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.

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…

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

Read Jeff Sessions’s Letter Advising an End to DACA – The New York Times

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security recommending an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Obama-era executive action that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Source: Read Jeff Sessions’s Letter Advising an End to DACA – The New York Times

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia halts Texas sanctuary law – The Washington Post

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked a severe state immigration law that was supposed to take effect Friday and would have outlawed sanctuary cities and penalized local officials who do not cooperate with federal deportation efforts.The decision Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia delivers another temporary blow to the Trump administration’s campaign to compel sanctuary cities to detain immigrants so that federal agents can take them into custody.“The Court was right to strike down the guts of a law that is not only patently unconstitutional but bad policy as well,” said Lee Gelernt, an ACLU lawyer who argued against the case in court on behalf of several Texas cities and towns. “Hopefully other states will now not follow Texas’ lead.”

Source: U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia halts Texas sanctuary law – The Washington Post

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis freezes Trump’s anti-transgender troop directive: report

n Tuesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis suspended President Donald Trump’s order banning transgender people from serving in the military, USA Today reports.Mattis’ announcement said that the department is conducting a study to assess the financial impact transgender service members have on the military.

Source: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis freezes Trump’s anti-transgender troop directive: report

Donald Trump resurrects former Sheriff Joe Arpaio from irrelevance

While America was talking about tearing down monuments that offend historically oppressed people, Donald Trump effectively erected yet another one.His pardon of Joe Arpaio elevated the disgraced former Maricopa County sheriff to monument status among the immigration hardliners and nationalists in Trump’s base.This erases any doubt about whether Trump meant to empower them after the violence in Charlottesville.Arpaio is their darling. Arpaio is now back on his pedestal thanks to their president.

Source: Donald Trump resurrects former Sheriff Joe Arpaio from irrelevance

Donald Trump resurrects former Sheriff Joe Arpaio from irrelevance

While America was talking about tearing down monuments that offend historically oppressed people, Donald Trump effectively erected yet another one.His pardon of Joe Arpaio elevated the disgraced former Maricopa County sheriff to monument status among the immigration hardliners and nationalists in Trump’s base.This erases any doubt about whether Trump meant to empower them after the violence in Charlottesville.Arpaio is their darling. Arpaio is now back on his pedestal thanks to their president.

Source: Donald Trump resurrects former Sheriff Joe Arpaio from irrelevance

California Republicans urge Trump to Protect DACA

From the LA Times:

Reps. Jeff Denham and David Valadao joined four other Republicans Thursday to urge President Trump to leave in place deportation protections for some people who were brought to the country illegally as children.

Trump’s mixed messages on whether he would continue the 5-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been a source of consternation since the Republican took office in January.

California is home to an estimated one-third of the 750,000 people who were granted work permits under the program. Republican attorneys general for Texas and nine other states have given the Trump administration an early September deadline to end the program or be sued.

Here’s the letter from the GOP representatives:

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