BIA Finds Respondent Removable for Participation in Acts of Torture and Extrajudicial Killing

In a precedent decision, the BIA found respondent removable, where killing of civilians and acts of torture occurred during his command of the Salvadoran National Guard, and he interfered with investigations, and failed to hold the perpetrators accountable. Matter of Vides Casanova, 26 I&N Dec. 494 (BIA 2015).

USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for FY 2016 Beginning April 1, 2015

A USCIS News Release reminds the public that USCIS will begin accepting FY2016 H-1B petitions on April 1, 2015. USCIS projects that it will receive more petitions than the H-1B cap and reminds the public that if USCIS receives a number of petitions in excess of the cap in the first five days, all petitions will be subject to a random selection lottery. USCIS will reject all unselected cap-subject petitions, as well as any petitions received after the cap is met.

Request to Stay Injunction

The Justice Department, on March 12, 2015, filed an emergency motion for a stay pending appeal, with attachments, in Texas v. United States, requesting that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stay the district court’s nationwide preliminary injunction in its entirety or, at minimum, stay it with respect to implementation in states other than Texas, or states that are not parties to the suit.

California Court Reverses Century-Old Racist Ruling

The Associated Press reports that the California Supreme Court righted what it called a “grievous wrong” on Monday by posthumously granting a law license to a Chinese immigrant whose application 125 years ago was denied solely because of his race

Federal Judge who granted injunction on DAPA drags feet on ruling on Motion to Stay injunction

The federal judge in Texas who blocked President Barack Obama’s latest executive actions on immigration signaled Tuesday that he isn’t inclined to rush a decision on the Obama Administration’s request to lift the injunction he imposed last week. The Justice Department warned in its stay application filed on Monday that if the judge does not act on the stay by the end of business today, it would move to a higher court.

AAO Sustains appeal of Form I-212

In a nonprecedent decision, the AAO sustained an appeal of a Form I-212, finding that although the applicant was removed in 2012 for being an intending immigrant, there is no indication she misrepresented her intentions or willfully violated the terms of a prior admission in 2011 as a B-2 visitor.

TPS for El Salvador coming up! Don’t delay

USCIS posted a reminder that Monday, March 9, 2015, is the deadline for current El Salvador Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries to re-register for the 18-month extension of TPS that runs from March 10, 2015, through September 9, 2016.


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