In a three-page April 11, 2017, memorandum, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for increased criminal prosecution of noncitizens. Living up to his pro-prosecution, anti-immigrant reputation, Sessions’ memo directs federal prosecutors to prioritize bringing criminal charges to “further reduce illegality.”
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Although Catholic institutions “remain extraordinarily robust,” their future success “will increasingly depend on immigrants and their progeny,” concluded a report by the Center for Migration Studies of New York, based upon two surveys: one among Catholic social and charitable institutions and one among parishes and Catholic schools.
Mexican nationals, or other immigrants who have lived in Mexico for more than six months, who are 18 years old or older, must now include police certificates with immigrant visa applications.
Religious workers from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico are unable to submit an adjustment of status or immigrant visa application at this time.
Filing a change of address with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is a simple but important task for foreign nationals who are in the United States. According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 265(a), "each alien required to be registered under this title who is within the United States shall notify the attorney general in writing of each change of address and new address within ten days from the date of such change and furnish with such notice such additional information as the attorney general may require by regulation." Any non-citizens, including permanent residents, who reside in the U.S. should use Form AR-11, the Alien’s Change of Address Card, to report their change of address within 10 days of moving to the new address.
An important part of the immigration process of sponsoring international religious workers to the United States involves a site visit from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This required visit is used to verify elements of the petition filed by the sponsor, including sponsor and beneficiary information, and work location. Site visits may occur with advance notice or without any notice. A successful site visit allows the sponsor to qualify for expedited processing when filing I-129 petitions for a nonimmigrant religious worker, also known as premium processing.
U.S. District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson of Hawaii on March 15, 2017, blocked enforcement of key provisions of President Trump’s revised executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The order banned most people from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Recently, USCIS announced certain Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) cases filed between February 14, 2016 and May 14, 2016 have been delayed due to technical issues.
Spring 2016 marked the one-year anniversary of the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project with some impressive data to add a bit of hope to the still steady flow of immigrants across the border. The project’s one-year statistics paint a powerful picture of the work being done by volunteers and the limited formal staff at CARA.
Miguel Naranjo, director of CLINIC’s Religious Immigration Service, has written a short analysis of the implications of the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin, released on April 12.
International religious workers in the U.S. and abroad who are in the process of applying for permanent residence may experience significant case processing delays in the next several months, according to the State Department’s Visa Bulletin for May 2016.