Immigration Law

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Judge Blocks DHS Enforcement Memo: Texas v. USA
Posted on 12 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Texas v. USA "This case is the culmination of a series of challenges to immigration-related memoranda issued within the Department of Homeland Security. The legal issues are varied and complicated. But the core of the dispute is whether the Executive... Read More

Court Blocks DHS Enforcement Memo: Arizona v. Biden
Posted on 22 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Arizona v. Biden "It is hereby ORDERED that: 1. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 65(a), Defendants United States Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, in his official capacity as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, all their... Read More

Mayorkas Issues NIE for Ukraine (Feb. 15, 2022)
Posted on 16 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Feb. 15, 2022 "...I hereby determine that it is in the national interest to permit the entry of noncitizen nonimmigrants who (1) are traveling with a U.S. citizen or lawful pem1anent resident; (2) were physically present in Ukraine as of February... Read More

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

DHS Announces Commitment to Enhance Protections for Stateless Individuals in the United States
Posted on 15 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Dec. 15, 2021 "The Department of Homeland Security announced its commitment to adopt a definition of statelessness for immigration purposes and enhance protections for stateless individuals living in the United States. Through the adoption... Read More

Court-Ordered Reimplementation of MPP Policy Guidance (DHS, Dec. 2, 2021)
Posted on 2 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Dec. 2, 2021 "As required by a federal court order, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been working in good faith to re-implement the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. On December 2, 2021, in coordination with the Departments... Read More

DHS Begins Implementation of Immigration Enforcement Priorities
Posted on 29 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Office of Public Affairs, Nov. 29, 2021, email to stakeholders: "The Department of Homeland Security today announced it will begin implementation of the Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law signed by Secretary of Homeland Security... Read More

DHS Ceases Mass Worksite Immigration Enforcement Operations
Posted on 12 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Oct. 12, 2021 "The deployment of mass worksite operations, sometimes resulting in the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of workers, was not focused on the most pernicious aspect of our country's unauthorized employment challenge: exploitative... 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

Court Strikes Down Trump H-1B Lottery Rule; Wolf Not Lawfully Appointed
Posted on 16 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chamber of Commerce v. DHS, Sept. 15, 2021 "DHS confirmed at the hearing that Secretary Mayorkas has not ratified the Final Rule. Because Mr. Wolf was not lawfully appointed as Acting Secretary at the time the Final Rule was approved, the Court... Read More

Tags: mayorkas , wolf , H-1B , Trump , DHS

Mayorkas Terminates MPP
Posted on 2 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, June 1, 2021 - Termination of the Migration Protection Protocols Program "... Having now completed the further review undertaken pursuant to Executive Order 14010 to determine whether to terminate or modify MPP, and for the reasons outlined... Read More

Tags: mayorkas , mpp , DHS

Experts Advise Sec. Mayorkas on Discretion, Immigration Enforcement: Letter
Posted on 4 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Over 120 law professors and experts, Feb. 2, 2021 "On Day 1 of the Biden-Harris administration, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an Executive Order and a memorandum intending to restore the use of humane and... Read More