John F. Lushis, Jr., a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Economic Development Law Group, presented at the 2017 RE3 Conference from November 1 to November 3 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. He and Brett W. Cox of TRC Environmental Corporation presented “Bethlehem Works and Commerce Center at 20 Years,” providing insights from both an owner’s and consultant’s perspective that are relevant today; how and why key decisions were made, how they were implemented, and acknowledge the key roles of all stakeholders; and demonstrating the value to the Bethlehem-Allentown region twenty years later.» Read More
On Wednesday, November 1, we were fortunate enough to host an event with former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Secretary LaHood discussed the issues plaguing the nation’s infrastructure and the need for a new, well-funded infrastructure bill – which he hopes the current administration will pass.
Lehigh Valley Business covered the event (click here to read the article), and mentioned the Northampton County P3 project, which the Northampton County GPA and Norris McLaughlin & Marcus were recently recognized for.» 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
Following a Wednesday night meeting with President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Chuck Schumer now say they have reached a deal with the White House to quickly pass legislation protecting DACA recipients, also known as “Dreamers,” from deportation, alongside a budget package for border security measures. This announcement comes only eight days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA program, instituted by Obama to halt deportations of people who came to the United States as children, would be coming to an end.» Read More
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has stated that it will issue a notice shortly regarding the fate of Temporary Protected Status, better known as “TPS,” for several countries in the Caribbean, Central America, and Africa, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk of deportation. This comes in the wake of the decision by the Trump Administration to end DACA, a program that protected people who entered as children from deportation.» Read More