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Sep 18, 2017

Federal Judge Blocks President Trump’s Effort to Punish Sanctuary Cities

On Friday, United States District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber blocked the U.S. Department of Justice from refusing to provide federal grant money to localities that had enacted “sanctuary city” laws protecting immigrants from deportation, creating a setback for the Trump Administration.

The City of Chicago, which filed the suit in the Northern District of Illinois, argued that the Justice Department had no legal authority to tie federal grant money to sanctuary city provisions. … Read More

Sep 13, 2017

Following DACA, Trump Administration Weighs Ending Temporary Protected Status

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has stated that it will issue a notice shortly regarding the fate of Temporary Protected Status, better known as “TPS,” for several countries in the Caribbean, Central America, and Africa, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk of deportation.  This comes in the wake of the decision by the Trump Administration to end DACA, a program that protected people who entered as children from deportation.… Read More

Sep 13, 2017

NEWS UPDATE: Supreme Court Temporarily Upholds Travel Ban on Certain Refugees, Will Revisit Issue Next Month

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court, without opinion, voted to temporarily uphold the travel ban on a majority of people who had been granted refugee status in the United States and were scheduled to be placed with an American resettlement agency.  Nothing else is known about the vote or breakdown within the Court, other than that at least five justices voted in favor of continuing the ban.… Read More

Sep 05, 2017

Breaking: Attorney General Rescinds DACA – Hundreds of Thousands of Individuals, Schools, Colleges, and Employers Uncertain What Happens Next

As expected, the Department of Justice just announced that the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—known as DACA—has been rescinded.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered the news in a morning press conference at the Department of Justice.

The Attorney General noted that the Department of Homeland Security has developed a plan to begin the “immediate wind-down” of the DACA program.… Read More

Aug 31, 2017

“Sanctuary City” Laws Become Central Topic Nationwide

A U.S. District Court in Texas has stopped implementation of a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state and the City of Philadelphia has filed an action against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, claiming he has unlawfully withheld grant money from cities that the Department of Justice has deemed sanctuary cities.  The cities of San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles, as well as the State of California, have filed similar suits.… Read More

Aug 29, 2017

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Presents I-9 Compliance Seminar for Employers

Raymond G. Lahoud, Esq., Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, is pleased to present “Employers Beware: ICE is Cracking Down on I-9 Compliance,” updating human resource professionals, business owners, and managers on significant recent developments with respect to the revised I-9 form.

The seminar is free of charge and open to the public.  … Read More

Aug 25, 2017

Government Shutdown Looms Larger As President Seeks Funding For Border Wall

Last week, President Trump threatened to force a government shutdown if Congress did not provide funding for a wall along America’s southern border with Mexico.

In April of this year, Congress reached an agreement on a budget to fund the federal government through September 30, 2017, forcing Congress back to the negotiating table next month in order to agree to a new budget beyond that date. … Read More

Aug 22, 2017

State Department Suspends U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Russia

In response to the Russian decision to cap the number of employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia, the State Department has temporarily halted the processing of non-immigrant visa applications in Russia.  This decision impacts many non-immigrant travelers to the United States, including those seeking to visit for a short period, multinational executives and managers, professional and skilled employees, students seeking F-1 student visas, and others who seek to enter the United States as non-immigrants.… Read More

Aug 21, 2017

Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake Rebukes GOP Plan to Cut Legal Immigration in Half

In a recent editorial for the New York Times, Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona pointedly attacked the RAISE Act – a bill proposed in the U.S. Senate to cut legal immigration in half and focus almost solely on skilled workers.

The senator recounts the story of Manuel Chaidez, a young man from his childhood who entered without documentation from Mexico and started working on his family’s farm. … Read More

Aug 17, 2017

UPenn Study Finds that GOP Plan to Cut Immigration Will Lower America’s GDP

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School shows that the Republican plan to cut immigration in half will reduce the U.S. per capita gross domestic product by .7 percent over the next ten years, and by 2 percent by 2040.

The study is a direct response to the RAISE Act, introduced by Arkansas senator Tom Cotton and Georgia senator David Perdue and endorsed by President Trump, which calls for halving total legal immigration and putting an emphasis on high-skilled workers (for further information on this bill, please see our previous coverage here). … Read More

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