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Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Third Travel Ban

oday a federal judge largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the president’s controversial travel ban, setting up yet another legal showdown on the extent of the executive branch’s powers when it comes to setting immigration policy. The latest ban was set to fully go into effect in the early morning hours of Wednesday, barring various types of travelers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela. Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii wrote that the latest ban “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States.

Court Upholds BIA’s Determination That Petitioner Entered into Fraudulent Marriage to Procure Adjustment of Status

The Eighth Circuit denied the petition for review, holding that the BIA’s determination that the petitioner attempted to procure an adjustment of status by willfully misrepresenting that his marriage to a U.S. citizen was bona fide was supported by substantial evidence that the marriage was a sham. The court found that the unrefuted testimony and documentary evidence submitted by DHS was sufficient to prove that the marriage was fraudulent under INA §212(a)(6)(C)(i), and therefore that the petitioner was removable pursuant to INA §237(a)(1)(A).

Trump’s Refugee Ban Ends as White House Preps New Screening Rules

PBS reports that President Trump’s March 6, 2017, Executive Order, which included a four-month worldwide ban on refugees entering the United States, expired today. Refugees seeking entry to the United States will now face what officials have described as a more stringent and thorough examination of their backgrounds, in line with the Trump “extreme vetting” policy for immigrants. AILA has also provided updated Talking Points on President Trump’s September 24, 2017, proclamationrestricting travel to the United States by foreign nationals from certain countries, including information on litigation blocking certain aspects of the proclamation

USCIS Will No Longer Provide Deference to Prior Adjudications for Nonimmigrant Petitions

USCIS issued a policy memorandum that supersedes and rescinds the April 23, 2004, memorandum titled “The Significance of a Prior CIS Approval of a Nonimmigrant Petition in the Context of a Subsequent Determination Regarding Eligibility for Extension of Petition Validity” and section VII of the August 17, 2015, policy memorandum titled “L-1B Adjudications Policy.” The memorandum, which is effective immediately, provides updated guidance that makes clear that the burden of proof remains on the petitioner even where an extension of nonimmigrant status is sought, and that adjudicators must apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests even where the petitioner, beneficiary, and underlying facts are unchanged from a previously approved petition.

Employment-Based Adjustment Interviews

As of October 2, 2017, all I-140-based adjustment of status applicants are being required to appear for an in-person interview at a USCIS Field Office.

What is the U.S. coming to: 10-Year-Old Immigrant Is Detained After Agents Stop Her on Way to Surgery

The New York Times reports that a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy has been detained by federal immigration authorities in Texas after she passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint on her way to a hospital to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery. The girl, Rosamaria Hernandez, who was brought to the United States without documentation to live in Laredo, Texas, when she was three months old, was being transferred from a medical center in Laredo to a hospital in Corpus Christi around 2:00 am on Tuesday when Border Patrol agents stopped the ambulance she was riding in. The agents allowed her to continue to hospital but followed the ambulance the rest of the way there, then waited outside her room until she was released from the hospital.

Court Says It Lacks Jurisdiction to Review Denial of Bosnian Petitioner’s §237(a)(1)(H) Waiver Application

The Seventh Circuit dismissed in part and denied in part the petition for review, holding that it lacked jurisdiction to review the BIA’s discretionary decision to deny the Bosnian Serb petitioner’s application for a waiver of removal under INA §237(a)(1)(H). Accordingly, the court upheld the BIA’s determination that the petitioner, who had failed to disclose his participation as a combatant in the Bosnian conflict during the 1990s when he applied for refugee status, was removable based on fraud.

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