Immigration Law

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EOIR Posts Case Underlying Matter of A-M-R-C-
Posted on 19 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On its "Frequently Requested Agency Records" page, https://www.justice.gov/eoir/frequently-requested-agency-records , EOIR posted two files: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/1287366/download and https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page... Read More

Barr Refers Matter of A-M-R-C- to Himself: Amicus Brief Invitation
Posted on 17 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of A-M-R-C-, 28 I&N Dec. 7 (A.G. 2020) Interim Decision #3986 Matter of A-M-R-C-, Respondent Decided by Attorney General June 17, 2020 U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General BEFORE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL Pursuant... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Implementing the A.G. Decisions on DUI Convictions on GMC Determinations and Post-Sentencing Changes
Posted on 10 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 10, 2019 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding how post-sentencing changes to criminal sentences impact convictions for immigration purposes and how two or... Read More

GAO Report: Immigration-Related Prosecutions Increased from 2017 to 2018 in Response to U.S. Attorney General's Direction
Posted on 4 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Dec. 3, 2019 "In 2017 and 2018, the Attorney General directed federal prosecutors to prioritize prosecutions of immigration-related offenses such as improper entry, illegal reentry after a prior removal, and alien smuggling. We reviewed... Read More

Matter of Thomas and Thompson, 27 I&N Dec. 674 (A.G. 2019)
Posted on 25 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Thomas and Thompson, 27 I&N Dec. 674 (A.G. 2019) (1) The tests set forth in Matter of Cota-Vargas, Matter of Song, and Matter of Estrada will no longer govern the effect of state-court orders that modify, clarify, or otherwise alter a... Read More

Matter of Castillo-Perez, 27 I&N Dec. 664 (A.G. 2019)
Posted on 25 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Castillo-Perez, 27 I&N Dec. 664 (A.G. 2019) (1) The Immigration and Nationality Act’s “good moral character” standard requires adherence to the generally accepted moral conventions of the community, and criminal activity... Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Guidance for Processing Reasonable Fear, Credible Fear, Asylum, and Refugee Claims in Accordance with Matter of L-E-A
Posted on 1 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, undated, but posted Sept. 2019 "This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers for determining whether an applicant is eligible for asylum or refugee status or withholding of removal... Read More

Materials Related to L-E-A-
Posted on 31 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Link to the July 29, 2019 A.G. decision here . Link to briefs and other materials collected by CLINIC Legal here . Read More

A.G. Barr on 'Particular Social Group' - Matter of L-E-A-, 27 I&N Dec. 581 (A.G. 2019)
Posted on 31 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of L-E-A-, 27 I&N Dec. 581 (A.G. 2019) (1) In Matter of L-E-A-, 27 I&N Dec. 40 (BIA 2017), the Board of Immigration Appeals improperly recognized the respondent’s father’s immediate family as a “particular social group”... Read More

A.G. Vacates Matter of E-F-H-L-
Posted on 5 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

27 I&N Dec. 226 (A.G. 2018) Interim Decision #3917 Matter of E-F-H-L-, Respondent Decided by Attorney General March 5, 2018 Pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 1003.l(h)(l)(i) (2017), I direct the Board of Immigration Appeals (“Board”) to refer... Read More

UPDATED - Sessions Refers Administrative Closure Question to Himself: Matter of Castro Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 187 (A.G. 2018)
Posted on 5 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

[ UPDATE : Here is a link to the underlying unpublished BIA decision dated Nov. 27, 2017 .] Matter of Castro Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 187 (A.G. 2018) - The Attorney General referred the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals to himself for review... Read More

NY Attorney General Shuts Down Unlicensed Visa Consultant
Posted on 11 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYAG, Sept. 8, 2015 - "Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that his office reached an agreement with Entertainment Visa Consultant Company (EVC) and its CEO, David King. This agreement will resolve the Attorney General’s investigation... Read More

Washington State Atty. Gen. Sues Trump Over Refugee Ban
Posted on 30 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Jan. 30, 2017 - "Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is filing a lawsuit in federal court today against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump Administration... Read More

NY Atty. Gen. Post Legal Tools To Protect Immigrant Communities in Anticipation of Trump Crackdown
Posted on 20 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Jan. 19, 2017 - "Anticipating potential changes in federal immigration enforcement practices and priorities, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today provided local governments and law enforcement... Read More

Trump Fires 'Hero" For Refusing to Defend Refugee Ban
Posted on 31 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mike Lillis, The Hill, Jan. 31, 2017 - "House Democrats are wasting no time in denouncing President Trump for firing the nation's top law enforcer after she refused to carry out his directives barring refugees and those traveling from Muslim... Read More