Sanctuary Policies Bill

Per the American Immigration Council:

“The Senate has rejected the motion to proceed on Senator David Vitter’s (R-LA) “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act” (S. 2146). This bill is an enforcement-only approach to immigration and would punish cities and states that adopt community policing policies that work to make communities safer and increase communication between police and their residents. The procedural vote required 60 Yea votes to begin debate on the bill; the motion failed 54-45.”

For more information re: the issues with sanctuary cities, click here.

Torres v. Lynch

This past week, the Supreme Court heard arguments for the case of Torres v. Lynch, which centers on LPR Jorge Luna Torres who was convicted of violating a New York state arson statute. In 2007, the Immigration and Naturalization Service issued a notice charging Torres with inadmissibility as he was convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude. Further, Torres was found ineligible for cancellation of the removal order because he was a permanent resident convicted of, what the courts deemed, was an aggravated felony. The case in question examines the vast scope of crimes that fall under aggravated felonies, which state law wouldn’t necessitate and which disqualify many from relief. ALthough oral arguments were heard, a decision on the case has not been made.

Check back for more updates and/or a decision.

The Plight of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

The Migration Policy Institue (MPI) has released a publication on “Unaccompanied Child Migrants in U.S. Communities, Immigration Court, and Schools.” This report details the roughly 102,000 unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico who were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection between October 1, 2013 and August 31, 2015. While many children are returned to their homes, most are transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to be placed in removal proceedings. Of those children, most are released into the custody of a guardian in the United States pending their immigration court cases.

The reports documents “that communities and school districts largely continue to face challenges meeting the needs of these children and have responded in disparate ways to their arrival, some creating additional programs to address children’s particular needs, while others have made school enrollment more difficult for this population.”

See the report here.

Visa Bulletin for November 2015

This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during June. Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets an annual minimum family-sponsored preference limit of 226,000. The worldwide level for annual employment-based preference immigrants is at least 140,000. INA Section 203(e) provides that family-sponsored and employment-based preference visas be issued to eligible immigrants in the order in which a petition in behalf of each has been filed.

See the bulletin here.