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Attorney General Sessions Sends AUSAs and IJs to Border to Respond to Increase in Illegal Crossings and Asylum Cases

On May 2, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a news release titled “Justice Department Announces Additional Prosecutors and Immigration Judges For Southwest Border Crisis.”. The news release discusses U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessons’ decision to send additional Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) and immigration judges to locations along the Southwest Border to assist in the prosecution and processing of cases along border. In this post, we will discuss each component of this news release and related background information.

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USCIS Completes FY-2019 CW1 Lottery

On May 2, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had competed the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW1) cap lottery for fiscal year 2019.

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Trump v. Hawaii "Travel Ban" Oral Argument Recap Part Three: Oral Argument In Opposition to the Entry Restrictions

In this article, we will examine the oral arguments of Neal K. Kaytal before the Supreme Court on behalf of the respondents in Trump v. Hawaii. The case concerns challenges to the legality of the entry restrictions against nationals of seven countries set forth in President Donald Trump’s September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.”

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Trump v. Hawaii "Travel Ban" Oral Argument Recap Part Two: Oral Argument In Favor of the Entry Restrictions

In this article, we will examine the oral arguments of Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco on behalf of the Government in Trump v. Hawaii, the case concerning the legality of President Donald Trump’s entry restrictions against nationals of seven countries in President Trump’s September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.”

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Trump v. Hawaii "Travel Ban" Oral Argument Recap Part One: Introduction

On April 25, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Trump v. Hawaii, No. 17-695. Trump v. Hawaii concerns the entry restrictions against nationals of seven countries in President Donald Trump’s September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.” These restrictions are colloquially known as the “travel ban.” In this article, we will examine how we arrived at the oral arguments in Trump v. Hawaii. In the conclusion of the article, we provide links to our two summaries of the oral arguments.

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USCIS Posts Ellis Island Documentary

On April 26, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), with the support of the National Park Service, released a documentary video titled “USCIS and the Legacy of Ellis Island”. The video examines the story of Ellis Island when it was an immigration processing center from 1892-1954, with first-hand accounts from those who worked there. The documentary also connects the legacy of Ellis Island to the mission of the current USCIS.

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Visa Bulletin for May 2018

On April 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the Visa Bulletin for May 2018. The May 2018 Visa Bulletin contains dates for filing and application final action dates for beneficiaries of approved family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visa preference petitions in that month. On April 16, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that beneficiaries of approved family-sponsored preference petitions must use the filing dates from the May 2018 Visa Bulletin in order to determine whether they are eligible to apply for adjustment of status, whereas similarly-situated beneficiaries of approved employment-based petitions must use the later final action date. In this article, we will examine the relevant charts and the important news and notes from the May 2018 Visa Bulletin.

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Acting Director of ICE Thomas Homan to Retire

On May 1, 2018, the acting Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Thomas D. Homan, announced his retirement from federal service. His retirement will not take effect until June because he agreed to the request by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen that he remain for an additional month in order to assist with transition planning. Homan’s resignation is especially notable because President Trump had nominated him on November 14, 2017, to become the permanent Director of ICE.

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Mike Pompeo Sworn in as 70th Secretary of State

On March 31, 2018, Mike Pompeo was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 57-42 as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) is responsible for visa issuance abroad and plays a significant role in many immigration programs, making the Secretary of State a highly significant figure in immigration law. In this post, we will discuss Secretary Pompeo's background and some of his previously articulated positions on immigration policy.

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New Immigration Judge Sworn In to Serve on Arlington Immigration Court

On April 23, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced the swearing in of a new immigration judge at the Arlington Immigration Court in Virginia.

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