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Cuban Baseball Players Are No Longer Required to Obtain a License to Play Ball

Earlier this month, Major League Baseball eliminated a burdensome requirement that made it difficult for MLB franchises to sign Cuban nationals. Until last month, a Cuban national wanting to sign with a MLB franchise as a...more

Polis Bill Reform EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

With the regional center program set to expire in September 2015, the EB-5 industry has been given new life in the form of the American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015. The Act was introduced today by Congressmen...more

Softening of Cuba Sanctions Opens the Way for Some Travel and Trade

As part of a broader, ongoing effort to forge closer relations with Cuba, the Obama administration has enacted a new set of regulations intended to facilitate certain forms of authorized travel to Cuba. The regulations, which...more

U.S. Government Resets Cuban Policy and Eases Sanctions Against Cuba

Yesterday, President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba will begin talks to resume full diplomatic relations and partially lift travel and economic sanctions and restrictions, some of which have existed for more...more

The United States and Cuba to Restore Diplomatic Relations

On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that the United States will resume diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years. In addition to relaxing certain economic restrictions, the President announced...more

Obama to Sign Venezuela Sanctions Bill

Last week, the U.S. Congress passed S. 2142 (the “Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014”) and presented the legislation to President Obama for signature. White House officials have indicated that...more

Administrative Changes Will Create Opportunities for Startups

As we recently reported, on November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions broadly covering immigration law. One such action relates to the implementation of a parole system for inventors,...more

EU adds separatist names to Ukraine-related asset freeze list

As per a recent request from the EU Council, the EU has extended its sanctions in relation to Ukraine by adding 13 persons and five organizations to the asset freeze list based on their involvement in recent elections in the...more

More than Amnesty – How Obama’s Executive Action Will Impact Your Business and Foreign Workers

On November 20, 2014, President Obama unveiled a broad executive action overhauling our immigration system. While the rest of the world will continue debating aspects of the law related to border security and temporary relief...more

China Update - November 2014

In This Issue: - President Obama Visiting China, Burma, and Australia - APEC and the U.S. Economy - APEC Leaders Commitments - White House Fact Sheet on President Obama’s Visit to China -...more

EB-5 Alert: U.S. House of Representatives Approves Three-Year Extension of EB-5 Regional Center Program and Sends to President for...

EB-5 Program Regional Centers Have Been Re-authorized until 2015. EB-5 Regional Centers play an important role in raising EB-5 financing for new business development, and there has been some concern among investors and...more

Immigration Reform Marches On

August has been a busy, productive month for immigration reform advocates. From the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic March on Washington, to Women’s Equality Day in Seattle, to town halls across the country, a broad...more

Washington Insight - January 2013

In This Issue: - President Obama Sworn in for a Second Term - 113th Congress Underway - More Fiscal Challenges in Store - Cabinet Re-Shuffle - A Game of Musical Chairs - Tax Reform and...more

E-2 Visas for Israelis: Security Concerns and Upcoming Elections May Delay Implementation

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has not yet issued guidance to the public on the availability of E-2 visas for Israeli citizens. Nearly six months ago, President Obama signed legislation that would add Israel to the list of...more

EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended Until September 30, 2015

On September 28, 2012, President Barack Obama signed bipartisan legislation extending the EB-5 Regional Center Program for an additional three years. The new sunset date for the program is September 30, 2015. Additionally,...more

Senator Grassley Lifts Hold on Chaffetz Bill

On July 11, 2012, Senator Charles Grassley lifted his hold on HR 3012, the "Chaffetz bill" that will eliminate the per country caps on immigrant visas, presumably speeding immigration for people from India and China, and...more

Nigeria Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011

Introduction – Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 Terrorism has continued to threaten global peace and prosperity. To address this criminal activity, governments all over the world, including the Nigerian government, have...more

December 1, 2011 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

Yes a citizen of a State is also a citizen of the several States under the Constitution

A citizen of a State who is not a citizen of the United States is entitled to privileges and immunities of a citizen of the several States, under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States of...more

Citizenship and Domicile: Before and After the Fourteenth Amendment

A citizen of a State, under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution, has a domicile in a particular State. A citizen of the United States, under Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment has only a residence in a...more

Yes there are two citizens in the nation of the United States under international law

Before the Fourteenth Amendment, there was only a citizen of a State, under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America. Such a citizen was also a citizen of the United States,...more

What was the holding of the Slaughterhouse Cases?

The Slaughterhouse Cases held, one, that citizenship of a State was separate and distinct from citizenship of the United States; that a citizen of a State was separate and distinct from a citizen of the United States. ...more

The “I” Word – Changes to Immigration rules in the UK

The “I” Word – Changes to Immigration rules in the UK The “I” word has been on tip of many a tongue since the general election, and with a crescendo of calls for change to the immigration system, the new year will bring with...more

Shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities IN and OF the several States

Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of Constitution was modified by the Fourteenth Amendment, in particular, Section 1, Clause 2. This was determined by the Supreme Court of the United States, in the Slaughterhouse Cases. ...more

Enrolling in E-Verify limits the Employer's use of H-1B Portability

E-Verify will not confirm clearance of employment authorization until “approval” of H-1B petitions filed under the portability provisions for an employee who previously held H-1B status but has since been holding...more

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