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Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan to Resign

On October 11, 2019, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan announced that he was stepping down from his post. McAleenan has served as acting Secretary since April 11, 2019.

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EOIR Swears in 27 New Immigration Judges (Oct. 11, 2019)

On October 11, 2019, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) held an investiture ceremony to swear in 27 new immigration judges We will the courts receiving new immigration judges in alphabetical order after first examining the new judges in New Jersey and New York City immigration courts.

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USCIS Announces Four Locations For Overseas Military Naturalizations

On September 30, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would provide military naturalization services at four overseas military bases. These bases were chosen based on the USCIS international field offices that remain open after the USCIS reduced its overseas footprint.

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Three Injunctions Entered Against New Public Charge Rule

On October 11, 2019, Judge George B. Daniels of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a nationwide universal injunction against the implementation of the new public charge rule, which was slated to go into effect on October 15, 2019. The SDNY injunction is one of three injunctions against the public charge rule issued on the same day.

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EOIR Opens Second Atlanta Immigration Court

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) will establish its Atlanta Annex on W. Peachtree Street as a new immigration court, effective October 15, 2019.

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October 2019 Visa Bulletin

On September 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Visa Bulletin for October 2019 – the first immigrant visa bulletin of fiscal year 2020. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) subsequently determined that nearly all family-sponsored and employment-based adjustment of status applications must use the favorable dates for filing from the October Visa Bulletin to determine eligibility for filing for adjustment of status during the month. The lone exception – the F2A preference – has current final action dates for October 2019.

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Trump Administration Proposes FY 2020 Refugee Cap of 18,000

President Donald Trump has proposed a refugee ceiling of 18,000 for fiscal year 2020, which is significantly lower than in previous years. The Acting Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Ken Cuccinelli, released a statement on the refugee ceiling.

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USCIS Proposes Changes to EAD Processes Based on Pending Asylum Applications

On September 6, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a new rule to reform the process for adjudicating applications for employment authorization by those with pending asylum applications.

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DHS Proposes Expansion of Social Media Vetting to Nine USCIS Forms

On September 4, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a 60-day notice and request for comments on a proposal to extend social media vetting policies to additional immigration applications.

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EOIR Moves Three Immigration Judges to Broadway Immigration Court

The EOIR circulated an email regarding the opening of the new Broadway Immigration Court on September 4, 2019. As an initial matter, three current immigration judges will be moved from the New York City Immigration Court to the new Broadway Immigration Court.

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