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Updated Guidance Encourages DHS Attorneys to Timely Exercise Prosecutorial Discretion

On April 6, 2015, the Acting Principal Legal Advisor for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Riah Ramlogan, issued a memorandum to OPLA attorneys relating to the...more

Beware of H-1B Wage Law Violations: Company to be Debarred, Ordered to Pay Over $120,000 in Penalties and Back Pay for H-1B/LCA...

A recent case before the Office of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) is a compelling reminder that violations of H-1B wage requirements can result in significant financial penalties and fines. Moreover, violations of H-1B...more

An Ounce of Prevention Could Have Been the Cure

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

Top 12 Immigration Mistakes Employers Made In 2012

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

Appeals Court Rules on State Immigration Laws in Alabama and Georgia

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

Border Patrol and Deferred Action

Since the announcement of the new “deferred action” policy by President Obama on June 15 – a policy of prosecutorial discretion in favor of those who were brought to this country as children – many questions have been raised...more

Arizona v. United States: Supreme Court Reaffirms Federal Government’s Power in Immigration Arena

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

Arizona's Attempt To Crackdown On Immigration (Mostly) Rejected By Supreme Court

On June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court held that certain provisions of Arizona's immigration statute (signed into law in 2010) were preempted by federal immigration law. The preempted provisions include those making it a...more

Crackdown on Notarios Continues

Officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) announced this month that they are expanding the 2011 pilot program for crackdown on immigration scams that fraudulently promise immigration services...more

Is Your Business Prepared To Comply with the Georgia Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011?

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

South Carolina Immigration Law Changes Take Effect January 1st

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

Illinois at Odds With Feds on Immigration Enforcement

Last month, Gov. Pat Quinn’s General Counsel, John Morton, said that the “Secure Communities” program of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (“ICE”) would not make communities safer, but would instead cause...more

Federal Judge Blocks Certain Provisions of Georgia Immigration Law

On June 27, 2011, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash granted a temporary injunction on key parts of the Georgia Immigration law due to go into effect on July 1, 2011. The Judge ruled that the criminal provisions of the...more

ICE - New Immigration Detainer Form

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

Prosecutorial Memorandum from John Morton at Immigration and Customs Enforcement -

ICE Memo on Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion Consistent with the Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities - ICE 6/17/11...

One of ICE's central responsibilities is to enforce the nation's civil immigration laws in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). ICE, however, has...more

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin – March 11, 2011

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

Common Sense Needed in Immigration Cases

The Dallas Morning News has an excellent editorial today pointing out the inequities in our current immigration system, particularly deportation. Few people would object to the deportation of criminals or of those who...more

ICE Detains Fewer Suspected Illegal Immigrants from Irving Jail

As reported by the Dallas Morning News, federal immigration agents since October have cut back by about 50% the number of suspected illegal immigrants removed from the Irving city jail. The city of Irving began running...more

Privacy Coalition Seeks Investigation of DHS Chief Privacy Office

EPIC joined the Privacy Coalition letter sent to the House Committee on Homeland Security urging them to investigate the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Chief Privacy Office. DHS is unrivaled in its authority to...more

Health Care Enforcement Defense Practice Group Advisory: The Temperature is Changing in the Health Care Industry

On July 1, 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it had issued Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 652 businesses across the country as part of a “bold, new audit initiative.” ICE targeted these...more

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin – February 13, 2007

IN THIS ISSUE: 1. Openers 2. ABCs of Immigration: H-1B Visas 3. Ask Visalaw.com 4. Border and Enforcement News 5. News From The Courts 6. Government Processing Times 7. News Bytes 8. International Roundup 9....more

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