Immigration Law

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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

Military Naturalization Victory in DC: Samma v. DOD
Posted on 25 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Samma v. DOD "The United States has a long history of allowing noncitizens to serve in its military and providing those who serve with an expedited path to citizenship. But in recent years, despite its need for noncitizen enlistees to fill its... Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Naturalization Delays
Posted on 12 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILA, NWIRP, June 11, 2020 "Applicants for U.S. citizenship who could not take the oath of allegiance to complete the last step of the citizenship process for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: False Claim to U.S. Citizenship Ground of Inadmissibility and Matter of Zhang
Posted on 24 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Apr. 24, 2020 "U.S. citizenship confers important rights and responsibilities. In recognition of this, Congress provided a specific ground of inadmissibility to address when an alien falsely claims to be a U.S. citizen for any purpose or... Read More

Denaturalization and Revocation of Naturalization: ILRC Practice Alert
Posted on 15 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ILRC, Apr. 7, 2020 "The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are ramping up efforts to investigate U.S. citizens and pursue denaturalization cases. This will result in many U.S. citizens being denaturalized and losing their... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Effect of Breaks in Continuity of Residence on Eligibility for Naturalization
Posted on 26 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 26, 2020 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address naturalization applicants’ absences from the United States of more than 6 months but less than 1 year... Read More

CA9 on Naturalization, Domicile, Residence: Park v. Barr
Posted on 8 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Park v. Barr "We ... hold that Park, as a B-2 nonimmigrant whose lawful status had lapsed, was precluded from establishing lawful domicile in California by operation of federal law. Her divorce and subsequent marriage were therefore valid under... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Conditional Bar to Good Moral Character for Unlawful Acts
Posted on 13 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 13, 2019 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on unlawful acts during the applicable statutory period that reflect adversely on moral character and may prevent an... Read More

Putting Americans First
Posted on 11 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Putting Americans First: A Statistical Case for Encouraging Rather than Impeding and Devaluing US Citizenship, by Donald Kerwin and Robert Warren, Center for Migration Studies, Dec. 11, 2019 "This article examines the ability of immigrants to integrate... Read More

Nationwide Prelim. Injunction Blocks Citizenship Changes: City of Seattle v. DHS
Posted on 10 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Protect Democracy, Dec. 9, 2019 "On December 9, 2019, Judge Maxine Chesney of the Northern District of California issued a nationwide preliminary injunction barring USCIS from implementing changes that would limit access to citizenship for lawful... Read More

Neil Young Faces US Citizenship Delay Over Marijuana Use
Posted on 11 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura Snapes, The Guardian, Nov. 11, 2019 " Neil Young is facing a delay in his application for US citizenship after honestly answering a question about his marijuana use. In a letter to fans posted on his website , the Canadian songwriter said... Read More

Report: Citizenship Delayed: Civil Rights and Voting Rights Implications in the Backlog in Citizenship and Naturalization Applications
Posted on 13 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCCR, Sept. 12, 2019 "The Colorado Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released its report, Citizenship Delayed: Civil Rights and Voting Rights Implications of the Backlog in Citizenship and Naturalization Applications .... Read More

Members of Congress Query DoD and DHS re Naturalization of Noncitizen Servicemembers
Posted on 12 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), Sept. 12, 2019 "Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) , member of the House Armed Services Committee, along with Representatives Veronica Escobar (TX-07) , and Salud Carbajal (CA... Read More

USCIS to Tighten 'Residence' Definition for Citizenship
Posted on 28 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 28, 2019 SUBJECT: Defining “Residence” in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship Purpose U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address requirements... Read More

Reps Lead Bipartisan Letter to Change Administration Guidance on Immigrants Working in the Cannabis Industry
Posted on 30 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Congressman Joe Neguse, May 29, 2019 "Representatives Joe Neguse (D-CO), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) are leading a bipartisan letter urging Attorney General Barr and Acting Secretary McAleenan to retract guidelines issued... Read More