"I accept plaintiff's contention that threatening or coercive behavior by an immigration official of an applicant in a
Form-130 interview also constitutes a violation of USCIS regulations, and that this court has jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C...
"I will award petitioner attorneys' fees in the amount of $ 21,275.25. With costs, the award is $ 22,927.60." Kholyavskiy v. Schlecht, Feb. 9, 2007. [Excellent discussion of Buckhannon.] Kholyavskiy2 EAJA 2-9-07.pdf
"Political Asylum Project of Austin (PAPA) is seeking a staff attorney to assist with asylum, detention, VAWA, and family based adjustments." PAPA website, Feb. 2007. http://www.main.org/papa/about_us_02.html
"I find that both the defendants'
pre-litigation and litigation positions with respect to plaintiff's naturalization application were not "substantially justified."" Smirnov v. Chertoff, Jan. 18, 2007. Smirnov 1-18-07.pdf
Reportedly being filed around the country. Motion to Compel Corroboration.pdf
Copyright 2007 Carl Shusterman; posted with permission. Shusterman on Schneider 2-14-07.pdf
"On December 21, 2006, the China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) officially notified the U.S. Embassy in Beijing of new rules for intercountry adoption from China. This preliminary version is subject to change." DOS website, undated. http...
"Our next scheduled pilot teleconferences are as follows: * ?Philadelphia District Office: How Is It Working For You??
Friday, February 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
* ?Newark District Office: How Is It Working For You?? Friday, February 16, 11:00 a.m. ...
"USCIS wants to ensure that prospective adoptive parents are aware of the new rules for intercountry adoptions from China that go into effect on May 1, 2007." USCIS Public Notice, Feb. 13, 2007. http://www.uscis.gov/files/pressrelease/ChineseAdoption_13Feb07PN...
A Message from Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, regarding Improvements to U.S. Visa Processing;
January 29, 2007. From NAFSA. http://www.nafsa.org/public_policy.sec/message_from_maura
"This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during March." DOS, Feb. 13, 2007. http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_3143.html
Order in U.S. v. $59,000. [See related editorial, "Dishwasher gets cleaned," in Outside News, column left.] U.S. v. 59K.pdf
Here, the BIA abused its discretion in denying Rrapo's motion to reconsider because it failed to give a rational explanation for its decision - providing, instead, only "summary" and "conclusory statements" of the type that this...
"While we appreciate that DHS's workload compels the judicious use of its limited investigative resources, this fact cannot excuse the agency from complying with the regulatory requirements for motions to reopen." [IJ, BIA violated regs...
AAO recognizes that only exceptional - not extreme - hardship ("a lesser standard") is required. Feb. 6, 2007. Hats off to Bruce Hake. AAO 2-6-07 Hake 212(e).pdf
"A big part of the problem with our immigration law and policy is that we use the wrong model." searching 2-13-07.pdf
Bender's Immigration Bulletin - Daily Edition debuted one year ago, February 13, 2006. Thank you to the thousands of readers who use BIB Daily to try to make sense of our immigration law and policy. -- Daniel M. Kowalski, Editor, Feb. 13, 2007. [No...
22-page memo dated Jan. 23, 2007 by Michael Aytes, USCIS: "Interim guidance for adjudicating national interest waiver (NIW) petitions and related adjustment applications for physicians serving in medically underserved areas in light of
Federal Agency Says 48 Thai Welders Forced to Work Without Pay in Squalid Conditions. EEOC Press Release, Dec. 8, 2006. http://www.eeoc.gov/press/12-8-06.html
"Just as USCIS proposes to raise the fees
on citizenship and naturalization
applications, CLINIC releases a plan that
calls for, among other things,
Congressional support for a national
citizenship program." CLINIC, Jan. 2007. http://cliniclegal...
Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast;
Best Practices for Representing Unaccompanied Minors. Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007; Duration: 90 Minutes.
Complimentary tuition for the first 300 registrants. Sponsored By The American Bar Association Children...
Writer Paul Cuadros found his own story in that of a soccer team for immigrants' children." Mary Sánchez, Nov. 28, 2006. http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=58&aid=114368
"We?ve been putting kids in immigration jail for decades. When will we stop? Now would be a good time." Daniel M. Kowalski, Editor-in-Chief, Bender's Immigration Bulletin, Feb. 11, 2007. Jailing Kids Is Wrong 2-11-07.pdf
Good language on 120-day rule, "prevailing party," more. Al-Ghanem v. Gonzales, Feb. 7, 2007. Al-Ghanem 2-7-07.pdf
"Edward Alden, a CFR senior fellow and expert on immigration policy, says there is a rare opportunity to advance comprehensive immigration reform in Congress. Both the new Democratic leadership and President Bush support an approach that includes...