1. Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Executive Orders; Deportations Continue; Protection Extended for Syrian Nationals

    Biden Administration’s New Executive Orders on Immigration On February 2, 2021, President Biden signed three executive orders on immigration, further crystalizing his agenda for the next four years. The first executive order officially creates a task force that will seek to reunite families that were separated at the border during the previous administration, specifically revoking former President Trump’s executive order that established the child separation policy. The READ MORE READ MORE

  2. U Visa Program Faces Prolonged Delays

    The wait to get a U visa approved can run into many years. Immigrants risk their lives to cooperate with law enforcement and do not get their applications adjudicated for a long time. Currently, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is processing U visa applications from March 2016. What Is the U Visa? In 2000, Congress created the U visa to encourage victims of criminal activities READ MORE READ MORE

  3. ALJ Declines to Award Damages, Civil Penalties in Document Abuse Case

    On December 3, 2020, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer entered a precedential decision in Martine Mbitaze v. City of Greenbelt, 13 OCAHO 1345b, a case arising out of the employment discrimination provision of 8 U.S.C. 1324b. In October 2019, Mbitaze had filed a complaint against the City of Greenbelt alleging that the city had refused to hire her based on her national origin and citizenship READ MORE READ MORE

  4. Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Halt to Deportation Moratorium; New Leadership Forming at Department of Homeland Security; Biden’s New Executive Actions

    Federal Court Freezes 100-Day Deportation Pause On January 26, 2021, a federal judge in Texas, following a challenge by the Texas State Attorney General’s Office, issued a 14-day nationwide temporary restraining order blocking the enforcement of President Biden’s 100-day pause on most deportations as part of his many executive actions regarding immigration. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton stated in his ruling that the Biden administration “had failed READ MORE READ MORE

  5. Pennsylvania and Texas Immigration Groups File Lawsuit Against the DHS

    On January 18, two immigration groups, the Free Migration Project in Philadelphia and the Austin Sanctuary Network in Texas, joined four undocumented immigrant women living in sanctuary to file a lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a Washington, D.C., Court. The four women are suing ICE and the DHS over a policy issued under the former Trump administration READ MORE READ MORE