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Aug. 1, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: USCIS Performance Metrics Available, Lautenberg Amendment Sunsets, More

On July 18, 2011, USCIS announced the availability of new data reports covering agency performance in a broad range of data and operational areas. The reports were prepared at the request of agency stakeholders. USCIS' Office of Performance and Quality has now made ten data sets available to...

DOL Sec. Solis slams Alabama immigration law

"In a sharply worded blog post, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis — a top White House liaison to the Hispanic community — slams the tough Alabama immigration law as "beneath the dignity of this great nation," and calls out the state's Republican governor by name." - Politico...

Persecuted Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens in Dallas Ceremony

"A citizenship ceremony in the federal courthouse in Dallas on Thursday paid special homage to the “most vulnerable” newcomers to the United States — those granted asylum from persecution back in their native lands. Among them was Roseline Ngaaje, a teacher and women’s...

Kids Seen More Often in Immigration Court

"In a Dallas federal immigration courtroom, children as young as 12 are increasingly taking center stage. They are part of a troubling rise in unaccompanied minors charged with coming into Texas illegally — boys and girls in search of a childhood, fleeing violence or desperate to reunite...

E.D. Penn. Upholds 2011 H-2B Wage Rule: Louisiana Forestry Assoc. v. Solis (CATA)

"On January 19, 2011, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a new regulation to govern the calculation of the minimum wage that a United States employer must offer in order to recruit foreign workers as part of the H-2B visa program (“the 2011 wage rule”). ... A group of...

Federal Judge Mulls Dallas DACA Lawsuit by ICE

"A federal judge is expected to rule within a few weeks or even days on whether Congress has the primary right to amend deportation processes that create benefits for young immigrants, after a hearing Monday in a Dallas district court. Ten U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents, including...

Asylum Requests From Mexico Triple, But Chances Aren't Good

"Bety, who asked for anonymity, is one of thousands of Mexicans displaced by Mexico’s drug-related violence. Enough Mexicans are now fleeing that they’ve become the second-largest nationality, after the Chinese, to seek U.S. asylum, according to the United Nations. Over a five-year period...

Harvard Grad Wins Double Award: Fellowship and DACA

" Pierre Berastaín has focused his energies on what connects us, what restores us and what fortifies us. The graduate of R. L. Turner High in Carrollton is co-founder of the Boston-based Restorative Justice Collaborative . He’s working on his second degree at Harvard, at the Divinity...

Advocates Call for Court-Appointed Attorneys for Immigrant Children and Teens

"Two immigrant advocacy groups recommended this morning that minors in immigration court be appointed government attorneys and that asylum regulations be liberalized to cover the special needs of migrant minors who come into the U.S. unlawfully without a parent or guardian. The recommendations...

Refugee Children Face Test in Dallas Immigration Court

"The unaccompanied minors in the Dallas courtroom are all from Central America — El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras — where violence, poverty and false beliefs that U.S. authorities treat minors leniently have fueled the crisis at the border. Across the nation’s immigration courts...

Judges Decry 'Rocket Dockets' for Refugee Kids

"Two federal immigration court judges criticized the fast-track deportation hearings for unaccompanied minors today and called for the courts to be made independent from the Justice Department. The judges, leaders in the National Association of Immigration Judges, said the recent surge of immigrant...

Rocket Dockets: Jettisoning Justice For Refugee Kids?

"Lawyers call them rocket dockets — court schedules that speed deportation hearings for Central American children who crossed the U.S. border without a parent. Some question whether the children are getting proper legal representation as immigration judges work their way through the fast-paced...

L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis on 287(g)

287(g) Motion Q & A

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Dallas County, Sheriff Lupe Valdez over Immigration Holds, Bonds

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Oct. 27, 2015 - "A federal civil rights suit was filed yesterday by 16 plaintiffs against Dallas County and Sheriff Lupe Valdez over bonds and the use of immigration holds requested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The suit raises Fourth...

Syrian Refugees to Settle in Dallas; Will Gov. Abbott Use Texas Rangers to Block Them?

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 2, 2015 - "The state of Texas is asking the International Rescue Committee to halt its efforts to accept Syrian refugees in Dallas – some coming as soon as Friday – until the state receives more information from the federal government about...

Refugee Kids Find Mixed Results in Texas

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 4, 2015 - "The handwritten paper sign inside the temporary shelter elevated the hope of the freshly arrived migrant boys: “United we are invincible.” ​But by the end of the day, other Central Americans who arrived more than a year ago weren’t...

Sanctuary Activists Risk Criminal Conviction - Kowalski

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 17, 2017 - "Today's sanctuary movement is essentially a resurgence of a modern-day underground railroad that fanned out from southern Arizona decades ago. It became prominent in the 1980s as Central Americans fled wars in their homelands. During...

Former ICE Chief Says Trump's Immigration Policies Will Hit More People, Harder

Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, Feb. 12, 2017 - "The former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a sweeping executive order signed by President Donald Trump that allows any unauthorized immigrant to be deported for even being suspected of a minor crime will impact many more people...