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ASISTA Denounces Racism, Misogyny, and Violence

By Ahlam Moussa | Mar 22, 2021 |

In the wake of the killing of eight people in Georgia earlier this week, we at ASISTA are heartbroken and determined as ever to fight the toxic combination of white supremacy and misogyny that fuels this violence. Eight lives were tragically and violently taken, of whom seven were women and six were of Asian descent.…

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Safe Horizon and ASISTA File Lawsuit Against USCIS and DHS

By Ahlam Moussa | Mar 18, 2021 |

Safe Horizon and ASISTA File Lawsuit Against USCIS and DHS, Seeking Information on Policy Change Making it More Difficult for Victims of Serious Crime to Obtain Relief Under the U-Visa Program

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Litigation Update: Harmful DOJ Rule Enjoined

By Admin | Mar 15, 2021 |

On March 10, 2021, Senior District Judge Susan Illston from the U.S. District Court of Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction in the case Centro Legal de La Raza et al v. EOIR et al, challenging the harmful DOJ rule severely limiting sua sponte motions in immigration court proceedings and curtailing the use…

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New Advisory: Overview of U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 & Its Impact on Immigrant Survivors

By Admin | Mar 1, 2021 |

U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 & Its Impact on Survivors: On Thursday, February 18, 2021 theU.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 was introduced in the House by Representative Linda Sánchez and in the Senate by Senator Bob Menendez. ASISTA and our partners with the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors have prepared an overview of the bill with a discussion…

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ICYMI: Important Policy & ASISTA Updates

By Ahlam Moussa | Feb 27, 2021 |

As usual, there have been several policy updates over the last few weeks, from the rescission of the immigrant travel ban impacting family, employment and diversity visas to the Supreme Court’s decision to take up the public charge rule.  Here are some other important policy updates and news from ASISTA.  U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 & Its Impact on…

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Philadelphia Inquirer Article on the U Visa Backlog

By Ahlam Moussa | Feb 17, 2021 |

ASISTA’s own Amy Cheung weighing in on the heavy backlog with the U Visa program which Congress created to strengthen the ability of police agencies to investigate and prosecute violent crimes like domestic & sexual assault.   “Biden’s plan to raise the cap to 30,000 is a promising start but given the immense backlog, there is still more…

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ASISTA Practice Alert Regarding Certain U Visa ‘After-Acquired Spouse’ Cases (Feb. 11, 2021)

By Maria Lazzarino | Feb 12, 2021 |

In December, the 9th Circuit held in Medina Tovar v. Zuchowski that certain after-acquired spouses of U visa petitioners are eligible to “accompany or follow to join” the U-1 through the I-918A petitioning process. The Court recently issued its mandate on 1/25/2021. The judgment in Medina Tovar is therefore in effect as of 1/25/2021.  We’ve prepared this Practice Alert to help you…

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ICYMI: Important Policy & ASISTA Updates

By Ahlam Moussa | Feb 3, 2021 |

As usual, there have been many immigration policy updates this past week. Please see below for a brief summary of a few of those updates, as well as some upcoming ASISTA events.  Flexibility in Deadline Extension Challenges to Enforcement Executive Order New Circuit Decisions ASISTA joins Important Amicus Efforts New ASISTA Training!  Flexibility in Deadline Extension Last…

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Granados-Benitez v. Wilkinson (1st Cir) (unpublished- Jan. 28, 2021)

By Maria Lazzarino | Jan 29, 2021 |

The 1st Circuit found that the BIA had abused its discretion in failing to follow Matter of Sanchez-Sosa in adjudicating the U visa petitioner’s Motion to Reopen and ordered remand. Click on the links to access the Amicus Brief and the Decision.

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ICYMI: Legislative and Administrative Updates

By Admin | Jan 25, 2021 | Comments Off on ICYMI: Legislative and Administrative Updates

Dear partners,  The Biden-Harris Administration has already introduced important immigration policy reforms, including efforts that enhance protections for immigrant survivors. ASISTA welcomes these efforts, and we will be there each step of the way to help ensure a safer and more just America for survivors and for all immigrants. We are committed, as always, to keeping you informed…

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