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DOJ Adds 35 AUSA Positions for Prosecuting Immigration Crimes

On June 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a news alert titled “On the 500th Day of the Trump Administration, Attorney General Sessions Announces 311 New Assistant United States Attorney Positions.” As the title of the news release indicates, the DOJ is allocating 311 new Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) to assist in three priority areas: violent crime, civil enforcement, and immigration crimes. 35 of the new AUSA positions will be dedicated to immigration crime.

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Conviction in Identity Theft and Immigration Fraud Case

On May 31, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a news alert about a conviction involving immigration fraud and identity theft. Franklin J. Flores, 42 years of age, was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 24 months’ imprisonment in Federal court after pleading guilty to “one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and one count of falsely attesting U.S. Citizenship on a Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative and submitting that form to the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services with the intent to obtain benefit for another person.”

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DHS Releases Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program Fact Sheet

In September 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an interesting fact sheet on its Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. The Fact Sheet “provides information on the characteristics of and resulting outcomes for individuals who received citizenship preparation services during fiscal year 2014…” In this post, we will briefly examine some of the interesting points from the Fact Sheet.

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USCIS Implements Online Filing for FOIA Requests

On May 30, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services published an important news alert titled “USCIS to Implement Online Processing of FOIA Requests.” The USCIS announced the launch of its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records SysTem (FIRST). FIRST “will eventually allow users to manage, and receive FOIA requests entirely online.” Prior to the launch of FIRST, the USCIS only accepted FOIA requests that were sent by mail, fax, and email.

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Uncertain Future For Northern Mariana Islands-Only CW1 Visa Program

On April 3, 2018, Sophia Yan of the Associated Press published an interesting report on the future of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands-Only (CW1) Transitional Worker visa program. The CW1 visa program is a special temporary nonimmigrant work visa program that applies only to the Northern Mariana Islands. The program is gradually being phased out, with a slated expiration at the end of December 2019. Despite the impending expiration of the CW1 program, which has been long known, the program remains popular with many Northern Mariana Islands employers. There are efforts to save the CW1 program in Congress. In this post, we discuss some interesting statistics involving the economic impact and scope of the CW1 program and its uncertain future.

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Visa Bulletin for June 2018

On May 7, 2018, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the Immigrant Visa Bulletin for June 2018. In this article, we will examine the pertinent charts from the June 2018 Visa Bulletin, discuss what they mean for those seeking adjustment of status during the month, and examine other news and notes included in the Bulletin.

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Re-Registration for Nepal TPS Now Open

On May 22, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a Federal Register (FR) notice titled “Termination of the Designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status.” TPS for Nepal was slated to expire on June 24, 2018, with the DHS’s decision to terminate its TPS designation. However, in order to ensure an orderly transition for Nepal TPS beneficiaries, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen delayed the effective date of the termination of Nepal TPS until June 24, 2019. Thus, current Nepal TPS beneficiaries will be able to re-register for TPS benefits, in accordance with the provisions of the FR notice, from the period beginning with May 22, 2018, and ending with June 23, 2018. In this article, we will briefly overview the re-registration rules and procedures for Nepal TPS.

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DHS Makes Available 15,000 Additional H2B Visas For FY-2018

On May 25, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced that the DHS will make available an additional 15,000 H2B temporary nonagricultural visas for the duration of fiscal year 2018. These 15,000 H2B visas will be added in addition to the 66,000 H2B visas that have already been issued in fiscal year 2018.

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USCIS Announces Sentencing in CW1 Visa Petition Fraud Case

On May 24, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a news release discussing its efforts in the investigation of an immigration fraud case involving Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW1) visa petitions. These efforts led to the successful prosecution of the leader of the scheme.

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President Trump Hosts Illegal Immigration Roundtable in Long Island, Focusing on MS-13

On May 23, 2018, President Donald Trump hosted a roundtable on immigration in Bethpage, New York. The roundtable focused extensively on the threat of the MS-13 gang and how its activities intersect with illegal immigration and alien smuggling. The event featured Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials, three U.S. congressman, local law enforcement officials, and parents of MS-13 crime victims. In this post, we will review some of the more interesting remarks relating to immigration policy delivered in the roundtable with reference to specific times in a video of the event posted by the White House on YouTube.

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