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News Excerpts from the Sept. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Settles Lawsuit over Coerced Voluntary Departures In August, the Department of Homeland Security agreed to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of nine Mexican citizens alleging they were forced to “voluntarily” depart the country instead of having a hearing before an immigration judge...

Mexico Helps With DACA Fees

"Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received...

Unpub. BIA CAT Victory: Mexico; Imputed Gang Affiliation

"[T]he respondent has presented evidence, undisputed by the DHS, that the Federal Government and at least one local government in the United States have identified him as a member of the Norteño gang and have done so in the presence of rival gang members. ... Unrebutted evidence presented...

Mexican Asylum Applications Reflect 'Systematic Takeover' - Spector

"The emptying of Guadalupe comes at a time when officials in Ciudad Juárez, about 30 miles away, are promoting tourism and celebrating a decrease in bloodshed after years of carnage that claimed thousands of lives. Many Guadalupe residents have fled to Texas cities including Fabens, directly...

On the Texas - Mexico Border, Death Rains From the Sky

"It was in October of 2012 that a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter joined in a hot pursuit in the Rio Grande Valley. Officers suspected that pick-up truck they were chasing was loaded with bales of marijuana. To bring an end the chase a sniper in the helicopter fired 15 times at the...

Net Migration To and From Mexico at Zero

"Between 2005 and 2010, 1.4 million immigrants moved back to Mexico from the U.S. — about double the number who returned during the previous five-year period. During the same time period, Mexican immigration to the U.S. was at about the same level — roughly 1.4 million Mexican immigrants...

9th Circuit Decision an 'Important Step' for Mexican Torture Victims

"A federal appeals court on Friday overturned decisions that put the burden of proof on foreigners who claim they were tortured in their home countries to show they cannot safely return to another part of the country they fled. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it is neither the responsibility...

A Lost Generation: DREAMers Deported to Mexico

"At least 500,000 young people, whose Mexican parents illegally crossed into the United States, have been forced back across the border, often knowing nothing of their new home. Nina Lakhani meets some of those they call the ‘dreamers’. - Guardian, May 17, 2015 . ‘I felt...

Advance Copy of DOS Notice of Proposed Private Sector U.S.-Mexico Exchange Visitor Intern Program

"On March 16, 2015, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan and Under Secretary for North American Affairs for the Government of Mexico Sergio Alcocer signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the U.S.-Mexico Intern Program for four years. This new effort...

State Department Notice: Establishment of a Private Sector U.S.-Mexico Exchange Visitor Intern Program

"The Department of State administers the Exchange Visitor Program pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Pub. L. 87–256) as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2451, et seq., also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act (the Act). The purpose of the Act is to increase mutual understanding...

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

New York Grants Law License to DACA Grantee | On June 3, 2015, an intermediate New York appellate court approved the application for admission to the bar of a Mexican citizen who was brought to the United States as a child and granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...

CDJ: Important Announcement Regarding E Visa Applications in Mexico

July 7, 2015 email from the Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez : "From: CDJ E2 Visas [mailto:CDJE2Visas@state.gov] Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 4:06 PM To: CDJ E2 Visas Subject: Important Announcement Regarding E Visa Applications in Mexico ***Please do not respond to this message...

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...

Dramatic Drop in Immigration From Mexico to US - Study

"Even as immigration remains a hot topic in the U.S. presidential campaign, the number of people emigrating from Mexico to the United States, legally and illegally, has dropped sharply in recent years, research published Wednesday shows. Demographers at the University of Texas San Antonio and...

CA9 on CAT, Mexico, Transgender: Avendano-Hernandez v. Lynch

"The immigration judge (“IJ”) and the BIA erred ... in denying her application for CAT relief, ironically exhibiting some of the same misconceptions about the transgender community that Avendano-Hernandez faced in her home country. The IJ failed to recognize the difference between gender...

Deaf Mexican Asylum Applicants Are Winning Cases

"Aranda, 58, is an undocumented immigrant living in San Diego. She’s one of hundreds of deaf immigrants from Mexico and other countries who have applied for asylum in the U.S. in the past few years. They argue that the treatment they received in their home countries—which also include...

CA5 Remand in Mexican Transgender Withholding Case (Unpub. Order)

Geoffrey A. Hoffman , Clinical Assoc. Professor and Director of the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in an unpublished order, has remanded a Mexican transgender withholding case back to the BIA on joint motion. From the...

Anthropologist Unravels Mexican Migration

National Geographic, Dec. 6, 2015 - "More than five million people were arrested between 2000 and 2013 while trying to cross the border from Mexico into Arizona. A further 6.4 million were apprehended in Texas, California, and New Mexico. Thousands more perished in the furnace-like heat of the Sonoran...

CA7 (Posner) on Mexico, CAT, Zetas - Rodriguez-Molinero v. Lynch

Rodriguez-Molinero v. Lynch, Dec. 17, 2015 - "If the Mexican government could be expected to protect the petitioner from the Zetas should he be returned to Mexico, the risk that he would be tortured or killed might be too slight to entitle him to deferral of removal. But the legal team representing...

CA7 (Posner) on Mexico, CAT, La Linea - Mendoza-Sanchez v. Lynch

Mendoza-Sanchez v. Lynch, Dec. 23 2015 - "We explained in Rodriguez-Molinero that if the Mexican government could be expected to protect the petitioner from the drug cartel that wanted to kill him, if he were returned to Mexico, the risk that he would be tortured or killed might be too slight to...

New Movie, 'El Paso,' Spotlights Asylum for Mexican Journalists

Center for Migration Studies, Jan. 12, 2015 - "The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) invites you to a special screening of ‘El Paso,’ – a new film from executive producer Roberto Garza and director Everardo Gonzalez. The movie follows two journalists – reporter...

New U.S.-Mexico Repatriation Agreements Seek to Protect Returning Migrants

Immigration Impact, Mar. 1, 2016 - "Mexican migrants no longer being deported back to Mexico in the middle of the night is one important feature in new Local Repatriation Agreements finalized between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Mexican Government last month at the annual Repatriation...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Remand: Social Group; Nexus; Mexico

Matter of X-, Apr. 18, 2016, unpub . - "[A]nalysis is also required as to the issues of particular social group cognizability and nexus. The proposed social group in this case is "working class, single women in Michoacan." ... we conclude 'that a remand is warranted for further proceedings...

Bringas-Rodriguez v. Lynch, 805 F.3d 1171 (9th Cir. 2015)(asylum; Mexico) to be reheard en banc

Bringas-Rodriguez v. Lynch, 805 F.3d 1171 (9th Cir. 2015) - Nov. 19, 2015 June 14, 2016 - "Upon the vote of a majority of nonrecused active judges, it is ordered that this case be reheard en banc pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 35(a) and Circuit Rule 35-3. The three-judge panel...

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

Colorado Repeals Employment Verification Requirement | On June 8, 2016, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill (House Bill 16-1114) repealing a state requirement that employers maintain a separate affirmation form and retain copies of documents presented when newly hired employees complete...