Immigration Law

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USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests
Posted on 25 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Sept. 24, 2021 "In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners and requestors who are responding... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , USCIS

GAO: EOIR Flubs Stakeholder Engagement, COVID Response
Posted on 23 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Aug. 31, 2021 "What GAO Found The Department of Justice's (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) took steps to modify immigration court operations and guidance to respond to COVID-19. For instance, EOIR implemented health... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , eoir

US/Mexico/Canada Border Restrictions Extended Again
Posted on 21 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" This document announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to continue to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Mexico border. Such... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , border

COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Immigration Medical Examinations
Posted on 14 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Sept. 14, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, effective Oct. 1, 2021, applicants subject to the immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , USCIS

Reforming Our High-Skill Immigration System Is a National Security Imperative
Posted on 2 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., Elaine K. Dezenski, Sept. 1, 2021 "A significant part of the story behind the United States’ incredible Covid-19 vaccination development success is an immigration story. Look back to the founding of Pfizer and Moderna... Read More

Tags: COVID-19

ICE Extends I-9 Flexibility
Posted on 1 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Aug. 31, 2021 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced an extension of the flexibilities in rules related to Form I-9 compliance that was initially granted last year. Due to the continued precautions related to COVID... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , Form I-9 , ICE

GAO Critiques EOIR
Posted on 31 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Aug. 31, 2021 - COVID-19: Improvements Needed in Guidance and Stakeholder Engagement for Immigration Courts "The Department of Justice's (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) took steps to modify immigration court operations... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: Vaccine Inequality and Green Cards
Posted on 31 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Aug. 30, 2021 If the US Does Not Eradicate Vaccine Inequality, the Requirement of COVID Vaccinations for Many Green Card Applicants Will Result in a De Facto Ban "Effective October 1, 2021, with few exceptions, those applying for... Read More

Court Orders ICE to Test Certain Immigration Prisoners
Posted on 26 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Juarez et al v. Asher et al "For the foregoing reasons, the Court orders Petitioners’ motion for temporary restraining order (dkt. # 324) be GRANTED, in part. The Court ORDERS ICE to test detainees for COVID-19 prior to transfer to NWIPC... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , ICE

CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Immigrants
Posted on 26 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CDC, Aug. 17, 2021 "The current pandemic of COVID-19 has been determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations, and it creates unique challenges... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , CDC

U.S. / Canada / Mexico Border Restrictions Extended
Posted on 24 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" This document announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to continue to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Mexico border. Such... Read More

Expert: Will Texas Follow in Arizona's (Losing) Footsteps?
Posted on 5 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jorge Cancino, Univision, Aug. 3, 2021 "An El Paso, Texas, district judge temporarily blocked an order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday that gave Texas border state police extraordinary powers to stop vehicles if officers had reasonable... Read More

CDC Extends Border Blockade Against Asylum-Seekers
Posted on 3 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CDC, Aug. 2, 2021 "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order under Sections 362 and 365 of the Public Health Service Act, and associated implementing regulations, that temporarily suspends the introduction of certain... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , Title 42 , CDC

Neither Safety nor Health: How Title 42 Expulsions Harm Health and Violate Rights
Posted on 30 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kathryn Hampton, Michele Heisler, Cynthia Pompa, Alana Slavin, July 28, 2021 "Toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Trump administration overrode the objections of public health experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , Title 42 , CDC

TX Gov. Abbott Issues EO Regarding Transportation of Migrants
Posted on 29 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Governor Abbott, July 28, 2021 "Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order restricting ground transportation of migrants who pose a risk of carrying COVID-19 into Texas communities. The Executive Order also directed the Texas Department... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , Texas , abbott