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USCIS Closes Ciudad Juarez Field Office

On June 30, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) permanently closed its field office in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

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SCOTUS to Consider Whether Categorical Approach is Required to Determine if Conviction is a "Serious Drug Offense" Under ACCA

On June 28, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States granted a petition for certiorari in Shular v. United States, 18-6662. Shular concerns the Armed Career Criminals Act (ACCA), a Federal sentence-enhancement statute. Although the ACCA is a criminal law rather than a civil immigration law, several Supreme Court decisions on how to interpret the ACCA have been influential in the immigration context.

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Visa Bulletin for July 2019

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its Visa Bulletin for July 2019 on June 6, 2019. The Visa Bulletin for July 2019 contains the final action dates and dates for filing for the family-sponsored and employment-based preferences for the month. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that most family-sponsored adjustment of status applicants – with the exception of one case – must use the dates for filing chart from the Visa Bulletin for July 2017, while employment-based adjustment applications must use the less favorable final action dates.

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Mark Morgan New Acting Head of CBP

On June 27, 2019, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan announced a reshuffling of the leadership at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Acting Secretary McAleenan announced that Mark Morgan, who had been serving as the Acting Director of ICE since late May, would take over as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner of CBP.

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear DACA Cases Next Term

On June 28, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States granted the Government’s request to review three lower court decisions blocking its efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Supreme Court consolidated the three cases for review and will consider them together.

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Secretary of the Army Mark Esper Becomes New Acting Secretary of Defense

On June 18, 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that Acting Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan – who had been slated to be nominated for the position permanently by President Donald Trump – will step down on June 23, 2019. He will be replaced as Acting Secretary of Defense by the Secretary of the Army, Mark T. Esper. Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist will remain in his position.

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USCIS Expands Digital FOIA System

On June 25, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the expansion of its digital Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) System (FIRST).

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USCIS International Field Offices Will No Longer Accept Form I-407

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that beginning on July 1, 2019, it will no longer accept the Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status, at international field offices. This prohibition applies both to submissions by mail and in person.

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EOIR Swears in New Administrative Law Judge

On June 18, 2019, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it swore in Jean King as the new chief administrative law judge in the EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer. The investiture ceremony was presided over by the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, Robin Stutman.

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USCIS to Continue Accepting Prior Edition of Form I-918 Through End of 2019

On June 21, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is extending the grace period for the previous edition of the Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status.

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