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Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

BREAKING: Trump Issues Executive Order Suspending Entry of Immigrants

After the cryptic tweet Monday evening that caused widespread anxiety and fear amongst immigrants and immigration attorneys alike, President Trump finally issued his advertised Executive Order, which promised to temporarily suspend immigration. Fortunately, the practical effect of the EO appears to carry much less teeth than initially feared. Trump is suspending the entry of certain[…]

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Department of Homeland Security Suspends New Enrollment/Re-Enrollment in CBP Trusted Traveler Programs for New York Residents

In an act of pure political retaliation, today the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will no longer accept new enrollments or re-enrollments of New York state residents in CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs (including NEXUS, SENTRI, and Global Entry), effective immediately. The move was in response to New York’s recently enacted sanctuary policies, particularly[…]

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USCIS Announces Public Charge Rule Implementation Following Supreme Court Stay of Nationwide Injunctions

USCIS announced today that the much-maligned Public Charge rule will be fully implemented by USCIS on February 24, 2020, following the Supreme Court’s lifting of the nationwide injunctions imposed by various District Courts across the U.S. The small silver lining is that, despite the Rule going into effect on October 15, 2019 before being enjoined[…]

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USCIS to Deter Frivolous or Fraudulent Asylum Seekers from Obtaining Work Authorizations

Today, USCIS continued its unmitigated attack on immigrants and immigration, announcing another proposed rule seeking to greatly limit eligibility for applying for employment authorization. Essentially, those individuals who enter the United States without inspection will be ineligible to apply for employment authorization based on pending asylum applications, except in very limited circumstances.   A copy[…]

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USCIS Updates Fee Waiver Requirements

USCIS announced today that it was revising the criteria for the Form I-912, which allows applicants to request waivers from filing fee and biometric fee requirements. Previously, the use of mean-tested benefits (such as SNAP and TANF) was used as a factor in considering whether an individual was exempt from paying these fees; the new[…]

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Cuccinelli Announces USCIS’ FY 2019 Accomplishments and Efforts to Implement President Trump’s Goals

Today, USCIS released a self-congratulatory statement emphasizing its FY 2019 statistics and accomplishments, particularly in the context of implementing and enforcing Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli praised the agency’s “significant steps to mitigate loopholes in our asylum system, combat fraudulent claims, and strengthen the protections we have in place.” Of course, those of[…]

Presidential Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens

Yet another reminder to all of our readers of President Trump’s recent memo making it mandatory for state and local agencies to sue I-864 sponsors for all means-tested benefits that are paid to adjustment of status applicants/beneficiaries. These means-tested benefits programs include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).[…]

Presidential Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens

A reminder to all of our readers of President Trump’s recent memo making it mandatory for state and local agencies to sue I-864 sponsors for all means-tested benefits that are paid to adjustment of status applicants/beneficiaries. These means-tested benefits programs include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The[…]

Watson Immigration Law News Update

Trump Issues Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens

Today Trump issued a memorandum making it mandatory for state and local agencies to sue I-864 sponsors for all means-tested benefits that are paid to adjustment of status applicants/beneficiaries. These means-tested benefits programs include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Previously, no agency anywhere across the U.S. sued[…]

Trumps Issues Executive Order Banning Iranian Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Associated with Certain Industries

Today President Trump issued an Executive Order imposing new sanctions on Iran with respect to the iron, steel, aluminum, and copper industries. More importantly, Section 5 of the EO suspends entry of Iranian immigrants and nonimmigrants engaged or related to those industries. Relevant language below (emphasis added):   Sec. 5. The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant[…]