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Immigration Law

News Excerpts From the Sept. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Humanitarian Assistance for Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in U.S.

On August 15, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced relief measures available to nationals in the United States from those West African countries caught in the throes of the Ebola outbreak.

Immigration relief measures that may be available, if requested, include:

  • Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired;
  • Extension of certain grants of parole made by USCIS;
  • Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
  • Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives (currently in the United States) of U.S. citizens;
  • Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate; and
  • Consideration for waiver of fees associated with USCIS benefit applications.

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Bay Area Public Defenders Offices to Provide Counsel in Removal Proceedings

Earlier this year, two public defender’s offices in the San Francisco Bay Area hired attorneys to represent selected clients in removal proceedings after the conclusion of their criminal cases.

In January, the Alameda County Office of the Public Defender hired Raha Jorjani, who previously worked at the Immigration Law Clinic at the U.C. Davis School of Law. In August, the San Francisco Public Defender hired Francisco Ugarte, formerly of Dolores Street Community Services.

The moves could lead public defenders’ offices in other counties with substantial immigrant populations to hire attorneys to represent clients in removal proceedings.

USCIS Releases Memos Involving Discretionary TRIG Exemptions

On August 13, USCIS released six policy memoranda regarding discretionary exemptions from certain terrorist-related inadmissibility grounds. Under the memoranda, the government will not apply most terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds for activities relating to the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), the Nationalist Republican Alliance (Alianza Republicana Nacionalista, or ARENA), the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), the Democratic Movement for the Liberation of Eritrean Kunama (DMLEK), the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF), the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP), or the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

The memoranda were published between May 2013 and June 2014. Please refer to the Government Documents section for descriptions and appendix designations.

Bender's Immigration Bulletin

[This is an excerpt from the Sept. 1, 2014, issue of Bender's Immigration Bulletin.]

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