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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Rescinds 25 DOJ Guidance Documents

On December 21, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded 25 guidance documents that had been issued over the years by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). We discussed in a previous article that Attorney General Sessions had issued a memorandum on ending the DOJ’s practice of regulation by guidance. This guidance document was issued to follow the policy set forth in President Donald Trump’s February 24, 2017 Executive Order 13777, titled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” and published in the Federal Register (FR) at 82 FR 12285.

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DOJ Announces Criminal Complaint Filed for Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization

On December 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it charged a lawful permanent resident (LPR) from Uzbekistan with immigration offenses.

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January 2018 Visa Bulletin

On December 11, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Immigrant Visa Bulletin for January 2018. The visa bulletin contains filing dates and final action dates for the family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visa preference categories. On December 15, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that beneficiaries of approved family-sponsored preference petitions must use the filing dates for applying for adjustment of status in January 2018. Conversely, USCIS determined that beneficiaries of approved employment-based petitions must use the final action dates for applying for adjustment of status in January 2018. In this article, we will examine the relevant charts provided by the DOS and the USCIS for immigrant visa applicants and adjustment of status applicants in January 2018.

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District Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Implementation of Certain Portions of 10/24 Refugee Executive Order

On December 23, 2017, Judge James L. Robart of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington granted a motion for a preliminary injunction against the implementation by federal agencies of certain portions of the inter-agency memorandum implementing President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13815 on refugees. The preliminary injunction was granted pertaining to two cases: Doe v. Trump and Jewish Family Services v. Trump. In this article, we will review the temporary injunction and examine what it means.

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Supreme Court Weighs in On Document Discovery in California DACA Rescission Case

On December 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a per curiam order lifting an order by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California that would have required the Trump Administration to turn over a substantial number of documents relating to its decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The issue arises from five lawsuits filed in California against the government over the DACA termination. In this article, we examine the news and what it means going forward.

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Encouraging Point on Israel in the Trump National Security Strategy Document

On December 18, 2017, the Trump Administration released its National Security Strategy document. In a separate post, I examined its points discussing border security and immigration in detail. Here, I will step away from immigration policy for a moment to examine an interesting paragraph from the National Security Strategy that concerned U.S. policy toward Israel.

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Immigration and Border Security in the Trump National Security Strategy Document

On December 18, 2017, the Executive Branch released the National Security Strategy of the United States of America. In this document, the Trump Administration articulated its national security policy and objectives going forward. In this article, we will examine the new National Security Strategy document’s inclusion of immigration and border security. Although the discussion of these issues in the document are in line with the previously articulated positions of the Trump Administration, their inclusion in the National Security Strategy gives an indication of how the Trump Administration sees immigration issues in the context of national security. Additionally, we will compare the language in the 2017 National Security Strategy on these points with the language used in the 2015 National Security Strategy issued by the Obama Administration.

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Senate Confirms Kirstjen Nielsen as Sixth Secretary of Homeland Security

On December 5, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as the sixth Secretary of Homeland Security by a vote of 62-37. When she is sworn in, Nielsen will replace John Kelly, who left his post as Secretary of Homeland Security on July 31, 2017, to become the White House Chief of Staff. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine C. Duke had been serving in an acting capacity since Kelly’s move to the White House.

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DHS OIG Finds Troubling Conditions at Several ICE Detention Facilities

On December 11, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an interesting and troubling report titled “Concerns about ICE Detainee Treatment and Care at Detention Facilities.” The DHS OIG report “identified problems that undermine the protection of detainees’ rights, their humane treatment, and the provision of a safe and healthy environment” at four detention facilities during unannounced inspections. In this post, we will detail the DHS OIG findings and examine the corrective action that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun to undertake.

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DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Announces New VWP Security Enhancements

On December 15, 2017, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will implement new security measures for the Visa Waiver Program. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) worked with the Department of State (DOS) and other relevant agencies to develop the new VWP enhancements. In this article, we will outline the new changes announced by Secretary Nielsen.

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