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News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Supreme Court To Review BIA Definition of 'Sexual Abuse of a Minor' | On October 28, 2016, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in a case challenging a precedential decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals holding that consensual intercourse between a twenty-one-year-old and a seventeen...

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

GAO Finds Wide Disparities in Asylum Grant Rates | On November 14, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report finding wide disparities in asylum grant rates at immigration courts throughout the country. The report analyzed nearly 600,000 asylum applications completed between...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Expands Sites for Legal Orientation Program | On November 8, 2016, the Executive Office for Immigration Review announced the expansion of the Legal Orientation Program to the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, the Polk County Detention Center in Livingston, Texas, and the Rolling...

News Excerpts From the Jan. 1, 2017, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EEOC Updates Guidance on National Origin Discrimination | On November 21, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated guidance for employers on national origin discrimination, as well as a question-and-answer guide and fact sheet for small businesses. The guidance, which...

News Excerpts From the Jan. 15, 2017, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

AAO Vacates NYSDOT ; Announces New NIW Criteria | USCIS’s Administrative Appeals Office has vacated the key case on obtaining a national interest waiver of the requirements to obtain a job offer and labor certification, Matter of New York State Department of Transportation, from 1998. The AAO...

News Excerpts From the Feb. 1, 2017, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Obama Administration Ends ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Policy / On January 12, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security announced the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy applied to Cuban migrants for more than two decades. Under the longstanding policy, Cuban migrants who were...

Executive Order Challenge

On February 9, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the United States Government’s emergency motion for a stay pending appeal of a federal district court’s temporary restraining order (TRO) enjoining enforcement of Executive Order 13769, "Protecting the...