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E-Verify Employers Have Through March 31, 2017, to Download Historic Records Report of E-Verify Records More Than 10 Years Old

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Each year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) disposes of E-Verify records that are over 10 years old. In accordance with records retention and disposal policies, the USCIS will delete E-Verify records over 10 years old on April 1, 2017. This article cotains information regarding downloading E-Verify Historic Records Reports prior to the deletion of old E-Verify records.

Why AILA's "Justice Campaign" Misses the Mark on Advocacy During the Trump Administration

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I receive various communications from the American Association of Immigration Lawyers (AILA) due to my being a member and having attended many AILA conferences. Followers of my blog will likely notice that the opinions I express on immigration are well right of those expressed by most immigration attorneys and advocates seen in the media. In this post, I will examine areas where I agree with AILA and disagree with AILA in a post about its new “Justice Campaign.”

Supreme Court Rules that Void-for-Vagueness Doctrine Does Not Apply to Federal Sentencing Guidelines

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On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision titled Beckles v. United States, No. 15-8544 (2017). Beckles is not an immigration case and is unlikely to have a direct effect on immigration law. However, it is tangentially related to the Supreme Court decision in Johnson v. United States, 576 U.S. __ (2015), which does have an effect on certain immigration statutes. As a matter of interest, we will review the Beckles decision in brief and explain how it is related to Johnson.

Secretary Tillerson, Attorney General Sessions, and Secretary Kelly Make Statements on Travel Executive Order

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On March 6, 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly released statements about President Donald Trump’s new travel Executive Order issued on the same day. The three department heads each defended the travel Executive Order and explained how their respective Departments would implement its provisions. The video of their statements is available in this post.

A Troubling Speech on the Nature of the ISIS Threat

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Riz Ahmed, a Pakistani-British actor and rapper, delivered a speech delivered to the House of Parliament in London on the subject of diversity in film and television. Ahmed spoke broadly of encouraging diversity in film and television, and he was critical of the United Kingdom for being, in his opinion, behind the United States in this area. However, Ahmed made an interesting argument regarding what he perceived as the power of diversity in film and television to prevent young people from joining ISIS. While this portion of his speech has received much attention and acclaim, I will explain why I find it quite troubling, given my strong interest in immigration issues.

President Trump Issues Revised Travel Executive Order

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On March 6, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order titled “Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.”  This Executive Order revokes the Executive Order of the same name issued by President Trump on January 27, 2017, and narrows it in scope. 

Archived Article: Obama-Era Civil Enforcement Priorities

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On November 20, 2014, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, released a memorandum detailing revised immigration enforcement priorities titled “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants.” The policy guidance took effect on January 5, 2015. It has since been replaced by a new set of enforcement priorities on February 20, 2017. This article is archived for informational purposes only.

Federal Government Hiring Freeze Does Not Apply to Immigration Judges

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On March 3, 2017, Reuters reported that it had been informed by the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) that President Trump’s federal hiring freeze would not apply to immigration judges. In this article, we examine the background of the hiring freeze and the decision to exempt immigration judges.

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