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Department of Justice Conditions Participation in Public Safety Partnership Program on Immigration Enforcement Cooperation

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On June 20, 2017, the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of the “National Public Safety Partnership.” Localities may apply to participate in the National Public Safety Partnership. The Department of Justice (DOJ) will assist participating localities in reducing violent crime rates. On August 3, 2017, the DOJ announced that, in order to be selected for participation in the National Public Safety Partnership program, “local jurisdictions must show a commitment to reducing crime stemming from illegal immigration.”

ICE Enters Into 287(g) Agreements With 18 Texas Counties

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On July 31, 2017, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it had signed 18 new agreements throughout Texas under section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 287(g) of the INA allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enter into a written agreement with a State or a political subdivision of a State to permit local authorities to perform the functions of Federal immigration officers in cooperation with the DHS.

New Orleans Immigration Court to Close from 8/16 - 8/22 to Prepare for Relocation

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On August 1, 2017, the Executive Officer for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it will temporarily close the New Orleans Immigration Court at noon on August 16, 2017. This closure is to prepare for relocation. The New Orleans Immigration Court will reopen at its new location on August 22, 2017.

John Kelly Becomes WH Chief of Staff, Elaine C. Duke Becomes Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

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On July 28, 2017, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that the now former Secretary of Homeland Security, John F. Kelly, will succeed Reince Preibus as the 25th White House Chief of Staff. Effective immediately, the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine C. Duke, will assume leadership of the Department in an Acting capacity.

Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin Introduce Dream Act of 2017

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Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) are co-sponsoring a new version of the “Dream Act.” On July 20, 2017, they released a section-by-section breakdown of their proposed legislation. In this post, we will briefly examine the proposed legislation and its long-term prospects for becoming law.

USCIS Announces Conviction in Immigration Fraud Scheme

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On July 17, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Nimon Naphaeng, a native and citizen of Thailand who resided in Rhode Island, was sentenced on July 17, 2017, to 27 months in federal prison for running an immigration fraud scheme. Using both the internet and fliers posted in Thai restaurants, he had advertised himself as being able to help Thai nationals obtain employment authorization documents. In reality, Naphaeng was filing false asylum applications on behalf of these individuals without their consent or knowledge. In addition to his conviction, Naphaeng will likely face removal for his criminal conduct.

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