Trump Administration Rescinds DACA Protection

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump is decided to rescind the Obama-era DACA policy, which protected approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors. In rescinding the DACA program, Trump kicked the ball to the U.S. Congress, giving it 6 months to act on […]

Expansion of Provisional Waiver (I-601A)

Effective AUGUST 29, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will expand the reach of the provisional waiver initially implemented in 2013. On January 3, 2013, DHS promulgated a final rule, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives, in the Federal Register. See 78 FR 536 (Jan. 3, 2013) (“2013 Rule”).  To […]

DAPA and Expanded DACA are Dead (for now) – Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects President Obama’s Immigration Plan

In a 135-page decision issued on November 9, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has (unsurprisingly) ruled against President Obama’s immigration plan, which he announced on November 20, 2014, hoping to benefit over 11 million undocumented people in the United States. Obama announced the DAPA and expanded DACA programs on November 20, 2014 through […]

Designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months, effective June 24, 2015 through December 24, 2016. Under section 244(b)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the Secretary is authorized to designate a foreign […]

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Senate Immigration Bill Revealed

THIS IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.  THERE ARE NO NEW LAWS IN EFFECT YET CONCERNING THE INFORMATION BELOW. Source: NBC Latino (@nbclatino on Twitter) by Sandra Lilley (@sandralilley on Twitter) After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of eight Senators has drafted  a blueprint that would sharply transform the nation’s current immigration laws. NBC Latino […]

Quick Guide to Immigration Policy History

Historically, U.S. immigration laws do not change often, but when they do, they seem to get tougher and tougher. Ever wondered about how the country’s immigration policies have evolved? Read the 23 defining moments in immigration policy history that shows how the United States’ immigration have changed beginning with the Naturalization Act of 1790 to […]