By Karen Lucas Siciliano
After a two-year investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) found that the Alamance
CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Project matches vulnerable noncitizens whose cases are on appeal before the BIA with pro bono counsel. Our volunteers are part of an important effort to ensure noncitizens have full access to the judicial system. We are fortunate to match nearly 100 percent of all cases selected for the Project with pro bono counsel.
On October 4, 2012, USCIS launched a Spanish-language version of I-9 Central, an online resource center designed to provide information and assistance related to the most frequently accessed form on USCIS.gov: Form I-9, Employee Eligibility Verification. This free, website provides employers and employees one-click access to resources, tips and guidance to properly complete Form I-9 and better understand the Form I-9 process.
You may have noticed that USCIS has transferred some work from its four service centers (in Vermont, Nebraska, Texas and California) to field offices and the National Benefits Center (NBC). The changes are being made in order to balance the agency’s overall workload with its processing capacity. The chart below summarizes these changes.
On September 13, 2012, the Special Assistant to the NSC Director, Shawn Allen, hosted a teleconference on students and school issues. Stakeholder questions and USCIS’s responses are below.
By Allison Posner
Individuals can now contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) through its new Community Hotline at 888-351-4024. The hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time. This effort from ICE’s Office of the Public Advocate will transition the hotline developed for questions regarding Deferred Action for Certain Childhood Arrivals (DACA) into a toll-free hotline for members of the public and ICE stakeholders on any enforcement issue, including:
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To the extent that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sandy (Sandy) impacts law enforcement operations and/or the storm triggers the need for an officially ordered evacuation or an emergency government response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) highest priorities are to promote life-saving and life-sustaining activities, the safe evacuation of people who are leaving the impacted area, the maintenance of public order, the prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible, and the speedy recovery of the impacted region.
As such, to the extent that Sandy impacts law enforcement operations and/or the storm triggers the need for an officially ordered evacuation or an emergency government response, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to Sandy, including the use of checkpoints for immigration purposes in impacted areas during an evacuation. If a state or local law enforcement agency determines that individuals in their custody should be transferred or released due to Sandy, the state or local law enforcement agency should not decline to do so solely on the basis of an immigration detainer issued by ICE or CBP.
On October 23, 2012, CLINIC and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services in response to the Department’s amendment of the definition of the term “lawfully present.” The amendment will prevent those granted deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from accessing affordable health insurance coverage options. Excluding DACA recipients from this program is inequitable and undercuts the spirit of the Administration’s DACA policy.
A criminal record may disqualify you for DACA. Start with the resources on this chart to get a copy of yours. Know your criminal history before applying.