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Trump Establishes Immigrant, Visitor Vetting Center

Trump Establishes Immigrant, Visitor Vetting Center

President Donald Trump signed a memorandum this week establishing a National Vetting Center to enhance screening of anyone trying to enter the U.S. and to improve information-sharing among government agencies. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement night that the center would aim to centralize vetting efforts that are currently administered Read More

DACA Service Members Can’t Be Deported, DOD Announces

The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that U.S. service members who are beneficiaries of the hotly debated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – which the Trump administration promised to end in March – cannot be deported. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, who made the announcement to reporters at the Pentagon, said the policy applies to any service Read More

A Guide To The Senate’s Immigration Proposals

As the Senate continues its freewheeling immigration debate, members of both parties are competing to reach 60 votes on one of numerous proposals balancing relief for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries with border security. At the center of the debate is what will happen to the so-called Dreamers, some 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the Read More

DHS May Turn Away Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering turning away immigrants who have used a broad array of public benefits, including low-income health, educational and housing programs, according to an unpublished draft rule. The draft, originally reported by Vox, proposed to bar from admission to the U.S. “public charges,” or beneficiaries of food stamps, homeless shelters, the Read More

State Dept. Sued Over Citizenship For Same-Sex Couples’ Kids

Two same-sex married couples accused the Department of State of unconstitutionally denying their children U.S. citizenship on the basis that they were “born out of wedlock” abroad, filing separate suits in California and Washington, D.C., federal courts. The couples alleged that the children should be entitled to U.S. citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act Read More

DOJ Wants Sanctuary Cities’ Immigration Compliance Docs

The U.S. Department of Justice has told 23 recipients of a federal public safety grant to turn over documents showing whether they’re violating funding conditions by blocking police officers in their jurisdictions from sharing information with federal immigration authorities. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a well-known opponent of so-called sanctuary cities, expressed in a letter that certain cities, Read More

USCIS Reverses Denial Of H-1B Visa For Engineering Job

An appellate office within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reversed the agency’s denial of an H-1B visa petition by a geotechnical and geophysical engineering consulting firm for an engineer-in-training job in Texas, finding the company used the correct wage level for the job. A USCIS center in Vermont erred by rejecting the petition filed by BC Read More

Trump Unveils Immigration Overhaul Plan With GOP’s Praise

The White House has circulated among Senate Republicans its legislative framework for an immigration deal including a $25 billion trust fund for border security and a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals-eligible youth. According to a White House memo provided to reporters, the plan would allow DACA-eligible youth to obtain citizenship after 10 Read More

EOIR Sets Out Rules To Streamline Changes Of Venue

The Executive Office for Immigration Review has issued new guidelines to reduce challenges that arise when immigration judges grant motions to change venue in a proceeding, including an instruction that motions to change venue after a merits hearing is already underway are “strongly disfavored.” The guidelines document states that other than clerical transfers in limited circumstances, immigration Read More

DOJ Moves To Kill Challenge To Sanctuary City Grant Cuts

The Trump administration has moved to dismiss California’s federal court challenge to new conditions on a federal public safety grant, saying states have to comply with immigration laws in order to receive the funding. The government urged the court to dismiss the suit on the basis that California lacks standing with regard to some of Read More

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