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‘Special Immigration Services’ Injunction Narrowed by 9th Cir.

Nov. 3, 2022, 8:31 PM

The Department of Homeland Security largely lost its Ninth Circuit bid to undo an injunction requiring Citizenship and Immigration Services to comply with statutory requirements for processing petitions for “Special Juvenile Immigration,” Thursday.

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld but narrowed the injunction somewhat, after saying a one-way tolling provision was unreasonably broad.

The Special Immigration Services program provides certain “immigrant juveniles” a pathway to lawful permanent residence status. By law, petitions for special immigrant juvenile status must be adjudicated no later than 180 days after they are filed, according to the decision.

The now-struck provision ...