ICE Revises Detainer ('Hold') Policy

Civil Immigration Enforcement: Guidance on the Use of Detainers in the Federal, State, Local, and Tribal Criminal Justice Systems - "This memorandum provides guidance on the use of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers in the federal, state, local, and tribal criminal justice...

Permanent Legal Immigration to the United States: Policy Overview

"If the 113th Congress takes up comprehensive immigration reform (CIR), many maintain that revision of the legal immigration system should be one of the major components of a CIR proposal. This primer on legal permanent immigration law, policies, and trends provides a backdrop for the policy options...

USCIS Policy Alert: Comprehensive Citizenship and Naturalization Policy Guidance

"This guidance, contained in Volume 12 of the Policy Manual , replaces the naturalization and citizenship policy guidance found in Chapters 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 and 76 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM), the AFM’s related appendices, and policy memoranda. Where conflicts exist, this...

USCIS EB-5 Adjudications Policy Memo: Draft For Comment

EB-5 Adjudications Policy - DRAFT FOR COMMENT ONLY Posted: 02-14-2013 Comment period ends: 04-01-2013

Texas Jettisons 'Rain of Death' Helicopter Policy

"Four months after a helicopter-borne Texas Department of Public Safety trooper mistakenly shot and killed two immigrants in the back of a fleeing pickup near the Mexican border, the agency has banned shooting from helicopters in similar scenarios. DPS Director Steve McCraw told members of the...

Shocked, SHOCKED to Find ICE Unresponsive: Immigration Court Shackling Policy

"The Court issued its second order regarding the ongoing in camera review on February 1, 2013. (See Dkt. No. 122.) In that order, the Court ordered the Government "to comply with the January 7, 2013 order to provide the date and time the August 2011 [restraints] policy [for asylum seekers]...

USCIS EB-5 Adjudications Policy: May 30, 2013

"The purpose of this policy memorandum (PM) is to build upon prior policy guidance for adjudicating EB-5 applications and petitions. Prior policy guidance, to the extent it does not conflict with this PM, remains valid unless and until rescinded." - USCIS, May 30, 2013 .

New Orleans to Decline Most ICE Detainer Requests

"The Orleans Parish sheriff will no longer honor many requests from the federal immigration authorities to detain people who are suspected of being here illegally, making New Orleans one of a growing number of jurisdictions to adopt such a policy and the first to do so in the Deep South. The policy...

RNC Hoisted on Its Own Immigration Petard in Opposing Path to Citizenship

"[I]n sum, the RNC's policy seems to be that: Two-year renewable (but non-amnesty) work permits should be granted to "illegal aliens" who broke our immigration laws because they are victims of lawbreaking abroad that led to their economic exploitation and political oppression...

ICE Memo: Facilitating Parental Interests in the Course of Civil Immigration Enforcement Activities

"This Directive establishes ICE policy and procedures to address the placement, monitoring, accommodation, and removal of certain alien parents. The Directive is particularly concerned with the placement, monitoring, accommodation, and removal of alien parents or legal guardians who are: 1) primary...

Immigration Enforcement Policy Change a Win for Kids

"The First Focus Campaign for Children, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization, reacted to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) release of a set of policy reforms designed to reduce the harm to children and families resulting from immigration enforcement actions against...

ICE Memo: Review of the Use of Segregation for ICE Detainees

"This directive establishes policy and procedures for U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) review of ICE detainees placed into segregated housing." - ICE, Sept. 4, 2013 .

Arizona Expands Immigrant License Ban

"Arizona, one of only two states that deny driver’s licenses to young undocumented immigrants allowed to stay and work, is expanding the ban to include any immigrant granted deferred action from deportation. Most of those affected by the decision are people granted deferred action for humanitarian...

Border Patrol Rejects Curbs on Use of Force

"Border Patrol agents will be allowed to continue using deadly force against rock-throwers, the chief of the agency said, despite the recommendation of a government-commissioned review to end the practice. The Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit group that advises law enforcement agencies...

America's Immigration Policy Fiasco

"Not since the days of slavery have so many residents of the United States lacked the most basic social, economic, and human rights." - Douglas S. Massey, Summer 2013 issue of Daedalus , the Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Congressmen Query Armed Forces About Exclusionary Enlistment Policy

"Yesterday, U.S Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), along with 31 Members of the House, sent a letter to the Secretary of the Navy, the Acting Secretary of the Air Force, and the Secretary of the Army, expressing strong concerns with possible U.S. Armed Services...

USCIS Liberalizes Criteria for Determining Habitual Residence in Some Hague Convention Adoption Cases

"Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), there are three ways that adopted children can qualify as the children of a U.S. citizen parent for purposes of acquiring lawful permanent resident status, and generally derivative U.S. citizen status, through that adoptive parent....

CBP Use of Force Policy Handbook (Oct. 2010)

"I am very pleased to bring you the first version of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Use of Force Policy Handbook. This Policy supersedes the U.S. Customs Firearms and Use of Force Handbook (CIS HB 4500-01A) dated March 2003; the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Interim Use of Force and...

Federal Judge Declares ICE’s Nationwide Shackling Policy Unconstitutional

"U.S. Judge Michael Ponsor declared the government’s nationwide policy of shackling detainees during immigration court proceedings unconstitutional, calling it an affront to a person’s dignity. Even the safety considerations cited by the government did not provide it with “unlimited...

DHS Ponders Possible Amelioration to Deportation Regimen

"Homeland Security officials are considering at least two major policy changes to scale back deportations of immigrants in the country illegally to comply with President Obama’s order for “more humane” enforcement efforts, officials said Friday. The first change would ease or stop...

White House Delays Deportation Policy Changes

"President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress to act on immigration this year." - AP, May...

USCIS Issues New Policy on Form I-693

"Starting June 1, 2014, USCIS will limit the validity period for all Forms I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, to one year from the date of submission to USCIS. Applicants must also submit Form I-693 to USCIS within one year of the immigration medical examination. USCIS...

CBP Releases Use of Force Policy Handbook and Police Executive Research Forum Report

"During his first 100 days, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske has established transparency as a top priority. Today, he is releasing a revised use of force policy handbook and a consultant study from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). “We initiated...

USCIS Policy Alert: Changes to Dates of Birth and Names on Certificates of Citizenship

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual relating to changes of dates of birth and names per court orders. Background USCIS recognizes that the dates of birth of children born abroad are not always accurately recorded in the countries...

Broward County Sheriff Modifies ICE Detainer Policy

Becky Sharpless writes: "In a new policy announced on Friday , the Broward Sheriff's Office will no longer honor ICE detainers, unless the request for detention is supported by an order of removal or an administrative arrest order. A copy of the policy is attached . Please report any implementation...