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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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USCIS Holding Naturalization Ceremonies on Independence Day Week

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made it a tradition to hold a large number of naturalization ceremonies on the week of Independence Day. 2019 will be no exception to the rule, with USCIS planning to welcome nearly 7,500 new citizens between July 1 and July 5.

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Effect of Hague Convention Entering Into Force in Honduras

All adoptions between Honduras and the United States after July 1, 2019, must meet the requirements of both the Hague Convention and U.S. laws. The DOS does not know at this time whether Honduras will continue to process intercountry adoption cases in which a U.S. citizen filed a Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, or a Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, prior to July 1, 2019, with the USCIS, or in which a final adoption was completed in Honduras prior to that date.

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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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NY To Allow Noncitizens Who Are In U.S. Illegally to Obtain Driver's Licenses

On June 17, 2019, the New York State Senate passed legislation allowing noncitizens who are in the United States without legal authorization to obtain New York State driver’s licenses.  The bill passed the New York State Senate by a vote of 33-29 and, having already passed the New York State Assembly, now heads to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature.  Governor Cuomo had initially stated that he would veto the bill without assurances from the New York Attorney General’s Office that the Federal government would not be able to subpoena or access information about license holders who are in the country illegally.  After receiving assurances from New York Attorney General Letitia James, Governor Cuomo stated that he would sign the bill into law.

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