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Immigration Law

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

AILA Names New Executive Director |

On October 29, 2015, the American Immigration Lawyers Association announced the selection of Benjamin Johnson as the organization’s new Executive Director. Johnson assumes the position from Crystal Williams, who was named Executive Director in 2009. Johnson previously served as AILA’s Associate Director of Advocacy, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Immigration Council. He will begin serving as AILA’s Executive Director in January 2016.

IACHR Issues Report on Family Detention, Unaccompanied Minors

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has released a sharply critical report concerning the use of family detention and the treatment of unaccompanied minors in the United States. The report criticized the automatic detention of families even after a parent had passed an initial asylum screening, as well as restrictive conditions in detention centers similar to those at penal institutions. The report also expressed concern over reports of abuse by border officials, particularly sexual abuse by male guards against female detainees. A link to the report is at

USCIS Will Close Vienna Field Office

On October 22, 2015, USCIS announced that it will permanently close its field office in Vienna, Austria, at the end of the 2015. After the office closes, individuals in Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia will fall under the jurisdiction of the field office in Frankfurt. Individuals in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Macedonia will fall under the jurisdiction of the field office in Rome. Individuals in Albania, Bulgaria, and Romania will fall under the jurisdiction of the field office in Athens. The Vienna office will not accept any applications after November 30, 2015.

Department of Education Publishes Resource Guide on DACA-Related Issues

On October 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education published a resource guide for schools and universities addressing issues relating to students without valid immigration status, including those granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. A letter from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announcing the release of the guide is reprinted at Appendix A.

Bender's Immigration Bulletin

[This is an excerpt from the Nov. 15, 2015, issue of Bender's Immigration Bulletin.]

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