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7th Circ. Vacates BIA Ruling On Crime Victim Visas

7th Circ. Vacates BIA Ruling On Crime Victim Visas

A  Seventh Circuit panel has revived a Board of Immigration Appeals proceeding after concluding the BIA needs to rethink its decision holding that immigration judges lack the authority to grant temporary removal reprieves to crime victims seeking nonimmigrant visas reserved for those cooperating with law enforcement. The decision revived the immigration court proceedings through which Jorge Read More

Cities Get Last Chance To Show They’re Not ‘Sanctuaries’

The U.S. Department of Justice gave New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Philadelphia one last chance Thursday to show they’re complying with a federal law prohibiting so-called sanctuary cities, inviting them to submit additional evidence before a final determination is issued. In separate letters to each city and to Cook County, Illinois, the DOJ said the jurisdictions can respond Read More

7th Circ. Clarifies Rules For Immigrant Asylum Seekers

The Seventh Circuit has determined that while immigrants generally may contest a denial of their ability to apply for asylum, those who are subject to reinstated removal orders are ineligible to seek asylum in the U.S. The appellate court panel unanimously determined that immigrants still generally have a right under Article III of the Constitution Read More

DOJ, State Dept. Unite To Fight Visa Fraud, Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Justice and the State Department said they have teamed up to fight fraud by employers who misuse certain foreign worker visas and to protect domestic employees from discrimination. The agreement opens up lines of communication so the two agencies can share information in their efforts to combat unlawful discrimination and visa fraud and Read More

High Court Asked To Review Removal Cancellation Condition

A Brazilian native asked the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a circuit split surrounding the implementation of the so-called stop-time rule, which relates to the period that an immigrant must continuously reside in the U.S. to be eligible for removal cancellation. In a Sept. 27 petition for writ of certiorari, Wescley Fonseca Pereira argues that, in his Read More

USCIS Wrongfully Denied IT Firm’s H-1B Petition

A New York federal judge has ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services wrongfully revoked and later denied an information technology firm’s H-1B petitions on the ground that USCIS disregarded substantial evidence, and ordered USCIS to reconsider the petition or provide a more thoughtful explanation for its prior decisions. U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman said in a Read More

Travel Ban Challengers, Trump Respond To Supreme Court

The Trump administration has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to deem as moot the cases challenging the previous version of the travel ban, while Hawaii and the International Refugee Assistance Project told the high court that the suits should proceed. The opposing sides filed dueling letter briefs in response to the justices’ request for them weigh in on whether Read More

No DACA Replacement Without Border Security: GOP Sens.

Lawmakers have proffered competing visions for a legislative replacement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in anticipation of its imminent termination, with Republicans advocating that immigration enforcement and border security must be a crucial part of any remedies for young immigrants whose livelihood depends on the program. Testifying before the Senate Read More

NY Jail Accused Of Unlawfully Detaining Asylum-Seekers

A proposed class of asylum-seekers detained in a Batavia, New York, facility told a New York federal court that they were systematically and unlawfully denied parole while awaiting asylum hearings that never occurred, requesting urgent relief. After they were found to be likely to succeed in their asylum claims, the immigrants were initially transferred to Read More

Privacy Advocates Decry DHS’ New Immigrant Data Rule

A new U.S. Department of Homeland Security rule outlining the types of information that can be stored in immigration files has drawn fire from privacy advocates who argue the information is overly broad and may be used for discriminatory purposes, although former officials say the rule simply allows agencies to store information they already had access to. Read More

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