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.
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 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.”
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.”