An Incremental Change

"[Despite the new case review policy,] the immigration courts are still likely to be overwhelmed by deportation cases. The pipeline is fed by programs like Secure Communities, the discredited dragnet that makes every cop a potential immigration agent, empowered to enforce federal immigration...

Immigration Lawyers Say Enforcement of Deportation Memo Falls Short

"Matthew Kolken, a social-media-savvy immigration attorney based in Buffalo, told The Daily Beast he can count 'less than a handful' of cases in which 'favorable prosecutorial discretion was exercised' since the memo was issued. To Kolken, the Obama administration plays...

CISOMB Comprehensive Recommendation Review

"This report presents the results of a comprehensive review of all formal recommendations the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (Ombudsman’s Office) has submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) since the creation of the Ombudsman’s Office...

USCIS to Expedite Review for Certain Cases Affected by Specific Administrative Inaccuracies

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has established an expedited process for reviewing and correcting decisions resulting from certain administrative errors. This process enables customers to request an expedited review of their case and correction of the decision where data...

USCIS Instructional Memo: Expedited Case Review Process for Specifically-Defined Administrative Errors

"This memorandum establishes the expedited case review process for specifically-defined administrative errors requiring corrective action. This process enables a customer to request a review of his or her case and correction of the decision in certain circumstances when he or she believes a USCIS...

Lack of Immigration Court Review of Detention Violates U.S. Commitments under International Law

"The Obama administration continues to leave the decision to detain or release these people entirely in the hands of the detaining authority itself, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As the Los Angeles Times editorial noted, “[i]t would be as if accused criminals had their...

CBP to Review Use of Force Policy

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched what it calls a comprehensive review of its officers' use of force amid a sharp increase in fatal confrontations along the Southwest border. The initiative, which appears to be the most far-reaching of its kind in recent years, calls for an assessment...

DHS to Review Solitary Confinement of Immigration Prisoners

"Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that she had asked federal immigration officials to provide her with more information about immigrants being held in solitary confinement at federal facilities." - New York Times, Mar. 27, 2013 .

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...

PERM BALCA Procedure Change on Oct. 27, 2014

"As of October 27, 2014, the Atlanta National Processing Center has changed its process and will no longer automatically forward to BALCA all PERM case Requests for Reconsideration where the original case decision was upheld. Rather, a Notice of Decision will be issued when the case is upheld, and...