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Court Affirms Reinstatement of Prior Removal Order After Illegal Reentry

The Seventh Circuit denied the petition for review, rejecting the argument that, because reentry by the previously removed petitioner was “procedurally irregular,” he was entitled to a full hearing before an immigration judge rather than being subject to reinstatement of his prior removal order.

USCIS Continues to Expand Digital Delivery of FOIA Requests

USCIS announced that it has introduced the second phase of the FOIA Immigration Records SysTem (FIRST). Phase two allows all FOIA requestors to create a USCIS online account, track their cases, and receive their responses electronically.

Court Rules that M‑E‑V‑G‑’s “Particular Social Group” Test Is Entitled to Chevron Deference

The Third Circuit denied the petition for review and accepted the immigration judge and BIA’s determination that “immediate family members of Honduran women unable to leave a domestic relationship” is not a legally cognizable particular social group.

ICE Agents Pressured Parents to Be Deported with Their Children — Then Separated Them Again When They Refused

A group of fathers who were reunited with their children after being separated by ICE were then separated a second time after the fathers refused to sign paperwork to withdraw their children’s immigration cases and be deported together.  It is despicable what ICE is doing. Unfortunately, they seem to have the go ahead from Trump.

USCIS Returns Unselected FY2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS announced that as of yesterday, July 30, 2018, it had returned all FY2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the lottery.

Trump May Slash Number of Refugees U.S. Accepts by 40 Percent

the White House is considering a second major reduction in the number of refugees accepted for resettlement in the United States. Last year, the Trump administration set the cap for refugee admissions at a historic low of 45,000. President Trump must officially set the cap by the start of FY2019, which begins on October 1, 2018

Court Considers Both Charging Document and Statute in Aggravated Felony Analysis

Declining to review the BIA’s denial of the cancellation application, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the petitioner’s guilty plea to the charge of violating a Washington state child assault statute “with sexual motivation” brings the conviction within the definition of the federal offense of sexual abuse of a minor.
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