USCIS will hold a teleconference on October 11, 2017, to discuss the expanded use of in-person interviews at USCIS Field Offices.
The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that part of the state’s new, and highly controversial immigration enforcement law, also known as SB 4, can go into effect, even as a legal challenge to the law continues.
Last month, a district judge in San Antonio blocked the part of the law that forced jail officials to honor all federal detainer requests.
Under the 5th Circuit ruling, local governments can no longer prohibit police officers from asking those they lawfully stop about their immigration status. The fact that police are allowed to ask about immigration status, rather than being told that they must, or must not ask, gives individual officers a great deal of discretion.
However, the 5th Circuit agreed that to stop police chiefs and mayors and so forth from advocating sanctuary city policies would violate the free speech clause.
A police officer on the street may be able to ask about the immigration status of a person, but he may also know that his chief has spoken out against it.
This suggests that a politicized police officer who is averse to immigration will take one approach, and someone who is comfortable with immigration will take a different approach.
SB 4 includes penalties for local officials who do not comply with federal detainer requests, including criminal sanctions. Those penalties remain in effect for those portions of the law the court allowed to remain in place.
Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, a critic of SB 4, announced after the appeals court ruling that her office will now comply with all detainer requests.