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WASHINGTON POST:  Judge urges ICE to release migrant families with young children in coronavirus outbreak

By Spencer S. Hsu March 30, 2020 at 5:32 p.m. EDT A federal judge in Washington pressed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release migrants held in family detention centers, citing the imminent risk of coronavirus outbreaks in confinement and their rapid spread to surrounding communities. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg of Washington, D.C.,  Read more→

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POLITICO:  Anger builds over virus dangers in immigration courts

President Donald Trump’s increasingly urgent campaign to attack the coronavirus outbreak has been notably slow to impact the immigration courts, where dramatic moves could undercut his signature policy of getting tough on undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers. As state and federal courts around the country scale back sharply due to the pandemic, most immigration courts  Read more→

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USCIS:  Premium Processing Suspended  for all I-129 and I-140 Petitions 

On March 20, 2020 USCIS announced an immediate temporary suspension of premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions until further notice. This suspension applies to any new requests. USCIS will process any petition with a previously accepted I-907 Request for Premium Processing Service application. Previously filed Forms I-129 or I-140s using premium  Read more→

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WASHINGTON POST: ICE to stop most immigration enforcement inside U.S., will focus on criminals during coronavirus outbreak 

ICE to stop most immigration enforcement inside U.S., will focus on criminals during coronavirus outbreak By Maria Sacchetti and Arelis R. Hernández U.S. immigration authorities will temporarily halt enforcement across the United States, except for efforts to deport foreign nationals who have committed crimes or who pose a threat to public safety. The change in  Read more→

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POLITICO:  Stranded by canceled flights and travel bans, Americans abroad plead for help; hundreds, maybe thousands, of Americans are stranded overseas.

  By SAM MINTZ Last weekend, several major U.S. airports were crowded with travelers returning home from abroad, dealing with new enhanced health screenings due to the coronavirus pandemic and waiting in long lines which themselves raised public health risks.  In some ways, they were the lucky ones. As airlines have canceled flights and countries  Read more→

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USCIS Notice:  Temporary Office Closure

To protect our workforce and to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in our communities, effective immediately, USCIS is suspending all routine face-to-face services with applicants at all of our offices, including all interviews and naturalization ceremonies. All USCIS field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) will not provide in-person services  Read more→

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USCIS: Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for FY2021 Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for FY2021 Cap-Subject Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the temporary suspension of premium processing service for fiscal year (FY) 2021cap-subject H-1B petitions. Petitioners filing FY 2021cap-subject H-1B petitions will not be able to request premium processing when USCIS begins accepting cap-subject petitions on April 1.  Read more→

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AILA:   Trump proclamation suspends or limits entry into U.S. certain individuals who were physically present in the Schengen Area

President Trump issued a proclamation, effective 11:59 pm (ET), March 13, 2020, that with some exemptions, suspends and limits the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of individuals who were physically present within the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. The proclamation  Read more→

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