http://ow.ly/yV74p The New York Times reports that two leading House lawmakers—one Republican and one Democrat—declared efforts to overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system all but dead for the year.
http://ow.ly/yBJDt A Montana state district court found most sections of Montana’s voter-approved immigration law were preempted by federal law. The law would have required state agencies to determine an applicant’s immigration status before granting a wide variety of state services, including unemployment insurance benefits, licenses to practice trades or professions, enrollment in state universities, and services for crime victims.
http://ow.ly/yBJso In light of the policy change, effective June 1, 2014, that limits validity of medical examinations to one year from the date that USCIS receives the form, the USCIS National Benefits Center instructs that Form I-693 be submitted one of three ways: together with Form I-485 to the location specified on Form I-485; after filing Form I-485 to the location specified in the most recent communication with USCIS (for example, an RFE); or in person at an interview at a USCIS field office, if an interview is required.
http://ow.ly/yBIUZ DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson testified at the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on DHS efforts to respond to the increasing number of unaccompanied children at the southern border. He announced that DHS has decided to establish a detention facility to hold families and expedite the removal of adults traveling with children. Today, the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees are also holding hearings on the issue.
http://ow.ly/yBIlf As reported by The New York Times, the Obama Administration is planning to detain more of the Central American migrants who are crossing the U.S. border and accelerate their cases in immigration courts. To accommodate the change, DHS officials are rushing to open more detention centers intended for families with children, and immigration officers and judges will also be reassigned on an emergency basis to speed cases in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memorandum to President Obama on the progress made by DOJ and other federal agencies, including USCIS and DOS, on the implementation of federal benefits to same-sex married couples, following U.S. v. Windsor. The memo states that DOS has made and is in the process of making revisions to the language of the Foreign Affairs Manual to account for same-sex marriages in accordance with the Windsor decision http://ow.ly/yBHIO