Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, was recently interviewed on La Mega Radio by Morning Show Hosts Alfa Lopez and VJ Bar to discuss current immigration enforcement against individuals and employers, the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), immigrant rights, and the need to be proactive in addressing immigration issues.
Los Angeles Federal Court Bars White House From Punishing Sanctuary Cities
On Wednesday, United States District Court Judge Manuel Real ruled that the Department of Justice could not give special treatment to cities that cooperated with immigration enforcement when issuing a particular federal grant. » Read More
President Trump Proposal Severely Limits Government Benefits for Immigrants
A leaked proposed rule from the White House, if instituted, would deny almost all public benefits for non-American citizens, including certain tax deductions, potentially affected millions of immigrants and foreigners seeking to come to the United States. » Read More
Proposed Budget Leaves Much Unanswered on Immigration
Congress released a proposed omnibus budget on Wednesday that addresses certain immigration issues but leaves many of the most important issues unaddressed.
What the Bill Does: In a compromise, the bill adds funding for an additional 328 Customs and Border Patrol Officers for border security, but at the same time, requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to reduce the number of immigrants in detention facilities. » Read More
On Monday, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson, James Schwab, announced his resignation, stating that he did not “want to perpetuate misleading facts” posited by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other government officials.
Schwab’s resignation was sparked by statements from the Department of Justice, which claimed about 800 undocumented immigrants evaded ICE sweeps because the Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, announced the raids the day before they were set to begin. » Read More
Last week, Hudson County, New Jersey, officials announced the county’s withdrawal from a controversial immigration enforcement agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), known as the “287(g) Program.” Under the 287(g) Program, corrections officers at the Hudson County jail in Kearny, New Jersey, were deputized as federal immigration agents, allowing them to investigate immigration violations, ask questions of inmates related to their immigration status, conduct immigration arrests, and initiate deportation proceedings. » Read More
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
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
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. » Read More