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The 17th edition of Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook covers emergent topics including the latest Supreme Court decisions through the 2019-2020 term, changes due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, border and adjudication changes under the Trump administration, and more.

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Kurzban's Cover Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook is the first reference thousands of immigration lawyers, immigration judges, and other government officials turn to for reliable answers to both simple and complex immigration issues. It is frequently cited in other immigration resources and case decisions—including the ineffective assistance of counsel ruling in U.S. v. Juarez, 672 F.3d 381 (5th Cir. 2012), in which the court stated that Kurzban's interpretation of the statute would have provided some guidance in the area and "would have helped guide [counsel's] legal discussion…").

This resource is a necessity for all immigration attorneys, particularly as we navigate the “new normal” and address the impact COVID-19 has had on our clients’ cases. The newest edition will address the changes to removal policies and humanitarian programs as well visa as programs and benefits adjudications under the Trump administration.

The new edition of Kurzban's contains important updates on topics including:

  • Policy Changes Affecting International Students
  • New rules making changes to the regulations governing asylum applications and eligibility for employment authorization for asylum applicants
  • New BIA decisions
  • Selected new OCAHO cases
  • Forthcoming Supreme Court ruling in Thuraissigiam v. DHS on whether 8 U.S.C. §1252(e)(2), as applied to the respondent, violates the Suspension Clause of the Constitution
  • Presidential Proclamation 10014, of April 22, 2020, suspending the entry of immigrants who “present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.” (85 FR 23441, 4/27/20)
  • The Presidential Proclamation of June 22, 2020, continuing Proclamation 10014, of April 22, 2020, and limiting the entry, with some exceptions, of individuals seeking entry on an H-1B, H-2B, J, or L visa, including individuals accompanying or following to join individuals on these visas
  • The June 18, 2020, decision by the U.S. Supreme Court holding that DHS’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) was “arbitrary and capricious” under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). (DHS v. Regents of the University of California)
  • The June 1, 2020, decision by the U.S. Supreme Court holding that 8 USC §§1252(a)(2)(C) and (D) do not preclude judicial review of a removable noncitizen’s factual challenges to an order denying relief under the international Convention Against Torture (CAT), which protects noncitizens from removal to a country where they would likely face torture. The Court found that a CAT order is distinct from a final order of removal and does not affect the validity of a final order of removal. (Nasrallah v. Barr)
  • Travel and Refugee Bans
  • Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits
  • Public Charge and Affidavits of Support Changes
  • Matter of Castro-Tum and the Inability of IJs and the BIA to Administratively Close Cases
  • MPP and Turnback Policies
  • Third-Country Transit Bar to Asylum
  • End of Certain Categorical Parole Programs
  • Matter of A-B- Standard for Particular Social Group
  • Bond under Matter of M-S-
  • Matter of L-E-A- Standard Regarding Families and Nexus
  • Interpretation of Pereira v. Sessions in various BIA Decisions
  • Unaccompanied Children Status under Matter of M-A-C-O-
  • Matter of Acosta and the Definition of a Final Conviction
  • Matter of L-A-B-R- Standard for the Grant of Continuances
  • IJ’s Authority to Terminate Proceedings under Matter of S-O-G & F-D-B-
  • Changing Guidance on Prosecutorial Discretion and the Secure Communities Program
  • NTA Issuance Changes
  • Changes in Rules for Expedited Removal
  • TPS Terminations for Sudan, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador
  • Redefined Rules Regarding Special Immigrant Juveniles
  • Changing Standards Regarding the Issuance of NOIDs and RFEs
  • Buy American, Hire American Executive Order
  • NIV Interview Requirements
  • EB-5 Program Changes
  • Other USCIS Policy Manual Updates Through June 2020
  • And More!

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