Miller Mayer immigration attorney Steve Yale-Loehr was quoted by the New York Times in “A Judge Has Blocked Trump’s Sweeping Restrictions on Asylum Applications.” Commenting on a new rule blocked by a federal judge that would have closed the United States to most asylum seekers, Mr. Yale-Loehr said, “The rule would have been the death knell for many asylum seekers. The court’s decision today leaves the door open for people fleeing persecution.” The article is available at

Steve was quoted by Univision in “Corte de California frena la entrada en vigor de la última regla de asilo de Trump [California court slows Trump’s latest asylum rule from taking effect].” “This new final rule will radically restrict the ability of people fleeing persecution to obtain asylum in the United States,” he said, calling the new rule “an asylum hater’s dream.” Mr. Yale-Loehr said the new rule would “gut the United States asylum system and, ultimately, very few people will be able to request and obtain [asylum].” The article is available at

Steve was quoted by the Houston Chronicle in “Chef at Houston’s Maharaja Bhog Rejected for Visa Renewal Amid Trump’s ‘invisible wall.’ ” He noted that USCIS began interpreting “specialized knowledge” more narrowly and in 2017 rescinded its policy of instructing officers to defer to prior determinations in petitions for extension of nonimmigrant status. “The Trump administration has been unable to build a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border but it has effectively built an invisible wall against legal immigration. The endgame is deny, deny, deny or delay, delay, delay.” He said that rejections of visa extensions for specialized-knowledge workers have cropped up dozens of times in federal court. The article is available at

Steve was quoted by Law360 in “Top 5 Immigration Cases to Watch in 2021.” Commenting on a case before the Supreme Court, Agusto Niz-Chavez v. Barr, he said that if the Supreme Court holds that deportation notices must be sent as one document to stop the clock on residency accrual, the ruling “could affect hundreds of thousands of cases” and give immigrants whose immigration court proceedings were initiated with multipart notices a potential new avenue for relief. The decision could also force the federal government to jump through “more procedural hoops” and worsen an already ballooning immigration court backlog if the government has to reissue old notices and correct future ones to be one document, he said. “That will slow down the immigration court process, and we’ve already got a messed up immigration court,” Mr. Yale-Loehr said. The article is available at (registration required)