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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...

Asylum Victory in Portland (Mexico; PSG)

Amanda Gray writes: "I wanted to share with you a recent IJ decision granting asylum to a woman and her four children* based on her membership in the particular social group of “Mexican women unable to leave their domestic relationship.” DHS made the argument that Respondent did not...

Unpub. CA3 CAT Remand; Mexico; Sinaloa Cartel; Acquiescence - Guerrero v. Atty. Gen.

Guerrero v. Atty. Gen., Oct. 18, 2016 - "The agency construed the “acquiescence” standard too narrowly. In emphasizing the Mexican government’s efforts to combat the drug cartels and root out corruption, the IJ assumed that as long as the government is attempting to help its citizens...

CA9 on CAT, Mexico: Barajas-Romero v. Lynch

Barajas-Romero v. Lynch, Jan. 18, 2017 - "We hold that “a reason” is a less demanding standard than “one central reason.” The statutory language is unambiguously different, with different meanings, so there is no ambiguity justifying deference to the administrative agency’s...

CA5 on CAT, Mexico, Willful Blindness, Color of Law - Iruegas-Valdez v. Yates

Iruegas-Valdez v. Yates, Jan. 23, 2017 - ""[W]illful blindness” is not the only way to prove sufficient state action. The regulations specifically list a number of different avenues which the BIA failed to consider: torture occurs whenever severe physical or mental pain is “inflicted...

Will Strong Defensive Tactics Jam Immigration Jails, Clog Immigration Courts? (WSJ)

Recent headlines/stories from the Wall Street Journal: - Mexicans Vow to Fight Trump by Jamming U.S. Courts (Feb. 10, 2017) - Mexican Migrants Signal They Prefer Detention to Deportation (Feb. 12, 2017)

DHS Chief Kelly: No Mass Deportations

Politico, Feb. 23, 2017 - "Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly promised Mexican officials Thursday that there will be “no mass deportations” under the Trump administration, as Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attempt to repair the strained relationship between...

CA9 on 'Particular Social Group' - Bringas-Rodriguez II (en banc)

Bringas-Rodriguez v. Sessions, Mar. 8, 2017 - "Carlos Alberto Bringas-Rodriguez (Bringas), a gay man who is a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) denial of his applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against...

Will DHS Policy Deepen Rift With Mexico?

Melvin Félix, Univision, Mar. 9, 2017 - "The Trump administration intends to press forward with its plan to send immigrants of any nationality back to Mexico after they're caught illegally crossing the southern U.S. border, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed...