By MPC Associate Attorney Benjamin Snyder
Attorneys and staff members from the McKinney Perry & Coalter Immigration Law division attended a screening of the controversial, anti-"illegal"-immigration documentary film, "They Come to America: The Cost of Illegal Immigration," on Monday evening, October 8, 2012, at the Rockingham Community College, Wrenn Auditorium. Sponsored by the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, the screening was open to the public and hosted by Rockingham Sheriff Sam Page.
GREENSBORO, NC: Last summer, ICE Director John Morton released a memorandum emphasizing that ICE needed to exercise more prosecutorial discretion (that is, closing out "low pritority" deportation cases to make room for "high priority" deportaiton cases). The Secretary of Homeland Security reaffirmed this policy last August.
N.C. COURT OF APPEALS DECISION IN STATE V. ALSHAIF
Jeff Widdison was recently published in the Wilmington Star News discussing changes in immigration policy and the new provisional waiver process.
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En el 6 de enero del 2012, la Administración de Obama anunció que cambiará el proceso en que ciertos familiares de ciudadanos de EEUU pueden solicitar un “perdón.” El “perdón” se necesita en el caso de una persona que entró a EEUU sin inspección (es decir, “ilegalmente”) y que se quedó a vivir en el país sin permiso por tiempo prolongado. En un caso normal, la persona que solicita el “perdón” tendría que regresar a su país de origen para someter la aplicación en una Oficina Consular de EEUU. Uno puede estar esperando entre 3 a 18 meses para recibir una decisión y el solicitante tiene que esperar fuera del país durante todo este tiempo.
Last month I wrote an article about how recent trends in immigration enforcement have created extreme anxiety among immigrant communities. Since last month, the Obama Administration announced some exciting news and so, in lieu of my plan of discussing how families can prepare for the prolonged detention of their family members, this month I wanted to share how there is hope for immigrant families and what this new announcement means.
Today, a panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded the Board of Immigration Appeals had not fully explained why a young man from Honduras had failed to establish he was in risk of torture if returned to his home. The case is significant because a torture claim (under the U.S. Convention Against Torture or CAT) requires the applicant to establish a fear of torture from a government actor or with the "acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity." 8 C.F.R. § 1208.18(a)(1).