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Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months, from April 1, 2024, to September 30, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Syria that prevent individuals from safely returning.

Is Chevron Dead? Thoughts after Oral Arguments in Relentless, Inc. and Loper Bright Enterprises

Brian Green and Stephen Yale-Loehr describe the recent oral arguments in two SCOTUS cases which could dramatically affect federal agency review; it is yet unclear whether the decisions will hurt or help immigrants when challenging ambiguous agency decisions or interpretations.

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A Bridge We Can All Cross

AILA members César Magaña Linares and Raquel Fernández—a Salvadoran Dreamer with TPS and a second generation Venezuelan American—call for intra-immigrant solidarity.

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USCIS Updates Guidance on Untimely Filed Extension of Stay and Change of Status Requests

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced an update to its Policy Manual providing that USCIS, in our discretion and under certain conditions, may excuse a nonimmigrant’s failure to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the applicant or petitioner.

Biden Administration Can Remove Texas’ Razor Wire Barrier at the Border, Supreme Court Rules

Buoy barriers with chainsaw devices in the Rio Grande river. Coils of concertina wire along the riverbank. Armored Humvees blocking access roads. Piles of dirt rendering gates unusable. Governor Greg Abbott’s cruel attempts to booby trap the Texas border to prevent U.S. Border Patrol agents from reaching migrants might be considered comical, if not for […]

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SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments on Notice Requirements (Again)

In this blog post, AILA Policy and Practice Counsel Manolasya Perepa describes the recent SCOTUS consolidated oral arguments in Campos-Chavez v. Garland and Garland v. Singh and notes that “issues of improper notice pervade multiple aspects of the immigration system.”

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Naturalization Helps Immigrants and the United States Reach Full Potential

By Karen Aho, Consultant and Anna Shepperson, Research Associate When Sri Lankan business analyst Dinesh Prabaharan became a U.S. citizen in December of 2023, he expressed his gratitude at finally being able to call America his home “without restriction.” “As newly minted citizens,” he added, “we not only have a duty, but the unique privilege […]

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ICE Will Be Required to Wear Body Cameras in a Win for Transparency—But the Implementation Will Be Key

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a policy on January 12 calling for ICE personnel to wear body cameras in most situations when carrying out enforcement duties. According to ICE Deputy Director Patrick J. Lechleitner, the move is designed to build public trust by enhancing “accountability, effectiveness, and transparency in [ICE’s] law enforcement tactics.” […]

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How the “Internal Enemy” Label Forces Venezuelans to Flee Their Country

AILA Law Journal authors Emercio José Aponte and Andrea Paola Aponte share more about their article in which they discuss how the current authoritarian regime in Venezuela has been violating citizens’ human rights and what that means for claims of asylum.

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New EOIR Memo Updates Protections for Children in Immigration Court

A new memo issued last month by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) lays out improved guidelines for immigration court cases involving children. The memo is a welcome acknowledgment that children in removal proceedings are navigating a system created for adults and therefore need special protection. The guidelines apply to all immigration court cases […]

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Biden v. Texas – A Legal Showdown on the Southern Border Wages On 

Written by Chelsie Kramer, Texas State Organizer and Emma Winger, Deputy Legal Director  Texas is once again making national headlines after a woman and two children drowned in the Rio Grande while attempting to cross the river on January 12. The horrific event is just the latest in a long stream of intensifying disputes about […]

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Language and Traditions Are Considered Central to National Identity

The Pew Research Center - January 18, 2024 - 14:04

Across more than 20 countries surveyed, a median of 91% say being able to speak their country’s most common language is important for being considered a true national. And 81% say sharing their country’s customs and traditions is important for true belonging.

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Key facts about the nation’s 47.9 million Black Americans

The Pew Research Center - January 18, 2024 - 09:48

The number of Black people living in the United States reached a new high of 47.9 million in 2022, up about a third (32%) since 2000.

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Take the First Step and Just Apply for the Maggio Fellowship!

Alejandra Arrieta, the 2023 Maggio Fellowship winner, describes how the fellowship offered opportunities to network and train in immigration law. 2024 fellowship applications are due by February 16.

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Cap Reached for Additional Returning Worker H-2B Visas for the First Half of FY 2024

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the cap for the additional 20,716 H-2B visas made available for returning workers for the first half of fiscal year 2024 with start dates on or before March 31, 2024, under the H-2B supplemental cap temporary final rule (FY 2024 TFR).

USCIS to Launch Organizational Accounts, Enabling Online Collaboration and Submission of H-1B Registrations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the upcoming launch of a package of customer experience improvements for H-1B cap season. The measures are expected to increase efficiency and ease collaboration for organizations and their legal representatives.

State Department Extends Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Waivers Indefinitely

The State Department announced an update to its discretionary interview waiver policy for nonimmigrant visa applicants on December 21, 2023. It replaces the temporary policies in place for almost three years. Most importantly, the State Department made this a standing policy that will be reviewed annually, which will decrease uncertainty for many stakeholders. Interview waivers […]

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No Fault/Technical Reasons: A Chronicle of Misfeasance Exposed

AILA Law Journal author Martin Robles-Avila highlights how a flawed rulemaking process has affected Nonimmigrant Status breaches and a quandary business immigration practitioners often find themselves in determining whether a client is eligible for adjustment of status.

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About 1 in 10 restaurants in the U.S. serve Mexican food

The Pew Research Center - January 11, 2024 - 09:54

Although especially common in California and Texas, Mexican restaurants are found in a large majority of counties in the U.S.

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FOIA Behind the Scenes – How USCIS and DOS Process Immigration-Related Requests

AILA member Alexandra Zaretsky describes how the International Refugee Assistance Project decided to find out how USCIS and the State Department process FOIA requests by filing a “meta-FOIA” which unearthed some questionable agency policies of potential interest to others.

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