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ICE Deportations & Arrests Fall Sharply - Immigration News for April 9, 2021

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Peri B. Edelman | April 9, 2021

Deportations and Arrests Fall Sharply

ICE has significantly decreased its arrests and deportations of immigrants in the United States during the Biden Administration, as the new administration redirects enforcement within the U.S. to focus on those with a criminal record. ICE’s detention of immigrations—which was above 56,000 in 2019, fell to 14,000 in March 2021.

U.S. Department of State Issues Update Regarding Public Charge Rule

The Department of State (DOS) has posted an update related to the change in the public charge ground of visa ineligibility. The DOS notes that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reinstated Form I-864W, Request for Exemption for Intending Immigrant's Affidavit of Support, which allows certain applicants to seek an exemption from the affidavit of support requirement.

These applicants include:

  1. individuals who have earned or can receive credit for 40 quarters of coverage under the Social Security Act (SSA)
  2. children who will become U.S. citizens upon entry to the United States
  3. self-petitioning widow(er)s, and
  4. self-petitioning battered spouses and children

The Justice Department Plans to Speed Up Immigration Court Cases

On April 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) issued a new policy. It is permitting non-detained individuals with attorneys to skip master calendar hearings (initial hearing) and go right into the briefing stage of the pleadings.

According to the EOIR, the new process will be available for individuals who notify the court of their representation at least 15 days from a calendar hearing. Instead of conducting that preliminary hearing, an immigration judge will issue a scheduling order, setting deadlines for written pleadings and to provide evidence for or against removal. Immigration attorneys have argued that it is a violation of due process. Currently, the immigration courts have over a 1.3 million case backlog.

Department of Homeland Security Plans on “Going After” Smugglers Fueling Migrant Surge on Mexico Border

The U.S. government plans in the next 90 days on “going after” smuggling and trafficking organizations that the Biden Administration accuses of manipulating migrants into traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The U.S. government plans in the next 90 days on “going after” smuggling and trafficking organizations that the Biden Administration accuses of manipulating migrants into traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border.

If you believe a recent change applies to you, please contact my office. If you know someone who it applies to, please refer them to my office. To learn more about the immigration help I can provide, visit my Services page. Thank you.

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Peri B. Edelman is an experienced attorney who practices Immigration Law in New York City. She provides immigration legal services, legal counsel on immigration matters, and legal support for court cases related to Immigration. A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Peri B. Edelman is admitted to the New York and Connecticut Bars, U.S. Eastern District Court of New York, U.S. Southern District Court of New York, and United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.