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OPLA New York Creates Receptionist Email Box

The New York City Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sent an email to those on its mailing list that I will pass along. The information will be of note to immigration attorneys with questions and inquiries for OPLA New York. The email states that beginning on July 12, 2018, “OPLA New York is launching a new receptionist email box for routine inquiries such as office addresses, hours, [and] ACC assignments.”

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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). Vitiello replaced Thomas D. Homan, the former Deputy Director of ICE and acting Director of ICE, who retired effective June 30, 2018. Because there is still no permanent Director of ICE, Vitiello will also serve as the acting Director.

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Visa Bulletin for July 2018

On June 11, 2018, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the Immigrant Visa Bulletin for July 2018. The July Visa Bulletin contains final action dates and dates for filing for both the family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visa preference categories for the month. One week later, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services determined that family-sponsored adjustment of status applicants in July must use the dates for filing from the July Visa Bulletin whereas employment-based applicants must use the final action dates. In this article, we will examine the relevant charts from the July Visa Bulletin and discuss what they mean for adjustment of status applicants during the month.

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ICE Attorney Sentenced for Identify Theft Scheme

On June 28, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Raphael A. Sanchez, former Chief Counsel of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) “was sentenced to 48 months in prison for a wire fraud and aggravated identity theft scheme involving the identities of numerous aliens.”

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USCIS Celebrates Independence Day With Two Weeks of Naturalization Ceremonies

In a news release, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated that it “will celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and our nation’s birthday, by welcoming more than 14,000 new citizens in nearly 175 naturalization ceremonies between June 28 and July 10.

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy Announces Retirement

On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire. The Court also included the letter that Justice Kennedy will submit to President Donald Trump, notifying him of his decision. Although the Court has confirmed that Justice Kennedy will retire, his retirement will not become effective until July 31, 2018.

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SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Trump Administration in "Travel Ban" Case

On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Trump v. Hawaii, 585 U.S. ___ (2018). Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch, authored an opinion reversing the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to enjoin the entry restrictions (“travel ban”) against nationals of seven countries contained in President Donald Trump’s Presidential Proclamation 9645 (Sep. 24, 2017).

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USCIS to Recall Approximately 800 Form I-589-related EADs Due to Production Error

On June 21, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin recalling approximately 800 incorrectly printed Employment Authorization Documents that were issued in conjunction with the Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal. These defective Employment Authorization Documents were granted by USCIS asylum officers. The reason for the recall is because they “contain a production error that transposed the first and last name of the individuals receiving the [Employment Authorization Documents]. All affected cards were mailed to recipients in April and May of 2018.

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USCIS Assists in Criminal Asylum Fraud Case

On June 7, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a story about its assisting the Department of Justice (DOJ) in obtaining a conviction in an asylum fraud case.

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DOS Strongly Advises Against Adoptions from Democratic Republic of the Congo For Time Being

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of State issued an adoption alert strongly recommending against the adoption of children at this time from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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