Immigration law is a dynamic field.
Changes happen rapidly, almost without warning.
Many changes, like the announcement about I-601 family unity waivers and DACA, are inspired by party politics.
In some matters, a court decision, as in the post-conviction case of Padilla v. Kentucky, affects how certain rules are to be interpreted.
Other times, an immigration agency, such as USCIS or CBP, adjusts its operating procedures.
Often without any notice.
In all these situations, it’s important to notify our readers as quickly as possible.
ICE Survey Announced
On January 19, 2019, the American Immigration Lawyers Association announced that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and contractors have started to conduct a “voluntary” 30-minute survey that affects Central American clients.
ICE has noted “answers to the survey will not be used for any enforcement purposes.”
The ICE flyer on this topic states:
“In an effort to better understand the factors contributing to a record surge of family units from Central America, and to inform on the types of services made available to families enrolled in the Alternatives to Detention program, ICE continues to explore options to gather information from families under the agency’s supervision.”
If you’re contacted, before respondint, contact a licensed attorney to discuss potential risks of participation.
For more information, click here: Beware The Voluntary ICE Survey On Central American Refugees
Temporary Protected Status Update
On Monday, January 7, 2019, a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Haitian Temporary Protected Status holders began in Brooklyn, New York.
The lawsuit alleges the Trump administration violated the Constitution when it ended the TPS protections for thousands of Haitian immigrants, and based its decision on racism and its political agenda more than actual evidence which were deleted to hide the facts about the real conditions in Haiti’s earthquake recovery.
The decision in New York could have a huge impact on keeping the TPS program alive for various countries, in addition to Haiti.
There are other TPS lawsuits which will soon begin in other parts of the country.