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DOS to Provide a Trickle of In-Country Refugee Processing for Central Americans: Presidential Memo

"Latin America and Caribbean............4,000 ... I also specify that, for FY 2015, the following persons may, if otherwise qualified, be considered refugees for the purpose of admission to the United States within their countries of nationality or habitual residence: ... d. Persons in Honduras...

Unpub. BIA Bond Victory; El Salvador; Asylum; El Paso; Virginia

"On appeal, the respondent argues that the Immigration Judge erred in concluding that she was an extreme flight risk and that no amount of bond would reasonably assure her appearance at future immigration proceedings. The appeal will be sustained. The respondent, a native and citizen of EI Salvador...

U.S. to Offer Refugee Status to Some Central American Children

"The U.S. government will launch a program in December to grant refugee status to some minors under the age of 21 who live in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and whose parents legally reside in the United States. U.S. officials say parents can ask authorities free of charge for refugee status...

DOS/DHS: In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Minors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras With Parents Lawfully Present in the United States

"U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE and U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY The United States is establishing an in-country refugee/parole program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to provide a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children are currently undertaking...

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...

Victory, Shadowed by Injustice: Bond Hearings in Karnes (AILA Leadership Blog)

"Yesterday was one of the happiest days in my life as an immigration lawyer. I’m helping out pro bono with clients at the Karnes Family Detention Center in Texas and yesterday Immigration Judge Glenn McPhaul granted a $1500 bond to my client from El Salvador and her 19 month old toddler...

Advance Copy of USCIS Notice: Extension of TPS for El Salvador

"Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from March 10, 2015, through September 9, 2016." - FR Doc. 2015-00031...

TPS Extended for El Salvador through Sept. 9, 2016

"Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from March 10, 2015, through September 9, 2016." - Federal Register /...

IJ Asylum Victory in SF: Single Salvadoran Women, Working Professionals

"[T]he Court finds that "single Salvadoran women who are working professionals" is a cognizable social group under the Act. ... Here, the respondent has established that the government of EI Salvador was either unable or unwilling to protect her and others like her from gang violence....

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...

Former Salvadoran Defense Minister Ordered Deported for Responsibility for Torture, Extrajudicial Killings: Matter of Vides Casanova

Official Headnote: "The respondent is removable under section 237(a)(4)(D) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(4)(D) (2012), where the totality of the record supported the conclusion that, through his “command responsibility” in his role as Director of the...

ICE Removes (Deports) Vides Casanova, Former Salvadoran Defense Minister

"A former minister of defense of El Salvador was removed from the United States by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Wednesday, after the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) dismissed his appeal and upheld an immigration judge's...

CA4 on Social Group, El Salvador: Hernandez-Avalos v. Lynch

"Maydai Hernandez-Avalos, a native and citizen of El Salvador, petitions for review of a final order of removal entered by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). For the reasons that follow, we grant Hernandez’s petition for review, vacate the BIA’s order, and remand for further proceedings...

BIA Upholds Decision to Remove Former Salvadoran Minister of Defense from the U.S.

CJA, Dec. 15, 2015 - " On December 15, 2015, the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals upheld and finalized the removal order of former Salvadoran Minister of Defense General José Guillermo García. The decision affirmed the extensive findings of Immigration Judge Michael C. Horn that García...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory Extends Matter of A-R-C-G-

Stephen W. Yale-Loehr , Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School, writes: "[ Linked here ] is a redacted version of a recent [18 Dec 2015] BIA asylum victory that my colleague Sital Kalantry and two Cornell law students litigated. The case involves a woman from El Salvador who was...

El Salvador Deemed Too Dangerous For Peace Corps, But Not For Deportees

Elise Foley, Roque Planas, Jan. 12, 2016 - "The Obama administration considers El Salvador too dangerous for Peace Corps volunteers, but will continue to send mothers and children with orders for deportation to the country."

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...

CA2 Salvadoran Asylum Remand Victory: Zelaya de Ceron v. Lynch (unpub.)

Zelaya de Ceron v. Lynch, May 4, 2016, unpub. - "The sole issue on appeal is whether substantial evidence supports the agency’s determination that the Petitioners failed to show that the Salvadoran government is unable or unwilling to control gang violence, specifically at the hands of the...

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...

CA7 on El Salvador, Former Gang Members - Romero Arrazabal v. Lynch

Romero Arrazabal v. Lynch, May 4, 2016 - "Arrazabal fears that if he is returned to El Salvador, he will be persecuted by his gang, a rival gang, or the police. An immigration judge found his testimony incredible and denied all relief; the Board of Immigration Appeals upheld that decision. Arrazabal...

TPS Extended for El Salvador (July 8, 2016)

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 131 / Friday, July 8, 2016 - "Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from September...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Remand; El Salvador; Domestic Violence; One-Year Bar

Prof. Lindsay M. Harris writes : "I write to share a positive decision from the BIA for a mother from El Salvador fleeing domestic violence. It may be helpful on the one-year filing deadline and immigration court backlogs, particular social group, nexus, and "ability to leave." Here is...

Advance Copy of DHS Extension of EADs for El Salvador TPS

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 03/06/2017 - "On July 8, 2016, the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) extended the designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months by notice in the Federal Register. Through the...

El Salvador TPS EAD Extension Notice (Mar. 6, 2017)

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 42 / Monday, March 6, 2017 - "On July 8, 2016, the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) extended the designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months by notice in the Federal Register. Through the same notice, the Department...