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According to the report from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (“TRAC”), Immigration officials ordered 287,741 new deportations in the last fiscal year. This is a record high number of new filing since 1992. The most common reason for new deportations was "entry without inspection" (42.5%). Only 5% were based on aggravated felony charges and 1.3% due to possible terrorist ties. Mexican nationals were the most frequently deported at 26% of removals with immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras making up nearly half of all new deportation filings.

Effective November 1, 2018, USCIS will accept Form I-693 medical examinations for up to two years, as long as the exam itself was performed within 60 days of filing the Form I-485 application. According to USCIS, its measure will apply to new and pending filings equally.

Beginning on November 19, 2018, USCIS will issue Notices to Appear in Immigration Court to the following denied applications and petitions if the applicant/petitioner is unlawfully in the United States at the time of denial: T Visas (I-914/I-914A); U Visas (I-918/I-918A); VAWA, Widow(er), and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions (I-360); and Refugee/Asylee Relative petitions (I-730).

Pursuant to court order, USCIS will continue to honor, at least temporarily, the temporary protected status (TPS) designations for nationals of Sudan, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Haiti.

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