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Dec 08, 2017

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Arrests Rise, Senate Bill Ties DACA to Increased Border Enforcement, and Higher Scrutiny for Skilled Labor Visas

Immigration Arrests Increase While Deportations Decrease

On Tuesday, December 5, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released their year-end immigration enforcement numbers.  Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers made just over 143,000 arrests of noncitizens within the United States, a 25% increase from 2016.  The arrests did not focus solely on those with criminal records, as the arrests of non-criminals nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, from under 20,000 to approximately 38,000. … Read More

Dec 05, 2017

Healthcare, Hospitals, and Immigration: The Need to Access the Global Medical Professional Workforce with Ease

Every healthcare organization has two essential requirements: (1) continuous access to qualified talent; and (2) continuous access to significant numbers of that talent.  Hospitals clearly need a lot of employees.  To meet these demands, today, more than ever, hospitals and other healthcare providers call on international medical graduates, international students educated in medicine in the United States, global researchers in every practice of medicine, and world-renowned specialists in countless professions.… Read More

Nov 21, 2017

Employers: Beware of Form I-9 Email Scam

In a statement released yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned that employers across the United States have been receiving scam emails requesting information from and copies of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The scam emails have been sent to employers using various email addresses with the sender’s name masked to reflect the name of the DHS’s application support agency, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). … Read More

Nov 21, 2017

Immigration Alert: DHS Terminates Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Elaine Duke announced the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti.  Secretary Duke delayed the termination until July 22, 2019, to allow those in the United States under TPS to seek and apply for alternative lawful immigration status or, if no alternative exists, to depart to Haiti.… Read More

Nov 17, 2017

Attorney General: Municipalities May Lose Hundreds of Millions in Federal Grant Over Local Immigration Policies. DOJ Sets December 8 Compliance Deadline.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters to 29 local governments considered “sanctuary cities,” warning of a December 8, 2017, deadline to end policies that prevent information-sharing between local governments and Department of Homeland Security agencies, like Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The letters demand that local governments adhere to federal law or risk losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants.Read More

Nov 08, 2017

Immigration Alert: DHS Terminates Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguans

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke has announced the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua.  Secretary Duke delayed the termination for 12 months to allow those in the United States under TPS to seek and apply for alternative lawful immigration status or, if no alternative exists, for departure to Nicaragua. … Read More

Nov 06, 2017

To Marry an Immigrant? Possible Financial Consequences: The Power of the Prenuptial Agreement and Ramifications of the Affidavit of Support

John just turned 33.  Born in New Jersey, a college graduate, and, a pretty decent professional job.  Bored, John joins ChristianMingle.com.  A few days later, June from Australia sends him a direct message.  He responds.  She talks about her life, her dreams, and how much she loves America.  June sends John a picture.  Immediately, he falls in love.  Hundreds of thousands of messages later, John proposes to June. … Read More

Nov 06, 2017

California Employers: Stuck Between Federal and State Form I-9 Laws. What is California’s AB 450?

With growing federal employment immigration enforcement, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law AB-450, the California Immigration Worksite Enforcement Act.  AB-450 imposes requirements on all California employers when complying with federal immigration laws related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.… Read More

Oct 13, 2017

Trump Administration Plans Large Scale Shift in Immigration Laws

President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are now exploring different options to fundamentally transform the immigration system in the United States without legislative action by Congress, according to CNN News.  This comes in the wake of the president’s letter to Congress on Sunday, in which he requested funding for new immigration enforcement personnel and programs.

According to CNN, the options include modifications that could result in major consequences, including limiting protections for unaccompanied minors (UACs) who came to the U.S.… Read More

Oct 04, 2017

Pennsylvania Tree Removal Company Fined $95 Million for Hiring Undocumented Immigrants

A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, tree removal company was fined $95 million after pleading guilty before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to violating several federal immigration laws due to the company’s practice of hiring and rehiring undocumented immigrants.  Federal prosecutors described the fine as the largest ever for an immigration-related case.

As part of its plea, the company admitted to employing undocumented immigrants whom company management knew were ineligible to work in the United States.  … Read More

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