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Executive Order Suspending Entry of Certain Syrians, Iranians

"...I hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in subsection 1(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend the entry into the United States...

Europeans want war crimes probe of Houla massacre

GENEVA (AP) - European diplomats were pressing Friday for the U.N.'s top human rights body to propose a war crimes probe into last week's killing of over 100 civilians in Syria, a move that would be fiercely resisted by Russia but also is viewed with misgivings by Full version (available...

Syrian Massacres and the Rule of Law

If human rights are to be protected, and the rule of law to prevail, the days of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime are numbered. Until then, the massacres will continue. On May 25 th , the Syrian government murdered over 100 people, the majority women and children, in Houla. Tanks...

Women shut out of Syria's opposition leadership

DOHA Qatar (AP) - The leadership of Syria's main opposition group in exile is an all-male affair after elections failed to promote a single woman to the decision-making group of 41 members. Some of the female delegates at the Syrian National Council conference in the Qatari capital of Doha rushed...

Can Syria’s Rebels Restore the Rule of Law?

Syrian Attorney Mohammed Haj Hussein is attempting to create an impartial legal system in territory held by rebels. The goal is to provide justice that has been lacking in President Bashar al-Assad's authoritarian regime. On a positive note, the new system relies upon an impartial judiciary...

Advance Copy of ICE Notice: Extension of Employment Authorization for Certain Syrian F-1 Students

"This notice informs the public of the extension of an earlier notice, which suspended certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is Syria and who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Syria since March 2011. This...

Advance Copy of USCIS Notice: Extension of TPS for Syria

"Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the existing designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2015, and redesignating Syria for...

ICE Notice: Extension of Employment Authorization for Syrian F–1 Nonimmigrant Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship as a Direct Result of Civil Unrest in Syria Since March 2011

"This notice informs the public of the extension of an earlier notice, which suspended certain requirements for F–1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is Syria and who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Syria since March 2011...

USCIS Notice: Extension and Redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status

"Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the existing designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2015, and redesignating Syria for...

America, Syria and CIR: Endelman & Mehta

"... If America, as a superpower, continues to play the role of a cop in world affairs by virtue of its superpower status, it will have more moral legitimacy to do so if it embraces people from the world through a humane and compassionate immigration system. ..." - Gary Endelman & Cyrus...

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Destroying Chemical Weapons

The destruction of chemical warfare material is prominent in the news today due to the documented use of sarin ( i.e. , isopropyl methyl phosphonofluoridate) by the Syrian government against its own citizens and the United Nations’ resolution requiring the immediate destruction of these weapons...

Advance Copy of OFAC Final Rule, Syria Sanctions

"The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) is amending the Syrian Sanctions Regulations (the “Regulations”) and reissuing them in their entirety, in order to implement Executive Order 13399 of April 25, 2006, “Blocking Property...

OFAC Syrian Sanctions Final Rule, Immigration Implications

"The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (‘‘OFAC’’) is amending the Syrian Sanctions Regulations (the ‘‘Regulations’’) and reissuing them in their entirety, in order to implement Executive Order 13399 of April 25, 2006...

News Excerpts From the June 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

CBP Launches Website for I-94 and Travel History Retrieval On May 1, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced a new website that will allow nonimmigrants in the United States to obtain their I-94 arrival/departure records for any point within the past five years without filing a request...

Advance Copy of DHS (ICE, USCIS) Notices: Syria TPS Extension

Extension and Redesignation of the Syrian Arab Republic for Temporary Protected Status - "Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) for Temporary Protected...

Extension of TPS for Syria, EADs for Certain F-1 Students

Extension and Redesignation of the Syrian Arab Republic for Temporary Protected Status - "Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) for Temporary Protected...

Supreme Court Flashback to 1915 Settles Syrian Refugee Resettlement Question: Truax v. Raich

Damon Root, Nov. 17, 2015 - "In the wake of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, the governors of at least 26 U.S. states have declared themselves in opposition to the resettlement of Syrian refugees within their respective state borders. In the words of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R), "I...

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DOS, DHS Announce Implementation of Changes to Visa Waiver Program

Joint DOS / DHS press release, Jan. 21, 2016 - "The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United...

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

Attorney General Appoints Three New BIA Members | On February 26, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch appointed three new members to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Two of the new Board members—Molly Kendall Clark and Ellen Liebowitz—previously served as senior legal advisors to the...

Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: International Law, Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect

by John M. B. Balouziyeh 1 Introduction The Syrian Civil War has triggered a humanitarian crisis of biblical proportions. At the time of this writing, 4.3 million Syrians had registered with UNHCR and at least 7.6 million more had been internally displaced within Syria. Today, more than half of...

TPS Extended for Syria (Aug. 1, 2016)

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 147 / Monday, August 1, 2016 - "Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18...

Extension of Relief for Certain Syrian F-1 Students

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 175 / Friday, September 9, 2016 - "This notice informs the public of the extension of and addition to an earlier notice, which suspended certain requirements for F–1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is Syria and who are experiencing severe...

Posner, Easterbrook Skewer Indiana at Oral Argument: Exodus Refugee International v. Pence

Esther Yu Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress, Sept. 15, 2016 - "In a tense exchange with attorneys defending Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s order to prevent Syrian refugees from resettling in his state, two federal judges sharply criticized the legal rationale behind the effort. During oral arguments on Wednesday...