Immigration Law

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Aug. 15, 2017 Memo from ICE Legal on Enforcement Priorities, Prosecutorial Discretion (BuzzFeed)
Posted on 8 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Oct. 8, 2018 - "Attorneys for Immigration and Customs Enforcement were restricted from granting reprieves for certain immigrants facing deportation, ordered to review and potentially reopen previously closed cases, and... Read More

Cyrus D. Mehta: USCIS Finalizes Unlawful Presence Policy Putting F, J And M Nonimmigrants In Great Jeopardy
Posted on 14 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Aug. 13, 2018 - "The USCIS finalized its unlawful presence policy for F, J and M nonimmigrants on August 9, 2018. The final policy makes no significant changes from the draft policy of May 10, 2018. My earlier blog noted the flaws... Read More

For Now, Army Suspends Discharges of Immigrant Recruits (MAVNI)
Posted on 9 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MARTHA MENDOZA and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press, Aug. 9, 2018 - "The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press spells out... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , memo , Army

Heightened Ethical and Strategic Considerations for Business Immigration Attorneys Under USCIS’s New Removal Policy - Cyrus D. Mehta
Posted on 17 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, July 16, 2018 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued updated policy guidance on July 5, 2018, PM-602-0050.1 , that aligns its policy for issuing Form I-862, Notice to Appear, with the immigration enforcement priorities... Read More

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...
Posted on 15 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maybe DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson missed this episode of Sesame Street. His November 20, 2014 memo to ICE, CBP and USCIS specifies three tiered priorities for the "Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." At the top, Priority... Read More

Sessions Issues Criminal Immigration Enforcement Memo to Federal Prosecutors
Posted on 11 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

April 11, 2017, MEMORANDUM FOR ALL FEDERAL PROSECUTORS, Renewed Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement Read More

EOIR Revises Docketing Practices for Certain Priority Cases
Posted on 4 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Feb. 4, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) released a memorandum , titled Revised Docketing Practices Relating to Certain EOIR Priority Cases , to provide guidance to its immigration judges regarding changes to the agency... Read More

Tags: eoir , memo , docketing

USCIS Recommendation to Terminate TPS for Haiti (Apr. 10, 2017)
Posted on 21 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In a memo dated Apr. 10, 2017 , USCIS Acting Director James W. McCament recommended to DHS Secretary Kelly that Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for certain Haitians be terminated, effective Jan. 22, 2018: "...USCIS has concluded that... Read More

Tags: Haiti , tps , kelly , USCIS , DHS , memo , mccament

ICE Issues Guidance on Care of Transgender Individuals in Custody
Posted on 29 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) issued further guidance to personnel on how to care for transgender individuals in custodial settings. “The Transgender Care Memorandum... Read More

Sessions Rescinds Yates Memo; Private Prisons Are Back
Posted on 24 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kate Wheeling, Pacific Standard, Feb. 23, 2017 - "It was only a matter of time before Attorney General Jeff Sessions backtracked on the Department of Justice’s earlier plans to phase out the use of private prisons. Indeed, the American Civil... Read More

DHS Clarifies Immigration Benefits for Family Members of Selected Reserve and Veterans
Posted on 5 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On November 15, 2013, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sub-agency that administers immigration benefits, announced a new national “parole in place”... Read More

USCIS Policy Memo re TRIG, hold policy
Posted on 25 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PM-602-0051 - Revised Guidance on the Adjudication of Cases Involving Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) and Further Amendment to the Hold Policy for Such Cases - "This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides updated instruction to all U.S... Read More

Tags: trig , USCIS , memo

DHS Issues New Privacy Policy Guidance, Q&A (Apr. 27, 2017)
Posted on 28 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PRIVACY POLICY GUIDANCE MEMORANDUM. April 27, 2017, Memorandum Number: 2017-01 Privacy Policy 2017-01, Questions & Answers Read More

Tags: policy , Privacy , DHS , memo

New R-1 Memo: Procedures for Calculating the Maximum Period of Stay
Posted on 10 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Procedures for Calculating the Maximum Period of Stay for R-1 Nonimmigrants: "This memorandum provides instruction to Immigration Service Officers who adjudicate R-1 nonimmigrant petitions for aliens who are coming to the United States temporarily... Read More

Tags: recapture , USCIS , memo , r-1

USCIS Revised Credible Fear (Lafferty) Memo, Lesson Plan
Posted on 18 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This memorandum announces the release of a revised version of the ADOTC Lesson Plan , Credible Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations, dated February 28, 2014 (the revised Credible Fear Lesson Plan) and describes the major changes in the... Read More