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BIA Rules on Expert Testimony and Factual Findings

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The BIA ruled that expert testimony is evidence, but only an immigration judge makes factual findings, and that when a factual finding is inconsistent with an expert’s opinion, judges should explain the reasons behind the factual findings. 

DHS Announces Finalization of Asylum Cooperative Agreement with Honduras

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On Friday, DHS announced that the United States and Honduras have concluded the implementation accords for the Asylum Cooperative Agreement, under which certain migrants requesting asylum or similar humanitarian protection at the border will be transferred to… 

USCIS Agrees to Stop Rejecting Applications and Petitions for Blank Spaces as of December 28, 2020

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As a result of class action litigation in Vangala v. USCIS challenging USCIS’s No Blank Space” policy, USCIS has agreed to stop implementing the rejection policy for asylum applications and U visa petitions starting December 28, 2020. AILA… 

Immigration Advocates Celebrate Alejandro Mayorkas as Biden’s Pick to Run Homeland Security

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Yahoo News reports on President-Elect Biden’s announcement that he intends to nominate Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of DHS. Mayorkas, who previously served as deputy secretary of DHS under President Obama, is the son of Cuban Jews who… 

BIA Sustains DHS Appeal and Reinstates Removal Proceedings in Case Where TPS Applicant Was Not Admitted

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The BIA sustained the DHS appeal and vacated the immigration judge decision after finding that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) does not constitute an admission and that a TPS applicant who was not admitted or paroled should not…