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BIA rules that Pickering is a NATIONWIDE case dealing with Vacated Convictions

The BIA sustained the respondent’s appeal and remanded the case to the immigration judge for further proceedings, stating that its holding in Matter of Pickering, regarding the validity of vacated convictions for immigration purposes, is reaffirmed, and the decision is modified to give it nationwide application.

Jeff Sessions further curtails Due Process of Foreign Nationals

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.

H-1B’s All Used Up Already

USCIS announced that the agency had already received more than enough applications to reach the annual cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas within the first five business days of the FY2019 H-1B filing season.

DOL Notice on Process Change for H-2B Labor Certifications

DOL published notice in the Federal Register on a change to the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s (OFLC) process for issuing final H-2B labor certification decisions for applications with a start date of need between April 1 and September 30, 2018.

VSC Will Continue Accepting L-1 Petitions Until February 12, 2018

Vermont Service Center (VSC) Liaison Committee has confirmed with the VSC that petitioners should continue to file L-1 petitions with the VSC until February 12, 2018, at which point the Texas Service Center (TSC) will start accepting Form I-129 petitions requesting L nonimmigrant classification.

Court Denies Petition for Review of Eligibility of Follower of Santa Muerte for Withholding and CAT Protection

In Garcia-Moctezuma v. Sessions, the Eighth Circuit denied the petition for review of the denial of withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture, holding that substantial evidence supported the finding that the petitioner, a follower of the deity Santa Muerte, failed to establish either a sufficient nexus between his faith and his mistreatment in Mexico or a likelihood of torture if removed to Mexico.

DOJ Demands Documents and Threatens to Subpoena 23 “Sanctuary” Jurisdictions

DOJ announced that it sent letters to 23 cities, counties, and states as part of a review of 8 U.S.C. 1373 compliance, demanding the production of documents that could show whether each jurisdiction is restricting information sharing with federal immigration authorities. The letter states that recipient jurisdictions that fail to respond will be subject to a DOJ subpoena.

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