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ICE Launches New Online Detainee Tracker System

Against a backdrop of increased immigration enforcement, the government has sought to implement more humanitarian policies in immigration detention that focus on the health and safety of detainees. These plans are a response, in part, to sever criticism levied at ICE officials for secrecy and abuse. In early August, ICE introduced its Online Detainee Locator  Read more→

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Customs and Border Protection Advises: What To Do If You Fail To Turn In Your I-94

What happens if a nonimmigrant visa holder forgets to relinquish his or her I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) when departing the United States. In such instances, it is possible that the individual’s departure was not recorded properly, and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may conclude that he or she remained in the U.S. beyond the authorized stay.  Read more→

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Lynn Calder Appointed to Immigration Law Committee

The North Carolina Bar Association has appointed Allen and Pinnix attorney Lynn Calder to the Immigration Law Committee for upcoming fiscal year where she will serve as the Committee Chair. The Immigration Law Committee offers a forum for immigration and naturalization issues, as well as an opportunity for attorneys, legal assistants and law students with  Read more→

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DHS: "Secure Communities" Deployed To All Counties On Southwest Border

On August 10, 2010, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the "Secure Communities" program has been deployed to all counties along the Southwest U.S. border. Secure Communities allows US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use biometric information to identify foreign nationals in prisons and local jails. The Secure Communities technology,  Read more→

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DHS: “Secure Communities” Deployed To All Counties On Southwest Border

On August 10, 2010, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the "Secure Communities" program has been deployed to all counties along the Southwest U.S. border. Secure Communities allows US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use biometric information to identify foreign nationals in prisons and local jails. The Secure Communities technology,  Read more→

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Update on Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure Programs

The Secretary of Homeland Security is authorized to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to eligible nationals of countries that have been designated as suffering the effects of an ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions. U.S. immigration law also permit the granting of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), a similar form of relief.  Read more→

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Important Changes In The Visa Waiver Program Start September 28; Includes New Fees

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued an interim final rule, effective September 8, 2010, providing that Nonimmigrants who wish to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program at air or sea ports of entry must obtain a travel authorization electronically through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) from CBP prior  Read more→

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Updated H-2B Count

As of July 30, 2010 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receipted 3,116 petitions, toward the 33,000 H-2B cap amount for the first half of the fiscal year. This count includes 1,677 approved and 1,439 pending petitions.

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DHS Eliminating Paper I-94W Forms For Visa Waiver Travelers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is eliminating the use of paper I-94W forms ("green" I-94s) for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers with an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) arriving in the United States at all airports by the end of this summer. VWP travelers are encouraged to submit ESTA applications –  Read more→

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