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Will DHS Follow DOJ's Lead in Booting Private Prisons?

Aviva Shen, ThinkProgress, Aug. 18, 2016 - "The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it will stop outsourcing federal prisons to private prison companies after their current contracts expire. But that doesn’t mean the federal government is actually ending private prisons. The DOJ...

DHS to Review Privatized Immigration Detention: Statement by Sec. Jeh Johnson

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Aug. 29, 2016 - "On August 18, the Department of Justice announced that the Bureau of Prisons will reduce and ultimately end its use of private prisons. On Friday, I directed our Homeland Security Advisory Council, chaired by Judge William Webster, to evaluate whether...

AILA on Trump Immigration Speech

AILA: Trump Immigration Policy Unworkable and Inhumane AILA Quicktake #174: Response to Trump's Immigration Policy Platform AILA President: Trump speech was fantasy, not policy

Trump, Clinton and Immigration - Marketplace

Nancy Marshall-Genzer, Sept. 1, 2016 - "Amid the whirlwind coverage of Donald Trump's trip to Mexico and his immigration speech, one thing may be lost: what Hillary Clinton would do. Here’s what Clinton says she would do. Introduce “comprehensive immigration reform” within...

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

Ninth Circuit Limits Class of Noncitizens Subject to Mandatory Detention | On Augist 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a major ruling limiting the number of noncitizens subject to mandatory detention because of prior criminal convictions. The unanimous decision authored...

DHS Subcommittee to Advise on Privatized Immigration Detention

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 - "The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, tasked the Homeland Security Advisory Council to establish a subcommittee entitled the Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities Subcommittee on August 26...

Technical Corrections to Immigration Enforcement Regulations

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 175 / Friday, September 9, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations to update various provisions that list specific immigration officials who are authorized to perform various immigration functions, including the issuance of notices...

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

Justice Department Corrects Data Given to Supreme Court in Major Immigration Case | On August 26, 2016, Acting Solicitor General Ian Heath Gershengorn admitted in a letter to the Supreme Court that the Justice Department provided incorrect data in a 2002 case involving the constitutionality of provisions...

How Republicans Lost Their Best Shot at the Hispanic Vote

Alec MacGillis, New York Times, Sept. 18, 2016 - "[J]ust four years ago, Republican leaders, coming off a presidential election in which their candidate received barely a quarter of the Hispanic vote, made a concerted push to reach a compromise on immigration reform. President Obama, too, elevated...

Report: Immigration Doesn’t Hurt Native Jobs or Wages in the U.S.

Tessa Berenson, TIME Magazine, Sept. 21, 2106 - "Immigration has an overall positive impact on economic growth in the United States and has small-to-no effects on wages and employment for native-born workers, according to a new report. Prepared by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering...

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

H-1B Practice Alert | U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the period of transferring H-1B petitions from the California and Vermont Service Centers to the Nebraska Service Center ended August 31, 2016. USCIS to Adopt Parole Policy for U Visa Applicants On September 7...

Borders and Ballots: An Expert's View of the Election's Impact on Immigration

Cornell University, Oct. 7, 2016 - Professor Steve Yale-Loehr of the Cornell Law School analyzes the immigration policy positions of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. [60-minute video.] Professor Yale-Loehr is the co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure , the 21-Volume "Bible''...

Cyrus D. Mehta: Immigration Inadmissibility, Legal Ethics And Marijuana

Cyrus D. Mehta, Oct. 10, 2016 - "Although medical and recreational marijuana activities are illegal under federal law , at least 25 states have legalized marijuana for medical use. Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska have gone even further by legalizing some forms of recreational marijuana,...

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

Supreme Court To Consider Constitutionality of “Crime of Violence” Definition | On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court announced that it would consider whether the definition of “crime of violence” under 18 U.S.C. §16(b) is unconstitutionally vague. The statute defines...

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

DHS Advisory Committee Recommends Closing of Family Detention Centers | On September 30, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers issued a lengthy report calling for the department to close its three family detention centers. Among other recommendations...

Immigration Perspectives On The Eve Of The 2016 Presidential Election - Cyrus Mehta

Cyrus Mehta, Nov. 6, 2016 - "The United States has always prided itself as a nation of immigrants. Unfortunately, however, there has been disturbing rhetoric against immigrants and refugees in the current presidential election season. This has been exemplified in racist taunts and epithets against...

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...

LexisNexis Expert Author: Trump's Immigration Changes May Take Time - Cornell Law Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr

Miriam Valverde, Politifact, Nov. 9, 2016 - "Here’s a recap of Trump’s 10-point immigration plan : 1. Build an "impenetrable physical wall on the southern border" that he says Mexico will pay for. 2. End " catch-and-release ." If anyone is caught illegally crossing...

Q & A: What Can President Trump Really Do About Immigration? (LexisNexis Expert Author Stephen Yale-Loehr)

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Nov. 10, 2016 - " Stephen Yale-Loehr is an authority on U.S. immigration and asylum law and an adjunct professor at Cornell University Law School. He was a collaborator on the award-winning book Green Card Stories. Yale-Loehr answered our questions about...

President Trump Will Have 'Wide Discretion' on Immigration - LexisNexis Expert Author Stephen W. Yale-Loehr

Alan Gomez, USA Today, Nov. 14, 2016 - "Generally speaking, any president has wide discretion when it comes to enforcing our immigration laws because immigration touches on national sovereignty," said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell Law School and author of a 21-volume treatise,...

Immigrants’ Rights Under a Trump Presidency - MALDEF FAQ

MALDEF - "During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump called Mexican immigrants “criminals” and vowed to build a border wall, rescind the Obama Administration’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent...

Angelo Paparelli on the Short-Term Impact of the Election on Business and Employment-Based Immigration

Angelo Paparelli writes : "The unforeseen victory of Donald Trump and the continued GOP control of both houses have caught many by surprise. Since control of illegal immigration served as a foundation stone of the incoming president’s campaign, many now wonder or worry about the future of...

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...

What is torture?

Absence of visible daylight? Unsafe water? No watch or clock? No books, no television, no radio? In Arguelles v. United States AG, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21034, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision to remove Freddy Arguelles to Venezuela, where he was immediately arrested...

An Immigration Giant Passes: Stanley Mailman (1930-2016)

With heavy hearts, the authors, staff and Editorial Boards of all Matthew Bender / LexisNexis immigration publications share this news: Stephen W. Yale-Loehr writes: "Stanley Mailman, a prominent immigration lawyer and former partner at Satterlee, Stephens, Burke & Burke, passed away in his...