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Nazario: 'We Would Be Their Executioner' By Deporting Kids

A Pulitzer Prize winning author who followed the treacherous trip of a young Honduran boy to the United States said many of the children crossing the border today are refugees and should be treated as such. Sonia Nazario, who won the Pulitzer for a 2002 L.A. Times piece which eventually became the book...

A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis: Sonia Nazario

"To permanently stem this flow of children, we must address the complex root causes of violence in Honduras, as well as the demand for illegal drugs in the United States that is fueling that violence. In the meantime, however, we must recognize this as a refugee crisis, as the United Nations just...

U.S. Sends First Planeload of Moms, Kids Back to Honduras

"The first lady and her entourage were waiting. So were politicians, camera crews and aid workers in blue vests, ready to hand out suckers and balloons to toddlers pulled along by their frazzled mothers. A chartered flight that landed here Monday was the first carrying only mothers and children...

Sonia Nazario: Level of Violence in Honduras 'Astounded Me'

"Last month, I returned for the first time in a decade to Enrique’s home in the Nueva Suyapa neighborhood of Tegucigalpa. I lived there for a week. I saw a huge change in why children are migrating north to the U.S.—a level of violence directed at them that honestly astounded me. I have...

Child Deportees Shot, Killed Upon Return to Honduras: 'They Return Just to Die'

"Like thousands of other undocumented Honduran children deported after having journeyed unaccompanied to the U.S., Sosa faces perilous conditions in the violent neighborhood from which he sought to escape. "There are many youngsters who only three days after they've been deported are killed...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide social services, job training and preventive...

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...

Honduran Mom in Artesia Granted Asylum by Video

"An immigration judge [in Arlington, VA] granted asylum on Thursday to a Honduran woman and her children after the woman testified that she was beaten, threatened and raped at gunpoint by her husband before fleeing to the United States. The woman, whose attorney asked be identified by her initials...

Advance Copies of DHS Notices: Extensions of TPS for Nicaragua, Honduras

"Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of Nicaragua for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from January 6, 2015 through July 5, 2016." - FR Doc. 2014-24560 Filed 10...

TPS Extensions for Honduras, Nicaragua

"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 January 6, 2015 through July 5, 2016." - Federal Register / Vol. 79...

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...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Remand Victory: Honduras, Social Group

"Since the time of the respondent's hearing, the Board has issued several decisions addressing the issue of particular social group. See Matter of M-E-V-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 227 (BIA 2014), and Matter of W-G-R-, 26 I&N Dec. 208 (BIA 2014) (clarifying what is required to establish a particular...

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....