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Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

BREAKING: Trump Administration Drops Pandemic Student Visa Policy

In a surprising move, today the Trump Administration pulled back on its previously issued student visa policy, which would have prevented foreign students from remaining in the U.S. to complete their studies if their schools switched to an entirely online/remote format in the autumn. The move was met with widespread criticism and outrage, and rightly[…]

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BREAKING: Trump To Suspend Work Visas Through 2020

After days of rumors and anxiety, Trump dropped another immigration-related Executive Order today suspending the entry of nonimmigrants to the United States. An extension and expansion of his previous Executive Order from back in April barring certain categories of greencard holders, this EO suspends the entry of most H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visa holders[…]

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds DACA, Blocks Trump Admin from Rescinding Program

Finally some good news. In a major victory for immigration advocates across the country, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning that the Trump administration cannot move forward with its plan to rescind the DACA program, dealing a huge blow to its anti-immigration agenda. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled that the DHS violated[…]

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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).[…]