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RIS Attorneys Hit the Road!

This summer, several attorneys in the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC had the opportunity to travel and meet with their clients.  The funding for this special endeavor was provided by a grant from the Open Society Foundation.  These trips provided the attorneys with the chance to meet with clients, provide information regarding religious worker immigration and the need for immigration reform, and also help to foster understanding of CLINIC’s mission.   Attorney Kate Kuznetsova

Connecting with Clients

By Minyoung Ohm RIS Staff Attorney  

TPS Extended for Hondurans and Nicaraguans

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, beginning January 5, 2014 and ending July 6, 2016. Current Honduran and Nicaraguan beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from October 16, 2014, through December 15, 2014. The USCIS encourages beneficiaries to register as soon as possible.

IJ Must Examine the Circumstances to Determine Marihuana Possession Exception

An LPR was convicted of a Nevada statute for possession of marihuana and placed into removal proceedings.  He was charged with violating INA § 237(a)(2)(B)(i), which is the ground of deportation for violating any controlled substance law.  That section contains an exception, however, for a “single offense involving possession for one’s own use of thirty grams or less of marihuana.”  The question before the Board was whether the IJ erred in applying the “categorical” approach set forth by the Supreme Court in Moncrieffe v. Holder, 133 S.Ct.

Bar to Cancellation Applies to all Grounds of 212(a)(2)

The BIA recently clarified that a person is ineligible for cancellation of removal if he or she is inadmissible under INA § 212(a)(2)(B) due to convictions of two or more offenses for which the aggregate sentence were five years or more.  That form of relief is not available to those who were convicted of an offense under section 212(a)(2).  The question before the Board was whether multiple criminal offenses were meant to be covered in the statutory preclusion.  The BIA looked at the plain language and concluded that it was not ambiguous.  It concluded that “convicted of an offense under s

Update on DACA (October 2014)

By Ilissa Mira The Ombudsman’s Office met with CLINIC and other immigration advocates to discuss developments regarding DACA and reports from the field.  This article provides updates on a variety of issues related to DACA eligibility and adjudication. USCIS Statistics

Globalizing Charity: 7 Ways Your Local Government Can Help Unaccompanied Minors

By Jen Riddle “It is necessary to respond to the globalization of migration with the globalization of charity and cooperation, in such a way as to make the conditions of migrants more humane.” - Pope Francis

Advocacy Update: NSC Teleconference on Refugee/Asylee Issues

On October 9, 2014 the Nebraska Service Center held a teleconference on refugee/asylee issues.  The following is a summary of the discussion.   I-765 Q. Can a refugee who has been to immigration court for a felony charge, but has not been removed from the U.S. because his homeland refuses to admit him, apply for authorization to work?   The latest official word on his documents is “voluntary departure.”

Serving Immigrant Children in Texas

By Tatyana Delgado With over 6,000 unaccompanied children released from juvenile detention facilities to sponsors in Texas from January through August 2014, many legal service providers have shifted into high gear.  Over 3,000 unaccompanied children have been released to parents, relatives, or other caretakers living in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston. 

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