Despite a long build-up to a debate on an immigration bill in the United States Senate this week, negotiations for comprehensive legislation, as well as a law to help protect DACA recipients, gained no traction in Congress, leaving the future of immigration entirely uncertain.… Read More
ICE Agents Directed to Detain Undocumented Immigrants Attending Court
On Wednesday, January 31, ICE announced a new set of guidelines pertaining to how they will conduct arrests of undocumented immigrants at federal and state courthouses. In response to uncertainty on the issue, ICE stated it will continue to target undocumented immigrants in courthouses, particularly in criminal matters. … Read More
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
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
On Monday, November 20, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California blocked the efforts of President Trump and the Department of Justice to withhold federal grant funding based upon a locality’s “sanctuary city” status. The ruling nullifies a White Order Executive Order from January that was intended to discourage and crack down on local governments that refused to comply with certain requests from the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to question and detain individuals based upon their immigration status.… Read More
Washington Potato Company, a private grower and processor of potatoes and other vegetables, reached a $100,000 agreement on Thursday with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), settling claims of discrimination in the company’s Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification procedures.
The settlement ends a multi-year Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation, which was triggered when ICE randomly picked the potato farming company for a Form I-9 worksite inspection. … Read More
Worksite immigration enforcement is likely to increase dramatically in the near future, and employers should make a thorough review of their hiring and employment practices to ensure they are compliant with federal laws and regulations.… Read More
– New Jersey’s New Governor. On Tuesday, Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno to become the next governor of the State of New Jersey. Throughout the campaign, Murphy stressed his desire to protect the immigrants of New Jersey, including the so-called “Dreamers” who entered the United States at young ages and have been going to school and working in the United States. … Read More