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USCIS Case Backlog Explained in New Testimony

USCIS case backlog explained in USCIS testimony, given jointly before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, on July 16, 2019. On July 16, 2019, the USCIS testified regarding the current backlog of 2.4 million cases awaiting adjudication through Fiscal Year 2018. You can read the full written joint testimony of…

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Falls Church Immigration Enforcement a Federal Responsibility

Police Chief Mary Gavin reports Falls Church immigration enforcement is not a local police duty. On July 23, 2019, Falls Church Police Chief Mary Gavin issued a public statement regarding Falls Church immigration enforcement. The Falls Church News-Press reported Chief Gavin’s complete statement, which can be found here. “Our police officers do not take into…

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EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program to Undergo Some Remodeling

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program updated rules take effect November 21, 2019. The USCIS is making major changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Three significant factors played into the decision to revise the program, including economic inflation since the early 90s, the gerrymandering of TEAs (Targeted Employment Areas), and fears that the program itself has…

DHS Expands Scope of Expedited Removal to Fullest

Expanding the scope of expedited removal is the latest move from Acting Secretary McAleenan. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, authorized a new designation for and expands the scope of expedited removal to its fullest under the INA. From the Notice, scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on July 23, 2019…

New Terror Threat Bulletin Released

Terror threat bulletin details trends in terror threats and environments. The new terror threat bulletin, formally named the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin (NTAS), highlights the Department of Homeland Security’s renewed focuses and efforts to anticipate and combat terrorism in the United States homeland. The NTAS bulletin was released on July 18, 2019, and is…

U.S.-Guatemala Developing H-2A Foreign Labor Recruiter Program

The Two Countries are Coordinating to Address Irregular Flow of Migrants   The U.S. and Guatemala are working together to create an H-2A Foreign Labor Recruiter program. As of July 22, 2019, the two countries have reached no agreement on developing the H-2A Foreign Labor Recruit program. The nations hope that their efforts will address…

Naturalization Test to Change Every Ten Years

Naturalization Test to Change Every Ten Years The USCIS is changing the naturalization test, and will revise it decennially. On July 18, 2019, the USCIS announced that it will be changing the test every ten years, and is soon to release a new version. The USCIS is piloting a revised test this fall. They plan…

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,…