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Groups Push for Dedicated Afghan Parole Program
Posted on 16 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter dated Feb. 15, 2022 to DHS and USCIS - Request for Creation of the Afghan Parole Program, a Designated Parole Program for At-Risk Afghans "Dear Secretary Mayorkas and Director Jaddou: We write on behalf of the undersigned legal services... Read More

New Mayorkas Prosecutorial Discretion Memo (Sept. 30, 2021; eff. Nov. 29, 2021)
Posted on 30 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Sept. 30, 2021 "This memorandum provides guidance for the apprehension and removal of noncitizens. ... We will prioritize for apprehension and removal noncitizens who are a threat to our national security, public safety, and border security... Read More

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

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

DHS Withdraws Proposed EAD, Biometrics Rules
Posted on 7 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 05/10/2021 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published on November 19, 2020. The NPRM proposed to revise... Read More

Tags: proposed rule , cbp , USCIS , DHS , ICE

Court Blocks "Monster" Asylum Rule: Pangea v. DHS
Posted on 9 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Pangea v. DHS "Defendants the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Pete Gaynor, in his official capacity, if any, as Acting Secretary of DHS; Chad F. Wolf, in his official capacity, if any, as Acting Secretary of DHS; the United... Read More

Tags: cbp , wolf , eoir , USCIS , DHS , ICE , asylum

Court Nixes DOL Wage Rule, USCIS H-1B Rule: Chamber of Commerce v. DHS
Posted on 2 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chamber of Commerce v. DHS "The Court once again confronts a challenge to the Administration’s assertion that the H-1B visa program adversely affects American workers to such a degree that it must take immediate action. See Nat’l Ass’n... Read More

Tags: DOL , H-1B , USCIS , DHS

DHS Proposes Change to H-1B Selection Process
Posted on 29 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 212 / Monday, November 2, 2020 / Proposed Rules "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or the Department) proposes to amend its regulations governing the process by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services... Read More

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

USCIS Extends Form I-9 Flexibility
Posted on 20 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 19, 2020 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification... Read More

Tags: I-9 , USCIS , DHS , ICE

Advance Copy of H-2A Temporary Final Rule (effective Aug. 19, 2020)
Posted on 18 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 08/20/2020. "As a result of continued disruptions and uncertainty to the U.S. food agriculture sector during the summer and upcoming fall agricultural season caused by the global... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , USCIS , DHS , H-2A

Legitimacy of Wolf, Cuccinelli in Jeopardy
Posted on 14 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Aug. 13, 2020 the feds dropped their appeal in L.M.-M. v. Cuccinelli . This means the March 1, 2020 district court ruling stands. More here . On Aug. 14, 2020 the GAO concluded : "Upon Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation on April 10... Read More

Tags: wolf , Cuccinelli , USCIS , DHS

Advance Copy of Devastating Asylum Final Rule
Posted on 23 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 06/26/2020 "On November 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would modify DHS’s regulations governing... Read More

Tags: USCIS , DHS , asylum

Court Holds Feds in Contempt: J.L. v. Cuccinelli
Posted on 20 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LCCRSF, Feb. 19, 2020 "A federal court held the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in civil contempt for wrongfully deporting five young immigrants and failing to notify their attorneys –... Read More

Comment Period Reopened for Proposed SIJ Rule
Posted on 16 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 16, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces the reopening of the public comment period for the proposed rule titled, Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions, 76 FR 54978. DHS... Read More