This Week In Immigration – Week of September 1-4, 2021

This Week In Immigration

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Justice Dept. Continues to Insist Immigration Judges Union Is ‘Defunct,’ Despite Moving to Nullify Decertification Decision- In November 2020, the Federal Labor Relations Authority sided with former President Trump’s Justice Department and ruled that immigration judges are management officials and ordered the decertification of the National Association of Immigration Judges. Although the Biden administration asked to withdraw the prior administration’s petition to classify immigration judges as management officials, it has continued to aggressively defend against litigation over the union’s decertification.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Illegal Influx Threatens U.S. Immigration System to Breaking Point – The number of people illegally entering the U.S. continues to rise, and it is threatening to push the immigration system to the breaking point. In July 2021, the Border Patrol reported nearly 200,000 encounters with illegal immigrants along the southern border. The previous month, more than 212,000 encounters with illegal crossers were reported. Border Patrol agents are catching not only immigrants from Mexico and the Northern Triangle, but also citizens of India, Romania, Brazil, and Venezuela. 

Friday, September 3, 2021

Pathways to Citizenships Through DACA Would Generate $121 billion annually – U.S. Employers need workers and a possible solution to the labor shortage would be an immigration reform passed by Congress that would include pathways to citizenship for DACA recipients, Temporary Protected Status holders, farm workers, and essential workers. In this case, economic activity will increase by $121 billion annually, and this figure includes an added $31 billion per year in federal, state, and local tax revenues.

South Florida Immigration Consultant, Husbands, Wives Charged with Marriage Fraud- Federal prosecutors have charged Miami resident Yamira Sanchez with helping foreign national men fraudulently obtain their United States green cards by brokering their marriages to Cuban-born women living in South Florida as United States citizens or legal permanent residents. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The indictment also charges husband-beneficiaries and wife-petitioners.  

Former Resident of U.K. Convicted of Immigration Fraud Offenses – A federal jury convicted 38-year-old Harbans Singh, of Kent, U.K., of three federal felonies related to false statements he made on a visa application and during an asylum interview. Singh was arrested twice in November 2014 in the United Kingdom for three instances of sexual harassment. On his visa application, he stated that he had never been arrested for a crime. He then traveled to the U.S. and in July 2015 applied for asylum. Singh did not disclose anything about the sexual assault charges in the U.K. Then, in a September 2017 interview, Singh again denied, this time under oath, having ever been arrested or charged in the U.K. The charges are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Merging of Immigration and Criminal Law – According to some attorneys, immigration law and criminal law have merged during the last couple of decades, becoming what can be called ‘crimmigration,’ which also has a racial component to it because it largely affects immigrants from Mexico. Recently, the number of people deported due to having committed a crime has increased because the number of crimes that could result in deportation increased. This is happening because Congress increased immigration officials’ detention powers and provided them with the money to exert these powers, and the federal government and some states have come to rely on a criminal justice model to control immigration.

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