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
Washington’s divisive political climate has led to many uncertainties in the future of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program. Last week, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution that prevented a government shutdown and provided for the extension of the investor visa program until December 22, 2017. As announced on Twitter, President Trump signed the continuing resolution minutes after it hit the Oval Office desk.» Read More
United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) requires all EB-5 Regional Centers to submit a Form I-924A Supplement to Form I-924 at the close of each fiscal year. The filing serves to demonstrate that the EB-5 Regional Center remains eligible for the regional center designation. » Read More
Every healthcare organization has two essential requirements: (1) continuous access to qualified talent; and (2) continuous access to significant numbers of that talent. Hospitals clearly need a lot of employees. To meet these demands, today, more than ever, hospitals and other healthcare providers call on international medical graduates, international students educated in medicine in the United States, global researchers in every practice of medicine, and world-renowned specialists in countless professions.» Read More
In a recent article, “Making a Case for Sanctuary Hospitals,” three medical doctors made an argument in favor of “sanctuary hospitals.” They rely primarily on the emotional argument for adopting sanctuary hospital policies, citing several incidents that occurred between February and October of 2017, involving ICE agents at or near hospitals and other healthcare facilities. » Read More
College and university officials throughout the nation are closely monitoring the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, often taking stands against significant changes and shifts, such as the Administration’s 2017 Travel Bans, as well as threats to further limit and complicate the process of traveling to the United States as a non-immigrant student, researcher, academic, professor, lecturer, or person of specialized knowledge, skill, or trade, and others.» Read More
A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, tree removal company was fined $95 million after pleading guilty before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to violating several federal immigration laws due to the company’s practice of hiring and rehiring undocumented immigrants. Federal prosecutors described the fine as the largest ever for an immigration-related case.
As part of its plea, the company admitted to employing undocumented immigrants whom company management knew were ineligible to work in the United States. » Read More
Starting October 18, as part of a new tracking system, the Department of Homeland Security will collect social media and internet data on U.S. immigrants, including lawful permanent residents, and naturalized citizens. This new plan will coincide with the start of the White House’s new travel restrictions on citizens from Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela.
The data collection plan covers things like Facebook and Twitter, and potentially even Google search results. » Read More
The White House plans to formally announce that it will cap the number of refugees who will be able to resettle in the United States to 45,000, according to numerous news outlets. This is the lowest annual level set since the passage of federal legislation in 1980 that gave this power to the president. Last year, President Obama set the annual cap at 110,000, although far fewer refugees actually arrived in the United States.» Read More
The White House has announced its newest executive order on immigration, placing travel bans and restrictions on seven countries in Africa, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, and Asia. In a separate decision, President Trump ended temporary protection from deportation for Sudanese nationals currently living in the United States.
The travel ban targets the five countries that were included in the original travel ban earlier this year: Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Iran. » Read More