Immigration Law

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Groups File Immigration 'Rocket Docket' FOIA Lawsuit Against Feds
Posted on 3 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CNS, Feb. 3, 2016 - "The Department of Justice makes it harder for vulnerable children and families to avoid deportation by hiding its priority immigration docketing policies from the public, the American Immigration Lawyers Association claims in... Read More

NJIC Sues DHS, ICE for PEP FOIA Disclosure
Posted on 10 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NJIC, Feb. 8, 2016 - "Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) filed a federal lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia demanding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration... Read More

Tags: PEP , njic , FOIA , lawsuit

FOIA Changes Afoot - OIP Guidance
Posted on 18 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ OIP, July 18, 2016 - "On June 30, 2016, President Obama signed into law the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, Pub. L. No. 114-185, 130 Stat. 538, which contains several substantive and procedural amendments to the FOIA. OIP has prepared a summary... Read More

Tags: FOIA

H-1B FOIA Fight Nets $150K Settlement From USCIS: Rubman v. USCIS
Posted on 27 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rubman v. USCIS, May 25, 2016, Joint Stipulation of Dismissal -"1. Defendants agree to continue processing their response to Mr. Rubman’s May 10, 2012, FOIA request, which is assigned USCIS case number COW2012000535, in good faith and in accordance... Read More

AILA Files Lawsuit Against DHS and CBP to Compel Disclosure of Records Requested Under FOIA Relating to the ORT
Posted on 21 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, Dec. 19, 2016 - "Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), represented by the American Immigration Council and Foley & Lardner LLP, filed a lawsuit to compel U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) compliance with... Read More

Tags: ort , cpb , FOIA , aila , lawsuit , DHS

Documents Show DHS Confirmed Real Dangers of Returning Haitians in US, Cancelled TPS Despite Conditions - NIPNLG FOIA
Posted on 18 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, Apr. 17, 2018 - " Documents released today as a result of Freedom of Information Act litigation present new evidence in the multiple lawsuits accusing the Trump administration of racial animus and violation of required procedures in its... Read More

News Excerpts From the June 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 22 May 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

CBP Launches Website for I-94 and Travel History Retrieval On May 1, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced a new website that will allow nonimmigrants in the United States to obtain their I-94 arrival/departure records for any point... Read More

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 13 Aug 2016 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

DHS Expands Eligibility for Provisional Waivers | On July 29, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a final rule expanding the class of noncitizens eligible to receive provisional unlawful... Read More

USCIS to Implement Online Processing of FOIA Requests
Posted on 30 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 30, 2018 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the launch of our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records SysTem (FIRST), which will eventually allow users to submit, manage, and receive FOIA... Read More


AILA Nabs Some Immigration Judges' Names In FOIA Fight (Law360)
Posted on 21 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Simpson, Law360, Nov. 20, 2017 - "A D.C. federal judge ruled Friday that the names of 14 immigration judges who’ve been subject to numerous complaints should be unredacted by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, granting a partial... Read More

Excerpts from the June 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 4 Jun 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

Centralized Filing and Adjudication for Certain Inadmissibility Waivers Beginning June 4, 2012, applicants abroad who have applied for certain visas and have been found ineligible by a U.S. consular officer can mail requests to waive certain grounds... Read More

News Excerpts From the May 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 13 May 2016 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

USCIS Finishes Data Entry for Cap-Subject H-1B FY17 Applications | USCIS announced on May 2 that it has finished data entry for cap-subject H-1B petitions. It will begin returning those not chosen in the lottery. Some petitions are being transferred... Read More