Immigration Law

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CISOMB Comprehensive Recommendation Review
Posted on 8 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This report presents the results of a comprehensive review of all formal recommendations the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (Ombudsman’s Office) has submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS... Read More

Tags: review , cisomb

PERM BALCA Procedure Change on Oct. 27, 2014
Posted on 24 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As of October 27, 2014, the Atlanta National Processing Center has changed its process and will no longer automatically forward to BALCA all PERM case Requests for Reconsideration where the original case decision was upheld. Rather, a Notice of... Read More

Tags: balca , perm , anpc , review

USCIS Policy Memo: Initial Field Review of AAO Appeals
Posted on 10 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 4, 2015 - Initial Field Review of Appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office "This policy memorandum (PM) and accompanying revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) provide guidance to employees of U.S. Citizenship... Read More

USCIS Instructional Memo: Expedited Case Review Process for Specifically-Defined Administrative Errors
Posted on 5 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This memorandum establishes the expedited case review process for specifically-defined administrative errors requiring corrective action. This process enables a customer to request a review of his or her case and correction of the decision in certain... Read More

USCIS to Expedite Review for Certain Cases Affected by Specific Administrative Inaccuracies
Posted on 5 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has established an expedited process for reviewing and correcting decisions resulting from certain administrative errors. This process enables customers to request an expedited review of their... Read More

Lack of Immigration Court Review of Detention Violates U.S. Commitments under International Law
Posted on 11 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Obama administration continues to leave the decision to detain or release these people entirely in the hands of the detaining authority itself, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As the Los Angeles Times editorial noted, “... Read More

Tags: detention , acer , Obama , review

DACA, DAPA Reviews Lead to ICE Releases
Posted on 2 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"More than 200 people have been released from immigration custody in Arizona in the last month following the Department of Homeland Security’s new enforcement priorities, ICE officials said. On Nov. 20, President Obama announced that parents... Read More

Immigration Lawyers Say Enforcement of Deportation Memo Falls Short
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Matthew Kolken, a social-media-savvy immigration attorney based in Buffalo, told The Daily Beast he can count 'less than a handful' of cases in which 'favorable prosecutorial discretion was exercised' since the memo was issued... 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

An Incremental Change
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[Despite the new case review policy,] the immigration courts are still likely to be overwhelmed by deportation cases. The pipeline is fed by programs like Secure Communities, the discredited dragnet that makes every cop a potential immigration... Read More

CBP to Review Use of Force Policy
Posted on 9 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched what it calls a comprehensive review of its officers' use of force amid a sharp increase in fatal confrontations along the Southwest border. The initiative, which appears to be the most far-reaching... Read More

DHS to Review Solitary Confinement of Immigration Prisoners
Posted on 27 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that she had asked federal immigration officials to provide her with more information about immigrants being held in solitary confinement at federal facilities." - New York Times, Mar... Read More