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TPS for Yemen is Extended

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 03/02/20

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Yemen’s designation who want to maintain their status through Sept. 3, 2021, must re-register between March 2, 2020 and May 1, 2020.

9th Circuit Order re the Migrant Protection Protocols (2/28/20)

  • By: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Date: 02/28/20

The panel affirmed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction setting aside the Migrant Protection Protocols (“MPP”)

Matter of JIMENEZ-CEDILLO 27 IN Dec. 782 (BIA 2020)

  • By: Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Date: 02/28/20

Sexual solicitation of a minor in violation of section 3-324(b) of the Maryland Criminal Law with the intent to engage in an unlawful sexual offense under section 3-307 is categorically a crime involving moral turpitude. Matter of Jimenez-Cedillo, 27 I&N Dec.1 (BIA 2017), reaffirmed.

Matter of R-A-F- , 27 I&N Dec. 778 (A.G. 2020)

  • By: Office of the Attorney General
  • Date: 02/27/20

(1) The Board of Immigration Appeals should consider de novo the application of law to the facts of this case, including whether the deprivations that the respondent would be likely to encounter upon removal to Mexico would constitute "torture" within the meaning of the Department of Justice regulations implementing the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Dec. 10, 1984, S. Treaty Doc. No. 100-20, 1465 U.N.T.S. 85 (entered into force for United States Nov. 20, 1994).

(2) To constitute "torture" under these regulations, an act must, among other things, "be specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering." 8 C.F.R. § 1208.18(a)(5). "‘[T]orture’ does not cover ‘negligent acts’ or harm stemming from a lack of resources." Matter of J-R-G-P-, 27 I&N Dec. 482, 484 (BIA 2018) (citing Matter of J-E-, 23 I&N Dec. 291, 299, 301 (BIA 2002)).

(3) To constitute "torture," an act must also be motivated by "such purposes as obtaining from him or her or a third person information or a confession, punishing him or her for an act he or she or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or her or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind." 8 C.F.R. § 1208.18(a)(1).

Public Charge Update: Review of DOS Implementation (webinar)

  • By: CLINIC
  • Date: 02/27/20

The Foreign Affairs Manual now includes substantial new guidance for consular officers about the assessment of public charge inadmissibility. A new DS-5540, Public Charge Questionnaire, will be used to collect information related to this assessment. This webinar will summarize the new changes and provide practical information on preparing your client for immigrant visa interviews.

Reverse Migration to Mexico Led to US Undocumented Population Decline: 2010 to 2018

  • By: Center for Migration Studies, NY
  • Date: 02/26/20

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) today released new estimates finding that the total US undocumented population was 10.6 million in 2018, a decline of 1.2 million since 2010. Despite an increasing number of arrivals, the undocumented population fell because large numbers of undocumented residents returned to Mexico.

Effect of Breaks in Continuity of Residence on Eligibility for Naturalization

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 02/26/20

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address naturalization applicants’ absences from the United States of more than 6 months but less than 1 year during the statutorily required continuous residence period.

ICE Sends Detainers to 3,671 Law Enforcement Agencies in FY 2019

  • By: TRAC
  • Date: 02/24/20

A total of 3,671 law enforcement agencies (LEAs) were sent detainers by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials during fiscal year 2019. This figure is based on the latest detainer-by-detainer internal ICE records obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. According to its records, ICE sent detainers to LEAs in 2,158 counties in all 50 states.

ICE Ruses Primer

  • By: Immigrant Defense Project
  • Date: 02/20/20

Though ICE’s tactics regularly evolve, ICE’s use of ruses has escalated since 2017. Familiarity with ICE tactics, like ruses, could help prevent an ICE arrest and protect loved ones. Read on to learn more about what kinds of ruses ICE uses, why they use them, and what you can do to protect yourself or loved ones.

Documenting through Service Provider Accounts Harm Caused by the Department of Homeland Security’s Public Charge Rule

  • By: NILC
  • Date: 02/20/20

In addition to documenting the harm that is occurring as a result of the DHS public charge rule, these findings identify particular areas of concern and common misunderstandings among immigrant communities that advocates can continue to address through community education.

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