News Roundup for Week of April 8th

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1. Major personnel shake-ups at DHS

This week saw some significant personnel shake-ups at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). On Sunday, Kirstjen Nielsen resigned her position as DHS Secretary, with her Deputy Secretary, Claire Grady, tendering her resignation on Tuesday.

President Trump as named Kevin McAlleenan, the current Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner, to be the Acting DHS Secretary. On Thursday, David P. Pekoske, the current Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator , was chosen to fill the DHS Deputy Secretary position.

2. USCIS completes the random selection process for all H-1B visa slots for FY 2020

USCIS announced Thursday night they have completed the random selection process for selecting H-1B visa applications to fill the 65,000 congressionally-mandated slots. USCIS received a total of 201,011 new H-1B visa applications for the FY 2020 cap. All applications that were not selected will be returned along with their filing fees.

3. Federal Judge stops the Trump Administration from revoking TPS status for Haitians

Federal Judge William Kuntz halted the Trump Administration’s 2017 revocation of temporary protected status (TPS) for Haitians affected by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In the Thursday ruling, the Judge stated the Administration seemed to “reverse engineer[ed] the TPS process with the principal aim of ‘getting to no.” The Judge’s ruling is nationwide.

4. TPS Status extended for South Sudan

DHS announced that it will extend the TPS status for South Sudan from May 3rd, 2019 to November 2nd, 2020. The extension also covers re-registration procedures.

5. Federal Judge halts a Trump Administration policy of sending asylum seekers back to Mexico

On Monday, a Federal Judge blocked the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy which allows for the returning of asylum seekers to Mexico while their case is being processed. On Tuesday, the Trump Administration announced it would appeal the ruling. The ruling is set to go into affect today.

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