March 1

Associated Press: Airports, Legal Volunteers Prepare for New Trump Travel Ban

The Associated Press reports that airport officials and civil rights lawyers across the country are preparing for President Trump’s new travel ban, which is expected to be issued in the coming days. Since last month’s ban, which courts have put on hold, a section of the international arrivals area at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., has been transformed into a virtual law firm, with legal volunteers ready to greet travelers from affected countries and ask if they saw anyone being detained. Similar efforts are underway at other U.S. airports. While the White House had indicated earlier this week that President Trump would sign the new order today, its issuance has been delayed in the wake of the president’s first address to a joint session of Congress.

March 1

USCIS Updates the H-2B Cap Count

As of February 28, 2017, USCIS had receipted 23,778 beneficiaries towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY2017. This count includes 14,348 approved and 9,430 pending beneficiaries.

March 1

Washington Post: Advocates Warn “Dreamers” to Lie Low as Trump Ramps Up Deportation Plans

The Washington Post reports that immigration lawyers and advocacy groups are advising undocumented immigrants not to enroll in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program amid fears that the Trump administration will use their personal information to detain and deport them. Under the program, applicants are required to present proof of their identity, such as a passport or birth certificate, and to show documentation of where they go to school or work. “The main risk is bringing attention to yourself,” stated AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen. “[AILA’s] reading of the DHS memos … is that they really are cold comfort to anyone concerned about the viability of their immigration status.”

March 1

USCIS Revises Its Asylum Division Officer Training Course Lesson Plans on Credible and Reasonable Fear Screenings

On February 13, 2017, USCIS revised its Asylum Division Officer Training Course (ADOTC) lesson plans on Credible Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations and Reasonable Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations. The new lesson plans have been revised consistent with the January 25, 2017, Executive Order on border enforcement, and are effective as of today, February 27, 2017. They will be used at ADOTC and other Asylum Division trainings. USCIS provided Executive Summaries describing the changes made to the Credible Fear Lesson Plan and the Reasonable Fear Lesson Plan.