News Roundup for Week of October 21st

Read our weekly roundup to learn about the latest news in immigration and business this week.

1. November 2019 Visa Bulletin released

The Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for November 2019. The Visa Bulletin details which and how many visas are available for the month of November.

You can find the Visa Bulletin at the Department of State’s website.

2. Supreme Court takes up several cases on immigration related matters

The Supreme Court recently announced it will take up a number of cases related to immigration, including cases on asylum and DACA.

One case in particular to watch for deals with immigrants seeking asylum and whether or not they have a right to challenge expedited removal proceedings in federal court.

Learn more at CNN, ABA Journal, and Law360 (here and here).

3. DOJ proposes new rule to collect DNA from immigrants

The Department of Justice (DOJ) plans to move forward with a proposal that would allow them to begin collecting DNA from immigrants who cross the border.

According to a DOJ official, collecting DNA will help in identifying and processing individuals who cross the US border. However, other organizations claim collection would be overreach and invasive, as DOJ and other agencies already have other means to identify individuals.

Learn more at NPR, BuzzFeed News, and Law360.

4. Trump Administration resumes aid to Central American countries

The Department of Homeland Security announced that the Trump Administration resumed aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

Each of these countries have recently signed agreements with the Trump Administration that would help the Administration enforce its “safe third country” policy.

Read the official announcement by DHS.

5. Republican Senators push new bill aimed at Sanctuary cities

This week, a group of Republican Senators introduced a new bill aimed at Sanctuary cities. The bill would allow victims of a crime by an undocumented immigrant to sue the Sanctuary city for damages.

It is unclear whether the bill will pass the Senate, and is unlikely to pass the House if it does.

Learn more at WJLA and Law360.

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