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Apr 21, 2017

New Jersey Policy = Do Not Let ICE In

As a result of the increased enforcement of immigration laws, ICE agents have taken to showing up at courthouses in areas with large immigrant communities. They will wait there and take in people who do not have status or have other immigration-related issues, such as having committed a crime that would render them removable from the U.S. This has caused significant issues for undocumented individuals, causing them to fear reporting crimes, filing for custody of children if they have a U.S.… Read More

Apr 18, 2017

Raymond Lahoud Featured in Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was interviewed and featured in Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

Lahoud primarily focuses his practice on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania (Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, and the surrounding region). … Read More

Apr 11, 2017

H-1B Visa cap reached in first week… again

For the 5th consecutive year, the cap was reached in the first week for the H-1B visa, which is the prototypical visa for educated employees wishing to come to the U.S. to work in specialized jobs. In other words, there are 85,000 H-1B visas allowed each year, and the number of applications exceeded that amount in 5 days.  Click here to read more on this.  … Read More

Apr 06, 2017

New Controversy Among Trump Administration, Law Enforcement Over Immigration

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus’s newest Member and the Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, Ray Lahoud, was interviewed by 69 News on the dispute between the Trump administration and some state court officials on the practice of arresting undocumented immigrants who are crime victims or witnesses of a crime.  Read the article here!… Read More

Apr 05, 2017

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Welcomes New Immigration Attorneys

The Bridgewater, New Jersey, based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to welcome Raymond G. Lahoud as a Member and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, and William C. Menard as an Associate in the Immigration Law Practice Group.  They, along with their team, join Norris McLaughlin & Marcus from Baurkot & Baurkot, a leading immigration law and deportation defense law firm.… Read More

May 13, 2016

What Is a Habeas Corpus Petition, and What Role Does It Play in Immigration?

Facing detainment or deportation is a reasonable fear in the immigrant community. Even if people follow all procedures stringently with the assistance of an immigration attorney, administrative errors or unfounded criminal charges could place your legal status in danger. Fortunately, there is a possible remedy under habeas corpus if you or a loved one faces detainment.

GENERAL PURPOSES OF HABEAS CORPUS

The writ of habeas corpus is established in the Judiciary Act of 1789.… Read More

May 12, 2016

Understanding the Risks of a Plea Bargain

When you are facing criminal charges, the first instinct is often to conclude the ordeal as soon as possible. Facing the legal system in this adversarial manner is often terrifying, and that is especially true if you are not a citizen. One way these matters conclude quickly is through plea bargains or agreeing to a lesser offense in order to avoid stiffer penalties and drawn-out trials.… Read More

May 06, 2016

Voluntary Departure vs. Deportation

In fiscal year 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed 235,413 individuals from the country. Nearly 60 percent of these were convicted criminals. But these numbers don’t tell the whole story of the removal process. Being detained by ICE or picked up by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does not automatically result in deportation. Many detainees are eventually released and remain in the country.… Read More

Apr 21, 2016

Understanding the Consequences of Aiding Undocumented Immigrants’ Entry Into the United States

For foreign nationals, interest in coming to the United States shows no sign of slowing down. As the process for doing so within the bounds of the law is time-consuming and complex, some individuals attempt to circumvent the law, either by venturing onto U.S. soil on their own or with the help of a smuggler—and sometimes the latter approach is encouraged by relatives already living in the United States.… Read More

Apr 19, 2016

Massive Sweep Nabs 239 Foreign Nationals Suspected of Gang Activity

Officials from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) recently concluded a five-week operation, Project Shadowfire, which resulted in the arrest of 1,133 individuals, including 239 foreign nationals, on charges related to international gang activity.

While many of the individuals detained were American citizens, the nature of the operation meant that individuals from a number of other countries were also taken into custody.… Read More

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