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Matter of A-B- 28 I&N Dec.199 (A.G. 2021)

  • By: Acting Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Date: 01/14/21

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies case description: "Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen issued a new ruling in Matter of A-B-, the Salvadoran asylum case that has become the battleground on the issue of whether survivors of domestic violence, gang brutality, and other abuses can qualify for refugee protection in the United States. On June 11, 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a devastating decision in the case, reversing a grant of asylum to Ms. A.B., a domestic violence survivor, and casting serious doubt on the asylum claims of people like her. Sessions’ ruling led to a sharp downturn in asylum grant rates for women, children, and families fleeing epidemic levels of violence in Central America.

While Ms. A.B.’s case remains pending before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, today’s ruling attempts to erect additional barriers to protection for people escaping harrowing persecution."

FAQ: USCIS Updates Intake Policies and Halts the Rejection Policy in Response to Vangala v. USCIS

  • By: National Immigration Litigation Alliance, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Van Der Hout, LLP
  • Date: 01/14/21

In January 2021, USCIS shared updated guidance directing adjudicators to cease rejecting asylum applications(Form I-589) and U visa applications (Form I-918). Specifically, the updated guidance rescinded prior guidance implementing the “rejection policy” instructing adjudicators to reject applications with blank response fields.

CLINIC v. EOIR (January 11, 2021) US District Court, D.C.

  • By: BDS, CLINIC, HIAS, the Florence Project, and NIJC
  • Date: 01/11/21

Lawsuit filed, challenging the administrative rule that the Trump Administration is trying to push through. This is the rule that eliminates sua sponte motions to reopen, administrative closure, limits motions to remand, gives the BIA more fact-finding powers, limits briefing extensions and more.

Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Extended to December 20, 2021

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 01/04/21

The filing period for certain Liberian nationals and certain family members to apply for adjustment of status under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) provision has been extended from one year to two years.

Groups Challenge New Asylum Rules

  • By: Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
  • Date: 01/04/21

"Pangea Legal Services, Dolores Street Community Services, Inc., Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition – have requested a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit challenging a sweeping new rule that will eviscerate access to protection for people seeking refuge in the United States. Set to take effect on January 11, 2021, the rule completely transforms the asylum process, severely limiting the availability of asylum and related protections to individuals fleeing persecution or torture. The plaintiff organizations are represented by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, and the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP."

Immigration Court Case Completion Times Jump as Delays Lengthen

  • By: TRAC
  • Date: 01/04/21

"Immigration Court closures and delays in hearings for courts that are conducting hearings have drastically reduced the number of completed cases for the first two months of this fiscal year as compared with prior years at the same time."

Child Detention Crisis Initiative

  • By: Justice in Motion
  • Date: 01/04/21

"The Child Detention Crisis initiative is a Justice in Motion program dedicated to freeing migrant children from U.S. immigration detention centers and safely reuniting them with their families. Their network secures vital information and documents U.S. advocates need to reunite children with their loved ones quickly and securely."

Resources include:

A series of fifteen (15) pre-recorded Spanish-language webinars addressing a variety of topics, including family law, repatriation, criminalization of migrant children and their family members, obtaining records, and the child welfare system structure in Central America and Mexico.

Three (3) Expert Declarations pertaining to Family Law in Central America. The declarations are available in their original form, in Spanish, and accompanied by a certified English translation.

An Issue Alert pertaining to informal adoptions in Central America is forthcoming.

EOIR Update on Recognition and Accreditation Forms

  • By: EOIR
  • Date: 12/23/20

EOIR will continue to accept both the new and previous versions of Forms EOIR-31 (application for DOJ recognition of organizations) and EOIR-31A (application for DOJ accreditation of representatives). The new and previous versions of the forms are linked on the site

CLINIC Comments on EAD Proposed Rule

  • By: CLINIC
  • Date: 12/21/20

CLINIC’s comment on the “Employment Authorization for Certain Classes of Aliens With Final Orders of Removal” NPRM.

New Citizenship Test Questions Translated

  • By: USA Hello
  • Date: 12/18/20

The new and longer list of civics test questions translated into 9+ languages, for people who applied after December 1, 2020. 

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