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USCIS Celebrates Constitution Week With 260 Naturalization Ceremonies

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, which occurs on September 17, “with over 260 naturalization ceremonies across the country from Sept. 14 to 23 as part of … Constitution Week.” At these 260 Constitution Week naturalization ceremonies, approximately 45,000 lawful permanent residents will become U.S. citizens.

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UAE Judo Event Reinstated After Federation Pledges to Treat Israeli Athletes Equally

On September 4, 2018, Arutz Shiva reported that the International Judo Federation has decided to reinstate the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam after the United Arab Emirates Judo federation confirmed that it would allow all participating nations to compete “in equal conditions.”

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19 Foreign Nationals Charged With Illegally Voting

Nineteen foreign nationals in North Carolina were criminally charged with illegally voting in the 2016 election. In this post, we discuss the indictment and how unlawful voting carries adverse immigration consequences.

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Visa Bulletin for September 2018

On August 7, 2018, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the September 2018 Visa Bulletin. The September Visa Bulletin is the final edition of the visa bulletin issued in fiscal year 2018. On August 9, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that family-sponsored adjustment of status applicants in the family-based preference categories must use the filing dates in the September Visa Bulletin, whereas employment-based adjustment of status applicants must use the less favorable final action dates. In this article, we will examine the relevant charts and other news and notes from the final visa bulletin of fiscal year 2018.

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Russian Activist Vladimir Kara-Murza Serves as Pallbearer at John McCain's Funeral

We previously wrote two blog posts about the courageous Russian political dissident, Vladimir Kara-Murza. Kara-Murza survived two near-death experiences after being poisoned by what he believes were Russian agents. I discussed a very interesting interview that he gave after surviving the second poisoning in 2017. Kara-Murza, thankfully alive and well, has been in the news again after the late Senator John McCain chose him to be a pallbearer at his funeral.

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ICE Removes Denaturalized Former SS Member

On August 21, 2018, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published a news release about the removal to Germany of Jakiw Palji, a former Nazi guard at the Trawniki Concentration Camp in Poland. In this post, we examine the news and the background of the case.

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EOIR Swears in 23 New Immigration Judges

On August 16, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it had sworn in 23 new immigration judges. With the 23 new immigration judges, the immigration judge corps numbers 351. Furthermore, the EOIR stated that it plans to add at least 75 more immigration judges in fall 2018. In this post, we examine the list of new immigration judges.

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U.S. Refugee Arrested on Allegations That He Committed Murder in Iraq as Member of ISIS

On August 15, 2018 (updated on Aug. 16), the Sacramento Bee reported that an Iraqi man who was residing in the Sacramento, California, after being granted refugee status, was arrested by FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force agents on charges that he killed an Iraqi police officer in 2014 as a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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Austria Reportedly Rejects Afghan Asylum Seeker Because He Did Not "Act" Gay

On August 18, 2018, Agence France-Presse (AFP) published a troubling report about an Austrian asylum case where an Afghan asylum applicant’s application was rejected because the adjudicating officer did not believe that he acted gay. The report concerns an 18-year old man from Afghanistan who sought asylum in Austria, stating that he feared persecution back home due to his sexual orientation. The story states that the Austrian official who considered his application denied it on the basis that the applicant did not appear to the official to be gay.

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Clara L. Provost Named New Head of the U.S. Border Patrol

On August 9, 2018, the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Kevin McAleenan, named Clara L. Provost as the 18th Chief of the U.S. Border Patro. Provost had been serving as acting chief of the U.S. Border Patrol since April 2017. She replaced Ronald D. Vitellio, who was appointed as acting Deputy Commissioner of the CBP before subsequently being appointed as the acting Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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