Obama USCIS Boss Says Trump Approach To Haiti Illegal

Law360, New York (January 8, 2019, 8:47 PM EST) -- A BigLaw attorney who led the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under the Obama administration told a Brooklyn federal court Thursday that his successor appointed by the Trump administration broke the law by omitting key facts when recommending that the special immigration status of 59,000 Haitians be ended.

Leon Rodriguez, now a partner at Seyfarth Shaw, said new USCIS Director Lee Francis Cissna didn’t just deviate from past practices when he recommended in 2017 that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security end the temporary protected status, or TPS, for thousands of Haitians who were stuck in the United States after a...

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