Many questions have arisen concerning the immigration status of the Russian lawyer who is at the center of the media’s coverage of the federal Russian 2016 Presidential Election interference investigation. Was she undocumented? Did she have a visa? Was it a visitor visa? Why was she allowed to enter the United States? How did she enter? Clarity has been found in an affidavit the Russian lawyer filed as counsel in United States v.… Read More
United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has again changed the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. On July 17, 2017, USCIS published the revised version, which employers are mandated to use effective September 18, 2017. Until then, employers may continue to use the current Form I-9. Further, employers must remain compliant with existing Form I-9 storage and retention policies for any previously completed employment verification forms.… Read More
In deciding an emergent request by the State of Hawaii, a Federal District Court entered an order expanding the list of relatives who are not subject to the Trump Administration’s travel ban.
In the order, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ordered the United States government not to enforce the ban on grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of people in the United States. … Read More
On Tuesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It features increases in spending to both the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agencies of DHS dealing with border enforcement, detention, and deportation.… Read More
Panda Express—the world’s leading Chinese fast food chain—agreed to settle a US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into its Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification procedures. Panda Express was fined $400,000 and required to create a $200,000 fund to provide back pay to affected employees.… Read More
A much-anticipated (at least by immigration lawyers) report was recently released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The report, dubbed the “2016 US Entry/Exit Overstay Report,” looks at U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) airport and seaport entry/exit records, crosschecking to see how many temporary visitors may have unilaterally decided to become permanent.… Read More
The State of Texas recently suspended a municipal court judge, when the state learned that she was not a U.S. Citizen—a requirement for appointment, holding most public offices, and voting. Municipal Court Judge Young Min Burkett, a lawful permanent resident since 2007, was first appointed to the bench in 2015. Years later, the local Texas City Council discovered that the judge was not a U.S.… Read More