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EOIR Swears in 23 New Immigration Judges

On August 16, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it had sworn in 23 new immigration judges. With the 23 new immigration judges, the immigration judge corps numbers 351. Furthermore, the EOIR stated that it plans to add at least 75 more immigration judges in fall 2018. In this post, we examine the list of new immigration judges.

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U.S. Refugee Arrested on Allegations That He Committed Murder in Iraq as Member of ISIS

On August 15, 2018 (updated on Aug. 16), the Sacramento Bee reported that an Iraqi man who was residing in the Sacramento, California, after being granted refugee status, was arrested by FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force agents on charges that he killed an Iraqi police officer in 2014 as a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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Austria Reportedly Rejects Afghan Asylum Seeker Because He Did Not "Act" Gay

On August 18, 2018, Agence France-Presse (AFP) published a troubling report about an Austrian asylum case where an Afghan asylum applicant’s application was rejected because the adjudicating officer did not believe that he acted gay. The report concerns an 18-year old man from Afghanistan who sought asylum in Austria, stating that he feared persecution back home due to his sexual orientation. The story states that the Austrian official who considered his application denied it on the basis that the applicant did not appear to the official to be gay.

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Clara L. Provost Named New Head of the U.S. Border Patrol

On August 9, 2018, the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Kevin McAleenan, named Clara L. Provost as the 18th Chief of the U.S. Border Patro. Provost had been serving as acting chief of the U.S. Border Patrol since April 2017. She replaced Ronald D. Vitellio, who was appointed as acting Deputy Commissioner of the CBP before subsequently being appointed as the acting Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Uzbek Government Considers Ending Exit Visa System

On August 7, 2017, the Uzbek government published online for public discussion a proposed rule for scrapping exit visas. Eurasianet reports that the rule would allow Uzbek citizens to be issued foreign travel passports beginning on January 1, 2019, instead of having to apply for an exit authorization sticker, commonly known as an exit visa, to depart the country.

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Increase in Number of Apprehensions at the U.S.-Canada Border in the First Half of 2018

On August 6, 2017, CBS News reported that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 445 individuals illegally crossing the U.S.-Canada border into the United States from Canada in the first six months of 2018. This marks a 142-percent increase from the same period in 2017.

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15 Retired IJs Write Letter Criticizing EOIR Decision to Remove IJ from Castro-Tum Case

On July 31, 2018, Buzzfeed News reported that fifteen former immigration judges signed a letter criticizing the decision of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to remove and replace sitting immigration judge from the case of Castro-Tum. In this post, I review the situation and the letter from the retired IJs.

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DOS Adds Five Campuses to EducationUSA Academy Network for 2019

On August 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that it had added five U.S. host campuses to its EducationUSA Academy network for summer 2019. They will join the eleven other host institutions which also participated in summer 2018.

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USCIS Returns Unselected FY-2019 H1B Cap-Subject Petitions

On July 30, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had returned all fiscal year 2019 H1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the H1B lottery.

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USCIS Delays Implementation of NTA Memo

On June 28, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued Policy Memorandum (PM)-602-0050.1, titled “Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuances of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens.” The USCIS has temporarily delayed implementation of the memorandum until internal operational guidance is completed.

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