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EOIR Guidelines Regarding New Asylum IFR (July 16, 2019)
Posted on 16 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, July 15, 2019, PM 19-12 "PURPOSE: Establishes EOIR policy and procedures for adjudication of asylum claims in the context of aliens who enter or attempt to enter the United States across the southern land border after failing to apply for... Read More

USCIS Revises Interview Waiver Guidance for Form I-751
Posted on 10 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 10, 2018 "USCIS has issued a policy memorandum (PDF, 115 KB) (PM) providing guidance to USCIS officers on when to consider waiving the interview requirement for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence . This PM goes into... Read More

Facts Still Matter in Immigration Policy Debates - MPI Report
Posted on 13 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MPI, Nov. 13, 2018 - "At a time when people have more information than ever at their fingertips, it has become easier to ignore, discount or discredit inconvenient facts. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in debates about hot-button issues... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Special Naturalization Provisions for Children (Sept. 26, 2018)
Posted on 1 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Sept. 26, 2018 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance to amend the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify certain special naturalization provisions for children." 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

New USCIS NTA Policy 'Malicious, Counterproductive' - David Isaacson
Posted on 11 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Isaacson, July 10, 2018 - "In a November 2017 article, the Washington Post described “How Trump is building a border wall that no one can see” : how the Trump Administration was, “in a systematic and less visible way, his... Read More

Two New USCIS Policy Memos re Issuance of Notices to Appear (June 28, 2018)
Posted on 6 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PM-602-0050.1 - "This Policy Memorandum (PM) outlines how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Notice to Appear (NTA) and referral policies implement the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) removal priorities, including... Read More

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

New USCIS Policy on RFEs, NOIDs (effective Sept. 11, 2018)
Posted on 14 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, July 13, 2018 - "SUBJECT: Issuance of Certain RFEs and NOIDs; Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.5(a), Chapter 10.5(b) Purpose This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration... Read More

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New USCIS NTA Policy 'Malicious, Counterproductive' - David Isaacson
Posted on 11 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Isaacson, July 10, 2018 - "In a November 2017 article, the Washington Post described “How Trump is building a border wall that no one can see” : how the Trump Administration was, “in a systematic and less visible way, his... Read More

Is the UMass Amherst Ban on Iranian Science Students Overkill?
Posted on 16 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A new policy stating that the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will no longer admit students from Iran to certain engineering- and science-related programs has attracted criticism and stirred questions about the extent of universities’... 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

CBP Releases Use of Force Policy Handbook and Police Executive Research Forum Report
Posted on 30 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"During his first 100 days, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske has established transparency as a top priority. Today, he is releasing a revised use of force policy handbook and a consultant study from the Police Executive... Read More

Federal Judge Declares ICE’s Nationwide Shackling Policy Unconstitutional
Posted on 10 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Judge Michael Ponsor declared the government’s nationwide policy of shackling detainees during immigration court proceedings unconstitutional, calling it an affront to a person’s dignity. Even the safety considerations cited by... Read More

White House Delays Deportation Policy Changes
Posted on 28 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress... Read More