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Immigration Blog

Trump Administration Ends TPS For El Salvador

January 9, 2018|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

On January 8, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that it is ending the designation of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for El Salvador. Nationwide, there are approximately 263, 500 Salvadorans with TPS currently. The Trump administration has taken away that protection, but it is giving Salvadorans until September 9, 2019 to leave the United States or to find another immigration status. About 193,000 U.S. Citizen children have at least one parent who is a Salvadoran TPS holder.

The Current State of Trump’s Travel Ban

November 28, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

On November 13 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling allowing the Trump administration’s travel ban to proceed in part. A Hawaii federal judge had previously blocked the newest travel ban from going into effect, but the 9th Circuit held that the Trump administration could limit the issuance of visas to individuals from six countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. However, the decision would allow for individuals from those countries who have a “bona fide relationship” to the United States to still be allowed into the country.

TPS to Terminate for Haitians

November 27, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

On November 20, 2017, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for Haitians.  The decision will take effect 18 months before the Haitian TPS designation terminates on July 22, 2019.
DHS made its decision to terminate TPS for Haiti after reviewing the conditions upon which TPS was based, finding that the temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist.  Acting Secretary Duke’s action follows an announcement in May 2017 by then-secretary John Kelly announcing a limited extension for Haiti’s TPS designation. 

Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

It’s no secret that Thanksgiving 2017 comes at a time of great challenge and incredible distress for many immigrants and their families.  The anti-immigrant rhetoric and scapegoating continually flowing out the Trump Administration is matched by its harsh and restrictive policies.  The president cancelled DACA and Dreamers are now left counting the days until their protection against deportation expires.  Those who have long legally resided in the U.S. with TPS are now seeing that status canceled and being instructed to prepare to leave the country. 

Updated Guidance on USCIS Solution to Erroneous DACA Rejection Notices

November 17, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

As most people are aware, on September 5, 2017 the Trump administration announced that DACA will be rescinded on March 5, 2018. Applicants with DACA had until October 5 to deliver their renewal applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
USCIS received reports that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has identified USPS mail service delays that affected many DACA renewal requests. Because the DACA policy has been rescinded and individuals can no longer request deferred action under DACA,

2017 Sees Slow-Moving Processing Times for U.S. Citizenship Applications

November 2, 2017|Contributed by: Jennifer Howard

Becoming a United States citizen is a memorable and meaningful experience—one that brings with it the right to obtain a U.S. passport to travel internationally and to seek protection and assistance from the U.S. government when abroad, the ability to serve on a jury when summoned, the ability to serve the country if and when required, and the right to vote in local, state, and national elections. However, becoming a U.S. citizen is not always an easy process,

New Agricultural Guestworker Bill Proposed

October 30, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

On October 23, 2017, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced a new bill, the Agricultural Guestworker Act (H.R. 4092), which would replace the current H-2A agricultural worker program with an H-2C visa program.  This new program would be a temporary agricultural guestworker program that would encompass year-round agricultural and horticultural work.  Importantly, the program would include dairies, raw food processors, and forestry-related activities.
On October 25, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Agricultural Guestworker Act by a vote of 17-16.

Somebody’s Watching Me: DHS to Collect Social Media Data from Immigrants

October 30, 2017|Contributed by: Jennifer Howard

On September 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an announcement in the Federal Register that it would begin collecting the social media data of immigrants in an effort to “more effectively screen those coming to the country.” This new system went into effect on October 18, 2017, bringing with it concerns about privacy, data sharing, and the chilling effect it could have on free speech.

Naturalization Applications Surge Under Trump

October 27, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

The New York Times reports that even though naturalization applications generally spike during presidential election years and then fall after the election, the volume of applications received by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for 2017 will be greater than during the 2016 election cycle:
 
“In the first three quarters of the 2017 fiscal year — from Oct. 1, 2016, through June 30, the latest period for which data is available — 783,330 people filed applications,

Trump Reneges on Deal by Demanding Funding For Wall and Dramatic Limits on Legal Immigration in Exchange for DACA

October 16, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

At a White House dinner on September 13, President Trump came to an agreement with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer regarding the future of DACA. The leaders agreed, in principle, to a deal that would lay the foundation to legalize the immigration status of “Dreamers”- people eligible for DACA protections. The deal expressly excluded any funding for a border wall.
On October 8, President Trump sent a letter to Congress that outlined his priorities for immigration reform,

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