District Court Grants DOL an Extension for the H-2B Program

On April 15, 2015, the federal district court for the Northern District of Florida issued an order effectively permitting DOL to continue issuing H-2B labor certifications under its 2008 H-2B regulations through May 15, 2015.

This International Business Times article discusses a report released last week by Grassroots Leadership, a Texas nonprofit, which reveals how private prison companies have spent five years lobbying the government to enact conservative immigration reform both to maintain ICE’s bed quota and to ensure a steady flow of inmates into its detention centers. The report says that 62% of all ICE detention beds are now operated by for-profit prison companies.

This International Business Times article discusses a report released last week by Grassroots Leadership, a Texas nonprofit, which reveals how private prison companies have spent five years lobbying the government to enact conservative immigration reform both to maintain ICE’s bed quota and to ensure a steady flow of inmates into its detention centers. The report says that 62% of all ICE detention beds are now operated by for-profit prison companies.

New York Times: California Advances Bill to Help Immigrant Crime Victims Gain Visas

The New York Times reports on a U visa bill that would require California law enforcement to verify within 90 days cooperation with law enforcement by undocumented immigrants who are victims of violent crime. If passed, California would be the first state to mandate that law enforcement sign U visa certifications in a particular timeframe.

§212(h) Aggravated Felony Bar Cases in 1st or 8th Circuits

All but two federal circuit courts have rejected Matter of Koljenovic: The 8th Circuit upheld the BIA, and the 1st Circuit has not ruled.

Senate Reaches Agreement on Trafficking Bill

The Senate agreed on Tuesday not to include five proposed immigration amendments in a bill to combat human trafficking. These amendments would have restricted constitutional birthright citizenship, eliminated protections for unaccompanied children, and granted DHS broad power to detain noncitizens for prolonged periods.

No Summer Immigration Surge, Officials Say

The Associated Press reports that top ICE officials expect there to be far fewer migrant children and families crossing the border on their own this summer than there were during last year’s influx.

HS Provides Pocket-Size Instruction Card on Prosecutorial Discretion to Enforcement Officers

DHS issued an instruction card for enforcement personnel to carry that provides guidance and brief instruction on the DHS enforcement priorities articulated in the November 20, 2014, memo on prosecutorial discretion. ICE Director Sarah Saldaña presented the card to the House Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing last week.

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