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CBP Use of Force Policy Handbook (Oct. 2010)

"I am very pleased to bring you the first version of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Use of Force Policy Handbook. This Policy supersedes the U.S. Customs Firearms and Use of Force Handbook (CIS HB 4500-01A) dated March 2003; the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Interim Use of Force and...

Federal Judge Declares ICE’s Nationwide Shackling Policy Unconstitutional

"U.S. Judge Michael Ponsor declared the government’s nationwide policy of shackling detainees during immigration court proceedings unconstitutional, calling it an affront to a person’s dignity. Even the safety considerations cited by the government did not provide it with “unlimited...

DHS Ponders Possible Amelioration to Deportation Regimen

"Homeland Security officials are considering at least two major policy changes to scale back deportations of immigrants in the country illegally to comply with President Obama’s order for “more humane” enforcement efforts, officials said Friday. The first change would ease or stop...

White House Delays Deportation Policy Changes

"President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress to act on immigration this year." - AP, May...

USCIS Issues New Policy on Form I-693

"Starting June 1, 2014, USCIS will limit the validity period for all Forms I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, to one year from the date of submission to USCIS. Applicants must also submit Form I-693 to USCIS within one year of the immigration medical examination. USCIS...

CBP Releases Use of Force Policy Handbook and Police Executive Research Forum Report

"During his first 100 days, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske has established transparency as a top priority. Today, he is releasing a revised use of force policy handbook and a consultant study from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). “We initiated...

USCIS Policy Alert: Changes to Dates of Birth and Names on Certificates of Citizenship

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual relating to changes of dates of birth and names per court orders. Background USCIS recognizes that the dates of birth of children born abroad are not always accurately recorded in the countries...

Broward County Sheriff Modifies ICE Detainer Policy

Becky Sharpless writes: "In a new policy announced on Friday , the Broward Sheriff's Office will no longer honor ICE detainers, unless the request for detention is supported by an order of removal or an administrative arrest order. A copy of the policy is attached . Please report any implementation...

USCIS Expands Definitions of “Mother” and “Parent” to Include Gestational Mothers Using ART

"USCIS issued a new policy ( PA-2014-009 ) clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to include gestational mothers using assisted reproductive technology regardless of whether they are the genetic mothers. USCIS and...

USCIS Policy Memo: DNA Evidence of Sibling Relationships

October 17, 2014 PM-602-0106 DNA Evidence of Sibling Relationships for Service Centers, Domestic and International Field Offices "This policy memorandum (PM) articulates USCIS policy on acceptance of DNA evidence in support of sibling relationships. This PM revises Adjudicator’s Field...

Implementation of the Settlement Agreement in Duran Gonzalez: USCIS Policy Memo, Jan. 31, 2015

"This policy memorandum (PM) ensures the consistent implementation of the Settlement Agreement based on Duran Gonzalez, et al. v. Department of Homeland Security, et al., and amends all earlier memoranda on this subject, including the May 19, 2009, memorandum. This guidance only applies to certain...

Is the UMass Amherst Ban on Iranian Science Students Overkill?

"A new policy stating that the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will no longer admit students from Iran to certain engineering- and science-related programs has attracted criticism and stirred questions about the extent of universities’ obligations under U.S. sanctions law. In a policy...

USCIS Clarifies Eligibility Requirements for Modifications to the Oath of Allegiance

"Effective July 21, 2015, new guidance ( PA-2015-001 ) in the USCIS Policy Manual clarifies the eligibility requirements for modifications to the Oath of Allegiance . Reciting the Oath is part of the naturalization process. Candidates for citizenship normally declare that they will “bear...

USCIS Issues Guidance on Adjustment of Status Policies and Procedures

USCIS, Feb. 25, 2016 - "Effective February 25, 2016, new guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual provides information on the general policies and procedures for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence as well as adjustment under section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)...

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...

SEVP Policy Guidance S13.1: Conditional Admission

ICE, July 13, 2016 - "This guidance interprets the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status,” issuance regulation for prospective F-1 and M-1 students (8 CFR 214.3(k)) to guide SEVP adjudicators."

USCIS MAVNI Update (Aug. 3, 2016)

USCIS, Aug. 3, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to provide information about the existing Department of Defense (DOD) Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) Program. This update incorporates currently...

USCIS Policy Alert - Determining Extreme Hardship

USCIS, Oct 21, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on determinations of extreme hardship to qualifying relatives as required by certain statutory waiver provisions. This final guidance is adopted after publication of draft...

USCIS Policy Memo: The Role and Use of Interpreters in Domestic Field Office Interviews (Jan. 17, 2017)

USCIS, Jan. 17, 2017 - "To advance consistent standards for interpretation in interviews conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), this Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance regarding the role and use of interpreters in certain interviews conducted in USCIS domestic field...

USCIS Policy Memo: Change of Gender Designation on USCIS Documents (Jan. 19, 2017)

USCIS, Jan. 19, 2017 - "This policy memorandum (PM) and accompanying revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) update U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy regarding procedures and requirements to change the gender designation on a USCIS-issued document."

NY Atty. Gen. Post Legal Tools To Protect Immigrant Communities in Anticipation of Trump Crackdown

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Jan. 19, 2017 - "Anticipating potential changes in federal immigration enforcement practices and priorities, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today provided local governments and law enforcement agencies with a legal roadmap for improving public...

ICE Issues New Detainer Policy, Form (effective Apr. 2, 2017)

ICE, Mar. 24, 2017 - "ICE places detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges and for whom ICE possesses probable cause to believe that they are removable from the United States, so that ICE can take custody of the alien when he or she is released from local custody. When...

ICE's New Immigration Detainer Policy Remains Legally Flawed

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Mar. 24, 2017 - "Today, ICE issued a new policy regarding use of immigration detainers. Sometimes called immigration holds, detainers are requests by ICE that a local law enforcement agency continue holding someone in the LEAs custody...

USCIS H-1B Memo on Computer-Related Positions (Mar. 31, 2017)

USCIS, Mar. 31, 2017 - "This policy memorandum (PM) supersedes and rescinds the December 22, 2000 memorandum titled “Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions” issued to Nebraska Service Center (NSC) employees by Terry Way."

DHS Issues New Privacy Policy Guidance, Q&A (Apr. 27, 2017)

PRIVACY POLICY GUIDANCE MEMORANDUM. April 27, 2017, Memorandum Number: 2017-01 Privacy Policy 2017-01, Questions & Answers