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Aug 21, 2017

Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake Rebukes GOP Plan to Cut Legal Immigration in Half

In a recent editorial for the New York Times, Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona pointedly attacked the RAISE Act – a bill proposed in the U.S. Senate to cut legal immigration in half and focus almost solely on skilled workers.

The senator recounts the story of Manuel Chaidez, a young man from his childhood who entered without documentation from Mexico and started working on his family’s farm. » Read More

Aug 17, 2017

UPenn Study Finds that GOP Plan to Cut Immigration Will Lower America’s GDP

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School shows that the Republican plan to cut immigration in half will reduce the U.S. per capita gross domestic product by .7 percent over the next ten years, and by 2 percent by 2040.

The study is a direct response to the RAISE Act, introduced by Arkansas senator Tom Cotton and Georgia senator David Perdue and endorsed by President Trump, which calls for halving total legal immigration and putting an emphasis on high-skilled workers (for further information on this bill, please see our previous coverage here). » Read More

Aug 16, 2017

TPS Holders: Time to Review Your Status and Future

The Catholic News Service (“CNS”) reported a new study that assessed the economic impact of the administration’s plans related to removing individuals in the United States under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

TPS is a program that began nearly three decades ago to provide a reprieve from deportation to individuals from several federally designated countries that are recovering from a conflict or natural disaster. » Read More

Aug 15, 2017

Ninth Circuit: Employer’s Good Faith Reliance on HR Director is Not a Defense for Any I-9 Form Compliance Violations – Civil Penalty in the Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

On August 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a several hundred thousand dollar penalty against a Phoenix, Arizona employer for violating several provisions of the United States Code related to an employer’s statutory requirement when hiring any and all employees: the Form I-9.

In DLS Precision FAB LLC v. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, a custom sheet metal fabrication company— DLS Precision Fab LLC (“DLS”)—experienced great growth due to its contracts with the United States Department of Defense. » Read More

Aug 14, 2017

With New Academic Year Approaching, Universities and Colleges Must Prepare for Possible Immigration Issues for Foreign and Students Studying Abroad

Universities and colleges across the United States must add an additional task to their preparations for the start of the 2017-2018 Academic Year: the Trump Travel Ban.
As the NMM Immigration Law Blog previously reported, the travel ban remains in place for those from Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, and Libya, unless there is a bona fide relationship with either a person or an entity in the United States.The administration defined a “bona fide relationship” with a “person” as including only spouses, parents, children, and siblings. 
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Aug 04, 2017

Barbara Hollenbach to Speak on Paradigm Shift in Workers’ Compensation

Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will be on the faculty for the upcoming live webinar “Paradigm Shift in WC” hosted by PBI, the Continuing Legal Education Arm for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, along with Thomas C. Baumann, Esq., from Abes Baumann in Pittsburgh.  They will discuss Baumann’s involvement in Protz v.
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Aug 03, 2017

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Sponsors 2017 Easton Festivals

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is proud to have sponsored the 2017 Easton Hispanic Cultural Festival and looks forward to sponsoring the upcoming 40th Annual Lebanese Heritage Days Festival 2017.

Easton hosts the largest Lebanese festival in the tristate area.   The festivities include great food, drinks, dancing, and music.  The event, open and free to the public, will be on Saturday, August 5, from 5 PM to Midnight, and Sunday, August 6, from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.» Read More

Jul 21, 2017

Immigration Compliance Due Diligence is Essential to M&A Transactions

Okay, you are about to close on the $50,000,000 acquisition agreement that was signed months ago.  A New Jersey company is acquiring a New Jersey company.  No international offices.  Due diligence has commenced and concluded.  You and your lawyers have looked at everything – balance sheets, annual reports, vendor, sales, purchasing, and operating agreements, years of revenue, expenses, and cash flow reports, projections for decades ahead. 
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Jul 20, 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.
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Jul 19, 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

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