DHS recently announced an unprecedented new policy called the Migrant Protection Protocols ("MPP"). The MPP is currently only being implemented in Tijuana, but will imminently be expanded to other cities on the U.S.-Mexico border. As we brace ourselves for the expansion of this program, it is important to consider just how much of a blow it is to due process and human rights protections for refugees and asylum seekers.
On September 22, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") announced that it would terminate Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for individuals from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone on May 21, 2017. Now is a good time for individuals from these countries who currently have TPS to explore their immigration options before their TPS protection ends next May.
USCIS announced a major expansion of its provisional waiver program for immigrant visa applicants beginning August 29th. The good news- many more people will be able to apply for provisional waivers. The bad news- the provisional waivers process will be riskier, especially for those who do not get proper legal advice.