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Reopen MAVNI - help Department of Defense close critical skills gaps, save tax money - White House petition

"Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) enables US military to recruit foreign nationals with critical language and cultural skills who have been legally present in US for at least 2 years. MAVNI admitted soldiers briefly in 2009 and was a resounding success. It saved...

Administration Refuses to Allow Court Review of Asylum Seekers' Detention

"The Department of Justice has refused to issue regulations that would allow immigration judges to decide whether to detain asylum seekers who are determined to have viable cases and pose no threat to society. The administration released its decision in response to a petition for rulemaking...

Can Piers Morgan Be Deported For His Comments on Gun Control?

"At the time of writing this blog, more than 48,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website asking that CNN talk show host be deported for his comments on gun control in the wake of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook school. According to one of the two petitions, "We demand that...

Feb. 7th USCIS Stakeholder Engagement: Approval of Petitions and Applications after the Death of a Qualifying Relative

"Dear Stakeholder, The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division invites interested individuals to participate in a stakeholder engagement on Thur sday, February 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) . USCIS previously published policy guidance on the adjudication...

A Company That Runs Immigration Jails Will Have Its Name on a Stadium

"In recent years, where stadium naming rights could be sold, universities and professional sports teams have sold them — to airlines and banks and companies that sell beer, soda, doughnuts, cars, telecommunications, razors and baseball bats. This led to memorable examples like Enron Field...

Farewell to 'Owlcatraz'

"Just hours after the latest student protest, Boca-Raton based GEO Group on Monday withdrew its planned $6 million gift to Florida Atlantic University, a gift that would have put its name on the school’s football stadium. Controversy had dogged the gift from the beginning, as GEO Group’s...

USCIS: Important Information on Form I-129 H-1B, H-2A, and H-2B Petitions

"If an H-1B, H-2A, or H-2B petitioner submits evidence establishing that the primary reason for failing to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request was due to the government shutdown, USCIS will consider the government shutdown as an extraordinary circumstance and excuse the...

Hazleton, Farmers Branch Petition USSC for Writs of Certiorari

"A city in Pennsylvania and one in Texas have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether they are allowed to enact legislation preventing those illegally living in the country from renting property in their cities — and in the Pennsylvania city's case, from working there too...

Restaurant Asks Supreme Court to Rubber-Stamp Slave Wages

"A Kansas City, Mo., restaurant has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether immigrants living in the country illegally can recover overtime and minimum wage under federal employment law, in a case involving admitted noncitizen Guatemalan workers who say they weren’t properly compensated...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: No Petition Needed for TN Visa for Mexicans

"The Department of State amends its regulation pertaining to The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), by removing the petition requirement for citizens of Mexico applying for nonimmigrant visa classification as NAFTA professionals. The rule reflects changes to documentary requirements authorized...

DOS Final Rule: No Petition Needed for Mexican TNs

"The Department of State amends its regulation pertaining to The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), by removing the petition requirement for citizens of Mexico applying for nonimmigrant visa classification as NAFTA professionals. The rule reflects changes to documentary requirements authorized...

Supreme Court Amicus Briefs Filed in 212(c) Cert. Pet. - Acebo-Leyva v. Holder

"On Monday, twenty-six law professors from around the country urged the United States Supreme Court to grant certiorari to resolve crucial questions of how lower courts should analyze the retroactive application of immigration laws. The amicus brief was co-authored by the Immigration Law Clinic...

Petition for Rehearing Filed in Cuellar de Osorio: Decision Based on Mistake

"The plurality’s decision in this case was based on a mistake that cuts to the heart of its analysis. The plurality acknowledged that if an aged-out child could retain his original priority date without automatic conversion then the BIA “would have been required to” make priority...

Kids for Kids Petition: Sandra Grossman

Sandra Grossman writes: "I just returned from a heartbreaking trip to the southern border where I helped provide legal services to immigrant women and children detained at a federal facility in Artesia, New Mexico. My children, Andres (10) and Sofia (7), have started a petition by kids for kids...

CA11 on Standing, Jurisdiction (I-140 Revocation) - Kurapati v. USCIS

"Sunil Kurapati and his wife Bharathi Mallidi, natives and citizens of India, appeal from the district court’s dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction of their complaint challenging the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) revocation of I-140 visa petitions filed...