DHS Releases FY2015 Mid-Year Border Security Update

In a status update on its border security efforts, DHS indicated that the number of total apprehensions along the southwest border during the first six months of FY2015 was 151,805, which is down nearly 60,000 (or 28%) compared to the same period in FY2014. Additionally, total apprehensions along the southwest border—comprised of apprehensions of unaccompanied children, family units, and single adults—for FY2015 are at their lowest point in the past four fiscal years.

Court Remands to Consider Whether Misprision of Felony Is a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude

The Second Circuit held that the BIA should determine on remand whether it still adheres to the position that concealment of a felony qualifies as a “crime involving moral turpitude.” If so, the BIA should determine whether its position can be applied retroactively to the petitioner’s case.

USCIS Reminder: New Form G-28 Mandatory Starting May 18!

USCIS posted a reminder that beginning May 18, 2015, USCIS will accept only the new Form G-28 with an edition date of March 4, 2015, and will stop accepting the earlier version of the form. If a filing is submitted with an old version of the G-28 on or after May 18, USCIS will not accept the G-28 but will accept the application (if it meets the criteria) and send all notices and secure documents to the applicant.

USCIS Reminder: Use the New Version of Form I-129 Beginning May 1

USCIS issued a reminder that beginning Friday, May 1, 2015, USCIS will accept only the new version of Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, with an edition date of October 23, 2014. Any filings with previous editions of this form will be rejected.

DOL and DHS Announce New Joint Rules for the H-2B Program

DOL and DHS released advance copies of two new joint rules on H-2Bs that are scheduled to be published tomorrow and will take effect immediately. The first is an interim final rule governing the certification of employment of H-2B workers and the enforcement of obligations applicable to H-2B employers. Comments are due within 60 days of publication. The second is a final rule governing the H-2B Wage Methodology. As background, on March 4, 2015, a federal district court vacated the DOL’s 2008 H-2B regulations on the ground that DOL lacked authority under the INA to issue regulations in the H-2B program. A subsequent temporary stay and extension followed, allowing the DOL to continue processing H-2B cases through May 15, 2015.

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.

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