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New #Bars to #Asylum for Criminals and Almost CriminalsIn the ongoing saga of the Trump Administration’s efforts to dism...
10/21/2020

New #Bars to #Asylum for Criminals and Almost Criminals

In the ongoing saga of the Trump Administration’s efforts to dismantle our humanitarian immigration law, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security published a new rule imposing mandatory bars that prevent “convicted felons, drunk drivers, gang members, and other criminal aliens from receiving asylum.” Read more: http://www.asylumist.com/2020/10/21/new-bars-to-asylum-for-criminals-and-almost-criminals/

What to Do If You Are Stopped by #ICE In order to “amplify” the President’s tough-on-immigrants campaign message, the Tr...
10/07/2020

What to Do If You Are Stopped by #ICE

In order to “amplify” the President’s tough-on-immigrants campaign message, the Trump Administration is planning on conducting a series of ICE #raids in #sanctuary jurisdictions, such as California, Denver, and Philadelphia. What should you do if ICE comes looking for you? http://www.asylumist.com/2020/10/07/what-to-do-if-you-are-stopped-by-ice/

10/02/2020

Below is some info from USCIS about the Preliminary Injunction blocking the fee increase from USCIS--

On Sept. 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in Immigration Legal Resource Center et al., v. Wolf, et al., 20-cv-05883-JWS, preliminarily enjoined DHS from implementing or enforcing any part of the USCIS Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements rule.

While the rule is preliminarily enjoined, we will continue to:

Accept USCIS forms with the current editions and current fees; and

Use the regulations and guidance currently in place to adjudicate applications and petitions. This includes accepting and adjudicating fee waiver requests as provided under Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 10.9 and 10.10.

A New Rule for #Interpreters at the #Asylum Office (+ an Update on the #Backlog)Last week, #USCIS announced a new rule f...
09/30/2020

A New Rule for #Interpreters at the #Asylum Office (+ an Update on the #Backlog)

Last week, #USCIS announced a new rule for interpreters at Asylum Office interviews. USCIS will now provide an interpreter by telephone for most languages. Here, I want to discuss some statistics mentioned in the new rule, as well as the effect of the rule. Also, we have some tips on working with telephonic interpreters: http://www.asylumist.com/2020/09/30/a-new-rule-for-interpreters-at-the-asylum-office-an-update-on-the-backlog/

A federal court has just blocked the USCIS fee increase, which had been scheduled for October 2, 2020. Great work #AILA!...
09/30/2020
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A federal court has just blocked the USCIS fee increase, which had been scheduled for October 2, 2020. Great work #AILA! Read more here: https://www.aila.org/infonet/ilrc-et-al-v-wolf-et-al-9-29-20

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Former Immigration Judge Paul Grussendorf is raising money to publish his memoir. Books like this are very helpful for t...
09/29/2020
Help Paul self-publish his Immigration Book, organized by Paul Grussendorf

Former Immigration Judge Paul Grussendorf is raising money to publish his memoir. Books like this are very helpful for the public to understand the Immigration Court system. J. Grussendorf is terrific, and I look forward to reading his book. Below is a statement from him, and a link to his Go Fund Me page to help him get the book published (if you donate $25 or more, you get a copy of the book!).

I am a lawyer specializing in asylum and refugee law. I have taught refugee law at George Washington University, University of San Francisco and Howard University. I have worked with the U.S. government and the UN Refugee Agency in refugee resettlement all over the world, most recently in Rwanda until COVID shut down our interviews.
In 2011 I self-published my legal memoir, My Trials: Inside America's Deportation Factories, focusing upon the deportation system and my time as an immigration judge. It is time to update the book, given all the changes and destructive policies that have occured in recent years to our asylum system. The book received great reviews: "My Trials is both a scathing indictment of a broken immigration system that sends vulnerable immigrants back to perilous situations from which they fled, and a heartfelt call for a return to the values upon which our nation was founded." American Immigration Lawyers Association. It was endorsed by renowned criminal defense attorney Gerry Spence.
The budget will include $2000 for editing and formatting, and $3000 for a limited publicity campaign. I am currently working with an editor to make the book available on Amazon by first week of October, so funds are essential now. It will be available on all other platforms mid-October.
This book has been a labor of love and education, and I have not profited from it. I will be tremendously grateful for assistance to make this updated book available at this critical junction in our nation's history. Each donation of $25 or more will receive a signed copy of the paperback book.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-paul-selfpublish-his-immigration-book?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

I am a lawyer specializing in asylum and refugee law. I have taught refug… Paul Grussendorf needs your support for Help Paul self-publish his Immigration Book

The War Over Work PermitsThe Trump Administration recently implemented new rules making it more difficult for asylum see...
09/23/2020

The War Over Work Permits

The Trump Administration recently implemented new rules making it more difficult for asylum seekers to get a work permit. But those rules have been challenged in court. Let’s take a look at the law, the old rules, the new rules, where things stand now, and–most importantly–how asylum seekers might still qualify for a work permit: http://www.asylumist.com/2020/09/23/the-war-over-work-permits/

The #Republican Party “Platform” on #AsylumAs you’ve probably heard, the Republican Party has not adopted a new platform...
09/09/2020

The #Republican Party “Platform” on #Asylum

As you’ve probably heard, the Republican Party has not adopted a new platform for 2020. Instead, they resolved that the “Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda.” What does this mean? http://www.asylumist.com/2020/09/09/the-republican-party-platform-on-asylum/

Asylum Seekers Need Pro Bono Lawyers Now More than EverThe #asylum process today is more difficult than ever. Many appli...
08/11/2020

Asylum Seekers Need Pro Bono Lawyers Now More than Ever

The #asylum process today is more difficult than ever. Many applicants with valid claims will be denied and deported unless they have help from an attorney. Equally important, applicants need someone in their corner to answer questions and provide moral support. Representing an asylum seeker pro bono can help change your client’s life. It can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your legal career. Read more here: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/08/11/asylum-seekers-need-pro-bono-lawyers-now-more-than-ever/

Where’s My Green Card? Where’s My Work Permit?Due to a budget shortfall at #USCIS, more than 125,000 people have not rec...
07/22/2020
Where’s My Green Card? Where’s My Work Permit?

Where’s My Green Card? Where’s My Work Permit?

Due to a budget shortfall at #USCIS, more than 125,000 people have not received Green Cards or #EADs, even though they paid for, and qualified for those documents. Read more: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/07/22/wheres-my-green-card-wheres-my-work-permit/

What do you think would happen if a client came to my office (virtually), hired me, paid me money to file a case, and then I did not file the case and refused to return the client’s money? He…

The Unbearable Lightness of BIA-ing, Ten Year Anniversary EditionWay back in 2010, I did a blog post about the Board of ...
07/15/2020

The Unbearable Lightness of BIA-ing, Ten Year Anniversary Edition

Way back in 2010, I did a blog post about the Board of Immigration Appeals, where I complained that the Board issues too few decision and does not provide enough guidance to Immigration Judges. Ten years later, things are no better. In fact, based on the available data, the Board is publishing even fewer decisions these days than it did back in the late aughts. Here, we’ll take a look at the situation in 2010, and then review where things stand now: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/07/15/the-unbearable-lightness-of-bia-ing-ten-year-anniversary-edition/

Let’s Deny #Asylum to Sick People!Under a new proposed rule, if a person was imprisoned, beaten and raped in her country...
07/09/2020

Let’s Deny #Asylum to Sick People!

Under a new proposed rule, if a person was imprisoned, beaten and raped in her country, she will be denied protection in the United States and sent home simply because she traveled through an area that is experiencing an epidemic. Even if she herself is not sick! Read more here: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/07/09/lets-deny-asylum-to-sick-people/

New (and Awful) Restrictions on Work Permits for #Asylum SeekersLet’s say I give you a million dollars (which I can easi...
07/01/2020

New (and Awful) Restrictions on Work Permits for #Asylum Seekers

Let’s say I give you a million dollars (which I can easily do, given my lucrative earnings as an asylum lawyer). Let’s also say I put that money on the moon. Even though its yours, you can’t get it, and so it won’t do you any good. That’s basically what the Trump Administration is trying to do with asylum. Read more here: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/07/01/new-and-awful-restrictions-on-work-permits-for-asylum-seekers/

Asylum Seekers Have Power! Here’s How You Can Help Save AsylumAs you probably know, the #Trump Administration recently p...
06/25/2020

Asylum Seekers Have Power! Here’s How You Can Help Save Asylum

As you probably know, the #Trump Administration recently proposed #regulations to make it much more difficult to obtain #asylum in the United States. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is something you can do to try to reduce the damage: Submit a comment opposing the regulation. Submitting a comment is easy, free, and safe, even for people with no lawful status in the U.S. You can do it from the comfort of your own home. Right now. And best of all, it really can help. Here, we’ll talk about how to submit an effective comment: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/06/25/asylum-seekers-have-power-heres-how-you-can-help-save-asylum/

The bad news is coming fast and furious. Another update, basically indicating that USCIS will take a longer time process...
06/19/2020
All the Bad News that’s Fit to Print (Updated 06/17/20, 06/18/20 – and it ain’t all bad!, 06/19/20)

The bad news is coming fast and furious. Another update, basically indicating that USCIS will take a longer time processing work permits for asylum seekers: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/06/16/all-the-bad-news-thats-fit-to-print/

[Updates to this post will appear at the bottom of the article] There is an overwhelming amount of bad news these days. You’ve probably heard about the coronavirus pandemic and the upheavals …

Another update - this time with some good news, as the Supreme Court prevents the Trump Administration from ending DACA....
06/18/2020
All the Bad News that’s Fit to Print (Updated 06/17/20, 06/18/20 – and it ain’t all bad!)

Another update - this time with some good news, as the Supreme Court prevents the Trump Administration from ending DACA. Also, a bit more clarity about the plan to end work permits for asylum seekers: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/06/16/all-the-bad-news-thats-fit-to-print/

[Updates to this post will appear at the bottom of the article] There is an overwhelming amount of bad news these days. You’ve probably heard about the coronavirus pandemic and the upheavals …

#Neuroscience, Memory, and #Credibility in Immigration CourtIn a guest post from #Harvard and the Massachusetts General ...
05/06/2020

#Neuroscience, Memory, and #Credibility in Immigration Court

In a guest post from #Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior, the authors explain that for traumatized people, "inconsistencies in autobiographical recall may not reflect a willful attempt to bend the truth, but rather the biological reality that recalling memories usually involves modification of those memories in ways of which most people are not fully aware." Read more here: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/05/06/neuroscience-memory-and-credibility-in-immigration-court/

No More #Immigration? Let’s Wait and SeeIn response to the #pandemic, President #Trump has Tweeted that he will “tempora...
04/21/2020

No More #Immigration? Let’s Wait and See

In response to the #pandemic, President #Trump has Tweeted that he will “temporarily suspend immigration into the United States.” What does this mean? Does President Trump have the authority to suspend immigration into the country? Will the order affect people who are already here? How long will this “temporary” suspension last? Read more here: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/04/21/no-more-immigration-lets-wait-and-see/

Some #Asylum Seekers Will Qualify for a #Stimulus PaymentAsylees and asylum seekers who have been in the U.S. and paid t...
04/02/2020

Some #Asylum Seekers Will Qualify for a #Stimulus Payment

Asylees and asylum seekers who have been in the U.S. and paid taxes in 2018 and/or 2019 will likely qualify for the payment. Asylum seekers and asylees who have been here for a shorter period of time, or who did not have a work permit until recently (or who did not yet get a work permit) will likely not qualify for the payment. Read more here: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/04/02/some-asylum-seekers-will-qualify-for-a-stimulus-payment/

Incompetence and Reckless at #EOIR Endanger LivesThe Executive Office for Immigration Review--the office that oversees I...
03/26/2020

Incompetence and Reckless at #EOIR Endanger Lives

The Executive Office for Immigration Review--the office that oversees Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeal--is determined to continue adjudicating cases, even if that means risking the lives of its own employees; not to mention the lives of respondents, witnesses, and lawyers (and anyone who comes into contact with them). Read more here: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/03/26/incompetence-and-reckless-at-eoir-endanger-lives/

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ICYMI,..........
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Great Job, Great blog! Seems that the new regime is really upset that some people may get an opportunity to qualify for a work permit so as to feed their families while waiting on a final adjudication of their asylum case. The idea is to fast-track these people through the asylum process, giving them perfunctory hearings and orders of deportation, post haste. But this is a policy of willful discrimination and surely will not serve to discourage others from applying in the future. The bottom line is that the people around the world who suffered severe mistreatment in their homelands don't usually make it through our airports. And the so-called economic refugees, who have little trouble getting here on tourist visas will continue to come, file bogus cases, and clog up the system. This makes it almost impossible for real asylees to receive fair and proper hearings and the protection of our humanitarian laws.
The Secret Refugee History of #Casablanca For the 75th anniversary of the classic film Casablanca, I look into the refugee history of some of the actors. This one's for you, Tom McGeehan.
Something for Halloween (even if it is a bit depressing)
The Asylumist has used my photographs of Amerasians without my permission and mentioning my name. Copyright infringe. It makes the quality of this site discutable.
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