Legal Articles, Immigration

DOJ Sends Email to Press Offices With Instructions on How to Refer to Aliens in Official Press Releases

On July 24, 2018, CNN reported that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has instructed U.S. Attorney’s offices to not use the term “`undocumented’ immigrants.” CNN included the guidance with the article.

Attorneys and Accredited Representatives May File Form N-565 For Clients Online

On July 17, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a news alert titled “Attorneys and Accredited Representatives Can Now File Form N-565 Online.” The news update deals with the Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document.

Ronald D. Vitellio Named Acting Director of ICE

On June 30, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced that Ronald D. Vitiello, previously the acting Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will serve as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

President Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

On July 9, 2018, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the Supreme Court of the United States. If confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh will fill the seat being vacated by the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

SEVP Reminds F1 Students About Rules for Volunteer Positions and OPT

On May 18, 2018, the Student and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a message to students on optional practical training (OPT) titled “Reporting Volunteer Positions During OPT Employment.”

International Judo Federation Suspends Two Events for Discriminating Against Israeli Athletes

In a previous post, I discussed Israeli judoka Tal Flicker’s winning a major international judo competition at the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam while the tournament’s Emirati hosts discriminated against the Israeli competitors by refusing to allow them to compete under the Israeli flag.

The Case Against the New USCIS Policy on Denials Without Issuance of RFE or NOID

On July 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published Policy Memorandum (PM)-602-0163, titled “Issuance of Certain RFEs and NOIDs; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.5(a), Chapter 10.5(b).”

USCIS Orders Vermont to Shut Down Its Immigrant Investor Regional Center

On July 10, 2018, the Associated Press reported that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has ordered Vermont to close its immigrant investor regional center. In this article, we will summarize the report and briefly examine its implications.

Supreme Court Vacates 4th Circuit Decision Against "Travel Ban" In Light of Trump v. Hawaii Decision

On June 28, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a published decision in Trump v. Hawaii, 585 U.S. __ (2018).

HHS/DHS/DOJ Progress on Reuniting Children With Parents in Compliance With Court Order

On July 12, 2018, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Attorney General issued a joint statement stating that their respective agencies have completed the reunification of eligible children under 5 who had been separated from their parents...

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