Coming Soon, Benefits
We believe that there will eventually be light at the end of the benefits tunnel because (1) the Congressionally mandated DHS structure places an emphasis on benefits, (2) the Bush Administration is immigrant-friendly, and (3) it welcomes the involvement of the immigration bar. The two USCIS positions responsible for benefits (USCIS Director and CIS Ombudsman) report directly to the Secretary, DHS. In contrast the two enforcement positions (the heads of ICE and CBP) report to an Under Secretary who in turn reports to the Secretary, DHS. In addition, this Administration is immigrant-friendly and is open to working with the immigration bar, evidenced by its top benefits appointments. USCIS Director Aguirre is an immigrant from Cuba, distinguished immigration attorney Robert Divine was recently appointed USCIS Principal Legal Advisor, while CIS Ombudsman Prakash Khatri is both an immigrant (from Zambia) and an immigration attorney. With these structual and personnel advantages, it is only a matter of time before concrete results in benefits flow through to the long-suffering immigration community.
USCIS Service Center Issues Seminar
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- Getting to Yes: Strategies that Spawn Service-Center Success.
- Dodging the Bullet: Ways to avoid the RFE, the NO, the NOID and the NOIR
- Shake it Like a Polaroid Picture: Creative Uses of Graphic Evidence
- Surf's Up: Web-Trolling for Approval Notices
- What's Your Specialty? - Solutions for Evolving Occupations, Education Mismatches and Workers without Sheepskins
- Keep on Surviviní: Strategies to Help Battered Spouses and Children
- Succeeding at Successorship: Service Center Compliance Strategies for Corporate Makeovers
- Oops I'm Late! - Establishing Extraordinary Circumstances and Reasons for Forgiveness
Asylum Resource Series: Syria
USCIS Asylum Resource Information Center offers asylum information on Syria.
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Immigration Law News
VideoConferencing Raises Novel Jurisdictional Issues, DOJ Admonished For Filing Motion In Lieu Of Brief
In Ramos v. Ashcroft, No. 03-4050 (7th Cir. Jun. 15, 2004), the court, based on its reading of 8 USC 1252(b)(2), said that immigration proceedings were "completed" where the immigration court was located but not where lawyers, witnesses, or litigants played their parts. This case involved a videoconference where the parties were located in two different Circuits. The court in an unrelated comment admonished the Department of Justice for not filing the brief and put it on notice that in the future, briefs must be filed when due regardless of motions accompanying the brief.
ICE Announces Alternative Detention Pilot Program
ICE announced a pilot program, effective June 21, 2004, in 8 cities providing a less restrictive alternative to detention by using tools such as electronic monitoring (bracelets), home visits, work visits and reporting by telephone.
Border Patrol And Latino Groups Discuss Californian Arrests Of Undocumented
The Pasadena Star News reports "In a private meeting, Latino and community groups asked US Border Patrol officials Thursday to halt arrests of undocumented immigrants in the region."
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