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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Emergency Motion for TRO filed against EOIR

Episode 127 - Interview w/ Business & Civil Rights Immigration Attorney Amy Maldonado Not legal advice. Consult with an Attorney. Audio Podcast Download: Email: Twitter: @AmyMaldonadoLaw Website:

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

ICE Guidance on COVID-19 Page

Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on MPP Rescheduling

Due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19, all Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) master calendar and merit hearings presently scheduled through April 22 will be rescheduled. Neither the MPP program nor any hearings will be cancelled.
Any individual with an MPP hearing date through April 22 should present themselves at their designated port of entry on their previously scheduled date to receive a tear sheet and hearing notice containing their new hearing dates. DHS and EOIR are deeply committed to ensuring that individuals ‘have their day in court’ while also ensuring the health and safety of aliens, our frontline officers, immigration court professionals, and our citizens.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Rasmussen Reports Weekly Immigration Index

59% who think legal immigrants should only be allowed to bring their spouse and minor children with them. Thirty percent (30%) favor allowing these immigrants to eventually bring in other adult relatives in a process than can include extended family and their spouses’ families which has been U.S. immigration policy for years. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.

38% of Likely U.S. Voters feel the government is doing too little to reduce illegal border crossings and visitor overstays. Thirty-two percent (32%) say it is doing too much. Twenty-one percent (21%) rate the level of action as about right.

LPR Stats:

Approximately 1,031,000 foreign nationals obtained lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 1,031,000 foreign nationals obtained lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (see Table 1A below). Of these admissions, 572,000 adjusted status from within the United States, and 459,000 entered as new arrivals. Compared to FY 2018, total FY 2019 admissions decreased by 6 percent, new arrivals decreased by 13 percent, and adjustments of status increased by 0.8 percent.

Countries of Origin
In FY 2019, 39 percent of new LPRs were from six top countries of nationality: Mexico, the People’s Republic of China (China), India, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, and Cuba (see Table 1A below). In FY 2018, the top six countries (Mexico, Cuba, China, India, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines) represented 42 percent of new LPRs.
Classes and Modes of Admission
In FY 2019, 49 percent of new LPRs obtained status as immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, followed by an additional 20 percent who obtained status under a family-sponsored preference category (see Table 1B below). Employment-based preferences and refugees were the third and fourth largest classes of admission, accounting for 14 and 7.9 percent of new LPRs, respectively. In FY 2018, these four categories represented 44 percent, 20 percent, 13 percent, and 14 percent of new LPRs, respectively.

Suspension of Routine Visa Services (US Embassy/Consulates)

Reports of RFEs on Os and Ps for canceled Itineraries due to Coronavirus


ICE to stop most immigration enforcement inside U.S., will focus on criminals during coronavirus outbreak

USCIS Filing Charts April 2020

US stops entry of EU/UK-Ireland - Canada bans admissions too

USCIS Coronavirus Response

EOIR Guidance for COVID-19 Outbreak

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

2020-03-17 COVID and USCIS interviews/appointments

RE: ASC Walk-ins: "Due to heavy case volumes, USCIS will not be able to accommodate walk-in visitors or unscheduled appointments."

Rescheduling Field v. Asylum Office Appointments:
Field Office: "If you do not wish to attend your interview at this time, or if you have any other COVID-19-related conflicts with your interview, you do not need to contact USCIS. USCIS will automatically reschedule your interview should you not appear. You will receive a notice for your rescheduled ceremony by mail."
Asylum Office: "If you do not wish to attend your interview at this time, or if you have any other COVID-19-related conflicts with your interview, you must contact the Asylum Office where your asylum interview is scheduled to occur and request to reschedule your interview."

Monday, March 16, 2020

1st Cir. Dist. Ct (Mass.) says TPS is Admission for AOS

H/t to Dan Kowalski

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Episode 125 - Interview w/ Former Consular & Asylum Officer Brian Manning, Esq. Consult with an attorney. Not Legal Advice. Podcast Home Page: Guest: Email Address: Website: Twitter: Podcast Links: Itunes: RSS Feed: Sticher: Share this Youtube:

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Fed Ct Win for WasdenBaniasLaw (H1-B 3rd party worksite)

Fed Ct Win for WasdenBaniasLaw (H1-B 3rd party worksite)
Big win for @ITServeorg in DDC today. (Click ITServe Alliance v. Cuccinelli). #H1B Huge blow to @USCIS's efforts to destroy IT consulting industry. #litigationworks

Update your client intake questionnaires: 7th Cir.: Lawyer should affirmatively ask if applicant witness/victim to crime (U-Visa).

Trump administration orders immigration courts to remove coronavirus posters– then takes it back

TRAC Sues DOJ's Office of Information Policy for Failure to Comply with Freedom of Information Act

(11 Mar 2020) The co-directors of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University have filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) against the Office of Information Policy (OIP) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) for withholding basic information regarding its receipt and processing of FOIA matters. Also sued in the action is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Given that many agency records are now stored in electronic databases, OIP's claim that it is under no legal obligation to search its own database strikes at the very core of the Freedom of Information Act's public access provisions. This refusal is more shocking since the mission of the DOJ's Office of Information Policy is to "encourage and oversee agency compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)."
Moreover, as the nature of TRAC's FOIA request is focused on OIP's handling of FOIA cases, OIP's lack of compliance with FOIA raises further questions about the OIP's commitment to its stated mission.
It is especially egregious for an agency to supposedly "upgrade" its database system, yet in doing so not include the ability to make records in its database system readily reproducible—a capability that the agency admits previously existed before this "upgrade."
The suit arises as part of TRAC's ongoing research project using a quarterly survey to assess the compliance of almost two dozen federal agencies under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). As part of this effort, TRAC submitted a FOIA request in October 2019 to the Office of Information Policy (OIP) within the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking for basic information about the agency's processing of FOIA requests.
In November 2019, OIP responded to TRAC claiming that they cannot search their records, then directed TRAC to submit a FOIA request to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which the OIP alleges manages OIP's database system, TRAC appealed, and also forwarded its request to EPA for OIP's records. The EPA confirmed receipt but failed to respond further.
The requested information was straightforward such as the date of each FOIA request and when it was received, the track assigned, and the date the request was closed. TRAC purposely did not ask for any information that might be cause for redaction, delay, or difficulty. The OIP has responded to identical FOIA requests from TRAC in the past.
Previously TRAC filed suit against the CIA for similarly refusing to search its FOIA database in response to our quarterly survey. On September 10, 2019 United States District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan ruled "the court is unconvinced by the CIA's argument that writing new computer code to locate responsive records in its database or compiling the resulting records constitute the creation of a new record. ... [A]s Congress noted regarding the E-FOIA Amendments, '[c]omputer records found in a database rather than a file cabinet may require the application of codes or some form of programming to retrieve the information.'" Following this ruling, the CIA agreed to search its database and turn over all requested non-exempt records.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Susan B. Long and David Burnham, co-directors of TRAC, a non-partisan research data center at Syracuse University's Newhouse and Whitman Schools.
For this suit, TRAC is represented on a pro bono basis by renowned FOIA attorney David L. Sobel based in Washington, D.C.

Asylum Office COVID Concerns

USCIS has directed all asylum offices, effective immediately, to cancel in-person decision pickups and instead to mail out decision notices for reasons related to covid-19 prevention.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

USCIS San Franciso F.O./Coronavirus info:

Field Office and ASC Appointments
· If you are ill for any reason regardless of whether you were exposed to COVID-19, please do not come to appointments with any USCIS office.
· District 42 offices (San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento and Fresno Field Offices) will be granting a liberal reschedule policy at this time for any applicant who is sick.  You can reschedule your appointment without penalty.   Appointment notices contain instructions to reschedule appointments by calling the Contact Center at 800-375-5283.  The Contact Center will, in turn, notify the local office.
Naturalization Oath Ceremonies
The below information will be provided to each N-400 applicant with their N-445 notice:
· District 42 has implemented a liberal reschedule policy for our Oath Ceremonies.  If an applicant feels sick on the day of the ceremony, they should ask for a reschedule by contacting their local field officer or calling the Contact Center.  They will be rescheduled for the next available oath ceremony.  If this is their first no-show, they will be automatically rescheduled.  There will be no penalty for letters that are received after the ceremony date.
· If an individual has medical issues that put them at higher risk for being at large gatherings, he/she may request a same-day oath from the interviewing officer.  The office will do its best to accommodate these request based on available resources.
· Until further notice, applicants may bring only one (1) guest to the ceremony.