Immigration Law

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Race, Religion and Refugees
Posted on 2 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura E. Alexander, Jane Hong, Karen Hooge Michalka and Luis A. Romero, Apr. 28, 2022 "The different treatment of Ukrainian versus Central American, African, Haitian and other asylum seekers has prompted criticism that the administration is enforcing... Read More

Tags: refugees

President Biden to Announce Uniting for Ukraine, a New Streamlined Process to Welcome Ukrainians Fleeing Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
Posted on 21 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 21, 2022 "Today, the President will announce Uniting for Ukraine , a new streamlined process to provide Ukrainian citizens who have fled Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression opportunities to come to the United States, fulfilling... Read More

Cornell Project Helps Refugees Claim Health Care Rights
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jackie Swift, Cornell Chronicle, Mar. 29, 2022 "A Cornell collaboration crossing medicine, law, technology and communication is aiming to encourage the use of health care benefits by refugees in the United States – who often suffer poor health... Read More

Is Congress Failing Afghan Evacuees?
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, Mar. 29, 2022 "Most Afghan evacuees fled with few, if any, belongings. Some were separated from immediate family members in the chaos. Many remain deeply traumatized. Then there is the larger, looming crisis... Read More

The Moral Clarity of Resettling Refugees
Posted on 11 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ali Noorani, Mar. 11, 2022 "... The United States can and must do more—for Ukrainians, yes, but also for refugees fleeing conflict around the world, regardless of their nationality. ..." Read More

Tags: refugees

Expert: International Refugee System Reeling
Posted on 7 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

James Dean, Cornell Chronicle, Mar. 5, 2022 " Stephen Yale-Loehr , professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School and faculty fellow in the university’s Migrations initiative, discussed the extraordinary humanitarian crisis just... Read More

USCIS Revised Guidance on Informal ("Camp") Marriages (Feb. 14, 2022)
Posted on 15 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 14, 2022 "As of the date of this memorandum, RAIO is rescinding marriage guidance previously issued by RAIO divisions: "Guidance for the treatment of refugee cases that include an informal marriage to an RE-2 derivative spouse... Read More

Presidential Determination: Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs
Posted on 7 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register, Vol. 87, No. 25, Monday, February 7, 2022 "Presidential Determination No. 2022–09 of February 1, 2022 Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Memorandum for the Secretary of State By the authority vested in me... Read More

Tags: Biden , refugees , MRAA

RAIO/AILA Meeting Notes (Jan. 5, 2022)
Posted on 3 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Jan. 5, 2022 "On Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, the USCIS Public Engagement Division (PED) hosted a virtual meeting with the Asylum & Refugee Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Refugee, Asylum, and International... Read More

Tags: refugees , aila , USCIS , asylum , raio

20 Years of Improvements Provide Security and Strong Vetting Procedures for Admitting Refugees to the U.S.
Posted on 26 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Neumann, NFAP, Jan. 25, 2022 "Over the last two decades, security and law enforcement professionals at all levels have worked to establish, improve and utilize robust security and vetting procedures for individuals admitted as refugees... Read More

USCIS Reverts to Previous Criteria for Interviewing Petitioners Requesting Derivative Refugee and Asylee Status for Family Members
Posted on 13 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 10, 2021 "USCIS is rescinding a November 2020 policy memorandum requiring interviews of all petitioners filing Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition . Effective immediately, USCIS will return to its prior long-standing practice... Read More

Tags: refugees , USCIS , asylum

DOS on Facilitating USCIS VTC Interviews of Refugee Applicants
Posted on 1 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 228 / Wednesday, December 1, 2021 "By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of State by the laws of the United States, including 22 U.S.C. 2651a, pursuant to authority delegated by the Secretary of the... Read More

Climate Change, Asylum and Refugee Status: Jeffrey S. Chase
Posted on 22 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Nov. 22, 2021 - White House Issues Report on Climate Change and Migration "On October 21, the White House issued a Report on the Impact of Climate Change on Migration which contains a few noteworthy passages relating to the law... Read More

Biden Sets Refugee Cap at 125,000 for FY 2020
Posted on 15 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 10/18/2021 Presidential Determination No. 2022-02 "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, in accordance with section... Read More

Tags: Biden , refugees

Under Biden, Refugee Admissions Hit Record Low
Posted on 5 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julie Watson, Associated Press, Oct. 5, 2021 "Refugee admissions to the United States fell to a record low during the 2021 budget year, despite President Joe Biden’s pledge to reverse the sharp cuts made by the Trump administration, according... Read More

Tags: Biden , refugees , Trump