Written by attorney Mark Robert Barr

New Developments with the Adam Walsh Act

Three new precedential decisions from the Board of Immigration Appeals were recently released on May 20, 2014, all of them dealing with lingering questions about the immigration impacts of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. On the one hand, those decisions were all unambiguous setbacks for those families impacted by the law, as the Board took a uniformly restrictive approach to allowing certain administrative challenges to visa petition denials. On the other hand, the three decisions at least, for the first time in eight years, make the legal position of the immigration agencies clear on a variety of complicated legal issues, so that future challenges can be brought immediately in federal court, rather than waiting for prolonged agency decisions.

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