Immigration Law

    • 18 Jul 2011

    Diversity Visa Lottery Re-run: Was This the End?

    By Molly J. Liskow, J.D., Legal Editor, Practice Area Content (Immigration) The State Department "botched" the 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery. That was the term used by a federal judge who allowed the Department to re-do the selection process, despite a lawsuit by many very upset applicants who had thought they'd won the chance to apply for a green card - a way of saying legal permanent residence, a/k/a immigrant...
    • 14 Dec 2017

    USCIS to Begin Accepting Applications under the International Entrepreneur Rule

    USCIS, Dec. 14, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it is taking steps to implement the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), in accordance with a recent court decision. Although the IER was published during the previous administration with an effective date of July 17, 2017, it did not take effect because the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule on July...
    • 21 Jan 2018

    Supreme Court to Review Travel Ban 3.0 - Trump v. Hawaii

    Amy Howe, Jan. 19, 2017 - "The Supreme Court will hear oral argument on the challenge to President Donald Trump’s September 24 order, the latest version of what is often known as his “travel ban,” which limited travel from eight countries: Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela and Chad. The announcement, which came in a brief order today , had been widely expected since last...
    • 26 Oct 2017

    Status of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

    State Department, Oct. 24, 2017 - "Based on Section 6(a) of Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” the U.S. government undertook a 120-day review of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) to identify and implement additional security screening processes in order to uphold the safety of the American people. As a result, the President...
    • 17 Sep 2012

    Immigration Case Management Software from Tracker Corp Available

    ImmigrationTracker TM provides a user-friendly way to streamline immigration case management. Developed by immigration attorneys, not just engineers, ImmigrationTracker is a web-based application that enables immigration professionals to save time and money by automating data collection, forms processing, client communications, audits and more. With Tracker, your team will benefit immediately from case-specific best-practices...
    • 9 Nov 2011

    How to Maximize Your Enjoyment of the Immigration Law Community

    Although you do not have to be a registered member to access much of the rich content of our LexisNexis Immigration Law Community , registration provides you with many benefits. As a registered member, you can: Create your user profile. Build your own personalized My Community Page. Access content and downloads that are available only to registered community members. Receive daily email alerts. Receive...
    • 9 Oct 2011

    Navarrette on Lamar Smith, Braceros, and Ozzie & Harriet

    "Proving that bad ideas never die, Smith wants to bring back the braceros. That was the name given to foreign workers — an estimated 5 million of them — who were brought in from Mexico to fill the vacuum in the fields when America's young men went off to battle tyranny in Europe and the Pacific. But when the men came home, they were no longer interested in fieldwork. So the guest workers...
    • 13 May 2011

    Bender's Immigration Bulletin - May 15, 2011 - EOIR Disciplines 15 Attorneys

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review recently took disciplinary action against fifteen attorneys for violations of the rules of professional conduct for immigration practitioners. Two attorneys were reinstated. The following four attorneys were issued orders of immediate suspension: Gabrielle Alexis, suspended based on her suspension in Florida; Anita C. Kanu, suspended based on her disbarment in the District...
    • 22 Jul 2011

    Pregúntele a Lambda Legal: Sus derechos como inmigrante con VIH

    Por Scott Schoettes , director del Proyecto VIH de Lambda Legal P: Si tengo una prueba de VIH y resulta ser positiva, ¿seré deportado? R: En enero de 2010, gracias a los esfuer¬zos de los grupos que abogan por otros, incluyendo Lambda Legal, el gobierno de los Estados Unidos levantó la prohibición de los inmigrantes con VIH. Eso quiere decir que las personas tan sólo por su condición...
    • 23 Mar 2012

    Excerpts from the April 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: Ending Birthright Citizenship Would be Costly to America

    Ending Birthright Citizenship Would be Costly to America On March 5, 2012 the National Foundation for American Policy ("NFAP") published a paper authored by Bender's Immigration Bulletin Editorial Board member Margaret D. Stock. Entitled " The Cost to Americans and America of Ending Birthright Citizenship ," the paper explains that changing the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment...
    • 1 Jun 2011

    LexisNexis® Matthew Bender® Tenth Annual Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law 2011 Honoree: Michael J. Ortiz

    2011 Honoree: Michael J. Ortiz Michael J. Ortiz, Directing Attorney, Immigration Unit, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), supervises and handles matters in areas of naturalization law, and supervises staff and directly assists clients in cases arising under VAWA, asylees and refugees and victims of human trafficking and torture. Members of LAFLA's Immigration Unit have worked alongside Mr. Ortiz...
    • 28 Sep 2011

    Bender's Immigration Bulletin: Edited News Excerpts For Oct. 1, 2011

    Clarification Katherine Brady, Update on INA § 212(h) Defense Strategies, 16 Bender's Immigr. Bull. 1497 (Sept. 15, 2011) On page 1511, Part E (sentence following footnote 88), the article states that for persons subject to the seven-year requirement under the LPR bar, the seven-year period "does not start until the person has obtained permanent residence or some other potentially permanent status...
    • 24 Feb 2012

    Immigration Attorney Norton Tooby Begins Blogging

    Oakland, Calif., attorney Norton Tooby has begun blogging on his criminal immigration research Web site, www.NortonTooby.com . Mr. Tooby specializes in criminal defense of immigrants, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and post-conviction relief for immigrants. His blog is at http://nortontooby.com/bloglist . Click here to sign up for the Law Offices of Norton Tooby's free monthly e-newsletter.
    • 19 Mar 2012

    Fakhoury Law Group Attorney Rami Fakhoury Co-Authors New Global Business Immigration Book

    TROY, Mich. - Rami Fakhoury, founder and managing director of Troy-based law firm Fakhoury Law Group, has co-authored the book, " Global Business Immigration Practice Guide ," published by Matthew Bender (Lexis/Nexis). The LexisNexis Store is offering a 20 percent discount on the book between now and May 31. The discount code is ABIL20. According to its publisher, "The Global Business Immigration...
    • 25 Jun 2012

    Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provisions of Arizona Immigration Law

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 25 invalidated three of the four key provisions of the controversial Arizona immigration law, S.B. 1070 ( Arizona, et al. v. United States , No. 11-182, U.S. Sup. [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]). In an opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court ruled 5-3 that Arizona cannot make it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to carry...
    • 15 Sep 2016

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

    Justice Department Corrects Data Given to Supreme Court in Major Immigration Case | On August 26, 2016, Acting Solicitor General Ian Heath Gershengorn admitted in a letter to the Supreme Court that the Justice Department provided incorrect data in a 2002 case involving the constitutionality of provisions requiring mandatory detention of certain noncitizens with criminal convictions who were in removal proceedings....
    • 3 Mar 2014

    News Excerpts From the March 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

    DHS Designates Chile for Visa Waiver Program On February 28, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced the entry of Chile into the Visa Waiver Program. Beginning May 1, 2014, Chilean nationals will be able to visit the United States for up to ninety days without obtaining nonimmigrant visas. As with nationals of other participating countries, Chileans must apply for advance authorization through the Electronic...
    • 4 Jan 2018

    Wa. State Sues Motel 6 for Turning Over Guest Lists to ICE

    Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Jan. 3, 2018 - "Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a lawsuit against national hotel chain Motel 6 for voluntarily providing guest lists to agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on a routine basis for at least two years. Each time Motel 6 released a guest list, it included the name and private information of every guest at the hotel. ...
    • 12 Jan 2012

    Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Agencies: A Year in Review

    By Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia Memos on their proposed use of "prosecutorial discretion" by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other immigration agencies that were issued in 2011 caused critics to accuse the Obama administration of trying to provide a backdoor amnesty to noncitizens not authorized to be in the United States. Other people said they did not go far enough. Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia...
    • 19 Jul 2013

    News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

    Napolitano Resigns as Secretary of Homeland Security On July 12, 2013, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, a position she has held since the start of the Obama administration. Napolitano will remain in her position until September, after which she will become President of the University of California system. Napolitano was a prominent supporter of comprehensive immigration...
    • 4 Jun 2012

    Excerpts from the June 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

    Centralized Filing and Adjudication for Certain Inadmissibility Waivers Beginning June 4, 2012, applicants abroad who have applied for certain visas and have been found ineligible by a U.S. consular officer can mail requests to waive certain grounds of inadmissibility directly to a USCIS lockbox facility. This change affects where individuals abroad who have been found inadmissible for an immigrant visa or a nonimmigrant...
    • 3 Jul 2013

    Excerpts From the July 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

    DHS Begins Implementing Decision on DOMA On Wednesday, June 26, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that DHS would immediately begin to implement the Supreme Court decision invalidating section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. In a statement, Napolitano said that the provision had “denied thousands of legally married same-sex couples many important federal benefits, including immigration...
    • 13 Aug 2016

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

    DHS Expands Eligibility for Provisional Waivers | On July 29, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a final rule expanding the class of noncitizens eligible to receive provisional unlawful presence waivers. Under the new regulation, all noncitizens who would be subject to the unlawful presence bars upon their departure from the country can seek a provisional...
    • 26 Oct 2017

    Joint Memo on Refugees, Enhanced Vetting

    MEMORANDUM TO THE PRESIDENT, Oct. 23, 2017 RESUMING THE UNITED STATES REFUGEE ADMISSIONS PROGRAM WITH ENHANCED VETTING CAPABILITIES
    • 30 Nov 2017

    Stats, Docs from Nov. 3, 2017 Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

    Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics July 2017 (PDF, 156 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics August 2017 (PDF, 156 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics September 2017 (PDF, 156 KB) Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Statistics and Nationality Report (PDF, 397 KB) NACARA Cumulative Report July 2017 (PDF, 43 KB) NACARA Cumulative Report August 2017 (PDF, 60 KB) NACARA Cumulative Report September 2017 (PDF, 60...