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Friday, August 19, 2016

Wait Times for Affirmative Asylum Interviews

The US Citizen and Immigration Services recently released its newest Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin (8/5/16) which explains how the Asylum Division prioritizes affirmative applications for asylum.

Affirmative asylum refers to a foreign national who has voluntarily applied for asylum – this individual may be residing in the US already or may make application upon entry to the United States (a person seeking affirmative asylum has to submit an application within one year of their arrival).

Blandon Law has decades of experience assisting clients through this process, which can be time-consuming and confusing for applicants. The most important benefit of winning an asylum case is that ONE year after becoming an asylee, a foreign national may apply for legal permanent residency. Legal permanent residents can live and work in the United States. They can also bring spouses and children to the US and receive government assistance.

It is important to review this announcement to be sure that your interview with USCIS (“Immigration”) is scheduled during the processing time announced in the Bulletin. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 954-385-0157. Our lawyers travel throughout the country to Asylum Office interviews and Immigration Court hearings.

View the Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin

Monday, August 15, 2016

Backlog of Immigration Court Cases is Increasing

As of June 2016, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has reached an all-time high of 496,704, according to government court data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.

While the backlog is still increasing, the hiring of 34 new Immigration Judges since February has helped to slow the rate of growth. Unfortunately, the sheer number of cases awaiting resolution still represents an average of 1,819 cases for each of the 273 judges now on the bench. The number of pending priority cases involving women with children has been rising the fastest.

For more information, visit: TRAC at Syracuse University

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Amid Anti-Immigration Wave, Some Small Towns Welcome Refugees with Open Arms

PBS Newshour reports that small towns across the United States are opening their doors to refugees in an effort to offset shrinking populations, diversify their communities and bolster local economies. 

Eskinder Negash, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, stated "Every time a refugee rents an apartment, every time a refugee shops for food, there's some income coming in for the city and going into the tax base. There's a new realization that refugees can be an economic engine for some of these small communities." 

The mayor of Fargo, North Dakota, echoed those sentiments. “Our refugees have come in and brought a lot to our community,” said Fargo mayor, Dr. Tim Mahoney“Our priority is to be a welcoming city and continue to grow in that manner.”

Read the complete article

Monday, August 1, 2016

Argentina Announces New Plan Against Gender Violence

On July 26, 2016, Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced a national plan to decrease domestic violence and “femicide” incidents (referring to the gender-based targeting and murder of women). 

The government's three-year plan will introduce: 
  • Gender violence awareness as part of the national school curriculum.

  • Creation of a network of women's refuges

  • Increased funding to electronically monitor individuals with a history of violence towards women

Many Latin American countries have introduced tougher penalties for femicide crimes in recent years, but women's rights groups say more is needed. Last year, 235 women lost their lives due to gender violence incidents in Argentina. 

For more information:

Argentina proposes electronic tracking for men prone to violence toward women - UPI

Argentina announces new plan to curb gender violence - BBC

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