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

USCIS Ombudsman Recommends Improvements to SIJ Adjudication Process| On December 11, 2015, the Ombudsman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a 12-page report containing recommendations for improving the process for adjudicating applications for Special Immigration Juvenile (SIJ) status...

Omnibus Appropriations Bill Contains Important Immigration Changes - Greg Siskind

Greg Siskind, Dec. 22, 2015 - " Within the 2000+ page Omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress last Friday, a number of immigration provisions have been included. The bill is also notable for what it did not include. This summary discusses the provisions included and also comments on measures...

Video of Cato Book Forum - The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy

Cato Institute, Jan. 6, 2015 - "Featuring the editor Benjamin Powell, Director, Free Market Institute, and Professor of Economics, Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University; Senior Fellow, Independent Institute; author Alex Nowrasteh, immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute; with...

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

Funding Bill Imposes Restrictions on VWP, Increases H and L Fees, Makes H-2B Changes The omnibus funding bill enacted in December contained provisions restricting participation in the Visa Waiver Program by applicants who are nationals of or who have recently visited certain countries in Africa and...

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

SEVP Issues Report Responding to Feedback Received at NAFSA Conference | In December, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued a report responding to feedback received at the 2015 NAFSA annual conference. The report addresses 15 key issues raised at the conference that affect students...

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...

News Excerpts from the March 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Revises Docket Priorities | On February 3, 2016, Chief Immigration Judge Print Maggard issued a memorandum revising certain docket priorities for the Executive Office for Immigration Review. In cases involving unaccompanied minors, immigration courts will schedule an initial master calendar...

LexisNexis Expert Yale-Loehr: Scalia's Absence May Not Affect Immigration Case

Laura D. Francis, Bloomberg BNA, Feb. 17, 2016 - "Stephen Yale-Loehr of Miller Mayer in Ithaca, N.Y., said the case might have split 5-4 in favor of the states if Scalia remained on the court, which would result in a 4-4 tie without him. A tie vote means there is no Supreme Court precedent, and...

Brooklyn Immigration Scammer Sentenced to Prison

Rick Rojas, New York Times, Mar. 10, 2016 - "He posted ads around his neighborhood in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, billing himself as a lawyer specializing in immigration cases. To burnish his credentials, on ads and business cards, Howard Seidler appended an alphabet of suffixes to his name: Esq., J...

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

Attorney General Appoints Three New BIA Members | On February 26, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch appointed three new members to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Two of the new Board members—Molly Kendall Clark and Ellen Liebowitz—previously served as senior legal advisors to the...

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

H-1B FY 2017 Cap Season Begins April 1 | USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap on April 1, 2016. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2017 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree...

Prosecuting Immigration Services Fraud - ABA Webinar

ABA, Mar. 30, 2016 - "This program was designed for law enforcement on investigating and prosecuting immigration services fraud. This webinar , designed for law enforcement on investigating and prosecuting immigration services fraud, covers best practices for identifying victims and encouraging...

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

Immigration Judge Paul Schmidt Announces Retirement | On March 31, 2016, Immigration Judge Paul Wickham Schmidt announced that he will retire on June 30 after more than three decades of government service. Schmidt, a judge at the Arlington (Va.) Immigration Court, previously served as the Chairman...

The Supreme Court Immigration Case You Never Heard Of: Mathis v. U.S.

Apr. 26, 2016 - Oral argument was heard today in Mathis v. U.S. The transcript is here . Links to all the briefs here . Argument preview here . Nutshell : " On Tuesday, April 26, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Mathis v. United States , likely to be the Term’s...

Immigration Detention is Big Business

TRAC, April 12, 2016 - "This report presents an overview of ICE's custody system, and accompanies a series of reports covering each detention facility." Walter Ewing, AIC, Apr. 26, 2016 - "It is easy to forget at times just how sprawling and labyrinthine the U.S. immigration detention...

The Forgotten 1996 Law That Created Today's Immigration Problems

Dara Lind, Vox, Apr. 28, 2016 - "Both sides of the aisle agree that the current US immigration system is broken. It's why immigration's stayed a hot-button political issue and policy debate, and part of what has made Donald Trump the likely 2016 Republican nominee for president. But 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...

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

USCIS Finishes Data Entry for Cap-Subject H-1B FY17 Applications | USCIS announced on May 2 that it has finished data entry for cap-subject H-1B petitions. It will begin returning those not chosen in the lottery. Some petitions are being transferred from the Vermont Service Center to the California...

GAO on Immigration Detention (May 26, 2016)

Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen DHS Management of Short-Term Holding Facilities - "GAO recommends that DHS establish a process to assess time in custody data for all individuals in holding facilities; issue guidance on how and which complaint mechanisms should be communicated to individuals...

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

Supreme Court Decides Luna Torres v. Lynch | On May 19, The Supreme Court decided Torres v. Lynch , 578 U.S. ___ (2016). Justice Kagan delivered the opinion, joined by Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, and Alito, and Chief Justice Roberts. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion joined by Justices...

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

Labor Department Will Streamline H-2A Process | On May 20, 2016, the Department of Labor’s Office for Foreign Labor Certification announced that it would streamline the process for H-2A employers filing petitions under the 2015 final herder rule. Going forward, employers and their authorized...

Texas Attorney General Halts Unlawful and Deceptive Conduct at Texas Immigration Law Firm

Texas A.G. Ken Paxton, June 24, 2016 - "The Texas Attorney General’s Office has secured an Agreed Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction against a former immigration attorney, Paul A. Esquivel, his former associate attorney, Juan Carlos Penaflor, and former office manager, Olvia Martinez...

How the Supreme Court’s Deadlock Will Change Immigration Politics

Pratheepan Gulasekaram and Karthick Ramakrishnan, June 24, 2016 - "United States v. Texas also implicates a less-discussed, but critical, issue: the growing involvement of states in setting immigration policy. ... [U.S. v.] Texas represents a new moment in immigration federalism. While previous...

Brexit and Xenophobia vs. Immigration and Innovation - Cyrus Mehta

Cyrus Mehta, July 1, 2016 - "In the backlash against globalization, as seen in the vote in favor of Brexit , there is an even more insidious backlash against immigration. The world has prospered because of the expansion of trade and technology, and also due to the free movement of capital and people...

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

Review of Supreme Court Activity | In the last weeks of the 2015 term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision, a nondecision, and two grants of certiorari in cases that apply to immigration. The nondecision was in United States v. Texas , 2016 U.S. LEXIS 4057, in which the entire June 23 decision...