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Saddened by the death of Justice Ginsburg, I searched through the blogs I have written on her opinions in immigration cases. I was again reminded not only about her brilliance but how forcefully she advanced the rights of immigrants that was consistent with the Constitution and the Immigration and Nationality Act. I wrote Justice Ginsburg’s Observation on Piepowder Courts in Vartelas v. Holder in 2012 with Gary Endelman when he was in private practice and…
Since COVID-19 afflicted the world, people have learned to work remotely from home and the office seems to be less relevant. Most white collared work can be carried out remotely through Zoom Video or Microsoft Teams. Jack Dorsey, the head of Twitter, said that the company’s employees can work from home “forever.” This view may not be shared by all. 85% of French office workers are back at their desks. Reed Hastings, the founder…
Before President Trump, one could hardly imagine that an American president would use INA § 212(f) to rewrite immigration law in a manner he saw fit and with whatever prejudices might be harboring in his mind. While INA § 212(f) does give extraordinary power to a president, Trump has exploited these powers beyond what could have been imagined when Congress enacted this provision.  INA §212(f) states: Whenever the President finds that the entry of any…
In line with other xenophobic actions too numerous to keep tabs on, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum dated July 21, 2020 entitled “Memorandum on Excluding Illegal Aliens From the Apportionment Base Following the 2020 Census.” From the title itself, it is readily obvious that the Trump administration does not intend to count undocumented or unauthorized immigrations in the 2020 census, which it pejoratively refers to as illegal aliens. Who is legal or illegal defies…
By Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box* Trump’s Proclamation 10052  has imposed a ban on foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States on H-1B, H-2B, L and J visas. Trump derived the authority to impose the ban from INA 212(f), which authorizes the President to suspend the entry into the United States of certain categories of individuals whenever he “finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into…
On the heels of the prior proposed rule restricting asylum and withholding of removal that I commented on and blogged about, the Department of Homeland Security and Executive Office for Immigration Review have put out yet another proposed rule to drastically restrict asylum and withholding of removal. This one would allow the expedited removal of asylum claimants who have come from countries where a “contagious or infectious disease” is “prevalent or epidemic” (which is…
In Canadian Council for Refugees v. Canada (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship) , 2020 FC 770 (July 22, 2020), the Federal Court of Canada recently ruled that the statute and regulations implementing the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) between Canada and the United States regarding the processing of asylum and refugee claims were of no force or effect because they violated section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  This is good…
Visitors who have been admitted in B-2 visa status may extend their status while in the United States. Even if a visitor has a multiple entry visa in the passport for a duration of ten years, the visitor is admitted into the US for a more limited time at a port of entry, which is generally a period of six months in B-2 status. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many visitors have sought to extend their…
The Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (the agency within the Department of Justice that runs the immigration courts) have jointly proposed a new rule entitled “Procedures for Asylum and Withholding of Removal; Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Review” that would drastically change the law in the United States governing applications for asylum and other protection from persecution and torture. The proposed rule is very lengthy, but its common theme…
By Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box* On June 29th, 2020, issued a Proclamation to amend Proclamation 10052 of June 22, 2020 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak). The amended Proclamation modifies Section 3(a)(ii) of the June 22 Proclamation to read as follows: “(ii)   does not have a nonimmigrant visa, of any of the…