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Chad Wolf to be Next Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

On October 21, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that he will name Chad Wolf the new Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, replacing the current Acting Director, Kevin McAleenan. Wolf will take over as Acting Secretary after Veteran’s Day.

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USCIS Raises Premium Processing Fee Effective November 29, 2019

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is raising the premium processing fee for certain employment-based immigration petitions on November 29, 2019.

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USCIS Produces New Security-Enhanced Travel Document

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on October 24, 2019, that it has begun producing new security-enhanced U.S. travel documents.

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Increase in H1B Denials

An interesting article posted on the Forbes website examines an increase in the denials of petitions for initial H1B employment and for continuing H1B employment.

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EOIR Releases FY 2019 Case Completion Statistics

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) released its case completion statistics for fiscal year 2019 on October 10, 2019. From October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2019, the EOIR completed more than 275,000 cases. This is the second highest number of completed cases in EOIR’s history, and roughly 80,000 more completed cases than fiscal year 2018.

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DOJ Prosecuted Record Number of Immigration-Related Cases in FY 2019

The Department of Justice released its immigration-related prosecution statistics for fiscal year 2019 on October 17, 2019. The statistics track the number of charges brought under 8 U.S.C. 1326, 8 U.S.C. 1325, and 8 U.S.C. 1324 from October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019.

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Bold Immigration Proposal in the U.S. Senate

I recently received an email from the Immigrant’s List about an interesting new piece of immigration legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate. The legislation is being supported by Immigrant’s List founding board member Ira J. Kurzban, one of the preeminent scholars of U.S. immigration law.

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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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