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News Excerpts From the Dec. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Executive Action Coverage | On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions that will help secure the border, prioritize deporting felons over families, and allow certain undocumented immigrants to temporarily remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation if they pass...

News Excerpts From the March 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Preliminary Injunction Issued in Texas v. United States | Late on February 16, a United States District Court judge for the Southern District of Texas (Brownsville) issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the President’s November 2014 executive action on immigration. Judge Andrew...

Migrant Teen Mother Who Cut Her Wrist Being Deported to Honduras

"A teenage mother found bleeding from her wrist in the bathroom of a Texas family detention center last week is in the process of being deported. Lilian Oliva Bardales, 19, who had been held with her 4-year-old son since October, was quietly taken from the Karnes County Residential Center early...

IJ on Asylum, Social Group, Honduras: Matter of O- (Unpub.)

Camila Palmer writes: "I wanted to share an IJ decision finding my client was a member of a PSG of "former honest police officers," distinguishing Matter of Fuentes. I think its a well-written decision and thought it might be useful to other practitioners, should you want to share it on...

Unpub. BIA PSG (Pro Bono) Asylum Victory - Honduran Journalist

Hats off to Kramer Levin pro bono attorney Marsha Sukach , volunteering for the BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project , who scored this ' particular social group ' asylum win on appeal: "[W]e conclude that the respondent has demonstrated he suffered past persecution on account of his membership...

News Excerpts From the Feb. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Receives Three-Month Extension on OPT Ruling On January 23, 2016, a federal district judge extended by three months the deadline for the Department of Homeland Security to promulgate a replacement regulation authorizing an extension of the maximum Optional Practical Training period from twelve...

Employment-Based Fourth Preference (EB-4) Visa Limits Reached for Special Immigrants From El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

USCIS, Apr. 15, 2016 - "The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for May 2016 reflects a final action date of January 1, 2010, for EB-4 visas for special immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. This means that starting in May, applicants from these countries who filed Form I-360...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory: Honduras, Domestic Violence, Social Group

Christina Brown writes, "[Here is an] unpublished BIA decision granting asylum on an A-R-C-G- claim for an unmarried woman in a short term relationship. If you need any additional information, including facts about the case, please do not hesitate to contact me." The Law Office of Christina...

Honduran Asylum Victory: False Accusation of Gang Membership by DHS, Virginia Police

Here's a link to a 17-page decision issued March 15, 2016 by Arlington IJ Rodger C. Harris. Hats off to Jay S. Marks !

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EB-4 Visa Limit Reached for Special Immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras A final action date of January 1, 2010 has been set for special immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and is reflected in the State Department’s Visa Bulletin Employment-Based Preference Cases...

TPS Extended for Honduras, Nicaragua

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 94 / Monday, May 16, 2016 - "Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of Honduras for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from July 6, 2016...

TPS Extended for Nicaragua, Honduras (May 16, 2016)

USCIS, May 16, 2016 - "Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Nicaragua (and those without nationality who last habitually resided in Nicaragua) for an additional 18 months, effective July 6, 2016, through Jan. 5, 2018....

CA7 (Posner) on CAT, Honduras, HIV Status: Velasquez-Banegas v. Lynch

Velasquez-Banegas v. Lynch - "Suppose a person if removed to his country of origin would be sure to be persecuted unless, by living in a cave, he avoided all contact with other persons. The next step would be to rule that no one can have a real fear of persecution because if persecution looms he...

CA4 on Asylum, Nexus, Honduras: Cantillano Cruz v. Sessions

Cantilloano Cruz v. Sessions, Mar. 13, 2017 - "Luz Marina Cantillano Cruz (Cantillano Cruz), a citizen of Honduras, petitions for review of a final order of removal entered by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).1 The BIA affirmed an immigration judge’s (IJ) conclusion that Cantillano...

CA3 on Honduras, Withholding: Mendoza-Ordonez v. Atty. Gen.

Mendoza-Ordonez v. Atty. Gen. - "[W]e are convinced that evidence of the politically motivated death threats, the inaction on Mendoza’s complaints, a perpetrator and judge who shared a political affiliation in opposition to that of Mendoza, and evidence of a politically corrupt justice system...

U.S. Chamber Calls for Extension of TPS for El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti

Oct. 26, 2017 letter to DHS Acting Sec. Duke - "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges the Department of Homeland Security to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. These designations have been in place since 2001, 1999, and 2010 respectively...

DHS Action on TPS for Nicaragua, Honduras (Nov. 6, 2017)

DHS, Nov. 6, 2017 - "Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua with a delayed effective date of 12 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on January 5,...

TPS for Honduras Extended, Terminated for Nicaragua

Extension of the Designation of Honduras for Temporary Protected Status - "[T]he TPS designation of Honduras is automatically extended for 6 months, from January 6, 2018 through July 5, 2018." Termination of the Designation of Nicaragua for Temporary Protected Status - "The designation...

Re-Registration Period Now Open for Hondurans, Nicaraguans with Temporary Protected Status

USCIS, Dec. 15, 2017, Honduras - "Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Honduras’ designation who want to maintain that status through the current expiration date of July 5, 2018, must re-register between Dec. 15, 2017 and Feb. 13, 2018. Re-registration procedures...

Asylum Victory in Hartford: Matter of R-G- (Death Threats from Gangs in Honduras, El Salvador)

Prof. Jon Bauer writes: "In a case handled by UConn Law School’s Asylum and Human Rights Clinic , a Hartford immigration judge granted asylum to R-G- , a young Salvadoran man who faced death threats from gangs in Honduras and El Salvador. R-G- worked in Honduras as an evangelical minister...

CA4 on Honduras, MS-13, Nexus - Salgado-Sosa v. Sessions

Salgado-Sosa v. Sessions, Feb. 13, 2018 - "Reynaldo Salgado-Sosa, a native and citizen of Honduras, seeks asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. If he is returned to Honduras, he fears, he will face persecution at the hands of the gang MS-13, which has...

Asylum Victory in New Orleans; Honduras, Social Group, Mendes Rojas

Hats off to Prof. Hiroko Kusuda , Clinic Professor and Director of Immigration Law Section of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Center for Social Justice, and Mary K. Richardson, Student Practitioner! Matter of X-, Apr. 3, 2018, New Orleans Immigration...

Trump, Nielsen Give Hondurans the Boot - TPS to End Jan. 5, 2020

DHS, May 4, 2018 - "The Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen has determined that termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras is required pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. To allow for an orderly transition, she has determined to delay...

CA5 on Honduras, Asylum, Persecution, Social Group - Cabrera v. Sessions (May 7, 2018)

Cabrera v. Sessions, May 7, 2018 - "In sum, we hold that the BIA erred in requiring Cabrera to prove past persecution to establish a claim based on a well-founded fear of future persecution; and, second, in recharacterizing Cabrera’s claimed social group. In all other respects, the decision...

CA7 on Honduras, CAT - Perez v. Sessions (May 2, 2018)

Perez v. Sessions (May 2, 2018) - "Perez argues that the immigration service erred by failing to make factual findings about whether he would have been tortured had he not narrowly escaped the gang’s violent recruitment efforts years earlier and that the Board improperly did not consider whether...