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  1. Trump Plans to Raise Asylum Bar and Speed Deportations

    by , 07-26-2017 at 02:35 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Reuters:

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process.

    The new guidelines, contained in a draft memo dated February 17 but not yet sent to field offices, directs agents to only pass applicants who have a good chance of ultimately getting asylum, but does not give specific criteria for establishing credible fear of persecution if sent home.

    The guidance instructs asylum officers to "elicit all relevant information" in determining whether an applicant has "credible fear" of persecution if returned home, the first obstacle faced by migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border requesting asylum.

    Click here for more of the story.
  2. Undocumented Youth Stage Mass Sit-in at Texas Attorney General Office

    by , 07-26-2017 at 10:01 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Immigrant Youth From Across The Country Come To Texas For First Undocumented Led Escalated Action Under The Trump Administration
    This action comes in response to the recent threats facing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and the introduction to the DREAM Act bill in Congress

    Austin, TX- Immigrant youth from across the country are gathering in Texas to take escalated action and pledge their renewed commitment to winning permanent protection, dignity and respect for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

    Undocumented youth, parents, and allies

    Mass sit-in at Texas Attorney General’s Office, in the first and largest undocumented led direct action since Trump’s inauguration. 300 W 15th St, Austin, TX

    Wednesday, July 26th 10:30 AM

    Texas has become the battleground state in the struggle for immigrant rights in the Trump era. It leads the country on mass deportations and recently passed the most anti-immigrant statewide law. It was Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who spearheaded the call for the repeal of DACA. Undocumented youth in Texas and across the country are confronting attacks on the immigrant community head on. For the DACAmented young people participating in this action, the threat of facing ICE retaliation is real- just as it was seven years ago when the first undocumented youth began risking arrest. Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez have said that the police department does not transfer immigrants over to ICE and we expect them to honor that commitment.

    “With DACA under threat, we know that some will put their hope in DC politicians. But we also know that we won DACA not because of any politician, but because our community took fearless action. We marched, we walked-out, we stopped deportations and shut down detention centers. We took risks and put our bodies on the line to tell the people of this country that we were ‘Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unapologetic,’” said Maria Fernanda Cabello, a spokesperson for Movimiento Cosecha. “This moment calls for us to be brave again; to create a moral crisis that will change the narrative on immigration in this country.”

    Immigrant youth have always known DACA was temporary, which is why we need permanent protection, dignity and respect for all. This moment is bigger than any piece of legislation. DACA is under attack while our parents, who were never even given the temporary protection DACA provides, are denied dignity and respect in a country that has never recognized them. It is time for the immigrant community to show this country that it depends on us. We will not stop fighting until we have won permanent protection, dignity and respect for our parents, our communities, and all 11 million undocumented immigrant
  3. USCIS Launches Mobile Form for Replacing Green Card

    by , 07-25-2017 at 06:54 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    July 25, 2017
    USCIS Launches Mobile Form for Replacing Green Card
    Redesigned Form I-90 offers mobile-friendly alternative to replace Green Card

    WASHINGTON — Lawful permanent residents who file the online Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, without assistance from an attorney or accredited representative, can now file their form and upload evidence entirely on a mobile device. The redesign of the online Form I-90 also allows lawful permanent residents to navigate the site more easily, making the process of renewing or replacing Green Cards more convenient.

    The new mobile-responsive design provides an intuitive method for answering questions, navigating through sections, and uploading evidence on a mobile device. Instructions for filing Form I-90 require providing certain evidence, such as a copy of government-issued identification. For those filing through a mobile device, it may be easier to take a photo of the evidence and upload it directly from their mobile devices. The redesigned online form also provides a more personalized experience, as users are directed to answer only those questions specific to their case.

    There are no substantive changes to the policy or content of the form, and the online version has parity with the questions and content on the paper form.

    Applicants can access the online Form I-90 through myUSCIS by creating a USCIS online account at There is no cost to set up an account, which offers a variety of features including the ability to track the status of an application and to communicate with USCIS through a secure inbox.

    Customers who wish to file Form I-90 with the assistance of an attorney or accredited representative will continue to use the previous version of the online Form I-90.

    Additional information about Form I-90, including guidance on the application process, is available at

    For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and Instagram (@uscis).

    - USCIS -
  4. ICE Allegedly Instituting Deportations at Hospitals in Texas

    by , 07-13-2017 at 02:20 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Immigration lawyer Scott Hicks has reported a disturbing development out of Texas. He advises that clergy from the Mennonite Central Committee in Texas are reporting that on multiple occasions Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is ignoring an October 24, 2011 "Enforcement Actions at or Focused on Sensitive Locations" memo, and are now instituting removal proceedings in hospitals. The memo was issued by former ICE Director John Morton and sets forth ICE's policy regarding enforcement actions by ICE officers and agents at or focused on sensitive locations.

    One of the reported "three or four" cases involved undocumented parents from Brownsville who had children transferred to Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. ICE agents allegedly intercepted the parents in between registration and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), also known as an intensive care nursery (ICN), that specializes in the care of ill or premature newborn infants. It has been reported that in each instance ICE did not arrest the parents, but issued a Notice to Appear in immigration court for removal proceedings. These reports if true shock the conscience.

    The sensitive location policy was designed to ensure that immigration enforcement actions do not occur at nor are focused on sensitive locations such as schools and hospitals unless exigent circumstances exist, or other law enforcement actions have led officers to a sensitive location. The enforcement actions covered by the policy include arrests, interviews, searches, and for purposes of immigration enforcement only surveillance.

    The sensitive locations covered include, but are not limited to:

    • Schools (including pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools, post-secondary schools up to and including colleges and universities, and other institutions of learning such as vocational or trade schools);
    • Hospitals;
    • Churches, synagogues, mosques or other institutions of worship, such as buildings rented for the purpose of religious services;
    • The site of a funeral, wedding, or other public religious ceremony; and
    • A site during the occurrence of a public demonstration, such as a march, rally or parade.

    What is most troubling is that any planned enforcement action at or focused on a sensitive location generally must have prior approval by the Assistant Director of Operations, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Executive Associate Director (EAD) of HSI, the Assistant Director for Field Operations, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), or the EAD of ERO. This includes planned enforcement actions at or focused on a sensitive location that is part of a joint case led by another law enforcement agency.

    So the question becomes, is this the work of rogue agents or has authorization been issued all the way from Washington? I will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
  5. Former Priest Charged with Sex Abuse Faces Deportation

    by , 07-13-2017 at 11:31 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Chicago Tribune:

    Alfredo Pedraza Arias, the former Aurora priest charged with fondling two young girls, has been detained by immigration officials and faces deportation to his native Colombia, court records show.

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