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Haitians might be able to get reunited into the U.S.

USCIS notified stakeholders that on June 3, 2016, with the help of the National Visa Center (NVC), it issued the third round of invitations to apply for the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program, which allows certain eligible Haitian beneficiaries of family-based immigrant visa petitions approved on or before December 18, 2014, to be paroled into the United States up to approximately two years before their immigrant visa priority dates become current. The invitations include instructions on how eligible petitioners can apply for the program.

CBP holding people in inhuman conditions

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona issued an order finding that CBP is violating the constitutional rights of immigration detainees by holding them in conditions of confinement that fail to meet their basic human needs, and directing CBP to take certain steps to improve conditions in those facilities, known as hieleras. The injunction stems from a class action lawsuit filed in June 2015 by a group of immigration detainees who alleged that they were subjected to inhumane and punitive conditions during their confinement in Tucson Sector CBP holding facilities.

Reuters: Here’s How California Plans to Fight Donald Trump’s Immigration Plans

Reuters reports that on Monday leaders of both houses of California’s legislature introduced two bills to protect undocumented immigrants in the state from efforts to deport them once President-elect Donald Trump takes office on January 20, 2017. One measure would set up a fund to pay for lawyers for immigrants facing deportation. The other would train criminal defense attorneys in immigration law. “Immigrants are a part of California’s history, our culture, and our society,” stated Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. “We are telling the next administration and Congress: If you want to get to them, you have to go through us.”

Ninth Circuit upholds BIA denial

The Ninth Circuit upheld the BIA’s decision refusing to consider the Peruvian petitioner’s adjustment of status application because he entered the United States using a fraudulent Italian passport to gain the benefits of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), holding as a matter of first impression that a noncitizen who fraudulently enters the United States under the VWP is subject to the VWP’s limitations, including waiving any challenge to deportation other than asylum. The court also held that the BIA did not err in denying the petitioner’s applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT), finding that the petitioner failed to establish a nexus to a protected ground, and that the harm he suffered was insufficient for CAT protection.

BALCA overturns Denial main

Applying the reasoning from Matter of A Cut Above Ceramic Tile, BALCA reversed the Certifying Officer’s denial of the labor certification, finding that an employer is not required to retain or provide proof of publication of its State Workforce Agency (SWA) job order which can be sufficiently documented by listing the start and end dates of the job order on the ETA Form 9089.

Former Immigration Judges and BIA Members Slam DHS on Immigration Detention System

On October 31, 2016, former Immigration Judges and BIA members sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to express concern and disappointment regarding the dramatic increase in the numbers of men, women, and children detained by ICE, stating, “On the basis of our experiences as immigration jurists, we know this expansion comes at the expense of basic rights and due process.”

BIA Says Arizona Felony Conviction for Solicitation to Possess Marijuana for Sale Is a CIMT

In a precedent decision issued today, the BIA clarified Matter of Vo, holding that, within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit, a returning lawful permanent resident (LPR) who has a felony conviction for solicitation to possess marijuana for sale is an arriving alien who is inadmissible under INA §212(a)(2)(A)(i)(I) for having committed a crime of moral turpitude (CIMT), even though that section of the INA refers only to attempt and conspiracy to commit a CIMT.
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