Immigration Law

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DHS, VA Announce Initiative to Support Noncitizen Service Members, Veterans, and Immediate Family Members
Posted on 3 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, June 2, 2021 "Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough announced a new initiative to support our Nation’s noncitizen service members, veterans, and the immediate... Read More

Tags: veterans , USCIS , DHS

USCIS Releases Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization
Posted on 2 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, July 2, 2021 "Today the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released the Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization (PDF, 3.77 MB) , a whole-of-government approach to breaking down barriers... Read More

Will There Be Justice For Zee?
Posted on 16 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Randy Evans, June 16, 2021 "Zalmay Niazy, now in his 30s, is not just another of the countless foreign-born people who dream of living, working and raising families in the United States. He is a native of Afghanistan and served our nation during... Read More

Unleashing International Entrepreneurs to Help U.S. Economy Recover from Pandemic
Posted on 20 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dan Berger, Steve Yale-Loehr, Doug Rand, Leon Rodriguez, Lindsay Milliken, Kelli Duehning, Megan Kludt, Jeff Goldman, and Michael Serotte, May 20, 2021 "In 2014, then-Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johnson issued a memo... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: Proposals for Shattering Barriers and Obstacles to Legal Immigration Without Waiting for Congress to Act
Posted on 19 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, May 19, 2021 "Re: USCIS-2021-0004, Identifying Barriers Across U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Benefits and Services; Request for Public Input I would like to propose ideas that would provide relief to beneficiaries... Read More

Tags: mehta , USCIS

Biden Names Picks for USCIS, CBP (Jaddou; Magnus)
Posted on 12 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Apr. 12, 2021 " Ur Jaddou, Nominee for Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ur Mendoza Jaddou has two decades of experience in immigration law, policy, and administration. Most recently, she was the Director of DHS Watch... Read More

Tags: Biden , cbp , Jaddou , USCIS , Magnus

Angelo A. Paparelli on Terminology
Posted on 18 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angelo A. Paparelli, Feb. 18, 2021 "The English nursery rhyme was wrong. Not only do sticks and stones break our bones, but words can also hurt. This is the lesson recently imparted by the Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services... Read More

Tags: paparelli , Biden , alien , USCIS

Threats from White Supremacists Close USCIS, Immigration Courts on Jan. 19-20
Posted on 16 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Jan. 15, 2021 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it will temporarily suspend in-person services at all field offices, asylum offices and application support centers on Jan. 19 and 20 to ensure the safety of our employees... Read More

Tags: eoir , USCIS

Expert: Houston Chef Hits Trump's "Invisible Wall"
Posted on 8 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, Jan. 7, 2021 "Every day Chef Sanjay Kumar Kashyap whipped up 30 fresh recipes for a vegetarian Thali-style Indian restaurant in southwest Houston. In a month, he prepared a whopping 900 different curries, dals... Read More

Does the New Citizenship Test Lean Right?
Posted on 4 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Simon Romero, Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Dec. 3, 2020 "The Trump administration is rolling out sweeping changes to the test immigrants must take to become United States citizens, injecting hints of conservative philosophy and making the test... Read More

Lawsuit Challenges "Blank Space" Rejections by USCIS
Posted on 19 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, NILA, Nov. 19, 2020 "Today, immigration advocates filed a national class action lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) challenging a new agency policy, which has resulted in the rejection of thousands of applications... Read More

Tags: USCIS

Special Report: USCIS Could Prevent Hundreds of Thousands of Would-Be Citizens from Voting in November’s Elections
Posted on 16 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ILRC, Boundless Immigration, Oct. 15, 2020 "The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and Boundless Immigration announced today the release of a new special report entitled “ Denying the Right to Vote: Politicization of the Naturalization... Read More

Furloughs of USCIS Private Contractors Will Trigger Delays, Backlogs Nationwide
Posted on 10 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel C. Vock, Kansas Reflector, Sept. 10, 2020 " Members of Congress from the Kansas City region scored a victory last month when a federal immigration agency backed off plans that would have led to thousands of layoffs of government employees... Read More

USCIS Furlough Averted...at "Severe Operational Cost"
Posted on 25 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 25, 2020 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the agency will avert an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees, scheduled to begin Aug. 30 as a result of unprecedented spending cuts and a steady... Read More

Tags: furlough , USCIS

Coalition Sues DHS Over USCIS Fee Rule
Posted on 21 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ILRC, Aug. 21, 2020 "The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) today announced it had joined a coalition of 8 of the nation’s leading immigrants’ rights organizations in filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security... Read More