New Policy allows officers with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to outright deny any visa or green card application that is missing evidence or contains an error, without giving the applicant or petitioner a chance to correct these problems.
On Friday, August 3, 2018, U.S. Federal Judge John Bates ruled that the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was made on unreasonable grounds or without any proper consideration of circumstances, and that it must fully restore the program with a 20-day postponement until August 23, 2018, to allow the government to respond and appeal.
UPDATED JULY 30, 2018
On July 5, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published new guidance, dated June 28, 2018, regarding Notices to Appear (NTA). The issuance of an NTA commences removal proceedings against the alien. An NTA is a charging document that is issued to foreign nationals, placing them in removal proceedings and directing them to appear in immigration court before an immigration judge. Learn how this new policy may affect you.
On April 24, 2018, a third federal judge ruled that the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program was made without reasonable explanation. The administration has 90 days to provide a justification for the decision, before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must accept DACA requests for new applicants. Find out what happens to Dreamers now.
AMIR RASOULPOUR and ANGELA TORREGOZA, chapter members of the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) traveled to Washington, D.C., and visited Congressional offices to share the contributions of immigrants to our state with members of Congress and explain the impact of the anti-immigrant policies implemented by the Trump administration.
On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed the much-debated $1.3 billion spending bill averting another government shutdown. American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Director of Government Relations Greg Chen reacts to the spending bill Congress passed that will fund the government through the end of FY2018 and shares what it means for immigration policy.
Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, once again let politics take precedence over the lives of real people, and has squandered another opportunity to protect Dreamers. Despite the fact that a vast majority of voters support measures to protect Dreamers, the hopes of this compelling population are fading as Congress fails to pass the Dream Act legislation, initially introduced with bipartisan support 20 years ago.
At midnight on January 20, 2018, the U.S. government shut down, exactly one year after Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States. With the national conversation focused squarely on Dreamers, Congress was unable to find common ground on a budget deal and has shut down the U.S. Government.
What's next for the Dreamers? As the federal government begins accepting DACA renewal applications following a federal court ruling, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt shares what this means and how the Department of Justice’s appeal will impact the applications.