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NY Gov. Launches Public-Private Naturalization Drive

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, July 14, 2016 - "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched “ NaturalizeNY ,” the first public-private partnership of its kind to encourage and assist eligible immigrants in New York State with becoming U.S. citizens. The initiative provides comprehensive support through...

USCIS Policy Manual Update: Effective Date of Lawful Permanent Residence for Purposes of Citizenship and Naturalization

USCIS Policy Alert, July 27, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the effective date of lawful permanent residence for purposes of citizenship and naturalization." See also: https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual...

CA9 on GMC, Fraud: Wang v. Rodriguez

Wang v. Rodriguez, July 27, 2016 - "Lifeng Wang, a lawful permanent resident, was convicted of one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2320(a). Based on that conviction, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) denied her application...

Naturalization Trends in the United States - MPI (Aug. 2016)

Naturalization Trends in the United States - MPI (Aug. 2016) - "Naturalization, an important milestone in immigrant integration, extends to foreign nationals the same benefits, rights, and responsibilities that native-born citizens have, including the right to vote. More than 653,000 immigrants...

'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized

DHS Office of Inspector General, Sept. 8, 2016 - Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records "USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity when, during the naturalization...

Judge who told new citizens to leave if they don’t like Trump as president will retire in 2017

Guillermo Contreras, mySA, Nov. 22, 2016 - "U.S. Magistrate Judge John Primomo, under intense criticism for telling new U.S. citizens last week that “you need to go to another country” if they didn’t like that Donald Trump will be president, told his bosses Tuesday he will retire...

Background Check Glitch Causes Some Oath Ceremonies to be Cancelled - AILA

AILA Doc. No. 16120261, December 2, 2016 - "In response to reports received regarding cancelled naturalization oath ceremonies, the AILA Field Operations Committee reached out to USCIS HQ and learned that on Monday, November 28, 2016, a computer coding error impacted the accuracy of the FBI background...

Federal Judge Encourages New Citizens to Shape Future of USA

Judge Sarah Evans Barker, a senior judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, appointed to the federal bench in 1984, delivered the remarks below to the 68 new citizens during a naturalization ceremony Nov. 17, shortly after the nation’s recent elections: "For...

USCIS Policy Manual Technical Update: Clarifying Designated Periods of Hostilities for Naturalization under INA 329 (December 13, 2016)

USCIS, Dec. 13, 2016 - This technical update clarifies that, for purposes of naturalization under INA 329, the current period designated by Presidential Executive Order 13269 (July 3, 2002), as a period in which the U.S. armed forces are considered to be engaged in armed conflict with a hostile foreign...

DHS OIG Puts Kibosh on ELIS for Natz.

DHS OIG, Jan. 19, 2017 - Management Alert - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Use of the Electronic Immigration System for Naturalization Benefits Processing "We are recommending that USCIS halt plans to revert to using the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) to process immigrant...

David Isaacson - You Ask a Silly Question, and You Get a Silly Answer: Speeding, Terrorist Babies, and Why DHS Should Consider Revising or Eliminating Certain Form Questions

David Isaacson, May 1, 2017 - "During the recent Supreme Court oral argument in Maslenjak v. United States , Chief Justice John Roberts pointed out that the government’s interpretation of the statute at issue there implies that a naturalization applicant who has driven 60 miles per hour in...

Supreme Court on Naturalization: Maslenjak v. U.S.

Maslenjak v. U.S., June 22, 2017 - "A federal statute, 18 U. S. C. §1425(a), makes it a crime to “knowingly procure[], contrary to law, the naturalization of any person.” And when someone is convicted under §1425(a) of unlawfully procuring her own naturalization, her citizenship...

New USCIS Policy Guidance for Admin. Natz. Ceremonies (June 28, 2017)

USCIS, June 28, 2017 - "Purpose U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on USCIS administrative naturalization ceremonies, to include guidance regarding participation from other U.S. government and non-governmental entities....

USCIS Naturalization Policy Update: Biometrics for All

USCIS, July 26, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to specify that every naturalization applicant must provide biometrics regardless of age, unless the applicant qualifies for a fingerprint waiver due to certain medical...

Deported Connecticut Army Veteran Gains U.S. Citizenship, Reunites With Family

Peggy McCarthy, New Haven Register, July 24, 2017 - "Arnold Giammarco, the Army and National Guard veteran deported to Italy nearly five years ago, is back home in Connecticut with his wife and daughter. ... Giammarco landed at JFK Airport on July 16, nine days after he becoming a naturalized...

First Amended Complaint, Nio v. DHS (MAVNI Naturalization Litigation)

Nio v. DHS, Aug. 4, 2017 - "On behalf of a group of United States soldiers who deserve much more, this action seeks to restore honor, transparency, and the rule of law to a once-orderly naturalization process that has become plagued by dishonor, irrationality, and lawlessness. Until the actions...

Pentagon Blocks Army Reservists From Naturalizing Under INA Sec. 329

DoD Memo, Aug. 17, 2017 - "Effectively immediately, I withhold authority to certify the honorable service (N-426) of Soldiers who have not yet attended Initial Entry Training (IET)." Margaret Stock , BIB Editorial Board Member, MacArthur Foundation Fellow and creator of MAVNI, has this comment...

Trump DOD Reverses Bush Policy Allowing Expedited Military Naturalizations, All Military Naturalization Applicants Warned to Expect Major Delays

Margaret D. Stock , the creator of MAVNI, states: “Xenophobia has been formally institutionalized at the Pentagon. Many immigrants who sign enlistment contracts will no longer be able to naturalize through military service, since they must now pass a new “security clearance” process...

Citizenship Applications Surge as Immigration Talk Toughens

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Oct. 27, 2017 - "Naturalization applications generally spike during presidential cycles and fall after an election. But this year, the volume of applications is on track to surpass that of 2016, as a perennial backlog continues to pile up. It is the first time in 20...

Is USCIS Building a 'Second Wall' to Block Naturalization Applicants?

National Partnership for New Americans, Oct. 27, 2017 -"On October 27, 2017, National Partnership for New Americans released our NPNA Report: Building a Second Wall, USCIS Backlogs Preventing Immigrants from Becoming Citizens detailing the sad and disgraceful state of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...

CA9 on Jurisdiction, Brand X, Naturalization: Yith v. Nielsen

Yith v. Nielsen, Feb. 7, 2018 - "Seanlim and Seak Leang Yith appeal from the district court’s dismissal of their complaint requesting adjudication of their naturalization applications pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1447(b). Relying on 8 U.S.C. § 1429, the district court concluded that the...

How ICE Works to Strip Citizenship from Naturalized Americans

Eoin Higgins, The Intercept, Feb. 14, 2018 - "FOR 10 YEARS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s investigative office has worked to keep its internal handbook out of American courts. The handbook could have been used in court to show how ICE’s push to lead on denaturalization cases...

Rodriguez Tovar v. Sessions: The Ninth Circuit Holds That a Child Sponsored By a Lawful Permanent Resident Should Not Be Penalized For The LPR Parent’s Naturalization

David Isaacson, Feb. 27, 2018 - "Becoming a U.S. citizen is often thought of as an admirable act, something that our immigration and naturalization laws encourage qualified applicants to do. According to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), however, in at least one relatively common fact situation...

Nielsen Thumbs Nose at Mattis over Deportation of Veterans

Alex Horton, Washington Post, Apr. 4, 2018 - "Immigration and Customs Enforcement appears to have ignored a directive from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to prevent the deportation of noncitizen troops and veterans, seeking to remove a Chinese immigrant despite laws that allow veterans with honorable...

USCIS Policy Alert: Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship for Children Born Out of Wedlock (Apr. 18, 2018)

USCIS, Apr. 18, 2018 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify certain requirements for acquisition of U.S. citizenship for children born outside the United States and out of wedlock under sections 301 and 309 of the Immigration...