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ICE Announces Safeguards for Releases of Noncitizens with Convictions |
On March 18, 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it would implement additional safeguards prior to releasing noncitizens with criminal convictions from custody. Under the new policy, the discretionary release of any noncitizen convicted of two felonies or one aggravated felony must be approved by an Assistant Field Office Director, Deputy Field Office Director, or Field Office Director. Similarly, a panel of senior managers will review discretionary releases for noncitizens convicted of crimes of violence and report directly to ICE leadership. The policy also states that noncitizens with criminal convictions should not be released solely because of a lack of detention space where they are; they should instead be transferred to another facility with available beds.
ICE also stated that it will develop a system to notify local law enforcement when noncitizens with criminal convictions are released.
United States and Canada Sign Preclearance Agreement for Land Crossings
On March 16, 2015, U.S. and Canadian officials signed a new preclearance agreement allowing each country to conduct immigration, customs, and agriculture inspections for land crossings on the other’s soil. The agreement is formally titled the “Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada.” Congress must enact legislation for the agreement to take effect. An existing preclearance agreement for air arrivals remains in place. The United States currently conducts preclearance at the airports in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.
Form 1-90 Can Be Submitted Through ELIS
USCIS announced on March 30, 2015, that Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, can now be submitted through the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS).
[This is an excerpt from the April 15, 2015, issue of Bender's Immigration Bulletin.]
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