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Nov 17, 2017

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Reconsideration of DACA Applications, Immigration Status in Court & Sanctuary Cities, ICE Enforcement in Disaster Zones

– U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Reconsider Delayed DACA Applications.  When the Trump Administration announced in September that DACA would be ending, and that the final applications would be accepted no later October 5, 2017, many DACA recipients and their attorneys quickly worked to send out renewal applications.  Recently, the New York Times reported that a little over 100 DACA recipients had mailed their applications well in advance of the October 5 deadline, but that their applications had arrived after that date and had been rejected by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. … 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 09, 2017

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Jersey’s New Governor, Federal Court Challenges to Immigration Enforcement, Global Increase in Business Immigration

– 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

Nov 09, 2017

ICE Director: “We’re Taking Work Site Enforcement Very Hard This Year.” Promises to Significantly Increase the Immigration Enforcement Pressure on All Employers.

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), echoed the Administration’s immigration enforcement focus on employers as a crucial part of curbing undocumented immigration to the United States.  Director Homan was the keynote speaker at the Heritage Foundation’s recent event, “Enforcing U.S. Immigration Laws: A Top Priority for the Trump Administration.”… 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

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 26, 2017

Proposed Guest Worker Visa Could Expand Access to Permanent Foreign Employees for Agriculture Companies

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

Oct 23, 2017

NAFTA Termination and its Immigration Impact

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

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