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AILA/CBP Q&A Notes From April 2018

On April 8, 2019, the liaison for the NY/NJ branches of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) answered questions from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). In this post, we will briefly examine some of the more interesting questions and answers.

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DHS and DOL Make Available 30,000 Additional H2B Visas for FY 2019

On May 8, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) published a joint rule to make an additional 30,000 H2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas available for FY-2019. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) news release on the matter states that these additional 30,000 H2B visas will only be available “to returning workers who received an H2B visa, or were otherwise granted H2B status, during one of the last three fiscal years (FY 2016, 2017, or 2018), and availability is restricted by prioritizing only those businesses who would suffer irreparable harm without the additional workers.”

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USCIS Selects New Deputy Director

On May 10, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had selected Mark Koumans as its new Deputy Director.

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President Trump Nominates Patrick Shanahan to be Secretary of Defense

On May 9, 2019, the White House Press Secretary’s Office announced that President Donald Trump will nominate Patrick M. Shanahan to be the Secretary of Defense. Shanahan has been serving as acting Secretary of Defense since January 1, 2019. Previously, he had been serving as the Deputy Secretary of Defense since July 19, 2017.

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Senate Confirms Two New Second Circuit Judges

On May 8 and May 9, the United States Senate confirmed two new judges to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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President Trump Will No Longer Waive Jerusalem Embassy Act

On May 8, 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed Congress that President Donald Trump would no longer sign waivers of the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

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DOS Suspends Processing of Adoptions Under India's Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that it is suspending processing of certain intercountry adoptions from India pending its review of Indian adoption laws.

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Summary of ICE Director Nominee Mark Morgan Interview

On May 5, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Mark Morgan to be the next Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In light of the news, it is worth examining an interview Morgan gave to The Epoch Times on April 24, 2019, just under two weeks before President Trump’s announcement. In this article, we will discuss the key points from the interview.

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ICE Starts Warrant Service Officer Program

On May 6, 2019, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the creation of the Warrant Service Officer program. The ICE news release explains that the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program is, in part, “intended for rural jurisdictions that lack the budget and personnel resources to become 287(g) partners…” The WSO program is also “intended for local law-enforcement that wish to honor immigration detainers but are prohibited due to state and local policies that limit cooperation with the agency.”

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DOS Warns of Form I-604 Orphan Determination Adjudication Times in Non-Hague Convention Cases

On April 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of State published a reminder for prospective adoptive parents about potentially long processing times for the Form I-604, Determination on Child for Adoption, in non-Hague Convention cases.

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