Honduras 'Astounded Me'

"Last month, I returned for the first time in a decade to Enrique’s home in the Nueva Suyapa neighborhood of Tegucigalpa. I lived there for a week. I saw a huge change in why children are migrating north to the U.S.—a level of violence directed at them that honestly astounded me. I have...

Child Deportees Shot, Killed Upon Return to Honduras: 'They Return Just to Die'

"Like thousands of other undocumented Honduran children deported after having journeyed unaccompanied to the U.S., Sosa faces perilous conditions in the violent neighborhood from which he sought to escape. "There are many youngsters who only three days after they've been deported are killed...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide social services, job training and preventive...

DOS to Provide a Trickle of In-Country Refugee Processing for Central Americans: Presidential Memo

"Latin America and Caribbean............4,000 ... I also specify that, for FY 2015, the following persons may, if otherwise qualified, be considered refugees for the purpose of admission to the United States within their countries of nationality or habitual residence: ... d. Persons in Honduras...

Honduran Mom in Artesia Granted Asylum by Video

"An immigration judge [in Arlington, VA] granted asylum on Thursday to a Honduran woman and her children after the woman testified that she was beaten, threatened and raped at gunpoint by her husband before fleeing to the United States. The woman, whose attorney asked be identified by her initials...

Advance Copies of DHS Notices: Extensions of TPS for Nicaragua, Honduras

"Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of Nicaragua for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from January 6, 2015 through July 5, 2016." - FR Doc. 2014-24560 Filed 10...

TPS Extensions for Honduras, Nicaragua

"Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of Honduras for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from January 6, 2015 through July 5, 2016." - Federal Register / Vol. 79...

U.S. to Offer Refugee Status to Some Central American Children

"The U.S. government will launch a program in December to grant refugee status to some minors under the age of 21 who live in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and whose parents legally reside in the United States. U.S. officials say parents can ask authorities free of charge for refugee status...

DOS/DHS: In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Minors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras With Parents Lawfully Present in the United States

"U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE and U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY The United States is establishing an in-country refugee/parole program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to provide a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children are currently undertaking...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Remand Victory: Honduras, Social Group

"Since the time of the respondent's hearing, the Board has issued several decisions addressing the issue of particular social group. See Matter of M-E-V-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 227 (BIA 2014), and Matter of W-G-R-, 26 I&N Dec. 208 (BIA 2014) (clarifying what is required to establish a particular...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Executive Action Coverage | On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions that will help secure the border, prioritize deporting felons over families, and allow certain undocumented immigrants to temporarily remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation if they pass...

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

Preliminary Injunction Issued in Texas v. United States | Late on February 16, a United States District Court judge for the Southern District of Texas (Brownsville) issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the President’s November 2014 executive action on immigration. Judge Andrew...

Migrant Teen Mother Who Cut Her Wrist Being Deported to Honduras

"A teenage mother found bleeding from her wrist in the bathroom of a Texas family detention center last week is in the process of being deported. Lilian Oliva Bardales, 19, who had been held with her 4-year-old son since October, was quietly taken from the Karnes County Residential Center early...