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Supreme Court Strikes Down One Clause of Aggravated Felony Crime of Violence Definition

On April 17, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its much anticipated decision in Sessions v. Dimaya, 584 U.S. __ (2018). The question before the Supreme Court was whether 18 U.S.C. 16(b), as incorporated into the INA, is unconstitutionally “void for vagueness.” In Sessions v. Dimaya, the Supreme Court held by a 5-4 margin that 18 U.S.C. 16(b) is void for vagueness, affirming the Ninth Circuit. The opinion of the Court was authored by Justice Elena Kagan, and joined in full regarding the vagueness analysis by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Neil Gorsuch.

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Nicaragua Becomes Partner in ICE's eTD System

On April 10, 2018, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published a news release titled “Nicaragua becomes the latest partner in ICE’s eTD system.” The news release explains that the eTD system is intended to streamline the process of determining citizenship and obtaining travel documents for individuals subject to immigration detention in the United States. It electronically provides “biographic and biometric information used to determine citizenship and/or nationality for individuals.” The news release states that Nicaragua is one of the first countries to become partners in the eTD system.

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AG Sessions Delivers Remarks on Immigration Enforcement and Border Security

On April 11, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered remarks on immigration enforcement in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In his remarks, Sessions commented on the recent uptick in illegal border crossings, on some of the new initiatives being undertaken by his own Department of Justice (DOJ), and on the broader Trump Administration to curtail illegal immigration. We will review some of the interesting points in his remarks with reference to relevant articles on our site.

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DOJ Brings Two Civil Denaturalization Complaints Against Convicted War Criminals

On April 4, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had filed civil denaturalization lawsuits against two convicted war criminals of the former.Yugoslavia. The two individuals who were charged – Edin Dezko, 46, and Rasema Yetisen, 45 – are alleged to have been “part of an elite unit of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina that attacked the village of Trusina on April 16, 1993, in what is known as the Trusina massacre.”

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New E-Verify.gov Website

On April 10, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of its new E-Verify website, E-Verify.gov. The new E-Verify.gov website promises to be more user friendly than previous versions. The USCIS explains that it will provide information about both E-Verify and Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification.

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USCIS Completes H1B Lottery Process for FY-2019

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it completed the H1B lottery for H1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2019 H1B cap on April 11, 2018, through a “computer-generated random selection process…” The H1B lottery was conducted to select a sufficient number of petitions to reach the general cap of 65,000 H1B visas and the special “master’s cap” of 20,000 H1B visas.

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USCIS to Conduct Lottery for CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW1) Petitions Subject to FY-2019 Cap

On April 11, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received more petitions for visas under the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW1) program than the number of available CW1 visas for fiscal year 2019. The CW1 cap for fiscal year 2019 is set at 4,999. Accordingly, the USCIS will conduct a CW1 lottery, as it stated it would do in the event that it received more CW1 petitions than there were available CW1 visas for the fiscal year.

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USCIS to Destroy Certain Documents Returned as Undeliverable After 60 Business Days

On April 2, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began implementing a new policy for cases wherein certain forms are returned as undeliverable by the United States Postal Service (USPS) after 60 business days. Under the new policy, the USCIS will destroy Permanent Resident Cards (“Green Cards”), Employment Authorization Cards, and Travel Documents that are returned as undeliverable by the USPS after 60 business days, unless the USCIS is in that time contacted by the intended recipient of the document to provide correct address information.

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USCIS Receives Enough H1B Petitions to Reach FY 2019 Cap

On April 6, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it reached the congressionally mandated H1B cap of 65,000 H1B visas for fiscal year 2019. Furthermore, the USCIS also received enough H1B petitions to meet the H1B “master’s cap” of 20,000 for fiscal year 2019.

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President Trump Memo on Sending National Guard to the Border

On March 4, 2018, President Donald Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security titled “Securing the Southern Border of the United States.” The Memorandum directs the Secretary of Defense to request States to summon the National Guard to assist in securing the border. In this post, we will briefly explain the background of the decision and what it means as policy.

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