DHS terminates TPS for El Salvador

The Department of Homeland Security announced January 8, 2018 that El Salvador’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation will terminate September 9, 2019. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said that the decision was made after reviewing whether the disaster-related conditions that the designation was based on continue to exist. Nielsen said that the TPS designation …

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DHS Nixes TPS for Nicaragua, Delays TPS Extension Decision for Honduras

Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security announced in November, 2017, that it will terminate its Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for certain qualifying citizens of Nicaragua present in the United States. Elaine Duke, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, said that the effective date of the termination will be January 5, 2019, delayed by 12 months …

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President Trump outlines proposed changes to immigration law

The Trump administration released a list of immigration principles and policies on Oct. 8, 2017, that complicate negotiations with Democrats to protect young undocumented immigrants who have qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to remain in the United States. President Trump’s list of principles details several policy positions, including completion of the …

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Trump administration rescinds DACA, looks to Congress for fix

On September 5, 2017, President Trump took action to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era policy that protected some young immigrants from deportation. President Trump gave Congress a six-month time limit to pass a legislative solution before DACA would formally end and expose its beneficiaries to deportation. Immigrants eligible for …

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Department of State Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance in Russia

Beginning August 23, 2017, the U.S. Department of State suspended all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia. All appointments in Moscow were canceled until September 1, when the department said that visa operations would resume on a greatly reduced scale. The U.S. Mission to Russia said the action was necessary because of reduced staffing levels. In …

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CBP to use facial recognition software in biometric exit processing

Facial recognition biometric exit technology will be deployed at Washington Dulles International Airport., U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in early June, 2017. The technology will be used daily for one flight to Dubai from the United States, building upon an earlier pilot program at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Additional airports will be added …

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The CRS Issues Report on Sanctuary Cities

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a report on sanctuary cities, addressing the issue of how to define a sanctuary city, specific limitations that states and localities have placed on immigration enforcement activity, and measures that the federal government has taken to counteract sanctuary policies. The CRS report comes at a time when the …

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