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June 15, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: USCIS Centralizes Form I-130 Filings

USCIS announced that effective August 15, 2011, petitioners living in countries without USCIS offices will be able to file Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative, with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility. Previous regulations permitted these petitioners, who comprise about five percent of all I-130...

July 1, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin -- National Initiative to Combat Immigration-Services Scams

The Departments of Homeland Security and Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are leading a nationwide, multi-agency initiative to combat immigration services scams. The initiative targets immigration scams involving the unauthorized practice of immigration law that occurs when legal advice or...

ICE Director Morton Announces Record Increase in Worksite Enforcement Activity

Yesterday before testifying before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, John Morton-Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-announced record numbers of worksite enforcement investigations, criminal prosecutions, and administrative-fine...

Excerpts From the July 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: Deferred Action Process for Young People Announced

Deferred Action Process for Young People Announced On June 15, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made important statements on immigration-enforcement policy toward young people who are in the United States without authorization and who meet certain criteria...

Excerpts From the Sept. 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Begins In mid-June, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain young people who came to the United States as children and who meet certain key guidelines might be eligible, on a case-by-case basis, to receive deferred action (17 Bender's...

Excerpts From the Jan. 15, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Issues Final Rule on Unlawful-Presence Waivers On January 2, Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano announced the posting of an eagerly anticipated rule for a process that may allow would-be immigrants with accrued unlawful presence to spend less time apart from their relatives in the United...

Excerpts From the July 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Begins Implementing Decision on DOMA On Wednesday, June 26, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that DHS would immediately begin to implement the Supreme Court decision invalidating section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. In a statement, Napolitano said that the provision...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Napolitano Resigns as Secretary of Homeland Security On July 12, 2013, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, a position she has held since the start of the Obama administration. Napolitano will remain in her position until September, after which she will become...

News Excerpts From the July 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Seeks More Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan Nationals | The Obama administration is urging Congress to expand the number of special immigrant visas available to Afghan nationals who assisted the U.S. government and to do so before the end of the summer. Under the Afghan Allies Protection...

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 Aug. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Report Highlights Lack of Oversight, Vulnerability to Corruption at CBP | On June 29, 2015, a subcommittee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council released a report concluding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection lacks sufficient internal oversight and is vulnerable to corruption from within...