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DHS Statement on Sessions v. Dimaya

  DHS Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton responds to the Supreme Court decision in Sessions v. Dimaya, claiming it undermines the agency’s efforts. DHS Press Secretary Statement on Sessions v. Dimaya Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to void certain […]

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Resources on Case Relating to Definition of “Crime of Violence”

April 17, 2018 The Supreme Court issued an opinion affirming the Ninth Circuit’s judgment that the language in 18 USC §16(b), as incorporated into the INA, that defines a “crime of violence” is unconstitutionally vague. (Sessions v. Dimaya, 4/17/18) June 26, 2017 The Supreme Court announced that Sessions v. Dimaya will be restored to the calendar for reargument during […]

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Supreme Court Rules That Language Defining “Crime of Violence” Is Unconstitutionally Vague

In Sessions v. Dimaya, the Supreme Court recently struck down a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which renders deportable any foreign national who has been convicted of a “crime of violence.” According to the High Court, the federal statute defining a crime-of-violence isn’t specific enough for aliens with criminal convictions from the court […]

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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY2019

USCIS announced that on 4/11/18, it used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for FY2019. Unselected petitions will be rejected and returned with their filing fees.   From: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services” <[email protected]> Date: April 12, 2018 at […]

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2018 USCIS Form Updates

April 12, 2018 USCIS updated the following form: Update to Form G-325A, Biographic Information (for Deferred Action) The new edition is dated 3/29/18. March 28, 2018 USCIS updated the following form: New Version of N-300, Application to File Declaration of Intention The new edition is dated 3/13/18. March 23, 2018 USCIS updated the following forms: […]

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USCIS Will Conduct a Lottery for CW-1 Petitions for FY2019

USCIS announced that it has received petitions for more than the number of visas available for FY2019 for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) program. USCIS will randomly select petitions received between April 2, 2018 and April 13, 2018. USCIS has received petitions for more than the number of visas […]

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Map of ICE Enforcement Actions (January 2017- Current)

The map illustrates a sample of enforcement actions ICE has undertaken nationwide since January 2017. President Trump’s administration has utilized aggressive enforcement tactics to arrest and deport as many people as possible, including hard-working parents of U.S. citizen children, people without criminal records, DACA recipients, and longtime community members working to regularize their status.     Source: AILA Doc. […]

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USCIS Reaches FY2019 H-1B Cap

USCIS announced that it reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B cap for FY2019. USCIS also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the master’s cap. USCIS will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings. From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services <[email protected]> Sent: Friday, April […]

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Attorney General Announces Zero-Tolerance Policy for Criminal Illegal Entry

  DOJ announced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions notified all U.S. Attorney’s Offices along the Southwest Border of a new “zero-tolerance policy” for offenses under 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a), which prohibits both attempted illegal entry and illegal entry into the United States by an individual.   Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Attorney General […]

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DOJ Strips Immigration Courts of Independence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), part of the Department of Justice (DOJ), has instituted strict quotas as part of immigration judges’ individual performance evaluations, a shift that strips away the independence held by judges who are making high stakes decisions about whether a person will be deported. “For years, the immigration […]

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