Immigration Court Asylum Denials at Ebb Tide

With Immigration Court asylum denials reaching an all-time low – the lowest level in a quarter of a century according to FY 2010 results – data shows that immigration judges are declining fewer requests for asylum. Recent Justice Department data show that immigration judges are declining substantially fewer requests for asylum. Denial rates have reached …

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Congressional Report Discusses Role of the Military to Secure U.S. Borders

Dallas-based immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz offers informed commentary about Congressional Report. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is charged with preventing the entry of terrorists, securing the borders, and carrying out immigration enforcement functions. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of DHS, has primary responsibility for securing the borders of …

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ICE Releases 5-Year Strategic Plan Including High Priority to Workplace Compliance

Between fiscal years 2010 and 2014, ICE will prioritize its efforts on the first three homeland security missions identified in the 2010 Quadrennial Homeland Security Report. Between fiscal years (FY) 2010 and 2014, ICE will prioritize its efforts on the first three homeland security missions identified in the 2010 Quadrennial Homeland Security Report: (1) preventing …

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U. S. Embassy and Consulates Ease Visa Appointments in China

U.S. embassies and consulates liberalize interview appointment policy. Effective immediately, non-immigrant visa applicants may book interview appointments at any U.S. Consular Section in China, regardless of the province or city where they live. Consular Sections are located at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and U.S. Consulates General in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang. In 2009, …

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July, 2010 Visa Bulletin

Visa Bulletin for July 2010 Number 22 Volume IX Washington, D.C. A. STATUTORY NUMBERS 1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during July. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports …

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DHS Uses Video Surveillance at the Northern Border

Surveillance systems deployed to northern border provide situational awareness. U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced the use of the Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) in the Detroit Border Patrol Sector as part of the Secure Border Initiative’s Northern Border Project. The Northern Border Project is part of CBP’s program to use technology as part …

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DHS Enhances Air Traveler Security

On June 7, 2010, Secretary Napolitano announced a major aviation security milestone. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced that all passengers traveling in the United States and its territories are now being checked against terrorist watchlists through the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight program—a major step in fulfilling a key …

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Dallas Lawyer Weighs in on Temporary Protected Status Designations

Dallas-based immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz of the firm Rabinowitz &Rabinowitz offers some informed comment about recent 18-month extensions of Temporary Protected Status designations for foreign nationals from Nicaragua and Honduras. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Nicaragua …

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DHS adopts new dynamic and flexible security steps to protect the flying public

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on April 2, 2010 that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin implementing new enhanced security measures. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin implementing new enhanced security measures for all air carriers with international …

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H-1B Petition Filings for Fiscal Year 2011 Continue

USCIS continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2011 (FY2011) cap. USCIS will monitor the number of petitions received for both the 65,000 general cap and the 20,000 U.S. master’s degree or higher education exemption. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions …

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