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ICE Agents Impersonated Cops In ‘Unlawful’ Raids, SPLC Says

ICE Agents Impersonated Cops In ‘Unlawful’ Raids, SPLC Says

U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents impersonated police officers to raid the Atlanta homes of three immigrant families under false pretenses and then detain several residents, the Southern Poverty Law Center alleged in a lawsuit filed in Georgia federal court Dec 11. In the complaint filed on behalf of the Vargas, Gutierrez and Padilla families, the SPLC Read More

State Dept. Floats Passport Rule Changes For Sex Offenders

The State Department has proposed various changes to its passport rules, including those governing the revocation of passports for convicted sex offenders and procedures for rejecting reports filed with a consulate when Americans give birth abroad, according to a Federal Register notice. The proposed rule cracks down on sex offenders, introducing new restrictions on their Read More

DACA Suit Discovery Bids Risk Upending Agency Law: Feds

Forcing the Trump administration to turn over documents that could explain why it ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be a “revolution in agency law,” the government told the Second Circuit on Dec 14, as it made its case for shutting down a lower court’s discovery order. The Dec 14 hearing was Read More

Woman Says Husband’s Visa Delayed Because He’s Pakistani

A U.S. citizen seeking a visa for her Pakistan-born spouse sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Dec 13, claiming the agency has intentionally delayed issuing final approval for his visa application because he is from a predominantly Muslim country. Wafa Rafiq Khan told the D.C. federal court that the agency has “unreasonably” delayed processing her Read More

Justices Urged To Skip ‘Habitual Drunkard’ Immigration Case

There is no compelling legal question presented by a Mexican native facing deportation who is challenging the denial of discretionary relief based on his alleged lack of “good moral character” as a “habitual drunkard,” the federal government has told the U.S. Supreme Court. While the full Ninth Circuit last October vacated a panel’s conclusion that alcoholics Read More

11th Circ. Denies Asylum To Man Who Said He Feared Torture

The Eleventh Circuit has affirmed a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals that a Salvadoran man is not entitled to remain in the U.S. because of an alleged belief that he would be tortured should he return to the Central American country. Arnoldo Ulises Fernandez-Gonzalez failed to establish that he is entitled to relief Read More

Revived Travel Ban Puts Employers, Immigrants In A Bind

With the U.S. Supreme Court allowing President Donald Trump’s third travel ban to fully take effect, attorneys say affected individuals and businesses should brace for fallout, such as being unable to reunite with loved ones, attend business meetings, or sponsor immigrants for green cards in some cases. In a sudden move, the Supreme Court has allowed the president’s third travel Read More

9th Circ. Denies Review Of Indian Man’s Asylum Petition

A Ninth Circuit panel has rejected an Indian man’s petition for review of his asylum claims, finding there was enough evidence challenging his credibility to support an immigration judge’s denial of asylum or other opportunity to remain in the United States. In its ruling, the three-judge appellate panel said the lower court’s findings, affirmed by Read More

State Dept. Moves To Extend Enhanced Visa Vetting Process

The U.S. Department of State has requested public comment on a proposed three-year extension of an emergency six-month “extreme vetting” program for visa applicants who fit a “threat profile” according to consular officers, a notice in the Federal Register said. The proposal would extend State Department authority to require visa applicants it determines pose an enhanced national Read More

Sen. Wants Review Of Visa Program Following NYC Attack

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has urged the U.S. State Department to conduct a thorough review of the diversity immigrant visa program, following reports that a man suspected of killing eight people in New York City last month entered the U.S. on such a visa. Grassley asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a Read More

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