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BIA Staff Accreditation

CLINIC congratulates Carlos Guevara, staff at the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Michigan on being granted partial accreditation by the Board of Immigration Appeals on September 18, 2012.

HHS Blocks DACA Recipients

At the end of August, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) blocked recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from participating in healthcare coverage options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Alabama and Georgia Challenge 11th Circuit Panel’s Decision

In August, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rendered decisions on
Alabama’s and Georgia’s immigration enforcement laws. The panel blocked some controversial
parts of these laws, including: (1) Alabama’s Section 28, requiring public K-12 schools to count
newly-enrolling unlawfully present children; (2) Alabama’s Section 27, voiding most private
contracts entered into with unlawfully present individuals; and (3) Alabama’s Section 13 and
Georgia’s Section 8, criminalizing the harboring or transporting of unlawfully present

Arizona’s “Show Me Your Papers” Law Goes into Effect

On September 18, federal district court Judge Susan Bolton removed the block that she had previously placed on Arizona SB 1070’s Section 2(B) (“show me your papers”). In early September, Judge Bolton rejected the latest round of legal challenges to Section 2(B), which had been made by a coalition of plaintiffs on preemption, Equal Protection, and Fourth Amendment grounds. Section 2(B) of SB 1070 is now in effect, and Arizona police officers may now try to enforce it.

DOJ Finds Discrimination in Alamance County, NC

By Karen Lucas Siciliano After a two-year investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) found that the Alamance

BIA Pro Bono Project Newsletter

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.

Spanish-Language I-9 Central

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 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.

Workload Transfer from Service Centers to Field Operations

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. Form Type Effective Date Previous Location

Nebraska Service Center Teleconference: Students and School Issues

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. I-765

ICE Introduces Community Hotline

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: