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Citizenship Ruling May Spell Trouble For Plenary Power

Citizenship Ruling May Spell Trouble For Plenary Power

In ruling June 11 that it’s unconstitutional to treat mothers and fathers differently regarding the transmission of U.S. citizenship, experts say the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a major knock to the plenary power doctrine, which says courts should take a more hands-off approach to immigration. With its decision in Sessions v. Morales-Santana, the Supreme Court struck down a gender-based Read More

ICE Ends Detention Alternative Program, Citing Few Removals

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is ending a detention alternative program for asylum seekers that is less than two years old, pointing to the expense of the program and the small number of deportations associated with it. ICE has decided to terminate the Family Case Management Program, according to ICE spokeswoman Sarah Rodriguez, who noted that Read More

Unauthorized Noncriminal Migrants Should Be Deported: ICE

The federal government should not wait for unauthorized immigrants to commit a crime before it moves to deport them, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said June 13. Thomas D. Homan told the House Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee that while the agency priorities the deportation of those convicted of crimes, the country would Read More

Trump Admin Rescinds DAPA Program For Immigrant Parents

The Trump administration on June 15 rescinded a deferred deportation program for unauthorized parents known as DAPA, saying there wasn’t a “credible path forward” on litigating the policy, which was never implemented and could have affected millions of people. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly signed a memo rescinding a 2014 directive that created the Deferred Read More

Labor Sec. Signals Scrutiny Of Visa Program Abuse

The head of the U.S. Department of Labor signaled June 6 that the agency will be taking a tough stance on visa abuse and hinted at an increased utilization of criminal referrals, while the department noted that updates may be on the horizon for an application used for H-1B visas. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has decided it’s Read More

Laptop Ban May Extend To 71 Airports, DHS Head Says

The federal government is considering expanding a ban on large electronics like laptops in carry-on bags to cover U.S.-bound flights from up to 71 airports, a substantial increase from the 10 airports subject to the current ban, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief told a House panel on June 7. Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly Read More

Immigrant’s Fleeing Police Not ‘Moral Turpitude’: 9th Circ.

A Ninth Circuit panel found June 8 that a Mexican native did not commit a crime of moral turpitude that made him eligible for deportation when fleeing California police in his vehicle, because his behavior was not “vile or depraved,” reversing a Board of Immigration Appeals decision and remanding his case to the agency. The Read More

With New Visa Questionnaire, Expect Delays And Uncertainty

With the Trump administration getting approval to ask visa applicants new, in-depth vetting questions, including for their social media information, attorneys say more visa delays and denials are likely, and certain applicants may need to do extra preparation. Even though the president’s travel ban remains on hold, the Trump administration is moving ahead with extra visa screening Read More

Immigration Bill Roundup: Vet Benefits, Fighting Trafficking

Members of the 115th Congress took action on immigration-related bills in recent days that included measures that would aim to fight human trafficking and ensure that veterans who have been deported still have access to medical services. The proposals in this edition of Immigration Bill Roundup come from both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, Read More

Higher Number Of New Immigrants Hold Degrees: Study

About half of all immigrant adults who came to the U.S. between 2011 and 2015 were college degree holders, a new report announced on June 1 by the Migration Policy Institute indicates, signaling an upturn in the “human capital” value of immigration over the last quarter century. According to the Washington, D.C., nonprofit think tank, Read More

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