USCIS Guidance on DACA Renewal Requests Affected by Mail Service Issues

[I]n light of the mail service delays identified by USPS, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has directed USCIS to accept DACA renewal requests from individuals who resubmit their DACA renewal request with individualized proof that the request was originally mailed in a timely manner and that the cause for receipt after the Oct. 5, 2017, deadline was the result of USPS mail service error.

Source: USCIS Guidance on DACA Renewal Requests Affected by Mail Service Issues

USCIS Updates Policy to Ensure Petitioners Meet Burden of Proof for Nonimmigrant Worker Extension Petitions | USCIS

WASHINGTON — Under updated policy guidance (PDF, 97 KB), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.

Source: USCIS Updates Policy to Ensure Petitioners Meet Burden of Proof for Nonimmigrant Worker Extension Petitions | USCIS

 

The USCIS used to give deference to the initial decision. Makes sense because the officer making the initial decision is certainly as qualified as the officer reviewing a renewal or extension petition and it conserved limited resources. Efficient use of resources and respect for prior decisions is not what the Trump admin is about though.

‘It looks like we’re afraid of foreigners’: Army turns away some green-card holders – The Washington Post

The U.S. Army has stopped enlisting some immigrants who are legal permanent residents while mandating lengthy delays for others, part of a controversial effort across the military to tighten security in the ranks by subjecting foreign-born recruits to tougher background checks.

Source: ‘It looks like we’re afraid of foreigners’: Army turns away some green-card holders – The Washington Post

She said her boss raped her in a bank vault. Her sexual harassment case would make legal history.

She was a bank teller, not an actress. And her boss was a branch manager, not a powerful movie mogul.But nearly four decades before the explosive sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein by women in Hollywood, Mechelle Vinson filed a lawsuit against her supervisor that ended at the U.S. Supreme Court and redefined sexual harassment in the workplace.

Source: She said her boss raped her in a bank vault. Her sexual harassment case would make legal history.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN Contract with TWC ALLOWED FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT

If true, this is absolutely nuts:

According to the contract, if Weinstein “treated someone improperly in violation of the company’s Code of Conduct,” he must reimburse TWC for settlements or judgments. Additionally, “You [Weinstein] will pay the company liquidated damages of $250,000 for the first such instance, $500,000 for the second such instance, $750,000 for the third such instance, and $1,000,000 for each additional instance.”

The contract says as long as Weinstein pays, it constitutes a “cure” for the misconduct and no further action can be taken. Translation — Weinstein could be sued over and over and as long as he wrote a check, he keeps his job.

http://www.tmz.com/2017/10/12/weinstein-contract-the-weinstein-company-sexual-harassment-firing-illegal/

Unions Are Losing Their Decades-Long ‘Right-to-Work’ Fight – Bloomberg

The unionization rate in right-to-work states is less than half the rest of the country’s. Organizers say letting workers decline to pay fees defunds unions, diverts staff resources that could otherwise be devoted to growth, and divides workers—just as Congress intended when it passed the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act allowing states to pass right-to-work laws.

Source: Unions Are Losing Their Decades-Long ‘Right-to-Work’ Fight – Bloomberg

Muslim Ban 3.0 is Live

On September 24, 2017, the President issued a Presidential Proclamation titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats.”

Source: New Presidential Proclamation on Visas September 24, 2017

Again a total joke other than the hardships it will cause families. Lawyers start your engines and take this one down…

Google sued by women for pay discrimination in potential class action suit – The Verge

Three women have filed a lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of discriminating against female employees by underpaying them and denying them opportunities for promotions. The plaintiffs seek to turn their complaint into a class action lawsuit covering all women who worked at Google within the last four years.

Source: Google sued by women for pay discrimination in potential class action suit – The Verge

Exclusive: U.S. won’t issue some visas in four nations in deportation crackdown

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday will stop issuing certain kinds of visas to some citizens of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone because the nations are not taking back their citizens the United States wants to deport.

Source: Exclusive: U.S. won’t issue some visas in four nations in deportation crackdown