On September 30, 2018, representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico reached an agreement on a new trilateral trade agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA is to be replaced by the United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement (USMCA).
On August 9, 2018 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised final policy memorandum (PDF, 129 KB) related to unlawful presence for F, M, J status holders after considering feedback received during a 30-day public comment period that ended June 11, 2018.
On July 30, 2018 USCIS released and update indicating the agency will delay the implementation of their new policy (released June 28, 2018) authorizing the agency to begin initiating removal (deportation) proceedings for certain individuals seeking immigration benefits by issuing notices to appear (NTAs). A shift from previous policy that did not authorize the agency to initiate NTAs.
Today, July 13, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a policy memorandum (PDF, 113 KB) (PM) that provides guidance to USCIS adjudicators regarding their discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) when required initial evidence was not submitted or the evidence of record fails to establish eligibility.