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On July 19, 2019 the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision finding that the Virginia offense of participating in criminal street gang activity is not categorically a crime involving moral turpitude.
The Virginia statute, Va. Code § 18.2-46.2(A), which prohibits participation in a criminal street gang, is as follows:
The Fourth Circuit issued a published decision (which means it has precedential value which must be followed by judges within the 4th Circuit) which finds a claim of asylum based on the Salvadoran government's inability to protect a woman from domestic violence is a proper basis for a grant of asylum.
The USCIS has issued policy guidance to define Extreme Hardship as it should be applied by immigration officers adjudicating waivers and other applications which require such a showing.
The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has restored Administrative Closure as an inherent power of Immigration Court judges, effectively overruling the current administration's attempt to preclude this standard procedure. This tool permits adjudication of pending applications by temporarilly suspending immigration court proceedings.
Many married people file their taxes as Head of Household in order to save money, not realizing that there are very strict requirments for such a status. In order for you to qualify as "considered unmarried" you must meet the following criteria taken directly from the IRS website:
The USCIS has sent an email discussing how they will react to requests from those affected by Hurricane IRMA (and presumably other similar hardship events.
Attorney General Sessions has cancelled the DACA program as of September 5, 2017, while providing a period for current DACA beneficiaries whose status will expire prior to March 5, 2018, to renew their applications for an additional 2 year period.
Over the next month, the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY will be receiving comments concerning the adminstration's plans to "reform" the regulations currently in place to protect the environment, in particular how to implement the President's executive orders and plans to reduce burdensome protections, eliminate staff, and otherwise deregulate implementation of the many various environmental legislation, such as the Clear Air and Clean Water acts, Protection of Children, Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know, Costal Health, Endangered Species, Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenic
GOMEZ v. SESSIONS - The correct analysis focuses on . . . whether . . . targeted because of . . . membership in the social group consisting of her immediate family