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District Court Judge Grants Summary Judgment to the Plaintiffs and Denies Government’s Motion to Dismiss in H‑1B Denial Case

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered USCIS to change the plaintiff’s status to H‑1B nonimmigrant after rejecting USCIS decision that Relx, Inc. d/b/a/ LexisNexis had not shown that the data analyst position was a specialty occupation.

Massive Raid Adds to Migrant Fears, Endangers Due Process

DHS conducted what is reportedly the largest single-state worksite enforcement raid in U.S. history. According to the Clarion Ledger, local Mississippi schools were on standby to help children whose parents were among the 680 individuals arrested.

District Court Issues TRO to Block New USCIS Asylum Policy Affecting UACs

The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland granted the plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO), blocking the implementation of the May 31, 2019, USCIS memo regarding updated procedures for asylum applications filed by unaccompanied children (UACs) for 14 days from issuance of the court’s order.

USCIS Announces It Will Keep Seven International Field Offices Open

USCIS announced that it plans to maintain operations at its international field offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Nairobi, New Delhi, Guatemala City, Mexico City, and San Salvador. USCIS plans to close the remaining 13 international field offices and three district offices by August 2020.

U.S. Border Agency to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Tech

CBP is set to expand its use of facial recognition technology to screen people entering the country. A draft request for bids lays out CBP’s plans to replace its existing “token-based” security system, which relies on verification methods such as passwords, with a biometric one. CBP also plans to replace Global Entry kiosks at the border with a “facial recognition solution.”

USCIS Issues Policy Alert with Updated Guidance for Adjudication of Cuban Adjustment Act Cases

USCIS issued a policy alert after it updated guidance in the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) relating to adjustment of status under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA). In this alert, USCIS provides updated examples of documents applicants may submit as proof of being a Cuban native or Cuban citizen for purposes of adjusting status under the CAA, and replaces language directing officers to certify denied CAA cases to the AAO with language suggesting certification if appropriate.

Thirteen States File Lawsuit over Trump ‘Public Charge’ Rule

The Hill reports that 13 states led by Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed a lawsuit Wednesday over the Trump administration’s new “public charge” rule. The complaint states, “The rule is arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion because—among other reasons—it reverses a decades-old, consistent policy without reasoned analysis.”

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