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
– New Jersey’s New Governor. On Tuesday, Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno to become the next governor of the State of New Jersey. Throughout the campaign, Murphy stressed his desire to protect the immigrants of New Jersey, including the so-called “Dreamers” who entered the United States at young ages and have been going to school and working in the United States. … Read More
Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed, by the narrow margin of 17-16, proposed bill H.R. 4092, the Agricultural Guestworker Act, which would implement a new program called the H-2C Guest Worker Program. As opposed to the current H-2A Program, which covers only temporary workers, the H-2C Program would cover year-round employees, such as in the areas dairy, aquaculture, and food processor operations. … Read More
The Trump Administration’s threats to terminate the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are causing concern at companies across the United States that have long used NAFTA to recruit professional employees from Canada and Mexico under the Trade NAFTA Visa (TN Visa).
The TN Visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico to work temporarily in the United States in prearranged business activities for U.S.… Read More
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, seated in Honolulu, Hawaii, issued a nationwide injunction against the third and latest version of President Trump’s travel ban. This was followed up on Wednesday morning by U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang, who also enjoined the ban. The latest travel ban was issued on September 24 and set to take effect today, October 18.… Read More
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
On September 29, the NMM Immigration Practice Group won an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals – the nation’s highest immigration court – that will allow their client, a national from Guyana who had been ordered deported from the United States after living in this country lawfully for more than 35 years, to reapply for permanent residence in the U.S.… Read More
In a letter provided to Congress on Sunday, the White House set out a list of immigration policies and programs that it wants put into place in order to make a deal on extending DACA, the program that allows undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children to the remain in the country. These policies would mark a fundamental shift in immigration laws and enforcement in America.… Read More
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
Following the Administration’s March 2017 halt to premium processing for H1-B Premium Processing services, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the premium processing halt on certain H-1B petitions would resume again for another group of H-1B petitions: (1) when the visa petition has been accepted under the Fiscal Year 2018 cap (during the five business days in April of 2017); and (2) is still pending. … Read More