CRS Examines Federal Law Regarding Border Admissions and Exclusions of Foreign Nationals

CRS Examines Federal Law Regarding Border Admissions and Exclusions of Foreign Nationals

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released an updated Legal Sidebar document on June 10, 2019, that outlines the immigration laws governing the admissions and exclusions of foreign nationals at the U.S. border. The report sought to clarify the detention and removal processes for foreign nationals, including procedures for asylum seekers, along with examining the treatment …

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CRS Addresses Legal Issues of the Migrant Protection Protocols

CRS Addresses Legal Issues of the Migrant Protection Protocols

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) on May 9, 2019 issued an update regarding the legal complexities arising from the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The government program is currently being challenged in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A ruling is not expected until later in 2019. On May 7, 2019, a three-judge …

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Changes to USCIS Processing of Removing Conditions on Residence

Changes to USCIS Processing of Removing Conditions on Residence

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a policy memo that provides revised interview guidelines to immigration officers adjudicating Petitions to Remove Conditions on Residence. As background, certain family or investment based immigrants who have a condition attached to their permanent resident status must file a petition with USCIS within a 90 days …

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DHS Issues Fraud Alert for Imposters Posing as U.S. Immigration Agents

DHS Issues Fraud Alert for Imposters Posing as U.S. Immigration Agents

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning people of a nationwide telephone spoofing scam that attempts to trick victims into divulging their personal information, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft. On March 1, 2019, the OIG issued a notice in response to reports of DHS phone …

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CRS Addresses Legal Issues in Migrant Protection Protocols for Asylum Applicants

CRS Addresses Legal Issues in Migrant Protection Protocols for Asylum Applicants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on January 28, 2019, started implementing a new policy that requires Central American asylum seekers arriving at the southern border of the United States to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed in U.S. immigration courts. In a report released on February 6, 2019, the Congressional Research Service …

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CRS Examines Per Country Immigration Limits in Employment Based Immigration

CRS Examines Per Country Immigration Limits in Employment Based Immigration

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report on the employment-based immigration process on December 21, 2018, recommending the removal of per-country ceilings on visa numbers, or caps, for employment-based prospective immigrants applying for lawful permanent resident status. As background, the current U.S. immigration systems allots a maximum 7 percent quota to each country for …

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Court Enjoins Pentagon Policy on Permanent Residents Serving in the U.S. Military

Court Enjoins Pentagon Policy on Permanent Residents Serving in the U.S. Military

On November 30, 2018, a federal court enjoined a Trump administration policy adopted last year that called for enhanced background checks for lawful permanent residents wanting to serve in the U.S. military. The extra vetting in addition to biometrics screening and other existing requirements caused long delays that have prevented potential recruits from reporting for …

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USMCA Preserves NAFTA’s Immigration Provisions

USMCA Preserves NAFTA’s Immigration Provisions

The United States has agreed to a new trilateral trade deal with Mexico and Canada that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), according to a September 30, 2018, announcement. The immigration provisions contained in NAFTA have been repackaged as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) but appear to largely remain the same. The …

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