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Disputes between employers and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are heard by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), which rules on issues arising under the...more
Documents produced by Immigration Customs & Enforcement (ICE) obtained by ACLU of North Carolina prove what has long been claimed: ICE has deportation quotas and, when not meeting them, has been directed to channel all...more
Earlier this month, a restaurant company in the Midwest pled guilty to an immigration charge when a federal investigation revealed that one of the company’s restaurant managers was an undocumented worker who provided the...more
Now that President Barack Obama has been reelected, even more young immigrants are applying for reprieve under his administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That’s because Obama and other...more
Give your company the gift of an immigration audit this year – it may just keep your company off the government’s naughty list. Here are the top 12 immigration mistakes employers made in 2012...more
In three separate decisions issued on August 20, 2012, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, applying the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona v. United States, held that key provisions of state immigration laws passed...more
Many people are concerned about how the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) will treat children and other dependents of “deferred action” beneficiaries (those in the country illegally who are adjudged to be entitled to a...more
Many individuals who are residing and working in this country without proper documentation are worried about pursuing a grant of “deferred action” status (one that allows such residents to stay in the U.S. temporarily without...more
The U.S. government challenged Arizona's S.B. 1070, enacted in April 2010, which imposed state penalties on undocumented immigrants on the basis that it was preempted by federal law. On June 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court...more
When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Arizona immigration law last week, public scrutiny of the decision was short-lived because it was eclipsed by the subsequent ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable...more
The key takeaway for employers from the Supreme Court's ruling yesterday on Arizona's controversial Senate Bill (SB) 1070 law is that states cannot make criminals out of those in their jurisdiction who work or seek employment...more
Originally published in Law360, New York (June 25, 2012, 8:49 PM ET)
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that several portions of Arizona's controversial immigration law were preempted by federal law will likely stanch the...more
In a 5-3 decision authored by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court struck down most of the main provisions of an Arizona law targeting illegal immigration. The law, known as the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe...more
Originally published in Law360, New York (April 25, 2012, 4:53 PM ET)
The federal government appeared to find little support at the U.S Supreme Court on Wednesday for its arguments that one key provision of Arizona's...more
In This Alert:
•February Visa Bulletin, EB-2 for China and India Moves 12 Months
•USCIS Ameliorates I-601 Waiver Policy for Immigrants Subject to the 3/10 Year Bar
•Five States Add E-Verify Requirements for...more
On May 13, 2011, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill #87, a comprehensive immigration law mandating employer verification compliance and establishing criminal penalties for various acts. Some have touted...more
On June 27, 2011, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed into law S.B. 20, a comprehensive immigration law with new employment verification requirements and harsh criminal penalties. The law expands on the SC Illegal...more
The numbers are staggering. As of Sept. 17, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) instituted 3,015 administrative and criminal investigations and issued 2,393 Notices of Inspection for Form I-9 compliance in 2011....more
As predicted in our prior Legal Alert on this topic on May 13, 2011, Indiana’s recently enacted immigration law has been challenged in court. On June 24, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana...more
Immigration Detainer - ICE may issue a document commonly referred to as a “detainer” to a local jail or correctional facility when it is seeking custody of an individual in that facility for purposes of instituting removal...more
Due to continuing displacement and confusion caused by the March 11 tsunami and earthquake in Japan, as well as associated aftershocks, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) has offered up temporary...more
In fiscal year 2010, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") conducted more than 2,200 audits of employers nationwide. In part, as a result, criminal immigration charges were filed against a record 180 owners,...more
In This Issue:
1. Openers; 2. ABCs of Immigration Law: J-1 Visas for Exchange Visitors; 3. Ask Visalaw.com; 4. Border and Enforcement News: Border apprehensions down 36 percent, says CBP, ICE announces more audits of...more
In This Issue:
H-1B Cap for FY11 Has Been Reached; February 2011 Visa Bulletin; Crimes and Immigration Consequences; Guidance on Completing I-9 in “Extension of Stay” Situations; and, May Employers Recover Costs of H-1B or...more
On January 20, 2011, John Morton, Chief of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced the creation of an Employment Compliance Inspection Center (ECIC), and the news should put all large employers on notice. The...more
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