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Possible Workforce Impact from DACA and TPS Elimination

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The combination of the Trump Administration re-examination of grants of Temporary Protected Status to nearly 340,000 foreign nationals, and the recent threats by Texas and ten other States to challenge the...more

Senate Introduces Pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers, Potentially Altering a Generation

This week, the United States Senate introduced the Dream Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill, sponsored by Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, to create a pathway to citizenship for...more

Latest Supreme Court Decision on Travel Ban for Nationals of Iran, Sudan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia: Close Relatives are...

by Mintz Levin on

This is a follow-up to the Supreme Court’s decision on June 26, 2017 which allowed the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban affecting nationals of the six designated Muslim-majority countries to be partially implemented until...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 18

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Senate Appropriations Committee Did Three Things This Week: Marked up the FY2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, a measure to fund the nation’s priorities for energy development, research, and water...more

Immigration Enforcement Costing Millions of Dollars for Local Governments

While President Trump has vowed to strongly enforce the southern border and deportation laws in the United States, states and counties have been picking up sizable portions of the costs for doing so....more

Trump and the GOP Planning to Cut Legal Immigration in Half

President Trump, along with White House Aide Stephen Miller and Republican members of Congress, are seeking to cut legal immigration in half by the year 2027. According to Politico, Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David...more

Special Immigration Alert - July 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-9 and Accompanying Form I-9 Handbook for Employers - On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new version of Form I-9. Form I-9 is used...more

Department of State Updates “Close Familial Relationship” definition for Executive Order 13780 based on Hawaii District Court...

by Cozen O'Connor on

On July 17, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced updates regarding the implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, in response to a ruling by the U.S....more

Additional 15,000 Visas for H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Workers for FY 2017

Effective upon publication by the Federal Register on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authorized the one-time issuance of an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for Temporary Nonagricultural...more

Travel Ban Update

by Mintz Levin on

On June 26, 2017 the Supreme Court ruled that a limited version of the 90-day Travel Ban contained in President Trump’s Executive Order 13780 could go into effect. The limited Travel Ban went into effect on June 29, 2017....more

Travel Ban Update: State Department Expands Definition of “Close Family”

Responding to a federal district court order judicially expanding those excluded from the Administration’s Travel Ban, the United States Department of State issued guidance on Monday expanding the definition of “family” under...more

The Trump-Russian Lawyer: Undocumented? Issued a Visa? How Did She Get into the United States? Did CBP Really Strip Search Her at...

Many questions have arisen concerning the immigration status of the Russian lawyer who is at the center of the media’s coverage of the federal Russian 2016 Presidential Election interference investigation. Was she...more

State Department Guidance To U.S. Diplomatic Posts On Information Sharing Standards

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

President Donald Trump’s March 6th revised Executive Order directs the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence to review information sharing and develop...more

Hawaii Court Enjoins Trump Travel Ban For Excluding Non-Immediate Family Members of US Persons and DHS-Approved Refugees

by Genova Burns LLC on

In June the Supreme Court enforced temporarily President Trump’s travel ban to the extent it excludes persons without a “bona fide relationship” to a person or entity in the U.S. The Court expressly identified wives and...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 17

by Clark Hill PLC on

EPA Appropriations Bill: A House appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 would trim the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by $500 million, as opposed to the $2.6 billion cut requested by the White House. The...more

Hawaii District Court Clarifies Scope of Travel Ban

by Clark Hill PLC on

On July 13, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii held in Hawaii v. Trump that the Trump Administration could not apply the "travel ban" to grandparents, grandchildren, and other close relatives....more

Travel Ban Tweaked Again: U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii Expands Definition of Close Familial Relationship to...

As a result of an order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii last night, foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are now considered exempt from President Trump’s travel ban...more

House Spending Bill for Homeland Security Heavy on Border Wall, Enforcement, and Deportation

On Tuesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It features increases in spending to both the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and...more

Breaking: Federal Judge Expands List of Relatives Exempt from Trump Travel Ban

In deciding an emergent request by the State of Hawaii, a Federal District Court entered an order expanding the list of relatives who are not subject to the Trump Administration’s travel ban....more

Opportunity Foreclosed: The International Entrepreneur Parole Rule May Die Before it Gets Out of the Gate

The U.S. and worldwide entrepreneur community had been looking forward to July 17th with great anticipation. This was supposed to be the effective date of the new International Entrepreneur Parole immigration regulation....more

DHS Freezes Implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule and Threatens to Repeal It

In a surprising move to the startup community, the Trump administration has moved to delay and possibly repeal a rule that would help foreign entrepreneurs launching foreign startups apply for parole status to work in the...more

The Implementation of Travel Ban 2.0: What Now?

By now, most of you have heard that the United States Supreme Court ruled to reinstate President Trump’s revised travel ban in part. But what does this really mean?...more

Trump Administration Delays Implementation of “International Entrepreneur Rule”

This week, the Trump Administration stated it would postpone the implementation of the “International Entrepreneur Rule,” an Obama policy designed to facilitate immigrant entrepreneurs coming to the United States to help fund...more

Trump Administration Blocks Final Rule Creating Legal Immigration Status for Startup Entrepreneurs

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Trump Administration has delayed the effective date of an Obama Administration rule that would have provided a legal immigration status for foreign entrepreneurs. The rule, originally announced in January 2017, was...more

Homeland Security Temporarily Delaying Effective Date of International Entrepreneur Final Rule

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security published notice in the Federal Register delaying the implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule. After last month’s prediction that the Trump...more

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