New Asylum Interim Final Rule to Limit Forum Shopping

New Asylum Interim Final Rule to Limit Forum Shopping The asylum regulations are changing to limit forum shopping. On July 16, 2019, the DOJ and the DHS are jointly publishing a new Interim Final Rule to prevent forum shopping for asylum seekers arriving at the southern U.S. border with Mexico. The DOJ/DHS announced that they,…

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ICE Raids Planned as Enforcement Actions Decline

ICE Raids Planned as Enforcement Actions Decline At least 2000 unlawfully present immigrants are the targets of ICE raids scheduled to begin this weekend on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Although it is unclear where the raids will take place, ICE agents are expected to conduct raids in at least 10 major U.S. cities. The raids…

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USCIS Denver Field Office Making Big Changes

USCIS Denver Field Office Making Big Changes The USCIS Denver Field Office is making big changes to its operations. Pursuant to the Information Services Modernization Program, which, according to the Denver Post went into effect on June 24, 2019, several functions of the USCIS Denver Field Office that people generally expect are no longer available,…

Free Immigration Counseling in Enid, Oklahoma

Free Immigration Counseling in Enid, Oklahoma Tyler Christians of Christians Law, PLLC is providing free immigration counseling in Enid, Oklahoma this weekend. On Saturday, July 13, Mr. Christians will meet with individuals, businesses, and families for free immigration counseling sessions at Emmanuel Enid, located at: Emmanuel Enid https://www.emmanuelenid.org 580-231-0684 2505 West Garriott, Enid, OK 73703…

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DHS Secretary Visiting Honduras and El Salvador

DHS Secretary Visiting Honduras and El Salvador Acting DHS Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan is visiting El Salvador and Honduras this week. Secretary McAleenan will meet with El Salvadorean President Nayib Bukele tonight. Nayib Bukele was recently elected President of El Salvador, receiving 53% of the vote. President Bukele is well known for his young age…

Law Creates New CNMI Resident Status

Law Creates New CNMI Resident Status President Donald Trump signed Public Law 116-24 on June 25, 2019, creating a new CNMI Resident Status for certain individuals qualifying under section 2 of the new law. See the law here. (Links to .pdf). CNMI refers to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In accordance with the new…

DHS Agents Headed to Guatemala

DHS Agents Headed to Guatemala In a joint agreement between the United States and Guatemala, it appears the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is sending nearly 100 agents to Guatemala by August, 2019. According to this article by Sofia Menchu, Reuters was able to glimpse an “official document” dated May 27, 2019, hashing out the…

USCIS Plans to Close All International Field Offices

USCIS Plans to Close All International Field Offices The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to close all of its international field offices, apparently. Earlier in March, 2019, Reuters and many other outlets reported that an internal email from former USCIS Director, Lee Cissna, described the service’s intent to close all of its…

ICE Using Rapid DNA Testing at Border

ICE Using Rapid DNA Testing at Border In an effort to reduce fraud, human trafficking/smuggling, and other crimes, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is using rapid DNA testing at the southwest border to identify familial relationships and other genetic identifiers. According to their press announcement, identifying children who are being exploited is a primary goal…

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1K National Guard Personnel Sent to Texas Border

1K National Guard Personnel Sent to Texas Border The state of Texas is sending an additional 1,000 of its National Guard personnel to the Texas border. On June 21, 2019, Texas Governor Greg Abbott deployed one thousand National Guard soldiers to El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley.  Governor Abbott stated regarding the deployment, “The…