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Ohio Court of Appeals Blocks State Agency’s Vehicle Registration Policy

In 2009, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) instituted a policy of cancelling people’s vehicle registrations if they could not show a social security number, an Ohio driver’s license, or an Ohio identification number.  Nearly 47,000 people had previously been issued registrations by BMV without providing this information, but in October 2009, the BMV sent every one of them a letter stating that they would lose their registrations if they did not now come forth with one of these forms of ID.  The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) filed suit in state court to try to block

U.S. Department of Justice sues Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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:

Filing Tips from the USCIS Office of Intake and Document Production on I-601s and I-212s

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.

USCIS Stakeholder Engagement on Centralized Form I-601 Filing

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.

New CLINIC Subscriber

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.

BIA Accreditation

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.

President Announces Administrative Relief to DREAMers

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:

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