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President Trump Will No Longer Waive Jerusalem Embassy Act

On May 8, 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed Congress that President Donald Trump would no longer sign waivers of the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

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DOS Suspends Processing of Adoptions Under India's Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that it is suspending processing of certain intercountry adoptions from India pending its review of Indian adoption laws.

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Summary of ICE Director Nominee Mark Morgan Interview

On May 5, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Mark Morgan to be the next Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In light of the news, it is worth examining an interview Morgan gave to The Epoch Times on April 24, 2019, just under two weeks before President Trump’s announcement. In this article, we will discuss the key points from the interview.

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ICE Starts Warrant Service Officer Program

On May 6, 2019, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the creation of the Warrant Service Officer program. The ICE news release explains that the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program is, in part, “intended for rural jurisdictions that lack the budget and personnel resources to become 287(g) partners…” The WSO program is also “intended for local law-enforcement that wish to honor immigration detainers but are prohibited due to state and local policies that limit cooperation with the agency.”

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DOS Warns of Form I-604 Orphan Determination Adjudication Times in Non-Hague Convention Cases

On April 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of State published a reminder for prospective adoptive parents about potentially long processing times for the Form I-604, Determination on Child for Adoption, in non-Hague Convention cases.

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Trump to Nominate Mark Morgan to be Next ICE Director

On May 5, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that he will appoint Mark Morgan as the next Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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ACLU/EFF Files Suit Over Warrantless Device Searches at Airports and the Border

The Associated Press reported that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the U.S. Government over the scope of searches of electronic devices at airports and border crossings.

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President Trump Issues Memo on Asylum in Proceedings, Asylum Fees, and Asylum EADs

On April 29, 2019, President Donald Trump issued a Memorandum for the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security titled “Presidential Memorandum on Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore Integrity to Our Immigration System.” In the memorandum, President Trump directed the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to promulgate new regulations on several important issues involving asylum.

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Honduras Ratifies the Hague Adoption Convention

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) noted that Honduras ratified the Hague Adoption Convention on March 6, 2019.

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New Russian Bribery Enforcement Statistics

Hannes Lubitzsch published an interesting post on Russian bribery enforcement statistics at the FCPA blog. In this post, I examine his analysis and discuss ways it can be relevant to certain types of immigration petitions and applications.

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