Immigration Update

Immigration News and Analysis
for Clients and Friends of Borene Law Firm

June - July 2023
U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Biden Administration's Policy to Set Priorities for Immigration Enforcement, Rejects Suit by Texas and Louisiana Seeking to Force Department of Homeland Security to Apply "Blanket Enforcement Policy" with No Priorities

On June 23, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 8-1 that the states of Louisiana and Texas did not have standing to challenge the Biden Administration's 2021 policy to give higher priorities to arrests of unauthorized migrants who are threats "to national security, public safety and border security" than to lesser violations of immigration rules. The Department of Homeland Security argued that Congress has not provided the Department of Homeland Security with sufficient resources to arrest 100% of those identified as out of compliance with immigration laws including minor technical lapses in following often complex and obscure immigration regulations.

Number of Migrants Crossing Southwest Border Drops in June and July due to New Stricter Asylum Policy by U.S. and Efforts by Government of Mexico to Deter Undocumented Migrants

In June, U.S. Border Patrol agents reported only about 100,000 detentions of migrants trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico, a big drop from 169,000 in May. Daily illegal border crossings from Mexico dropped from 10,000 in May 2023 to fewer than 4,000 in June. The drop was due in large part to the implementation of a new stricter asylum pre-screening digital application process by the U.S. known as "CBP One" combined with the Mexican government's new strategy to discourage undocumented migrants to the U.S. by transporting them deep into Mexico's interior.

Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia Are Winning the Global War for Talent Because of the Dysfunction of the U.S. Immigration System for Highly Skilled Workers

Canada and Australia have set up new streamlined processes to enable new university graduates to more easily transition to long-term work visas and permanent residence.

Also, last year, the UK launched a new 2-year work visa for "high potential individuals" who are recent graduates from the 40 top-ranked universities in the world outside the UK. Of the top 40 listed universities, 21 are located in the United States.

Compared to these new options in Canada, Australia, and the UK, the U.S. work visa and green card pathways are much more costly, much slower, and much more restrictive. As a result, many top graduates from U.S. universities in engineering, science, technology and healthcare professions are choosing to take their talents to other countries outside the U.S.

Washington Gridlock Continues: Republican House and Democratic Senate Find Little Common Ground on Immigration as 2024 Election Looms

Top political issues include Southwest border control, construction of a border wall, rules for asylum seekers and "e-verify" technology to help employers confirm employees' immigration status. Strict legislation which passed the House now goes to the Senate where there is little support for harsh enforcement measures among most Democrats and Independents.

Attorney George Maxwell
led the Expert Immigration Panel at the 2023 International Business Law Institute


Tip of the Month

USCIS Announces New Online Biometrics Appointment Rescheduling Service

On June 28, 2023, USCIS launched a new online self-service tool that can be used to reschedule required biometrics appointments. Timely applications to change appointments for biometrics can be rescheduled for "Good Cause". "Good Cause" reasons include but are not limited to: illness, medical appointments, hospitalization, previously planned travel, weddings, funerals or graduation ceremonies, inability to arrange transportation, inability to obtain leave from employment or caregiver responsibilities or late-delivered or undelivered USCIS biometrics appointment notices.

Read from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), USCIS Launches Online Rescheduling of Biometrics Appointments

For the latest Official Processing Times from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for Visa Petitions and Immigration Applications

For the latest information from the U.S. Department of State on Immigrant Visa “Green Card” Quota Backlog (Priority) Dates
Borene Law Firm In the News
Borene Law Firm rated "AV Preeminent" in 2023 - "the highest possible Peer Review Rating in legal ability and ethical standards" for the 29th consecutive year from "the gold standard in attorney ratings" - The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, All Editions, 1994 - present.

George Maxwell lead the Expert Immigration Panel on the Topic of "Considerations for Building a Global Work force in 2023 and Beyond" at the Minnesota State Bar Association's Annual International Business Law Institute Institute on March 2, 2023.

Jeanne Kildow was an expert speaker on "Employment-Based Immigration Preference Categories"
at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Annual Conference

Scott Borene was selected to chair the North American Expert Immigration Panel at the 10th Biennial IBA Global Immigration Conference in London in December of 2022. Scott Borene has chaired the U.S. expert panel at every IBA Global Immigration Conference for the past 20 years (2003-2022).

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 Immigration Update is a publication of:
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The information in this Immigration Update should not be considered specific legal advice; it is intended for informational purposes only. Anyone seeking specific legal advice should contact an appropriately experienced lawyer for a confidential, personalized consultation.