Immigration Law

    • 29 Jan 2018

    CBP Directive: Border Search of Electronic Devices (Jan. 4, 2018)

    CBP, Jan. 4, 2018 - "To provide guidance and standard operating procedures for searching, reviewing, retaining, and sharing information contained in computers, tablets, removable media, disks, drives, tapes, mobile phones, cameras, music and other media players, and any other communication, electronic, or digital devices subject to inbound and outbound border searches by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)....
    • 29 Jan 2018

    The American Dream is for Everyone

    Cyrus D. Mehta and Sophia Genovese, Jan. 29, 2018 - "The Trump Administration has announced an immigration proposal that pits the lives of Dreamers against other immigrant populations. Dreamers are young people who came to the United States prior to the age of 16, and fell out of status of status through no fault of their own. They were granted authorization to remain in the United States under an Obama-era program...
    • 29 Jan 2018

    Expert: White House Immigration Plan 'Dead on Arrival'

    Laura D. Francis, Bloomberg BNA, Jan. 26, 2018 - "The White House’s legislative framework, originally mentioned Jan. 24 and expanded upon Jan. 25, would provide legal status and eventual citizenship to 1.8 million undocumented immigrants. It also would create a $25 billion trust fund for a border wall and include other enforcement measures. And it would cut some family-based visa categories and eliminate the...
    • 27 Jan 2018

    In Memory of John ("Jack") E. English

    Remembrance by Michael P. Nowlan "I am saddened to write that my first law firm boss, mentor, and good friend Jack English passed away from complications from kidney failure on January 24, 2018. Jack was 83. He was a founding member of the Michigan AILA Chapter. Jack graduated from Northwestern University’s Law School, after which he worked at the NLRB, before moving into private practice as a labor law...
    • 27 Jan 2018

    DOJ Civil Money Penalties Inflation Adjustment

    Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 19 / Monday, January 29, 2018 - "The Department of Justice is adjusting for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by components of the Department, in accordance with the provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, for penalties assessed after January 29, 2018, with respect to violations occurring after November 2, 2015."
    • 27 Jan 2018

    Winter 2017-2018 Immigration Law Advisor (EOIR)

    Winter 2017-2018 Immigration Law Advisor (EOIR)
    • 27 Jan 2018

    The Myth of 'Chain Migration'

    Cecilia Muñoz, Jan. 26, 2018 - "[B]ack in 1988, the federal agency then known as the General Accounting Office found that the immigration system’s waiting lists make chain migration a theory that doesn’t really happen in practice. This is because each link in the chain takes years — and sometimes decades — to complete. Bluntly put, America isn’t being overrun by Chinese- and Mexican...
    • 26 Jan 2018

    Expert: DHS Decision on TPS Renewal for Syrians Could Be Signal

    Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters, Jan. 25, 2018 - "TPS for Syrians will expire at the end of March unless the Department of Homeland Security decides to extend it. The decision, due by Jan. 30, will affect some 6,000 Syrians. If their status is withdrawn, they could lose the ability to work in the United States and face possible deportation back to Syria, where the war rages into a seventh year. ... Stephen Yale-Loehr, a...
    • 26 Jan 2018

    Migratory Notes 49 (Jan. 25, 2018)

    Migratory Notes 49 (Jan. 25, 2018) - Movement on DACA, Border Patrol on the bus, white immigrants in the spotlight, and much, much more!
    • 26 Jan 2018

    IRAC Releases 2018 Edition of Index of Unpublished BIA Decisions

    IRAC, Jan. 25, 2018 - "The Immigrant & Refugee Appellate Center, LLC, is pleased to release the 2018 edition of its Index of Unpublished Decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals . The Index now contains links to more than 2,000 unpublished BIA decisions selected for their potential to assist noncitizens in removal proceedings. IRAC will update the Index on a monthly basis with newly issued unpublished...
    • 26 Jan 2018

    NAACP Sues DHS Over Haitian TPS Termination

    NAACP, Jan. 24, 2018 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) designation for Haitian immigrants discriminates against immigrants of color, in violation of the Fifth Amendment, according to a new lawsuit filed today on behalf of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund...
    • 25 Jan 2018

    AAO on H-1B, Entry Level, Level 1 Wage (Jan. 25, 2018)

    Two new decisions today, Jan. 25, 2018: Matter of B-C-, Inc., ID# 1139516 (AAO Jan. 25, 2018) Matter of G-J-S-USA, Inc., ID# 1182139 (AAO Jan. 25, 2018)
    • 25 Jan 2018

    Sessions Demands Documents from 23 So-Called 'Sanctuary' Jurisdictions

    DOJ, Jan. 24, 2018 - "The Department of Justice today sent the attached letters to 23 jurisdictions, demanding the production of documents that could show whether each jurisdiction is unlawfully restricting information sharing by its law enforcement officers with federal immigration authorities. All 23 of these jurisdictions were previously contacted by the Justice Department, when the Department raised concerns...
    • 25 Jan 2018

    Shifting Gears, Trump Administration Launches High-Profile Worksite Immigration Enforcement Operations - MPI

    MPI, Jan. 24, 2018 - "In January 2018, the Trump administration carried out its largest immigration action yet against a U.S. employer, with hundreds of federal immigration agents descending upon 98 stores in the 7-Eleven chain in 17 states and the District of Columbia. The enforcement operation, which occurred without prior notice to store management, resulted in the arrest of 21 unauthorized immigrants and may...
    • 24 Jan 2018

    Tech Lobby Sends Letter to USCIS Supporting Work Authorization for H-4 Visa Holders

    Sunita Sohrabji, India-West, Jan. 23, 2018 - "The Information Technology Industry Council, a major lobbying group for the tech industry, led a group of 10 IT organizations which sent a letter Jan. 17 to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director Lee Francis Cissna supporting the continuation of work authorization for H-4 visa holders. The Department of Homeland Security announced Dec. 15 that it is proposing...
    • 24 Jan 2018

    OFLC Posts H-2B Processing Notice

    Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 15 / Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - "The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this notice to announce to employers and other interested stakeholders about a process change to better assure fairness regarding the issuance of H–2B temporary labor certifications due to the unprecedented volume of applications received on January...
    • 24 Jan 2018

    Papers, Please: CBP Agents in Ft. Lauderdale Raid Entire Greyhound Bus

    Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times, Jan. 22, 2018 - ""This is new?" a worried passenger asks while she films U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents stalking the aisle of a Greyhound bus in Fort Lauderdale and demanding proof of citizenship from the riders. Moments later, the agents arrest a passenger, pulling her and her luggage off the bus. In fact, the tactic isn't new. Federal agents have targeted...
    • 24 Jan 2018

    Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Contentious Issue

    Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Contentious Issue Graham C. Ousey and Charis E. Kubrin Annual Review of Criminology 2018 1:1, 63-84 "Are immigration and crime related? This review addresses this question in order to build a deeper understanding of the immigration-crime relationship."
    • 24 Jan 2018

    No Sanctuary: ICE Targets Churches, Activists

    Nick Pinto, The Intercept, Jan. 19, 2018 - "Ragbir’s detention was the second such arrest of a New Sanctuary Coalition leader by ICE in the space of a week. It was only the most recent and public in a series of developments that advocates believe is part of a concerted effort to intimidate and dismantle the immigration rights movement in New York City. Coalition members say unmarked cars with heavily tinted...
    • 24 Jan 2018

    DREAM Act-Eligible Poised to Build on the Investments Made in Them

    Donald Kerwin, Robert Warren, CMS, Jan. 2018 - " This paper presents the results of a study by the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) on potential beneficiaries of the DREAM Act of 2017 (the “DREAM Act” or “Act”). The study reveals a long-term, highly productive population, with deep ties to the United States. In particular, it finds that: More than 2.2 million US residents would qualify...
    • 24 Jan 2018

    Hague Convention Victory for UH Law Center Immigration Clinic: Peralta v. Garay

    Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman writes: "I wanted to share this recent decision dated 1/12/2018 involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction from the Southern District of Texas. Congrats to our clinic students, Saif Ali and Dalya Alabbassi, from last semester, as well as Clinical Supervising Attorneys Sorgwe and Vega for their great work in federal court, on January 8th, as well...
    • 24 Jan 2018

    Motel 6 Sued for Giving Latino Guest Names to ICE in Arizona

    MALDEF, Jan. 23, 2018 - "Motel 6 violated the civil rights of Latino immigrants and other guests by alerting federal authorities that they had rented rooms at two Phoenix locations, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the name of eight plaintiffs affected by the motel practice. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund...
    • 23 Jan 2018

    Trump Administration's Immigrant-Crime 'VOICE' Hotline Releases Victims' Personal Information

    Daniel González, Arizona Republic, Jan. 21, 2018 - "The same week the Trump administration opened a hotline last April to support victims of crimes by immigrants, Elena Maria Lopez called to report a complaint against her ex-husband. At first, Lopez kept getting a busy signal. But finally someone answered. For the next 20 minutes, Lopez provided a detailed account, accusing the Dutch immigrant of marrying...
    • 22 Jan 2018

    Cyrus D. Mehta: Potential Adjustment of Status Options After the Termination of TPS

    Cyrus D. Mehta, Jan. 22, 2018 - "As President Trump restricts immigration, it is incumbent upon immigration lawyers to assist their clients with creative solutions available under law. The most recent example of Trump’s attack on immigration is the cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for more than 200,000 Salvadorans . David Isaacson’s What Comes Next: Potential Relief Options After the Termination...
    • 22 Jan 2018

    DHS Waives Laws to Build Roads, Barriers on Border Near El Paso

    Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 14 / Monday, January 22, 2018 - "The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international land border of the United States near the Santa Teresa Land Port of Entry in the state of New...