On May 10, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sued both the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, in the federal District Court for the District of Arizona. Coming on the heels of DOJ’s scathing report of MCSO’s discriminatory policing of Latinos and other civil rights violations, this civil suit alleges that MCSO and Sheriff Arpaio engaged in three categories of unlawful conduct:
In May, Alabama enacted a new state immigration law. This law makes changes to Alabama’s “toughest-in-the-nation” state immigration enforcement regime (HB 56), which passed in 2011.
Background. The Office of Intake and Document Production (OIDP) manages USCIS Lockbox operations. The USCIS Lockbox network centralizes and streamlines application receipting and provides secure fee collection and strong financial controls.
Beginning on June 4, 2012, overseas applicants filing Forms I-601 and I-212 began mailing them to USCIS’s Phoenix Lockbox facility. OIDP offers the following tips to help customers avoid common application rejection reasons when filing these forms at a Lockbox facility.
On May 31, 2012, USCIS held a teleconference to discuss the transition to centralized lockbox filing of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, filed by applicants outside the United States. This new process is separate and distinct from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that was announced on March 30, 2012, which outlines a proposed process for provisional unlawful presence waivers. CLINIC’s notes from the teleconference are below.
By Allison Posner
CLINIC welcomes a new subscriber, Proyecto Inmigrante ICS, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas. Douglas D. Interiano, Executive Director, advised that his agency is BIA recognized with two BIA partially accredited representatives. Mr. Interiano is partially accredited as is Maribel Muñoz, Civic and Naturalization Education Coordinator. Rocio Interiano, Program Assistant, is in the BIA accreditation process with an application pending.
Congratulations to the following program staff on receiving and/or renewing their Board of Immigration Appeals credentials:
Catholic Charities, Portland, OR, advised that three staff were reaccredited at the partial BIA level. They are John Herrera and Elizabeth Beckman who received their renewals on April 25, 2012, and Long Nguyen, who was reaccredited on May 4, 2012.
On June 4, 2012, the Board of Immigration Appeals granted Lisa Burns, Marshall Jensen, and Michael Puccetti partial accreditation at Catholic Charities of Albuquerque.
On June 15th the Administration announced that it will stop deporting DREAM Act-eligible youth. In addition, it will use its authority to grant, on a case-by-case basis, deferred action status valid for two years. At the end of that two-year period, deferred action can be renewed. Those granted deferred action will be eligible for work authorization for the duration of deferred action. Aliens who meet the following criteria can qualify for this relief:
Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2012) The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by today’s 5-3 Supreme Court decision to strike down three of the four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law that were challenged earlier this year.
“This decision is a broad affirmation of federal supremacy in the area of immigration, and that is very positive,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s Executive Director. “However, the Court’s decision to block several components of the Arizona law does not take the place of much-needed federal immigration reform. CLINIC’s affiliates throughout the country will continue to work to keep families together and bring a measure of justice to a broken immigration system.”
Though the Court decided that the troubling “show me your papers” provision could not be blocked at this time, CLINIC will continue to monitor pending legal and civil rights challenges to this section, which threatens essential civil liberties and family unity.