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Attorney General Announces Zero-Tolerance Policy for Criminal Illegal Entry

DOJ announced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions notified all U.S. Attorney’s Offices along the southwest border of a new “zero-tolerance policy” for offenses under 8 U.S.C. §1325(a), which prohibits both attempted illegal entry and illegal entry into the United States by an individual. Sessions further directed the U.S. Attorney’s Offices to prosecute all DHS referrals for §1325(a) violations to the extent practicable.

Presidential Proclamation Removes Travel Ban Restrictions on Chad

Yesterday, President Trump announced that effective April 13, 2018, Chad is no longer subject to the restrictions and limitations of Presidential Proclamation 9645, commonly known as Travel Ban 3.0. DOS and DHS also issued statements about the president’s decision.

SPLC Sues Over Lack of Access to Counsel in Immigration Detention Centers

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a lawsuit last week in federal district court challenging immigration detainees’ lack of access to counsel in the LaSalle, Irwin, and Stewart detention centers.

Guard Faces Tricky Dance in California Border Mission

The Associated Press reports that governors in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas have committed around 2,400 National Guard troops to the southern U.S. border. California Governor Jerry Brown has stated that his National Guard will help go after “drugs and thugs along the Mexican border, but not immigrants,” but experts are skeptical that he will be able to enforce his vision.

Court Finds Florida Conviction for Sale of Cocaine to Be an “Illicit Trafficking” Aggravated Felony

The Eleventh Circuit held that the BIA did not err in concluding that the petitioner was ineligible for cancellation of removal because his Florida conviction for sale of cocaine constituted illicit trafficking within the meaning of INA §101(a)(43)(B).

Nearly 200,000 H-1B Applications sent

USCIS received 190,098 new H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY2019, down from approximately 199,000 petitions in FY2018.  “For the past six years, the H-1B cap has been reached within the first week of April and for the past six years, we have missed out on thousands of opportunities to build American businesses, foster innovation, and increase our shared prosperity.

Second Circuit throws doubt on the Categorical Approach of Drug Convictions

In Doe v. Sessions, the Second Circuit found that the BIA did not err in determining that the petitioner’s federal drug trafficking conviction made him removable, even though the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) schedules of drugs were broader at the time of conviction than at the time of removal.

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