U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the agency will schedule asylum interviews for recent applications ahead of older filings, in an attempt to stem the growth of the agency's asylum backlog. Learn More »
DACA Update: Regents of the University of California v. DHS (1/10/2018)
Federal District Judge William Alsup's injunction orders DHS to continue the DACA program and resume accepting DACA renewal applications while a lawsuit challenging the termination of the DACA program goes forward. The case is Regents of the University of California v. DHS.
The nationwide injunction orders DHS to accept renewal applications from DACA grantees, presumably including those whose benefits expire after March 5, 2018 — the Trump Administration's target date for termination of DACA. These individuals were ineligible to file during the renewal period from Sept. 5 to Oct. 5, 2017.
The court stopped short of requiring DHS to accept new DACA applications and does not compel the agency to issue advance parole to DACA beneficiaries. This means that if you have never received DACA status, then you will NOT be able to file for DACA for the first time under this decision.
The order requires DHS to issue a public notice and renewal instructions for eligible DACA beneficiaries, but it is not yet clear when or whether the agency will accept renewal applications. DHS is expected to appeal the ruling and is likely to request an emergency stay-of-the-district-court order. Learn More »
Stay tuned for more developments. As always, if you have any questions, call Mrs. Al-Wardi at (310) 544- 9827 to schedule an appointment
Penn State 3.0 Fact Sheet
As the provisions of President Trump's Muslim Ban that placed travel restrictions on the nationals of six Muslim-majority countries were set to expire on September 24, 2017, President Trump released a Presidential Proclamation that represents yet another iteration of his xenophobic and hateful trademark policy. The Proclamation enacts a new ban that excludes individuals from eight countries — now including Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela while excluding Sudan — and imposes country-specific restrictions on each. This updated policy has no stated end date. President Trump's Proclamation is his latest attempt to implement his campaign promise to ban the entry of Muslims into the United States. Learn More »
DHS Memo on the End of DACA
Rescission of the June 15, 2012, Memorandum Entitled "Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children" Learn More »
SCOTUS Decision: Immigration Impact
Who Will and Won't Be Impacted by the Travel Ban after the SCOTUS Decision Learn More »
Look to a strong advocate of immigrants — Mrs. Al-Wardi — for legal assistance.