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Jan 19, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: H-1B Visa Applications Expected to Surge, DACA Fight Continues Potentially Forcing Government Shutdown, and States and Federal Government at Odds Over Immigration Enforcement

H-1B Visas

The number of applications for H-1B visas – reserved for foreign professionals seeking to work in skilled positions in the United States – is expected to rise this year, and employers need to prepare accordingly.

The law caps the number of available visas at 85,000 (with 20,000 reserved for those with a master’s degree), and the 85,000 recipients are chosen at random through a lottery system. … Read More

Jan 16, 2018

Convenience Stores Beware: Immigration Is Coming. What Do You Do?

Last week over 100 7-Eleven Stores across the United States were raided by Immigration agents in what is being called “the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency” —and a slowdown is nowhere in sight.  Immigration officials have promised that all employers will be subject to immigration compliance actions—regardless of size.  One mistake—however minimal—can have devastating consequences on the employer, not the employee: millions in fines, loss of federal grants and contracts, forced SEC reporting, loss of franchisee agreements, franchisor sanctions, to years in prison.  … Read More

Jan 15, 2018

Is DACA Really Back? Yes, DACA is Back! Immediate Action is Necessary to Preserve DACA Privileges. 

Following last week’s temporary federal court order stopping the Trump Administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) pending the outcome of the underlying litigation, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the DACA program “will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017,” until further notice.  This means: DACA is back…at least for now.… Read More

Jan 10, 2018

Breaking News: Immigration Agents Raid Over 100 7-Eleven Stores, Warning All U.S. Employers to Prepare for Random Immigration Audits

Hundreds of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents walked into over 100 7-Eleven stores throughout Los Angeles—without any notice or warning.  No, the ICE agents were not buying the famous 7-Eleven Slurpee; rather, they were executing what has been described as the “largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency.”… Read More

Jan 09, 2018

Chain Migration is What? It’s the Longest Family Tree Ever, and Keeps Growing and Growing.

The Administration, time and again, has made clear that any comprehensive immigration reform must address the border wall and border security, the diversity visa program, and what President Trump refers to as “chain migration.”  Chain Migration?  I wonder what comes to the minds of non-immigration attorneys when they first hear the phrase “chain migration.”… Read More

Dec 29, 2017

Immigration in 2018: Unknowns…

One thing is known about immigration law in 2018: it will bring many unknowns.  Since the current administration assumed power in January of 2017, we have reported countless (nearly daily) changes to immigration policies, from quadrupling the number of immigration officers with a mission to audit every American employer, to the instituting multiple travel bans, ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read More

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

Nov 30, 2017

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: McDonald’s Supplier Loses Millions of Dollars Following Immigration Raid, Actor Reveals Undocumented Status, and Citizenship Applications Soar

McDonald’s Bakery Supplier Reeling After Raid by Immigration Officers

Three months ago, the Cloverhill Bakery on the west side of Chicago, a major supplier of hamburger buns to McDonald’s located, was raided by immigration officers for employing undocumented immigrants.  One-third of the workforce – some 800 employees – was arrested in the raid.  As reported in Bloomberg and Eater Chicago, the bakery stated that it had used a staffing agency to fill open positions and had not verified the immigration documents of many employees.… Read More

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