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Humanitarian Visas Targeted In USCIS Deportation Policy

Law360 (November 9, 2018, 5:09 PM EST) -- Victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking and other crimes could soon be thrown into deportation proceedings immediately upon the denial of their visa petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on Thursday.

According to the agency, beginning Nov. 19, individuals petitioning for humanitarian immigration benefits will be issued a notice to appear, which initiates removal proceedings, when that petition is denied if they do not have another lawful immigration status.

These visa petitions subject to the new policy — rolled out in a June memo as part of the President Donald Trump’s call for tougher enforcement of immigration laws — include applications for...

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