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Jul 18, 2017

Trump and the GOP Planning to Cut Legal Immigration in Half

President Trump, along with White House Aide Stephen Miller and Republican members of Congress, are seeking to cut legal immigration in half by the year 2027.  According to Politico, Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, with the support of the president, will be introducing legislation to that effect later in the summer.  Currently, the United States accepts approximately 1 million legal immigrants into the United States – this bill would attempt to slash that number over the next 10 years to about 500,000.… Read More

Jul 18, 2017

Travel Ban Update: State Department Expands Definition of “Close Family”

Responding to a federal district court order judicially expanding those excluded from the Administration’s Travel Ban, the United States Department of State issued guidance on Monday expanding the definition of “family” under the Executive Order banning certain visa applicants and refugees from six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.… Read More

Jul 18, 2017

The Trump-Russian Lawyer: Undocumented? Issued a Visa? How Did She Get into the United States? Did CBP Really Strip Search Her at the Airport?

Many questions have arisen concerning the immigration status of the Russian lawyer who is at the center of the media’s coverage of the federal Russian 2016 Presidential Election interference investigation.  Was she undocumented?  Did she have a visa?  Was it a visitor visa?  Why was she allowed to enter the United States?  How did she enter?  Clarity has been found in an affidavit the Russian lawyer filed as counsel in United States v.Read More

Jul 14, 2017

Medical Student Denied Entry by Customs and Border Patrol.  Deported Shortly After Landing.

CBP confirmed the removal of a first year medical student from Saudi Arabia, with a Sudanese Passport.

The medical student-resident, who was lawfully in the United States, left to visit family in Saudi Arabia for a short break.  When landing in New York, she presented her Sudanese passport, valid visa, and other required documents.  Given that Sudan is on the Trump Travel Ban list, the student was forced to leave the country. … Read More

Jul 14, 2017

Breaking: Federal Judge Expands List of Relatives Exempt from Trump Travel Ban

In deciding an emergent request by the State of Hawaii, a Federal District Court entered an order expanding the list of relatives who are not subject to the Trump Administration’s travel ban.

In the order, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ordered the United States government not to enforce the ban on grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of people in the United States.  … Read More

Jun 29, 2017

Trump Travel Ban Takes Effect at 8:00 PM Today. Confusion Expected.

As mentioned in a previous immigration law blog post, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to allow parts of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect, affecting many individuals, families, businesses, and healthcare facilities.

Click here for the urgent alert written by Attorney Raymond G. Lahoud, Chair of the NM&M Immigration Practice Group.  If you have further questions or concerns in regards to this topic or any other immigration law issues, e-mail rglahoud@nmmlaw.com.… Read More

Jun 26, 2017

The United States Supreme Court Allows Part of President Trump’s Travel Ban to Move Forward, Will Hear Case on its Merits

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous order lifting part of the injunction that had been placed against President Trump’s March 6 Executive Order that established a travel ban on certain people entering the United States.  This order allows the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State to restrict travel to the United States for nationals from six countries: Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. … Read More

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