U.S Immigration weekly briefing – October 20th, 2017

Last update: April 23, 2019

Travel ban blocked

The third version of the travel ban was supposed to go into effect on October 18th, 2017. However, a U.S. judge from Hawaï, quickly followed by a U.S. judge from Maryland, issued a temporary injunction blocking the implementation of the ban. The U.S. government will appeal, but most observers expect the process to go all the way to the Supreme Court.

What’s left of the travel ban in the meantime? It applies to citizens of North Korea and certain citizens of Venezuela. That’s it for the moment.

Analysis of November’s visa bulletin

November’s visa bulletin was mixed. The summary of our analysis for family-based green cards is as follows:

  • F1: January 22nd, 2011; +4 weeks, in line with expectations
  • F2A: November 15th, 2015; +3 weeks, in line with expectations
  • F2B: November 15th, 2010; +1 week, disappointing
  • F3: August 15th, 2005, +3 weeks, a bit soft
  • F4: May 22nd, 2004, +2 weeks, a bit soft

(Final action dates stand for all countries except Mexico and the Philippines; progress is by comparison’s to October’s visa bulletin)

Quotas for immigration judges?

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which supervises U.S. immigration judges, is planning to evaluate immigration judge’s performance based on numerical measures or production quotas: essentially if you are not processing X cases per year, you are not performing well.

The White House seems to want to make sure that judges process as many cases as possible when there are more than 600,000 cases pending. The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) came out strongly agains such measure, advocating for structural reform instead.

The story was originally reported by Maria Sacchetti of the Washington Post.

U.S. Attorney General and sanctuary cities

U.S. Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions reiterated before the U.S. Senate that he believes federal police funding of sanctuary cities such as New York or Chicago should be stopped- a measure that has been so far blocked by judges. The exchanges between the AG and the Senators were described by observers as ‘particularly heated’.

U.S. family immigration weekly briefing – October 13th, 2017

White House immigration demands, visa bulletin, I-129 filing address, Sudan's TPS, new USCIS Director, and asylum rules.

Sanctuary cities
What is a sanctuary city?

Sanctuary city is a city where law enforcement does not inquire about immigration status and limits its cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).