What Happens to My Immigration Case if the Government Shuts Down?

The US government is currently operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that expires on November 17, 2023. If Congress fails to pass a new CR or spending bills by that date, the government will shut down.  A government shutdown can have a significant impact on immigration services. Here is an overview of what to expect: READ MORE

Immigrants’ Rights When Dealing with ICE, Police and Other Authorities

Immigrants have a number of rights when dealing with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), police officers, and other authorities. These rights are important to know, as they can help protect immigrants from being detained or deported. What are immigrants’ rights? Some of the most important rights that immigrants have include: The right to remain READ MORE

USCIS Postpones Harsh Notice to Appear Rule for Removal Proceedings

On July 30, 2018, USCIS announced that it will postpone implementation of its June 28, 2018, policy memo on the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTA) to initiate removal proceedings so that it may obtain operational guidance. Recently, USCIS issued two groundbreaking policy memos that would have drastically increased the number of non-citizens placed in removal READ MORE

President Trump Reverses Policy Separating Immigrant Families and Seeks Indefinite Family Detention

President Trump signed an executive order “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation,” reversing his administration’s prior policy separating children from their parents at the border. This order instructs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take measures to detain family units without separating children from parents during pending criminal improper entry or immigration READ MORE

US Supreme Court Holds That Immigrants Do Not Have a Statutory Right to Bail

On February 27, 2018, in Jennings v. Rodriguez, the US Supreme Court ruled that certain immigrants detained for deportation do not have a statutory right to periodic bond hearings. This is a setback for immigrants’ rights advocates, but they are positioned to attack detention on constitutional grounds instead. The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of READ MORE

President’s Creation of a National Vetting Center for Immigrants

President Trump issued a memo to streamline and optimize the use of federal government information in the national vetting process.  It directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish the center and streamline the vetting and flow of information within six months.  The presidential directive does not provide for any funding or new powers.  READ MORE